If Warriors Are Smart, They Will Try To Trade Ellis For Al Jefferson
With summertime approaching, there are always a great deal of rumors floating around the wonderful world of the NBA in what will happen in the soon-to-be offseason. This kind of thing is generally unavoidable, especially with such a deep and talented group of free agents starting to think about where they want to play for the next few seasons of their respective careers.
It is also unavoidable that some of these rumors will move from credible to absolutely ridiculous, which might make the summer of free agency a lot more fun for some NBA fans, but certainly not for me.
The reason I bring this up is that, being a consistent visitor of Bleacher Report, as well as a Warriors fan, I often read stories about some of the big name free agents and where they will land. While many of the predictions about where some these superstars will end up (LeBron to Chicago, Amare to Miami) seem reasonable enough, I have also heard rumors of a couple these tremendous talents possibly ending up in Golden State.
Now don't get me wrong, I would jump for joy if the Warriors landed Chris Bosh. But I'm going to go out on limb here and say that that won't happen, due mostly to Golden State lacking cap space, as well as not being a particularly desirable location at this present time.
The Warriors were also disappointed in the lottery once again, meaning they mostly likely won't get a shot at the best big-men in the draft (although if it comes to that they could still have some decent options). However, they still have plenty of young talent, led by potential All-Star Stephen Curry.
The Warriors also have the extremely gifted Monta Ellis, and he could be their key to finally adding a good big man with scoring ability in the post—something they have lacked in recent years. That big man is Al Jefferson. Monta Ellis works perfectly for the trade for a number of reason. He is a terrific scorer with lightning speed and great athleticism, as well as an improving jump shot. Ellis also, if he puts his head in the right place, has tremendous upside. All he needs to do is improve his shot and his decision making, which is much easier said than done, but still could be huge in the eyes of the Timberwolves.
Jefferson, on the other hand, is a talented guy who can score in the low post, something that the Warriors badly need. Not only does his contract work perfectly in a trade with Ellis', but I have also heard that Minnesota is anxious to get rid of him in an effort to make Kevin Love their new franchise center. They also are in a good draft position to get Demarcus Cousins in order to give them some depth at the position.
Now, I know that the Warriors are still looking for a new owner, but I can't imagine whoever it turns to be being upset over his new team making this deal. I'm not as clear about the Timberwolves who, for all I know, could be completely opposed to having a Monta Ellis on their team. However, from all the information I could gather, it appears as though making this trade would work out well for both teams.
Be smart Warriors, and at least look into this.
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