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The Trade: Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand for Yao Ming, Jarred Jeffries and Patrick Patterson and a first round pick.
Why Houston does it: Well in this trade Houston is trading three players it doesn't use, at all, for two established players.
Andre Iguodala is a guy who does everything: he defends, he scores, he assists, he rebounds. You name it he does it. He would be the perfect fit in Houston and make them easily the deepest team in the league.
Elton Brand is one of the best rebounder in the game and to have him coming off the bench would be the highest of luxuries for Houston. Just imagine Houston's bench
PG: Kyle Lowry/Courtney Lee/Ishmael Smith
SG: Courtney Lee/Terrence Williams/Chase Budinger
SF: Shane Battier/Terrence Williams/Chase Budinger
PF: Elton Brand/Chuck Hayes/Jordan Hill
C: Brad Miller/Jordan Hill/Chuck Hayes
Yeah, that unit could start for half the teams in the NBA.
Why Philadelphia does it: In this trade Philly gets 24 million dollars of expiring contracts, but the catch with Yao is well, here's what Adrian (I don't know how to spell his last name) Woj said "The lure of acquiring Yao for potential suitors is the $8 million in savings that insurance will provide for his $17.7 million expiring contract this season. Some teams are considering re-signing Yao on a short-term deal with hopes of restoring him to playing health, while others see his contract as a cost-saving measure."
They will save money and free up cap space because Houston takes on two bad contracts and they get Patrick Patterson who has great upside is in his rookie year and they get one maybe two first round picks.