Newsflash To NBA Franchise Players: "Band-Aid Trades Almost Never Work"

Ralph isaacAnalyst IMay 1, 2008

Band-Aid Trades: Quick fix trade where an organization mortgages its future for an high-paid star in hopes of winning the BIG ONE.

Why can't NBA franchise players realize that Band-aid trades almost never work? Two of the most successful franchises in the last five years were done in by band-aid trades: Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks.

Why didn't those franchises listen to pundits who told them why the trades of Jason Kidd and Shaquille O'Neal wouldn't work? Why didn't someone stop them from setting their franchises back years.

Why didn't they take notes from the Lakers who didn't budge on Kobe's demands to trade Andrew Bynum for Jason Kidd who got tortured by Chris Paul or for Jermaine O'Neal who ironically got dominated by Andrew Bynum? 

Here is one of the reason why Dallas lost against New Orleans: Jason Kidd can't shoot, so he made it easier on Chris Paul. You think Devin Harris couldn't have scored more than eight points per game or put Chris Paul in foul trouble?

As for Phoenix, it was Shaq's free throw shooting that killed them in game 5 and his terrible game that cost them in Game One on that Tim Duncan three point shot (shouldn't Shaq had known better than anyone that TD can hit that shot? he hit a similar against the Lakers in 03-04, but luckily Derek Fisher saved the day).

They lost the game by five points and Shaq missed 11 free throws. As shameful as it might be, the Spurs masterfully employed the Hack-A-Shaq strategy which worked wonders. And no, there's no shame when it comes to winning.

Dirk Nowitzki was the one who wanted Jason Kidd, he said himself that he felt the organization needed a change at All-Star weekend. And Amare Stoudemire was the one who phoned his owner and told him he wanted Shaq in a Suns uniform.

The cost? Devin Harris(with two 1st round picks) and Shawn Marion. they mortgage their respective future for over the hill has-beens. And ironically, both players that were acquired to these trades were part of the reason why their teams lost in the playoffs.


Other band-aid trades which were made to please franchise players?

-76ers: Glenn Robinson which failed miserably and Chris Webber couple of years later.

-Magic: T-Mac wanted help and bolted to Houston to partner with the oft-injured Yao, but that same year the Magic acquires Dwight "Superman" Howard.

-Raptors: Carter tanked a season to get traded because they wouldn't trade Chris Bosh for a veteran star.

-Nets: Traded for Vince Carter and his fat contract, and we all know how that turned out.

-Knicks: traded for Zach Randolph instead of initiating a salary dump, another disaster season followed suit.

-Cavs: under pressure from Bron, they traded for Ben Wallace (way over the hill), Wally Szcerbiack (beyond the hill), Joe Smith and Delonte West. Is it a coincidence that the most productive player out of this trade is the one with the smallest Salary and also the youngest?(Delonte)

Shouldn't those franchise players or organizations ask themselves: "if those high-paid players are so good, then why are they on the trading block?"