Three-Team Trade Analysis: Warriors Win Big; Celtics Will Stink Even More


DukakisMemo to Brad Stevens: You are the new Michael Dukakis in Massachusetts.

For those too young to remember, a short history lesson: Before he got trampled in the 1988 U.S. presidential election, the former governor of Massachusetts tried to toughen up his softie image by doing a photo op with Army troops, riding on an Abrams M1 tank.

The whole thing was so ludicrous, so obviously staged, that Dukakis riding a tank became a euphemism for anything that seemed so completely out of touch with reality that it bordered on the absurd. It was the epitome of a p.r. move that backfired.

Which brings us to today’s three-team trade sending Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State, Joel Anthony and a future possible first-round pick (it will turn into two second rounders if Philadelphia fails to make the playoffs this season and next) to Boston, and Toney Douglas to the Heat, who will shave about $10 million off their operating costs.

Sheridan: What Could the Knicks Get For Carmelo Anthony?


Carmelo AnthonyWord on the street today is louder than ever that Carmelo Anthony wants out of New York.

How do we know this? Marc Berman and Frank Isola are writing it hard in the New York tabloids, and both of those fellas are as plugged into their team as any beat writers in North America.

You can bristle at Isola’s anti-Berman’s tweets – a constant source of amusement for anyone who follows the Knicks – and you can bristle at Berman’s wardrobe, which yours truly used to do back in the pre-Twitter days when we sat alongside each other in the old MSG press room.

But both of these guys are ace reporters, and when they write the Anthony trade story as hard as they wrote it today, you can bet your bottom dollar that something is afoot. (The New York Times that was home delivered to my driveway had a nice feature on Jeremy Tyler. For which I have two words: Who cares?) Here is the link to Berman’s story in the New York Post; and here is the link to Isola’s story in the New York Daily News.

Anyway, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

And Anthony’s short list is said to include three teams: the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. None can offer Anthony the extra year and the extra $30 million he would get by opting out of his contract at the end of this season – which he has said he plans to do.

Unless, of course, they acquired Anthony before the NBA trade deadline.

Sheridan: Let’s Try to Trade Waiters, Shumpert, Turner and Deng


shithappensTrades happen.

And when they happen, good things can follow. Need proof? How about Marcin Gortat’s 11-for-12 shooting performance Wednesday night?

Granted, it came against the woeful Milwaukee Bucks. But Gortat is 17-for-20 in his last two games, and the Washington Wizards – who dealt the injured Emeka Okafor for him prior to the season – appear to be headed to the playoffs as they float near .500 in the woeful Eastern Conference – which has two, count ‘em, two! – teams playing better than .500.

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Sheridan: Three Trade Possibilities for Omer Asik


220px-MustafaKemalAtaturkomer asikHe is the greatest Turk since Kamal Ataturk!

OK, maybe that’s pushing it a little too far.

But Turkish native Omer Asik is a better-than-serviceable legitimate NBA center, and there is one NBA truism (centers always get paid) that goes hand- in-hand with another: Centers have high value on the trade market.

No doubt Rockets GM Daryl Morey will be asking for the moon and stars in an Asik deal, because that’s what he learned from making so many trades with the New York Knicks. But the well is dry in New York in terms of what Morey might be looking for, so he’ll likely have to turn elsewhere.

Beat writer Jonathan Feigen reports today that Asik is expected to play in Tuesday’s game against Boston (showcase?), but it seems clear that this marriage is headed for divorce sooner rather than later.

Houston currently leads the NBA in rebounding, but what the Rockets still need is a banger of a power forward who can step out and draw defenses away from Dwight Howard. With the way Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and James Harden are shooting the 3-pointer, Morey does not need a stretch 4. He needs a Charles Oakley 2.0. And he’ll also need a backup center.

Where can that be found?

Here are three deals that would make sense for both teams. To be clear: These are suggestions only; not rumors.

rockets small logosixers small logoAsik and a future No. 1 draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Thaddeus Young and Kwame Brown.

The Sixers need a center to rebuild with who can stick around for a few years and team with Nerlens Noel as a 1-2 rotation. They are probably going to lose Spencer Hawes anyway, because he will be a free agent at the end of the season and will be in high demand, and they can afford to part with Young if it’ll get them back a No. 1 pick. Remember, they already have two — their own and the Pelicans’ pick. The Rockets don’t have anyone else’s first-round picks to deal, but they do have their own — and they can throw in New York’s second-rounder(s) in 2014 or 2015 as a little gravy.

Hers is how the deal looks in ESPN’s Trade Machine.

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mavs small logoAsik to the Dallas Mavericks for Shawn Marion

Question to Morey: Who is going to defend Kevin Durant in the playoffs? Yes, he is unguardable, but you have to try someone. Marion could be that player, and if Marion can’t stop Durant, there are still a few other quality offensive players on other contending teams that would find “The Matrix” to be a handful. This would be a total buy-low opportunity for the Mavs, who need a long-term center. If they wait past Dec. 15, Samuel Dalembert could be thrown in, which would make even more sense. Dalembert’s $3.8 million salary for next season is a team option, so the Rockets get him as a rental — and stay well under the luxury tax line.

Here is how the deal looks in ESPN’s Trade Machine.

rockets small logoHawks small logoAsik to the Atlanta Hawks for Pero Antic and Elton Brand (Dec. 15 restrictions) and Jared Cunningham.

Rockets get out from under Asik deal, get back two bigs, including one who shoots threes. Hawks get real center that allows Al Horford to play the 4, where he’s better. Hawks can also sign someone off scrap heap to replace Brand and Cunningham.

Got any suggestions of your own?

Add them to the comments section, and I’ll tell you what I think.

Chris Sheridan is publisher and editor-in-chief of Follow him on Twitter.

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The 2013 NBA Draft is here.

And, as the future of many NBA hopefuls draws nearer, the NBA front office phones ring with regularity. Many are trying to trade up or trade down in the draft. Some are trying to acquire players.

Two of the latter include the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, who have been engaged in “advanced talks” for the better part of an hour, to finalize a deal that could send Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn to play for new head coach Jason Kidd.

ESPN NBA analyst and famed Boston Celtics fan Bill Simmons is not happy with the idea of the deal.

TNT NBA analyst and former Chicago Bulls sharpshooter Steve Kerr, however, is enamored with it.

The basic rundown of the deal’s specifics, as reported by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, have Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and the Net’s first-round picks in 2014, ’16 and ’18 going to the Boston Celtics.

Addditionally, the Nets would send Reggie Evans and Keith Bogans (via a sign-and-trade) as well as another “minimum-level player” as part of the package.

The Nets, in return, would receive Garnett, Pierce and guard Jason Terry.

Wojnarowski projects the answer to Kerr’s curiosity as well.

Whew! That’s a steep tax bill.

Of course, whether this deal can even happen is entirely dependent upon if Garnett will be willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract.

Time will tell if we shall soon have the first blockbuster trade of the 2013 NBA off-season.

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