Re: IF Asik and Monroe are NOT Available...
posted at 1/29/2014 12:14 PM EST
In response to Eldunker's comment:
THE VIEW FROM PHX AZ :
Lets assume that Morey isn't blowing smoke and now wants to keep Asik or Monroe (to Wizards?) and Asik are moved to other teams...
Do you pass on filling the Center position as a near term priority and focus on other positions or this:
Phoenix is playing well with Plumlee at Center and their first round pick Len is developing very well. Okafor 6'11" 260lbs, 31 years, career 12 PPG, 10 RPG has been injured and is now dispensible. He would be a highly flexible asset with an expiring contract and/or high value in a future trade or keep him as a solid defensive minded good rebounder as our Center for 3-4 years.
They now have Bledsoe at PG which moved Dragic (19 PPG and 6 APG) to SG, but at 6'2" he is undersized and vulnerable on D at that position. He is a very capable PG with a solid all around game.
The Suns have 4 - 2014 first round picks and 3 second round picks!! and will likely leverage at least one of those.
Rondo and Green to Suns
Okafor, Dragic and 2014 1st round pick, 2014 second round pick to Celtics
1. the Suns are playing well enough that any thoughts of tanking for a high pick are long gone !
2. the Suns have played well enough that the talk yesterday on PHX radio was: A) The Suns have earned the right to play this one out together , and no one is going to be traded
B) The Suns ARE looking to make a trade - but only to add a vet to the mix , they are not looking to move anyone
Also, Bledsoe and Dragic are GREAT together , stop looking at Dragic as the backup or even as the #2 guard when they are on the floor together , the Suns are not looking to trade Dragic
Okafor makes more than Hump , doesn't he ? He is expiring isn't he ? Why would the Celtics want another guy like that, they can't even get anything for Hump ? Plus, would they even be allowed to flip Okafor at the deadline ? Don't they have to keep a player acquired in trade a certain amount of time ?
Plus, the Celtics already have enough draft picks !
BAD TRADE ! THUMBS DOWN .....