If I'm not mistaken, this is the first hypothetical trade thread since the end of the lockout. The following trade is based on the roomers that with the Lakers pulling out of the CP3 trade market, the Warriors and Clippers are now leading the way as far as what New Orleans is after (Eric Gordon/Monta Ellis). Since the Clippers would have to give up Eric Gordon to get CP3, they'd also be in need of a new shooting guard:
New Orleans sends Chris Paul to LA Clippers
Clippers send Mo Williams, Eric Gordon, a 2012 1st and 2nd rounder to New Orleans, send Chris Kaman to Detroit
Detroit sends Ben Gordon to the Clippers, Austin Daye and a 2012 2nd rounder to New Orleans (we could throw Maxiell in as well heading to New Orleans without having to add more players to the deal)
New Orleans gets a starting point and shooting guard in Gordon and Williams, plus upside in Daye. They get 3 draft picks to re-build in what will be a very deep draft. If Maxiell is thrown in as well, they get some backfill for David West's departure.
The Clippers shed the unnecessary Kaman, acquire Paul, and backfill with a shooting guard to replace Eric Gordon. They retain Eric Bledsoe off their bench and become a guaranteed contender in the Western Conference. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin should counter-balance the weakness in defense for the Clippers backcourt with BG.
Pistons move 2 bad contracts in Gordon and Maxiell, receiving a solid temporary solution for the year in Kaman. We move Daye and a 2nd rounder as a penalty for the mistakes we've made in the past. This leaves us glaringly weak at SG, however, there are still SGs to be had in free agency (Crawford and Afflalo, or Redd could be a bargain given the injury) and we still have Stuckey, Knight, and Bynum available as a 3 guard rotation.
This should give us considerable flexibility going into the 2012 free agency period and would also allow us to amnesty CV at the end of the season.
Now your thoughts/trade ideas...
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