Check this trade out: http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=443md87
PG: Parker / Fisher / Morris
SG: Bryant / Barnes / Goudelocke
SF: Jefferson / Ebanks / Walton
PF: Gasol / Bonner
C: Duncan / Caracter
I think it works very well for both teams. Gasol gets paired with Duncan, which increases our shooting range, durability and fundamentals in the front court. Bonner, Parker and Jefferson are all shooting upgrades at their respective positions, and we still maintain a very deep team with definite championship pedigree. We solve our PG problem, and the Spurs dump large salary savings. Duncan's 18 mill comes off our books after the season. We can amnesty Richard Jefferson's deal, and trade Luke Walton's expiring contract for a quality role player. That would leave us with between 65 and 75 million as our payroll, roughly 16 to 26 million less than it is right now. And that's not counting if there is annual amnesty. If there is, we could trim even more the next season. If the Spurs let either Bynum or Odom go, we could go after one of them as well. If Duncan wins a ring with us, he may stay put for a lot less money, meaning we could spend for a good back up big (Odom maybe?
) and wind up better off than if we kept everyone together.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.