Yesterday, a hot dog vendor at Oracle Arena revealed to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News that Al Harrington has never stopped wanting that trade he mentioned during last season.
Last night the rumor was shot down as just that, a rumor—but by daybreak the truth of the rumor was verified.
What does this mean? It means you should be careful who you buy your hot dogs from. It also means that the Warriors have a cancer. Harrington wants more minutes than the 27 minutes per game he got last season. With Wright and Randolph slated to play more minutes, Harrington sees the writing on the wall—again.
The only thing hurting Harrington is his bloated contract, which has a $10 million player option next year. Most teams could handle a large contract for a single season, but no team is going to risk a $10 million wallet grab if Harrington doesn't get any big offers.
Since Al and the team had all last season to work out a trade, I think it is only fair that the fans step in and put some offers on the table. So far I have seen a few offers that ship Harrington out for a bag of Cheetos and another one for...nothing.
While these are enticing propositions, they just go to show how difficult getting rid of Harrington will be. After spending about an hour on ESPN's trade machine, I came up with this nifty little trade that works in my eyes, but may not be viable.
Send Al Harrington, Marco Bellinelli, and Marcus Williams to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In return the Warriors would get Joe Smith and Earl Watson.
Earl Watson wants to be a full time starter, but with Russell Westbrook there it is likely that his minutes will be reduced further. The Warriors need a part-time starter and a capable backup.
In order to keep the Thunder from getting too thin at point, the Warriors would trade them Marcus Williams, a natural point who should be good off the bench. In addition, the Warriors would give up a decent ball handler and sharpshooter in Marco Bellinelli.
Trading Al Harrington for Joe Smith makes sense. They have similar production, but Joe Smith is getting older. Al wants more minutes and so this could be a good trade off to keep some veteran presence at the power forward position for the Warriors. It would also give the Thunder a minute-hungry veteran that can play up to three positions when playing against smaller lineups.
In addition, none of the contracts is for more than two years. Heck, the Warriors could also throw in a draft pick in the distant future, just to sweeten the deal.
I think the Thunder may have a hard time giving up Watson, because Westbrook is not yet a sure thing. Also, there is still a chance for Marcus Williams to blossom—but it looks like he won't be getting too many minutes. Maybe the answer awaits in Oklahoma.
Rowell has clearly been too busy playing power games with Mullin, and nursing his case of fecal encephalopathy for the last year and a half to take time out of his busy schedule, and deal with Al. Let's do ourselves and Rowell a favor by doing his job for him.
If you have an idea for a trade then post it here, so we can help get the Warriors back on track, and out from under the mercy of evil hot dog vendors. But seriously, Mr. Hot Dog Vendor, thanks for catching the Warriors' cancer. Warriors fans just need to hope that it is not too late to get rid of it.
Update: I have to give a shout out to the Hinrich trade, but you better believe the Bulls will keep their grubby pickers all over him until Rose is in the clear to take full command.
P.S. Just to clear up one final issue. The size of Al's contract shouldn't dictate his minutes. In fact, he has 9 million reasons to do exactly what the coach and the owner tell him to do. Especially since they seem more or less content with Al's production.
If Harrington is not happy with himself then he needs to reconsider his personal motivations for playing. Or he could open up his already signed contract to renegotiation. That would be rich. I would love to see Rowell mitigate that one. It would be a nightmare.