The 09 Trade Deadline: A Few Crazy Moves When Theres Nothing To Lose
The NBA Trade Deadline is nearing, and the GM are calling one another.
A few deals have already gone done this season, as early as the Iverson trade in the first two weeks of the season, or the recent Jermaine O'Neal-Shawn Marion trade, Brad Miller to the Bulls, Tyson Chandler to the Thunder. We have yet to see the effects of a few of those.
But we are now at our final day of making trades for the season. Some teams are going to look for a trade for the future, or possibily for the present, to make a run the coming playoffs, a la Spurs.
I was really wondering who might make a trade. The Rockets are looking down and out, will they do a little moving? The Bucks are playing well, but will they need some more fire power to secure a playoff spot? The Pistons made a trade for a superstar already, will they make another move? The Suns are fighting, could Steve Kerr be giving other GM's a ring-a-ding-ding?
I thought of some trades that just may happen. Others, were just for fun. I through some crazy names and teams around, trades that may never happen, but just might make some sort of sense.
Thinkin' Bout' The Coming Playoffs
The Milwaukee Bucks. Their scoring leader, out. Their assist leader, out. Their rebound leader, out. But some how, some way, they are still holding on to the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.
They have gotten some good, hard wins over the Pistons and the Rockets. Come to think of it, both those games were on the road.
But how long can these Bucks carry this out? Especially with the Nets, the Pacers, the Bobcats, etc. are looking to make some deals to move past the Bucks. Well here is a trade that is under the cap and just may interest all teams in the deal.
Bucks get: Jamal Crawford, Chris Kaman, and Mike Taylor.
Warriors get: Damon Jones, Fransisco Elson, and Brian Skinneer.
Clippers get: Richard Jefferson
This trade is not bad. The Clippers are going to slowly get rid of some of their stars. The Warriors are out, the playoffs are not meant for them this season. They have too many guards and need to get rid of someone. So why not leave Jamal Crawford.
While they get three players who are good, and can fill in some missing spots, oh yeah, did I mention, those three are expiring contracts too.
The Bucks are going to get another big man to fill in for Andrew Bogout, and a guard in Crawford to fill in for Michael Redd.
Once they come back from injury, Bogout and Kaman is a strong front court, while Jamal Crawford can either be a great duo with Redd, or he can be a key peice in a future trade, because many teams may be searching for someone of Crawford's caliber.
Nets Can Keep VC, And Add Another Piece
The Nets are one of the teams looking at the playoffs from the outside. But the Bucks are missing key pieces, and if they don't make a move, they could be vulnerable.
So the Nets might be thinking of doing something, but not parting ways the Vince Carter.
Nets get: Caron Butler, Juan Dixon, Javaris Crittenton
Wizards get: Bobby Simmons, Sean Williams
Caron Butler can be a key piece that gives the Nets a whole new fire power. He gives scoring, but also can be the one to defend the opposing teams best player.
He is clutch and opposing teams will be scared, not knowing who is going to get the last shot, VC, Harris, or Butler.
While as for the Wizards. Changes are needed. Bobby Simmons is good when healthy, remember him with the Clippers. He was very good.
Sean Williams is a young guy, who brings energy and is long and can really conest shots. He has great athletic ablility and really turn into something special.
Granger Needs Some Stars
The Pacers are one of those other teams looking on the outside of the playoffs. Granger is young and is coming into his own. But to make a push for a playoff spot, and be a serious challenger to make it to the semi-finals, changes will be needed.
Pacers get: Jamal Crawford, Chris Kaman
Warriors get: Baron Davis
Clippers get: TJ Ford, Rob Kurz, Marquis Daniels
Again, the Clipps aren't going anywhere any time too soon. Bu if they get rid of Davis, then a PG is needed. The Pacers already have Jamal Tinsley, so TJ can be shiped to LA.
The Warriors are out as well, but next season is a different. The Warriors still play the same style as last year, so Baron Davis is already use to playing with them.
Some Golden State players have also said they would welcome back Davis, while Davis wants to go back as well.
For the Pacers, they don't have a real elite center. Kaman is a MONSTER. Remember what he was doing last year and this season when healthy. He is coming into his own, quickly.
Jamal Craford is a scoring threat and a clutch player. So him and Granger together will keep opposing teams on theirs toes. They could be scary.
