Here's a trade idea for the new week: Blockbuster!
Outgoing: Rip, Tay, Kwame, Daye.
Outgoing: Ray Allen.
Incoming: Rip, Tay.
Outgoing: Lee, Curry, Jeffries.
Incoming: Ray Allen, Daye, Kwame.
Detroit: Gets the best player in the deal, Lee. A player who is a legit frontcourt building block, and is still somewhat underrated, and won't command a Bosh or Stoudemire level contract. Also, Curry and Jeffries contracts only go through next season, so we would be cutting the long-term cost of Rip's deal, and have movable assets next season in Jeffries and Curry's expiring contracts. Lee and CV would be a bad pairing defensively, but I would be willing to put that gripe aside because the simplest solution to our lack of interior defenders is through the draft.
Knicks: They get rid of both Jeffries and Curry's contracts, allowing them to offer max contracts to two guys. They might lose Lee anyway, so using him to get rid of their two worst contracts I think would appeal to them.
Boston: They go all-in for the next 2-3 years, until KG's contract expires in 2012. Something else might need to be thrown in the deal to get them to pull the trigger (MFWB...? or Nate Robinson?). They've apparently started shopping Ray again, and they might be able to get more for his expiring contract, but if nothing else develops, this trade is similar to the one they (might have) offered this summer. It gives them a pair of "battle tested" vets with championship experience. Gives them a lot of match-up flexibility with smallball line-ups like Rondo/Rip/Pierce/Tay/KG. etc...
Detroit loses a good prospect and a couple mainstays, but gets a very good frontcourt player and more future flexibility. Boston gets a pair of players who if they're healthy and start producing closer to their career norms could help them in the playoffs. Knicks clear salary cap space for this off-season. Win/Win/Win? Lose/Lose/Lose? Who does/doesn't bite?