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Bosh goes back to No. 1 - this time in the Motor City
Cleveland Cavaliers send a future lottery-protected first-round pick to the Toronto Raptors. Detroit Pistons trade PG Rodney Stuckey to the Miami Heat, SF Tayshaun Prince to the Washington Wizards. Miami Heat trade PF Chris Bosh to the Pistons, SF Shane Battier to the Wizards. Toronto Raptors trade SG Demar Derozan to the Wizards, SF Chris Singleton to the Cavaliers, via Wizards. Wizards trade Chris Singleton and 2013 second-round pick to the Raptors, C Nene to the Heat, F Kevin Seraphin to the Pistons.
Side note: In this proposal, Chris Singleton goes from the Wizards to the Raptors for Derozan; however, due to lack of need in Toronto (James Johnson provides a similar role on the wing), the Cavaliers make a relatively low-risk trade for him, sending a future protected first-round pick for his services.
Case for Cleveland: For a small price (protected first-round pick), the Cavaliers acquire a good wing defender who also has the size to defend post players. While he underwhelmed in his rookie season, Singleton could potentially fit in beside Thomas Robinson (who I think the Cavs will draft) and Anderson Varejao for a very tough and physical, albeit offensively underwhelming, starting frontcourt. An immediate fresh start from the drama in Washington may work wonders for Singleton, who had projected to be a excellent defender, albeit limited scorer, coming out of the draft.
Case for Detroit: The Motor City gets a star in Chris Bosh, who has seen a big jump in his stock since the public have (finally) seen the impact he has on the Heat, ironically through his absence earlier in the playoffs. Bosh, combined with Greg Monroe, gives the Pistons a bona fide one-two punch in the post. Kevin Seraphin, an excellent shot blocker with a developing offensive game, provides much needed big man depth for the team. Trading Prince allows the team to see, once and for all, if they have anything in Austin Daye. The trade, by trading away Stuckey, also gives PG Brandon Knight the reins of the team. Drafting Perry Jones III, Jeremy Lamb, or Dion Waiters (affected by who the Raptors draft) will allow the team to rebuild on the wings as the team gets younger and continues to improve under the tutelage of head coach Lawrence Frank.
Case for Miami: A big-time gamble for Miami. The team loses a very good perimeter defender and a great big man by trading away Shane Battier and Chris Bosh, respectively. However, the team needs a quality back-to-the-basket center and a point guard who offers more than Mario Chalmers' toughness, inconsistent three-point shooting, and perimeter defense. Enter Rodney Stuckey and Nene, two players known much more for their offensive abilities than their defensive efforts. Joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the Heat will pressure them to buy into the team's defense first mantra while not compromising their scoring talents. With a starting five of Stuckey, Wade, James, Haslem, and Nene, the team becomes even more dangerous and balanced.
Case for Toronto: Toronto will almost definitely get a shooting guard in this upcoming draft: Dion Waiters or Jeremy Lamb. Either way, the new player will make keeping DeMar Derozan a luxury. The trade allows Toronto to acquire a first-round pick in the future as it continues to build up its supply of young players in its roster.
Case for Washington: Washington has a glut of limited big men, a disparity of wing talent, and maturity issues, even with Javale McGee, Nick Young, Gilbert Arenas, and other brilliant minds in different cities. Enter Tayshaun Prince and Shane Battier, two veterans who have hardly ever beckoned controversy with their off-the-court antics. They provide the team's young players with models for day-to-day preparation and professionalism. DeMar Derozan is a player who has struggled with efficiency thus far in his career, but will carry less of the team's scoring burden and, as a result, will have an easier time finding a set role alongside John Wall on the young Wizards as they develop on, and off the court.