View Full Version : Sam Smith has a good idea: The Kings should trade Peja Stojakovic for Eddy Curry

10-18-2004, 10:19 PM
Season a deal for Stojakovic with Curry
Sam Smith

October 18, 2004

OK, you take Eddy Curry and deal him for . . . Hey, I gave the Bulls a week. But it looks again like they need my help. Yes, it's just four months to the trading deadline, so it's time to start thinking.

Look, I thought the Bulls should make some commitment to Curry, some sort of compromise, a short-term deal. There could be a lockout after this season, and even if there isn't, the NBA is pushing to reduce long-term deals.

With a short-term Bulls deal, Curry would get security--and the word is that, with lavish spending habits, he's in need of cash--and the Bulls would get some stability and a tradable contract. So Curry asks for a so-called maximum deal worth close to $90 million, and, well, see you next summer. This guy's financial IQ apparently matches his basketball IQ.

What Curry doesn't understand is there are several good reasons he's not going to get a major offer next summer. They're named Andrei Kirilenko, Michael Redd, Jason Richardson, Ray Allen, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Tony Parker and Zach Randolph, among others.

If you're a team with salary-cap room, are you investing it in the unproven, uneven Curry? Or an All-Star like Kirilenko or Redd? And are you about to spend all your money with players like Yao Ming and Amare Stoudemire coming on the market the following year?

Yes, everyone needs a 7-footer, especially with Shaquille O'Neal back in the Eastern Conference. But with Curry, that defies the philosophy of general manager John Paxson. He wants a gritty, tough, unselfish, intelligent, committed team. Curry is none of the above.

Can Paxson's plan ever work with an indifferent Curry? After all, Curry admits he only got in shape for his contract season and already has been benched in exhibitions for forgetting plays.

We know the answer. So take a stab at a big-time player, though smaller. The Kings clearly are on the edge of a meltdown, with Vlade Divac gone and the Chris Webber-Peja Stojakovic feud festering. Stojakovic has asked for a trade, coach Rick Adelman is a lame duck and Webber is also sniping at Brad Miller. It's hard to see them as a serious contender anymore. They seem ready for a major change.

Make an offer for Stojakovic, and then perhaps work out something to get the hustling Bobby Jackson. The Bulls could give him the extension the Kings seem reluctant to discuss. The Kings could use a center with backup Greg Ostertag already hurt and Webber still slowed from knee problems.

Webber remains a top talent, and that's what Curry needs. He needs to be Kevin Duckworth, a third or fourth option without the pressure to produce. With the complementary talent assembled by the Bulls, a re-signed Curry always would have a role for which he doesn't appear motivated.

It's too big a dream to hope the Kings would take Eddie Robinson, but perhaps they'd accept Andres Nocioni or Luol Deng in a deal for Stojakovic, who's an All-Star and big-time scorer. If healthy, Tyson Chandler should be able to handle most of the defensive center duties as he gains weight. Plus, Chandler fits the Bulls hoped-for defensive, aggressive style better. And no one's stopping O'Neal anyway.

Of course, if I were the Kings, I'd go for Vince Carter to go into that Webber-Mike Bibby cocoon. Carter, likewise, needs to be a second-option player and out of the spotlight. The Raptors would love to get rid of him as much as he would like to leave, and a package with Doug Christie would do it. The Kings have rookie Kevin Martin to grow into Christie's spot.

10-18-2004, 10:24 PM
Stupid idea. Why would the Kings trade a established star for one that is still mediocre in his third season?

10-19-2004, 11:09 AM
dumbest thing I've ever heard.

10-19-2004, 11:22 AM
Someone should end Mr. Smith...

10-19-2004, 12:50 PM
This makes perfect sense..........if you are a Bulls fan.

10-19-2004, 03:33 PM
Sam said:
Can Paxson's plan ever work with an indifferent Curry? After all, Curry admits he only got in shape for his contract season and already has been benched in exhibitions for forgetting plays.

I thought that Curry specifically said that he did NOT do all of the extra work for a contract in two or three articles, (I know he likely did, but my point is where does Sam get this shit - does he just make it up to suit his articles???)

10-19-2004, 03:44 PM
how some people keep their job is beyond me....

10-19-2004, 03:51 PM
give me his job... please...

10-19-2004, 03:53 PM

well, ok.

10-19-2004, 05:21 PM
Seriously, I hope Curry does turn his career around though... I remember the draft when Curry and Chandler were selected in the same round with the first few picks and I sure thought the Bulls would be further along by now... That is a great franchise and I would love to see Paxson make that team respectable!