Two Star Power Forwards, Who Are Not That Happy
The Raptors already made a move to get Marion. But they are in some deep trouble. Chris Bosh is not happy, and he may want out. Carlos Boozer already has decided he will not return to this Utah Jazz squad. So how about this three team trade:
Raptors get: Carlos Boozer
Jazz get: Boris Diaw, Raymond Felton
Bobcats get: Chris Bosh
Boozer is not happy with Utah. Bosh is not happy with Utah. A swap would be interesting, but I chose something else.
The Bobcats are trying to make a playoff push like many other teams are in the East. They are not sure what to do with two starting caliber PG in Felton and Augustin.
So Boozer in Toronto. It's a new style, and he may be happy, because the Raptors are not THAT far from the playoffs, and with a push, they can make some noise. If he is not satisfied, well he has and expiring contract, so don't come back.
The Jazz are trying to stay in the playoff hunt, and move up with Houston bleeding. But their big man is not interested to play with them, so maybe a little shake up is what they need. Diaw can play all positions, while Felton is a nice compliment to D-Will
Bobcats need more fire power, and Chris Bosh can help them have a winning record and be dangerous in the playoffs. He and Okafor is a great front court along with Gerald Wallace. They have a good coach, a good PG, and great lock down defender, and good big man. Add an all-star PF, well that is a tasty ingredient.
Ivo, Kidd, Dirk, Miller, IT'S AN ALL-STAR GAME!
Okay, first off. This trade I decided earlier, so it is not going to happen because Brad Miller was traded and he was involved in this deal. Well, here it is:
Mavericks get: Allen Iverson, Brad Miller
Pistons get: Eric Dampier, Jerry Stackhouse
Kings get: Josh Howard, Devin George
The Kings are going to need to add much more fire power if they want to do anything. So this deal is not really for them to get better.
But they are getting a pair of good players, who have each been on teams who have made it to the finals. So they bring their skills and talents but also their experience to pass on to the rook's who don't know nothin'.
The Pistons would not be getting anything close to the caliber Allen Iverson stands in, but it does bring in the center they have needed. Also Jerry Stackhouse is still a good player, and veteran who has had much experience to pass on. He will make an awesome back up for Rip Hamilton.
The Mavericks will be an instant championship talk team. They have Jason Kidd, who won't care at all who gets the shot, while he is great on the fast break and can deliver the ball as good as anyone.
Why do I bring this up?
Well it compliments Iverson very nicely. It takes the ball out of his hands, while he can run around picks and get the ball from Kidd and pull up for that quick jump shot, like he did with Eric Snow in Philly.
Iverson is one of the best finishers and fastest players ever, so on the fast break Kidd has Iverson right by his side. Iverson can take over the scoring with Dirk being his sidekick.
Brad Miller is an awesome, underrated center. He is the best passing big man in basketball, and will deliver the ball very well to Iverson off screens or cuts, and to Dirk too. Think about, this team would be just ridiculous.
How About You Move Over To The Big Apple?
The New York Knicks are good. They have showed signs of real improvement. But they still have some problems they must fix.
Although yet again, this trade includes the big boy, Brad Miller, who was just traded, after I decided this trade.
Knicks get: Allen Iverson, Brad Miller
Pistons get: Stephon Marbury
Kings get: Eddy Curry
With Miller gone, Eddy Curry fills in for the center spot. He can be a beast when he puts his mind to it. If he improves his D and rebounding, a monster will be born.
Just so you guys know. There are a few trades involving Mr. Iverson. But these were some crazy trades, that have a long shot at best. Because, the Pistons are not going to find much out there that is moving, at the same time Iverson's caliber.
Either way, the Pistons want to give the playoffs one try with Ivy, just to see what happens. So these trades are more fantasies. But anyway, Marbury to the Pistons. He is a veteran, who can nourish young Rodney Stuckey. he has become known to be horrible, so he has something to prove. He would not be that bad for Detroit.
Now, New York. This is where this trade centers around. Iverson in NY.Iverson is all for the running up and down, shoot whenever style of play. It for one, will be selling out Madison Suare Gardon. Two, Iverson in Mike Dantoni's system. It would fire up sparks. They are already good. They have a good PG, and some nice young talent (Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler, David Lee).
