Etc, Etc: 2012 NBA Trade Machine Special
It’s a trader’s market.
by Sandy Dover / @San_Dova
Sometimes, I have a full spread of opinions and conjectures on various happenings that have occurred inside the world of the NBA, but many times, I don’t have the conviction to compose a long-form essay on every singular subject of interest—enter “Etc, Etc (NBA Sound-Off with San Dova)”—a remedy of collected shorter bits that communicates a whole of varying thoughts on the occurrences concerning the League and its players.
“Rondo and KG go!“
The San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics deal
San Antonio Spurs get:
Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo
Boston Celtics get:
Richard Jefferson, Matt Bonner
Spurs’ No. 1 draft pick
Why It Works:
The Boston Celtics can start over with a new point guard in Tony Parker that’s easier to play and a Hall of Fame-worthy player who still has winning years in him. Kevin Garnett would be likely to walk and play in Los Angeles or Chicago after the season with Boston and trading by him, the Celtics can get new blood to fill out the roster. Richard Jefferson would be a valued addition to the frontcourt and allow Paul Pierce to move back to two-guard for a bigger wing arrangement.
San Antonio moving Parker out while he’s still playing great allows for them to get a return on an aging triumvirate of Hall of Fame players (Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan). Rajon Rondo will bring new blood and despite having a mercurial attitude, could be managed well with head coach Gregg Popovich. Duncan would get an exuberant teammate in KG who could spell him from the bench or play next to him as a starting center or power forward and give the Spurs an instant leg-up on winning a Championship in the 2012 season. E’Twaun Moore could further development his guard skills and replace what former combo guard George Hill brought to the team.
“Jesus Moves to The Rockies!”
The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets deal
Boston Celtics get:
Al Harrington, Rudy Fernandez
Denver Nuggets get:
Why It Works:
The Celtics would be able to complete their makeover by acquiring Al Harrington and Rudy Fernandez for Ray Allen, another Hall of Fame player who would be likely to leave Boston after the season. Harrington would bring a definite shooter/scorer/rebounder to Boston and Fernandez would likely finally get the opportunity to play in on a team that would allow him to play more freely, right between Parker and Pierce as a likely starting shooting guard, and his world Championship experience would replenish the title-chasing ambition of the Celtics organization along with NBA champions Parker and Pierce.
“Jesus Shuttlesworth” (Allen) would be just what the Nuggets need to compete for a Championship this very year. Likely to be the team’s sixth man, Allen would be able to play on the Nuggets’ “second starting lineup” with Andre Miller and Kenneth Faried, bringing Championship play and elite shooting to a team that would be able to match with any roster in the League to play high-stakes basketball.
“Superman 2.0 Comes To South Beach!”
The Miami Heat and Orlando Magic deal
Miami Heat get:
Orlando Magic get:
Chris Bosh, Norris Cole
2 Heat second-round draft picks
Why It Works:
If the Orlando Magic had any sense at all, and if the Miami Heat were really thinking about improving on their current threesome with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, this trade makes all the sense in the world.
Dwight Howard would be just what the Heat need to become dominate at all key positions, seeing as James can play any position in the lineup and Wade is the team’s finisher and de facto backcourt, regardless of whomever else is beside him at guard. The Heat would sure up the rebounding and add the much-needed size that they require at center and instantly be the favored team for Championships.
Though Bosh is a very good player, his lack of a traditional big man game makes him more expendable, and thus makes him a great fit for the Magic, whom would want the best talent available in exchange for their soon-departed Howard. Bosh, having been “The Man” in Toronto, would be better able to succeed with the Magic, whose roster is significant improved by comparison to the ones he has in Toronto, where he barely made the Playoffs in his tenure with the Raptors. The Magic would be able to build around Bosh, who would have at least three more years in central Florida to play based on his contract, and Orlando would have a perennial All-Star player. Cole would spell Jameer Nelson and allow the Magic to move the eight-year veteran as Cole develops further.