Trade Ideas: Tracy McGrady to Detroit Pistons? Teyshaun Prince to NY Knicks?
The Detroit Pistons are trying to find a balance between the new—Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva—and the old—Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton. Currently, they are guard-heavy and rely on their outside shooting for the majority of their scoring.
The Pistons have some young forwards who are getting close to being ready, or are even are ready, for more playing time—Jonas Jerebko, DaJuan Summers, and Austin Daye—but are blocked long-term by Prince. The Pistons desperately need to improve their low-post scoring, but with their roster the way it is, they will not have the cap to sign a low-post-scoring big next summer.
This may seem like a crazy trade, but here me out. Three-team trade between Detroit, Houston, and New York. Detroit would get Tracy McGrady and Danilo Gallinari. Houston would receive Hamilton, Al Harrington, and Cuttino Mobley. New York would receive Prince and Kyle Lowry.
In my opinion this deal makes sense for all three teams.
For Detroit, this deal clears up the congestion at the guard position. The starting guards would be Stuckey and Gordon, with Will Bynum, McGrady (as he works his way fully back from injury) and Chucky Atkins off the bench.
At small forward the Pistons have already played most of the season without Prince, and Gallinari is a young skill player who has a good shooting touch and is improving on the defensive end.
One of the biggest bonuses to Detroit is the cap space it would get when McGrady becomes a free agent. Detroit would have the cap space to target a player like Chris Bosh, Jermaine O'Neal, Amar'e Stoudemire, or Carlos Boozer.
For Houston, it is able to remove a player who is not happy and replace him with an all-star caliber player—Hamilton. Hamilton also gives the Rockets a backcourt a veteran who has championship experience.
Houston also receives a PF/SF in Harrington who is capable of scoring 18 points and grabbing six boards per game. Mobley is a salary cap throw-in.
The other bonus for Houston is the cap space that will come off after the 2009-2010 season (Harrington at $10 million and Mobley at $9.5 million).
For New York this deal makes sense because it gets two pieces that can help them encourage one or two of the 2010 elite free agents to come and win in the big apple.
Prince gives the Knicks a versatile player who can play and defend four positions on the floor. Prince also is a veteran who understands what it takes to win a title and to be consistent.
Kyle Lowry is beginning to come into his own as a solid guard off the bench. He's currently averaging eight points and four assists per game. If the Knicks decide Lowry doesn't fit their system, they can let him walk as he is a free agent in 2010.
This is a pretty big trade with some big names changing teams. I think this would be a deal that would help all three teams. Let me know what y'all think.
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