Add a veteran all-star center in Brad Miller, plus a guy who fits in greatly with the coaches system, a guy who is a top 10 player in basketball. Well, well, well, basketball will be back in New York. I wonder what Spike Lee was talking to Iverson about!(photo)
Camby In The Big Easy
The Hornets just made a trade, and parted ways with their big man Tyson Chandler, also CP3's ally-oop partner. Now if they want to stay elite this year, they need another elite big man who can rebound and play D. Well then this might make sense.
Hornets get: Marcus Camby
Clippers get: Rasul Butler, Chris Wilcox
The Clippers need to free up out of their stars. While still getting nice role players.
The Hornets would love Camby, and if the get him, their wins should go up by around ten, by season's end compared to their record with their old team.
Two Rookie Guards Pairing Together
The Clippers are thinking about next year with their stars. The Bobcats are trying to get into the playoffs. While the Pistons are thinking about right now. So how about this:
Pistons get: Raymond Felton, Sean May, Marcus Camby
Clippers get: Allen Iverson
Bobcats get: Eric Gordon, Jason Hart, Ricky Davis
The Pistons would get their needed elite center, who plays similar to that of Ben Wallace, with whom the Pistons won the championship in 04'. While they get another role playing big man. Raymond Felton would be the mosy contreversy to fit him in with the Pistons. But he and Rodney Stuckey is a nice duo.
The Clippers would have a starting lineup of Baron Davis, Allen Iverson, Al Thorton, Zach Randolph, Chris Kaman. That would be nasty, after they get this season finished, and a training camp together, then they would be a contender for a title.
The Bobcats would have a back court of a pair of rookies. They are promised talents for the future, and this duo can be very dangerous. While Jason Hart is a back up PG, who is a veteran and knows what he is doing. Ricky Davis add's a scoring threat, and someone who can win the game with the last shot. Just recall his play back in his last year or so with the Timberwolves.
Shaq Part Of The Big D Pack
The Suns are an up and down team again. The Pistons need a big man. The Jazz might need a new PF, later on though. So how about this:
Pistons get: Shaq
Suns get: Allen Iverson, Carlos Boozer
Jazz: Jason Richardson
The Pistons get Shaq, who is playing incredible. Then the Pistons could go back to half court offense, and then we'll see what happens.
The Jazz PF, Boozer, is not interested in them anymore. So get rid of him, and get another good PF free agent in a year or so.
The Suns could go back to the run up and down style with their new coach, and Shaq not clogging up the middle. A low pots of Amare and Boozer is nasty. While the opposing teams will hate having to run around with Nash and Iverson.
Iverson can be the go to scorer, while Nash gets his open shots that Ivy makes for him. Amare and Boozer can splitt their shots and each get about 15 points. If they do this, boy, oh boy, you got a contender!
We Welcome You Back, With Open Arms!
The Warriors are the same team they have been the last few years. So bringing Davis back will be no harm. So how do we do it? Look at this three team trade.
Pistons get: Marcus Camby, Jamal Crawford, Rob Kurz
Warriors get: Baron Davis
Clippers get: Allen Iverson, Will Bynum
Again, the Pistons get the big man they want. Plus a scorer to come off the bench and be a clutch player, with Crawford. Or if not, then use him and Rob Kurz as trading pieces in the future.
The Warriors team wants B Davis back, and B Davis ants to go back. They were a great team together. Since his departure, they have chaged, so bring him back, and next season they may be even better than last season.
The Clippers would have Iverson with Zach Randolph and Chris Kaman stuffing the paint. Iverson can handle the PG position and it might work. It would be a toss in the air if it works, but it could be great if it goes the right way.
The Big 4 Team Blockbuster!!
The trade where I threw around huge names! Here it is
Pistons get: Yao Ming, Baron Davis
Knicks get: Tracy Mcgrady
Rockets get: Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Kwane Brwon
Clippers get: Stephon Marbury
The Clippers get Marbury to fill in for Davis. Plus Starbury is on a mission to go back to the all-star level again.
The Knicks get T-Mac. He fits the style. He is the star they may need to take the next step and the person the need to compliment their already improving squad.
The Rockets have not worked with Yao/Tmac. They need something new. Iverson , Camby have played together, so they know how to play with one another. While Brown also played with Ivy. Add them with Battier and Artest, this is something special, only if handled correctly.
Pistons get a needed BIGGGG man, in Yao. Add in Davis as a starter. Let him teach Stuckey, and Stuckey will be a starter in a few years. They can go back to half court offense and then we'll see how far they can go for the next few years.