Blog Entry

Let's Trade Big Al!

Posted on: February 22, 2010 11:38 am

The title should read "Let's trade Big Al just because Darko had one good game and immediately demonstrated how much better Kevin Love is with a defensive shot blocker backing him up than an offensively oriented big man" but that wouldn't fit in the title space. Reactionary, yes, but who gives a dip?

1. Timberwolves - Nets - Lakers

In this instance, the Wolves land the #1 pick and New Jersey ends up #2. Ignoring the Wolves lottery curse, this is a plausible scenario given the team records.

  • The Wolves deal #1 and Al Jefferson to the Nets for #2, Brook Lopez and a future 1st.
  • The Nets take their franchise guy in John Wall.
  • The Wolves bank on Rubio/Flynn and grab the best wing in the draft and Brandon Roy clone, Evan Turner. They also have added cap space to sign up to a max contract free agent, such as Rudy Gay. Gay isn’t worth a max contract but they’ll probably have to overpay in order to get Memphis not to match the offer.
  • The Nets then deal Devin Harris to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum and Sasha Vujacic, who’s contract they’d very much like to get of.  


Wolves Future Lineup
PG - Ricky Rubio/Jonny Flynn
SG - Evan Turner
SF - Rudy Gay/Corey Brewer
PF - Kevin Love
C - Brook Lopez

Why the Wolves will do it: They walk away with an extremely well rounded, young and relatively inexpensive roster that will officially become their core to move forward with. A Love-Lopez front court makes a lot of sense and a couple of wings like Turner-Gay are exactly the type that would thrive in an uptempo offense, such as the one they want to initiate with Flynn-Rubio.
Why the Wolves won’t do it: This organization has waited so long to actually luck out in the lottery AND they also have a history of passing on future stars in the draft that there could be a full on mutiny if they let John Wall and the #1 overall pick slip away, regardless of how good Turner looks.

Nets Future Lineup:
PG - John Wall
SG - Courtney Lee/Chris Douglas-Roberts
SF - Terrence Williams/Yi Jianlin
PF - Al Jefferson
C - Andrew Bynum

Why the Nets will do it: It’s a no-brainer on their end. They’ve already made it clear that they’re willing to deal Harris so that’s no big loss. With the Knicks aiming to make a big splash and the possibility of coming off the all-time worst record ever, they’ll look to improve quickly. In this scenario they add two big time young players in Jefferson and Bynum but they also get the face of the franchise and the guy will turn attention away from whatever the Knicks do, John Wall.
Why the Nets won’t do it: They really like Brook Lopez. But seriously, they would do this deal in a second.

Lakers Future Lineup:
PG - Devin Harris/Shannon Brown
SG - Kobe Bryant
SF - Ron Artest/Luke Walton
PF - Lamar Odom
C - Pau Gasol

Why the Lakers will it: Bynum is young and talented but he just seems like the odd man out in LA. He’s also not the most healthy of guys. Mostly, however, there’s just too many other weapons for him to really get into a groove on. He also has some injury concerns. Derek Fisher is done and putting a guard like Harris on the court with Kobe would be incredible. He’d continually be left with favorable matchups and the ability to distribute to a virtual all-star team. They’d have the best starting five in basketball, hands down
Why the Lakers won’t do it: Contrary to this outsider’s opinion, they seem to really value Bynum. They wouldn’t deal him for Kidd a few year’s back but maybe now that they’ve seen his apparent ceiling they’d be willing to throw him out there, especially if he sucks in the playoffs. Also, Harris isn’t exactly Mr. Durable either.

That's it.


Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 12:12 pm

Let's Trade Big Al!

Vujacic is a key cog??!! What?  Trade him for a lottery pick or all star??!!!  I sincerely hope I am being dense and that was an attempt at sarcasm. 

I think the biggest loser in that trade is the Wolves by a lot.  Why add Turner when Brewer is just starting to come into his own?  Wolves nation would plotz if we finally get THE player and we trade him for Brook Lopez and some potential.  It just doesn't add up.
I can agree that in straight value Bynum is worth more than Harris but I think the Lakers are willing to part with a little value to acquire a skilled player at a need position.

The Wolves have a glut of PGs and Powerforwards.  Why wouldn't the wolves just trade Jefferson and Rubio for Lopez.  If the Wolves land the top pick, you just can't let Wall go.  We've waited too long for that player and we've always ended up with Christian Laettner. 

NJ:  Rubio, Lee, Turner, Jefferson, Bynum  (that is pretty solid)

MIN: Wall, Flynn, Brewer, Love, Lopez... I know that is two PGs but Flynn can shoot a little and Wall is 6-4 and crazy athletic so I think he could gaurd the 2.

LA: Harris, Bryant, Artest, Odom, Gasol

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 11:26 am

Let's Trade Big Al!

You are clearly a Nets homer. Step out from the Statue of Liberty's shadow and realize they should have never traded Jason Kidd, and they will be lucky to sign even the most worthless free agent this off-season. As far as Vujacic; true Lakers fan know he was a key cog in their championship run and will be again this year. If they trade him for anthing but a lottery pick or other all-star the City of Angels will riot!

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2010 10:38 am

Let's Trade Big Al!

I totally disagree. Mike Conley wishes he could hold Harris' jock. Also, Bynum does not fit in LA. They're much better when it's Gasol/Odom on the court than Bynum/Gasol or Odom. Harris would give them yet another skilled playmaker. Plus, the Lakers unload the Vujacic contract, which is actually a priority for them.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2010 6:45 pm

Let's Trade Big Al!

i heard from a that all three of those teams are looking to make moves in the off-season, but there is no way the trade for . devin harris is a poor man's .

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