I'm not a Rondo hater, but I enjoy watching them more since he has gone down. I understand that he is our biggest future building block, but I can't stand the idea of Paul and KG shipped off to other teams to finish their careers. I think DA should cash out on Rondo and get some pieces to help our vets compete in the playoffs. Here are a slew of trade machine proposals followed by a short bit of logic. What do you think?
Atlanta's spot in the standings makes it unlikely they would do this deal mid-season, but they are talking about moving Josh Smith so who knows. Rondo + Smith could help net Atlanta Howard whom they've long coveted. Worst free throw shooting big-3 in the league. Horford gives the C's a productive, youthful big man. Salaries almost identical, PERs are identical.
Charlotte gets the best player in the deal and a leader for their young team. C's get a promising, young scoring guard who could complement Bradley's defense. Walker can create his own shot, play on or off the ball, decent assisnt man, improving percentages and underrated defense due to great foot speed. Charlotte throws in a future pick and done deal?
Definitely a long shot, but possible. Drummond has emerged as the best big man on the team and also has the best PER. One could argue that his above the rim skills, Monroe's elbow and post passing, combined with their rebounding together is more valuable than Rondo...especially considering Brandon Knight's presence. I agree, but I have seen Monroe's name wondered aloud in trade rumors. Doesn't hurt to ask. Rondo and Drummond is a decent combo going forward.
C's have tried to get Mayo before and he may be overkill now with Bradley, Terry, Lee, and Barbosa. I would much prefer Mayo in the rotation over Barbosa and his lurchy stance. Solid player with potential going forward. Not sure who would handle the ball, but they could make it work. Kaman is a serviceable big man for the stretch run. Dallas gets a new star to help get Dirk his shots and potentially lure Howard to Dallas.
"Pelicans" get a leader for their young team to help get Gordon, Davis, and Lopez good looks. C's get a decent young PG who is a good assist man and a shooting rebounder. I know NO likes Anderson and just signed him, but Rondo's talent and upside far outweighs Anderson's. C's need both shooting and rebounding.
Similar to logic for NO. Get a solid PG and a solid big man. Not sure how the two Euros would mesh with the team, but each certainly has some talent. Neither has Rondo's potential, but this is a classic win-now move. PHX gets some real talent on the team who hopefully can bring the best out of the rest of a pathetic roster. BOS would likely have to include a pick.
3 Team w/ PHX & NO - http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=avcnown
This move helps C's froncourt the most bringing in Gortat and Anderson. Rondo and Bass give NO a very unique rotation of Rondo-Gordon-Aminu/Henry-Davis-Lopez with Bass providing a shooting power forward to play off of the defensive big men. PHX wants to move Gortat and gets some intriguing young talent in Smith and Rivers plus picks from NO and/or BOS.
I left out the trade to Sacremento for Evans and Cousins because I think both of those players are unpredictable, inconsistent, and poisonous. But thats certainly an option, too.
What do you all think? Which are realistic? Would you make any of these trades?