Re: trade ideas!
posted at 8/12/2014 10:34 AM EDT
I think a realistic trade that Ive seen floated around would be with NYK.
Boston out: Rondo, Wallace, J. Anthony.
Boston in: Stoudemire, Hardaway Jr., Cleanthony Early, Shane Larkin
Starters: Smart - Bradley - Green - Sully - Zeller
Bench: Larkin - Hardaway Jr. - Turner - Bass - Olynyk
Reserves: Pressey - Thornton - Young - Early - Stoudemire
Cut/bought out: Bogans, Fav, Babb, Johnson
Larkin would have to fight with Pressey for the B/U PG spot. He could be an upgrade, although his rookie season was a slight disappointment. Whoever seems like the lesser prospect when the time comes can be cut if need be.
Hardaway Jr. is a really nice offensive player who already plays with confidence and a little fire. At 6'6" he can either be a big 2 or a thin 3. But he has time to bulk up if they want to groom him as a SF. He could step onto this team and be one of their best pure scorers from day one, and make Bradley expendable by the end of the season. I'd love to see what Stevens could do with a prospect like Hardaway.
Early is a wildcard who could be a solid starter someday, or the next Bill Walker. It's tough to tell, but he played really well in the tourney last year, and in summer league. I think he is a guy who just produces, even if you can't point to one particular reason why.
Basically this deal is to ensure that something is returned for the loss of Rondo, who will probably be in Phil Jacksons office the day free agency starts next year anyway.
In the end Boston gets one very promising prospect, one slightly promising prospect and they save cap space next season by dumping Wallace. This IMO is about the best return we could hope for in any Rondo trade.