The trade deadline is only weeks away(Feb 18, 3 pm E.T.), and many teams have been rumored to be active in changing the landscape of the NBA. Of those teams, hardly any of them will be affected like the contenders will if certain pieces to go certain good teams for garbage. You know, like if Cleveland happens to land a stud like Andre Iguodala for garbage players. Andre is already ready to participate, claiming, “I’m one of the top players in the league and I can give whatever team I’m on a whole different dimension.” (twitter)
Like Kendrick Perkins and Chris Kaman, AI obviously thinks he’s better than he is. Don’t get me wrong; they’re all fantastic players, but there’s just no way I’d build a team around any of the three. If you’re going to claim to be a top player in the league, the implicit argument you’re making is that you could build a team around you and be successful. Half of that is true in that you can build a team around you, but as far as success goes, that just isnt’ true for any of the three. Still, though, I’d like to see Andre in a playoff situation that matters.
Raptors fans are split on this trade, which would send Andre and a rookie to Toronto for Jose Calderon, Demar DeRozan, and change. I think the one thing Toronto is lacking(besides their many other deficiencies) is a quality two-guard. Iguodala would definitely feel that void, but it all depends on how much they’d be willing to part with All-Star Biathlete Competitor Demar DeRozan. I mean, he’s already a star, competing in the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Rookie Challenge.
If I had to choose, I would send Andre to San Antonio in a trade that looked like this. While the idea of parting with Manu Ginobili would be hell for the city of San Antonio to deal with, I think it’d do them best in the long run. The guy’s not having a good year, and San Antonio is definitely in need of an influx of youth. Let’s face it: Antonio McDyess and Richard Jefferson haven’t exactly panned out for them, and they could use a solid two-guard as well, replacing their “shooting guard by commission” system they have going on now with a beast like Andre. On top of that, they’d be getting the three-point shooter they were hoping to get when acquiring RJ with Jason Kapono. They won’t have to worry about re-signing Ginobili or Finley, and the solid play of DeJuan Blair has rendered McDyess expendable. It makes sense for both parties.
Alright, time for some hard-hitting linkage.
- If you enjoy reading things that have no logical backing whatsoever(you probably enjoyed my previous trade proposal), you’ll absolutely eat up Christopher Reina’s trade deadline Power Rankings. If you are like me and enjoy rational, sensical standings, avoid clicking.
- Washingtonians who have already endured much heartbreak courtesy one Gilbert X. Arenas(so I made up that middle initial. Sue me.), avoid this next link. Brendan Haywood’s contract is up at the end of the year, and Realgm’s Matthew Gordon questions where he’ll end up and when in this article. (quick side note: I just left to the kitchen to go grab a bagel, came back mid-commercial for Revlon and turned my gaze to the television. I saw luscious pair of lips and automatically knew they were Jessica Alba’s. The camera zoomed out and I was right. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, creepy or normal, but I impressed even myself)
- Amar’e Stoudemire is apparently leaning toward sticking around next season. It would be stupid for him to opt out, considering the market and how it refuses to bite unless your first name is LeBron or last name is Wade. Hoopshype gives us this Lifetime-like quote, “Asked why he is constantly mentioned in trade speculation, Stoudemire said: ‘I don’t know. You have to ask the Phoenix Suns organization.’ ” Tell me that’s not extremely telling. Seriously. I work with kids, and if I were to break up a scuffle between two of them, separate them and ask them why they had a problem, 8 times out of 10 their answer would be, “I don’t know why don’t you ask so-and-so?” It’s obvious that Phoenix and Amar’e aren’t on the same page, so just cut the cord.
- Sorry Laker fans, our inept General Manager is unwilling to pull the trigger on a trade that would send Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich to Los Angeles(despite it filling an obviously glaring need). In case most of you don’t know, I was once banned from a Laker forum for, among other things, listing Mitch Kupcake’s ineptitudes. The kiddie Laker fans can’t handle criticism. Mitch’s entire quote,
“We won a championship last year and we feel like we can be as strong this year with the one change we made — the Ron Artest change.
“If this is the team we go into the playoffs with, we’ll be happy with our roster, provided we stay healthy. The caveat, as always, is we’ll look at roster flexibility and areas where we can tweak the roster.”
So, basically you’re scared to make a move. Even Championship teams shake up their roster a little in order to stay competitive for when everyone begins to gun for them. Our one major weakness is at the point guard position, so just give us a damn good point that could defend, please.
- Unaware if I still have any Toronto readers, but there is some good news coming out of the NBA’s lone Canadian headquarters. Toronto execs plan to be active in swinging a big deal that will improve their already talented team. Like I said earlier, a move that will land them Iguodala could be great for them. They would have somebody to defend the better two-guards of the league and also get them tired by chasing him around. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but he is ripped. Not like Brett Favre’s wrangler jeans, but like a fitness freak.
- Boy am I glad I cut ties with Chris Duhon a while ago on my fantasy team. The New York Knicks head coach has apparently grown tired of his shooting and turnover woes, benching him in place of the five-foot phenom, Nate Robinson. Move over, Phife Dawg of Tribe Called Quest, ’cause New York has a new five-foot assassin with the rough neck business.
- As a Laker fan, I love what’s happening in Boston right now. In case you haven’t heard, the team is undergoing a lot of locker room drama reminiscent of Degrassi High right now. Rajon Rondo commented on it after the team lost its 4th straight game to a Michael Vick-less Atlanta team. Needless to say, the team struggled to beat the Miami Heat at the TD North Bank Garden on Wednesday night, but when they did, KG immediately went into damage-control mode.
Congratulations to Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers. The former for becoming the all-time winningest Laker coach, and the latter for finally beating the Charlotte Bobcats. It’s been a while.
Till next time.