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Tony tha Mavs fan
12-25-2003, 01:33 PM
After discussing the situation with several front-office types, it seems there are 10 members of the NBA's most likely to be traded club.

1-3. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Theo Ratliff and Jason Terry, Hawks. Take the Hawks, please. The team's new ownership group still is not in place, and in the meantime, the team is an unwatchable mess. The Hawks' obstacle to making trades is finances. They have Abdur-Rahim and Ratliff under contract for this year and 2004-05, for $28 million and $21 million, respectively. If they let either go, it must be for someone with a shorter contract, and those players are hard to find when you're dealing with eight-figure salaries. They might just wait out Abdur-Rahim and Ratliff and rebuild in 2005.

Terry, on the other hand, was signed last summer to a six-year deal, and after professing his love for Atlanta over the last year, he now seems ready for a change.

4. Kurt Thomas, Knicks. Thomas can become a free agent next summer, thanks to a player option in his contract, and though he might not do better than the nearly $6 million he would get if he stayed with the Knicks, he apparently has grown weary of shabby treatment by the organization. The Knicks recently bumped Thomas from the starting lineup in favor of Antonio McDyess -- for no apparent reason -- ticking him off and numbering his days in New York.

One problem is that the Knicks overvalue Thomas on the market. They are dreamily hoping Thomas can help attract, say, Nick Van Exel from the Warriors (repeat this to yourself, New Yorkers: Van Exel will not be traded), but they should start thinking more in the Tony Delk/Tariq Abdul-Wahad mode.

5. Jamaal Tinsley, Pacers. Tinsley was named Rookie of the Month in his first month in the league, and that pretty much has been the highlight of his career. He plays behind Kenny Anderson and Anthony Johnson, and his stock has plummeted. Sending Tinsley to a team desperate for a point guard for a backup big man, or packaging him with Jonathan Bender, would be ideal.

6. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cavaliers. The Cavs say they won't trade Ilgauskas, which, in the NBA, is like getting a full-lipped kiss from Michael Corleone. Ilgauskas does not defend the middle well, which saps the strength of the Cavs' perimeter defenders. Cleveland got Tony Battie in the deal for Davis, which could clear the way for an Ilgauskas trade.

7. Marcus Fizer, Bulls. Fizer was, possibly, on his way to winning the Sixth Man of the Year award last season before blowing out his knee. He's healthy, but concerns about the knee linger. With the Bulls acquiring Jerome Williams and Antonio Davis, Fizer will be bumped well down the depth chart when Tyson Chandler returns from a back injury. The Bulls should seek a perimeter shooter in return.

8. Lamond Murray, Raptors. Once upon a time, Murray would show frequent flashes of brilliance. Now, after missing last season with a broken foot, he barely flashes usefulness. But the Raptors are trying to sell teams on his scoring ability (though he is two years removed from having scoring ability) in their efforts to land a big man. The arrival of Murray on the trading block, by the way, could signal that the on-again, off-again status of Morris Peterson with the team is back on.

9. Antawn Jamison, Mavericks. Jamison is a good company guy and not a complainer, but he is not happy as a sixth man. If the Mavs can move him for serious interior help -- Ratliff or Ilgauskas, maybe -- they'd have to consider it.

10. Rodney White, Nuggets. Not that White ever has gotten along with a coach during his professional career, but he certainly has had a rocky run with Jeff Bzdelik, whose focus on hard work and defense must sound like a foreign language to White. When he is not racking up DNPs, White is a very good scorer whose talent has drawn interest from several teams, but his salary is under $2 million and his contract is up after this season, meaning the cap-conscious Nuggets would need a nice offer to accept a trade.

XERXES
12-25-2003, 03:05 PM
Mark it down right now: 1-3,4, or 6 will be a Mav before the season ends...

Jamisonite
12-25-2003, 05:03 PM
Originally posted by: Tony tha Mavs fan

4. Kurt Thomas, Knicks. Thomas can become a free agent next summer, thanks to a player option in his contract, and though he might not do better than the nearly $6 million he would get if he stayed with the Knicks, he apparently has grown weary of shabby treatment by the organization. The Knicks recently bumped Thomas from the starting lineup in favor of Antonio McDyess -- for no apparent reason -- ticking him off and numbering his days in New York.

One problem is that the Knicks overvalue Thomas on the market. They are dreamily hoping Thomas can help attract, say, Nick Van Exel from the Warriors (repeat this to yourself, New Yorkers: Van Exel will not be traded), but they should start thinking more in the Tony Delk/Tariq Abdul-Wahad mode.



In light of this........

New York trades: PG Charlie Ward (8.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg in 24.3 minutes)
C Kurt Thomas (11.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 apg in 34.1 minutes)
C Slavko Vranes (11.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 apg in 34.1 minutes)
New York receives: PG Tony Delk (6.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 apg in 17.1 minutes)
SF Eduardo Najera (3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.4 apg in 14.2 minutes)
SF Tariq Abdul-Wahad (3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.4 apg in 14.2 minutes)
Change in team outlook: -10.0 ppg, -6.7 rpg, and -5.7 apg.

Dallas trades: PG Tony Delk (6.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 apg in 17.1 minutes)
SF Eduardo Najera (3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.4 apg in 14.2 minutes)
SF Tariq Abdul-Wahad (3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.4 apg in 14.2 minutes)
Dallas receives: PG Charlie Ward (8.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.8 apg in 29 games)
C Kurt Thomas (11.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 apg in 28 games)
C Slavko Vranes (11.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 apg in 28 games)
Change in team outlook: +10.0 ppg, +6.7 rpg, and +5.7 apg.

TRADE ACCEPTED

razap
12-26-2003, 09:05 AM
please stop woth the tariq trades. NO ONE IS GOING TO TAKE HIM AND HIS CONTRACT!. Ok now I feel better.

Max Power
12-26-2003, 09:31 AM
9. Antawn Jamison, Mavericks. Jamison is a good company guy and not a complainer, but he is not happy as a sixth man. If the Mavs can move him for serious interior help -- Ratliff or Ilgauskas, maybe -- they'd have to consider it.


Ilgauskas does not defend the middle well, which saps the strength of the Cavs' perimeter defenders.

We need a low post defender. And yet the reporter thinks we want to trade for him?

LRB
12-26-2003, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by: Max Power

9. Antawn Jamison, Mavericks. Jamison is a good company guy and not a complainer, but he is not happy as a sixth man. If the Mavs can move him for serious interior help -- Ratliff or Ilgauskas, maybe -- they'd have to consider it.


Ilgauskas does not defend the middle well, which saps the strength of the Cavs' perimeter defenders.

We need a low post defender. And yet the reporter thinks we want to trade for him?


LOL. Good catch MP. Looks like the reporter needed to meet his deadline more than get the facts straight. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

uberfan
12-26-2003, 10:43 AM
Originally posted by: LRB

Originally posted by: Max Power

9. Antawn Jamison, Mavericks. Jamison is a good company guy and not a complainer, but he is not happy as a sixth man. If the Mavs can move him for serious interior help -- Ratliff or Ilgauskas, maybe -- they'd have to consider it.


Ilgauskas does not defend the middle well, which saps the strength of the Cavs' perimeter defenders.

We need a low post defender. And yet the reporter thinks we want to trade for him?


LOL. Good catch MP. Looks like the reporter needed to meet his deadline more than get the facts straight. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

Since we are not likely to get a low post defender, give me a shot blocker who can get a few defensive rebounds and I will be happy.