The Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Seattle Supersonics have officially completed an 11 player trade.
This trade reminds me a lot of that old western movie, The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly.
But why worry who got screwed, or who came out lookin like heroes.
Just worry about the players that are going to have to play in a new home.
The specifics are...
Cleveland Cavaliers get...
C Ben Wallace
F Joe Smith
F Wally Szczerbiak
G Delonte West
2009 2nd Round Bulls Draft Pick
Chicago Bulls get...
F Drew Gooden
G Larry Hughes
F Cedric Simmons
G Shannon Brown
Seattle Supersonics get...
F Ira Newble
F Donyell Marshall
F Adrian Griffin
Names aside, who did these teams really get.
The Caviliers got Ben Wallace, somebody who is greatly inept when it comes to scoring. However he has been bringing up that horible ppg average, scoring 9, 9, and 6 points in his last three games, the equivilant of Kobe's 81.
Wallace isn't as much of a help defensively as he used to be in his Detroit days but he can still add a much needed defensive post presence .
With the acquisition of Joe Smith, and a 2nd Round pick, I think the Cavs did very well in this trade.
The Chicago Bulls acquired 2 players at positions that they already have at least a decent player playing at. Drew Gooden plays the same spot that Tyrus Thomas still plays, and Joe Smith used to play. However, he could fill in at Center for the void that Wallace will leave.
Larry Hughes is a gaurd. The Bulls already have Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Chris Duhon, and Thabo Sefolosha. This means that we have a traffic jam at a very important position.
This, however, is a problem that most teams would like to have.
The new Bulls lineup will probably look something like this...Hinrich, Gordon, Nocioni/Deng, Thomas, Gooden. If Gooden plays forward, Aaron Gray could start at center.
The Supersonics got the worst of the deal. They gave up Wally Szczerbiak (13.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg), and Delonte West (6.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg), for Ira Newble (4.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Donyell Marshall (3.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg), and Adrian Griffin (2.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg).
For the players heading to Seattle, you were once back-ups on decent or bad teams, now you are a back-up on a horrible team. If your lucky, you might have better seats.
I think Seattle was involved just to help get this trade finished. But they also ended by giving up Wally Szczerbiak, who almost matches the scoring output of all the players that they recieved...combined.
Overall, Seattle got screwed, plain and simple. They were distracted by all the glitz and glamor and were told that they weren't going to give up anybody big, then had Szczerbiak pulled out from underneath them. They didn't even have time to react.
Cleveland got the good, Chicago got the bad, Seattle, well that was downright ugly.