Thursday, June 19, 2008

HYPOTHETICAL TRADE: Love, Varejao, Wilkins, Snow, Collison, #59

It's widely believed that this draft has only two future studs in Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose. Put Kevin Love on the Warriors and you will have an impact big that could contribute from Day 1. His advanced low post game, unequaled passing ability, and high basketball IQ is exactly with the Warriors need. He might not be the most athletic big in the draft, but like his entire basketball career, he will out-play, out-hustle, and out-think his opponents and more often then not, get the best of them.

Statistics and Game Log

With this proposed three-way trade, we get Kevin Love, and three other veterans that will improve depth and bring consistency and relief off the bench. Miraculously, this trade works on ESPN's Trade Machine.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Incoming Players
Earl Watson
Salary: $5,800,000 Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 10.7 REB: 2.9 AST: 6.8 PER: 14.56
Kosta Perovic
Salary: $1,800,000 Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 1.4 REB: 1.9 AST: 0.1 PER: 10.36
Brandan Wright
Salary: $2,323,080 Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 4.0 REB: 2.6 AST: 0.2 PER: 17.29

Outgoing Players: Eric Snow, Anderson Varejao, #19, #1 2009 (lotto protected)

Seattle SuperSonics

Incoming Players
Al Harrington
Salary: $8,425,625 Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 13.6 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.6 PER: 15.70
#14 Pick
#19 Pick
#49 Pick
Cleveland #1 Pick 2009 (lotto protected)

Outgoing Players: Damien Wilkins, Earl Watson, Nick Collison, #4, #56

Golden State Warriors

Incoming Players
Damien Wilkins
Salary: $2,900,000 Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 9.2 REB: 3.2 AST: 2.0 PER: 11.26
Obtained with a trade exception
Eric Snow (T.E.)
Salary: $6,703,125 Years Remaining: 1
PTS: 1.0 REB: 0.9 AST: 1.9 PER: 3.11
Anderson Varejao
Salary: $5,356,000 Years Remaining: 2
PTS: 6.7 REB: 8.3 AST: 1.1 PER: 12.02
Nick Collison
Salary: $5,750,000 Years Remaining: 3
PTS: 9.8 REB: 9.4 AST: 1.4 PER: 15.03
#4 Pick
#56 Pick

Outgoing Players: Al Harrington, Kosta Perovic, Brandan Wright, #14, #49

  1. The Cavaliers have a whole lot of money tied up in their PF/C position with players either at the end of their careers or with no hope for big dividends down the road. Trading for Brandan Wright infuses them with young, exciting talent and a player that can grow alongside Lebron James and help solidify a promising core. The Cavaliers are in 'win now' mode and Wright gives them a much better offensive option to turn to in the post than either Wallace or Varejao.
  2. Kosta Perovic becomes the 2nd coming of Illguskas, mentored by the man himself.
  3. Watson gives them a true PG that could help stabilize the backcourt and increase its depth and quality.
  4. Cavaliers give up the #19 overall pick and their 1st round pick in 2009 (lottery protected but likely a pick in the mid-20's), but in exchange, they shed fat off their finances in ditching Snow and Varejao's generous contracts, and get 2 valuable pieces in return.
  5. Sign Mickael Pietrus with the M.L.E.
PG: Watson/West/Jones
SG: Gibson/Pavlovic
SF: James/Pietrus/Szczerbiak
PF: Wright/Smith
C: Illgauskas/Wallace/Perovic

  1. Sonics are rumored to be willing to trade out of the #4 spot. They get an additional 1st round pick but best of all shed $14.5 mil in salary while only taking in $9.4 mil - something that the new ownership would love to do.
  2. Draft Brandon Rush at #14. He could play the 2 or 3, is perhaps the draft's best perimeter defender, and is ready to play significant minutes right off the bat.
  3. Draft Marreese Speights at #19. Wilcox is in his last year and Speights could take over after playing behind him, learning the ropes. His versatility is a plus because he can hit the midrange jumper as well as score effectively in the paint. Speights can play either the 4 or 5.
  4. Draft Mario Chalmers at #24. Ridnour needs a backup and Chalmers is as solid an option coming out of this draft in terms of leadership, competitiveness, and skill level.
  5. Draft Bill Walker at #32. If his knees check out, he'll be hit in Seattle or Oklahoma City.
  6. Draft Richard Hendrix at #46. If he's there as predicts, snatch him up and add him to your frontcourt rotation.
  7. Draft Pat Calathes at #49. He's a do-it-all SF/PF that plays smart, unselfish basketball.
PG: Ridnour/Chalmers/Weaver
SG: Durant/Rush
SF: Green/Walker/Calathes
PF: Wilcox/Speights/Hendrix
C: Swift/Petro/Sene

Those are a lot of picks, so if they want to, they could combine or trade picks to bring in veteran leadership or move up in the draft to get someone they like.

  1. Warriors get a warrior down low. Wright is the sacrificial lamb that gets it done, but in my opinion, it is worth the price considering the questionable fit Wright is with Biedrins. They both can't shot from the perimeter with consistency and they are rail thin - unable to slow down bigger PF/C of the league. Love is a wide body that commands attention and is dangerous from anywhere on the court as either a shooter or passer. He could slow down a lot of bigs because he is so massive while Biedrins, Collison, and Varejao play help defense if need be.
  2. Everything else is icing on the cake. Wilkins (2 years remaining) is a versatile Point Forward type player that Nellie would love to create mismatches with. Collison (3 yrs remaining) is a hard-nosed big that isn't afraid to play physical and do all the dirty work that needs to be done. Varejao (2 years remaining) is a decent backup to Biedrins giving the Warriors a lot of energy and defensive intensity coming off the bench. Snow (expiring) is a veteran that can sub in for short stretches, giving Baron some rest here and there.
  3. Draft Maarty Leunen at #49.
  4. Resign Ellis, Biedrins, Azubuike, Barnes, and Watson. The Warriors are close, and bringing back these guys while adding key bench players will get them further than before.
  5. Sign Francisco Elson using part of the M.L.E. He gives the Warriors a legit center that is an midrange threat.
  6. Sign Walter Herrmann using part of the M.L.E. He's an athletic scoring big that has good consistency from 3 point range.

PG: Davis/C.J. Watson/Snow
SG: Ellis/Azubuike/Belinelli
SF: Jackson/Wilkins/Barnes
PF: Love/Collison/Leunen
C: Biedrins/Varejao/Elson (FA)

Kevin Love highlights - UCLA vs. Arizona

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