I'm currently watching the Twolves/Clippers game and I came up with this Pau trade idea between the Lakers and Wolves that could actually benefit both teams.
T'Wolves get Pau Gasol (19 Mil Salary)
Lakers get Kirilenko (9.7 Mil), Derrick Williams (4.8mil), Chase Budinger (0.9mil)
Mitch could try and get cute by also trying to broker Blake for Ridnour... but whatever, that would be the basis of the trade. I wasn't able to run that through ESPN Trade Machine because Kirilenko can't be traded until Dec. 15.... but the salaries match close enough that it would work. Here's the rationale.
The T'Wolves for the past few seasons have always been intrigued at the thought of pairing spaniards Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio together. Pau could also start at Center while Love plays the PF. This makes Pau more effective as he wants to play in the post, and Love actually is a decent stretch 4 because he is a pretty good 3 point shooter.... this allowing Pau to have room to operate in the post as a center.
The Lakers do this because they are committed to D'antoni's offensive uptempo philosophy. D'antoni has already made comments how Pau is not the ideal PF in his system. He referred to Shawn Marion as his ideal PF back in their Phoenix Suns glory days. What was Marion during those times? An athletic tweener, undersized PF that could outrun traditional sized PFs and hit open perimeter shots. Both Kirilenko and Derrick Williams can fit that description. Kirilenko is a very similar player to Josh Smith, two way defensive tweener PFs... and Kirilenko has been having a very solid season so far for the Wolves, averaging 13ppg, 8rpg, 3apg, 1.8bpg, 1.5spg.... while shooting .508 fg%, and 37.5 3pt%. Williams has shown flashes but the expectation would be that he'd be fairly inconsistent.... but he'd be a huge boost for Lakers bench production. Also don't underrate Chase Budinger who would be fantastic in a D'antoni offense playing the SF role where he could hit the open 3s.
I think Mitch would be able to swing this and have the Wolves agree because the Wolves don't value Williams very much, as they barely play him, they'll essentially sell low on him because I don't see them extending him in the future...they also consider Budinger a player off their bench as well. The only player the Wolves value fairly high is AK... but if they could get Pau for AK and 2 "bench prospects"... I see them doing it.
The Lakers would then be required to fill the PF position by committee with a rotation of AK47, Williams, and Jamison. Since all three are versatile tweeners, they could have spot time at the SF position as well. Include the solid play of Darius Morris lately, this would create overall bench depth that can help keep minutes low for the starters.
Rotation would be something like...
Kobe (33mpg)/Meeks (15mpg)
...You get the idea with the versatility between the SF and PF spot. We would be so deep and it would be interchangable based on whatever player is "hot" on any given night... and that could be a realistic expectation because AK, Jamison, and Williams all have inconsistent tendencies.
D'Antoni would also have the option of having a young, athletic run and gun bench squad lineup if he wants to... I mean, can you imagine...
Budinger (who's surprisingly athletic, was in the dunk contest a few years ago lol)
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