Phil XI wrote:2 trades pre-draft/
TPE, #60 to Hornets for Ariza, #10
Get 5 year younger, athletic at SF and a trading chip pick
Trade between LA, Minn, Bklyn
LA gets Deron, sends Pau, #10
Minn gets Pau, sends Derrick Willms, #18, non-guar Miller & Webster
Bklyn gets Derrick Willms, #10, #18, n-g Miller&Webster (immed cut)
Why Bklyn: get their return for orig Deron trade. #3 pick DFavors v #2 DerrickWms, 2 1sts out v 2 1sts in, salary savings of Harris $ moved last time v cutting n-g contracts to save 15m in this deal, rebuild around DW, Lopez, Brooks, 2 1sts, and have several '13 expirers creating major cap flexibility
Why Minn: get Pau to settle/nurture Rubio for a good price (don't need DW or 18 or n-g deals), Pau-Love-Pekovic is great frontcourt rotation
Why LA: essentially Deron, Ariza for Pau and TPE. Start the future (Bynum-Deron) while maximizing Kobe's window, then convince KG to come run w Kobe, Deron, Bynum for 3mil ring chase!
I look at this team & see a contender, & that's with you forgetting we'll have Sessions backing up both guard spots haha.. I can see Artest & McSocks both being tradeable assets, possibly even Blake.. If we can dump McSocks & Blake either as throw in's on the existing deals.. I don't think they're going to amnesty Metta. However if that Hill for Beasley rumor has legs, I agree Metta is gone..
I think the longest shot out of the entire scenario is KG for the mini MLE.. If we can't do that, I think we'd be wise to not spend it, because Metta would probably be a better backup 4 than anyone we can get at that point.. The 3 remaining teams got where they are playing small ball with 1 legit big out there.. Beasley/Metta is a nice specialist rotation at that position..
That's actually a really good return for all teams involved.. Props for thinking this through from all sides..