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Ok, I was trying to think of a way to develop our young players, gain cap flexability, and stay in the playoff hunt
Why for LA
Butler has not done anything for them and is just there to match up the salaries. Jordan is their center now: what they need is a SF which Kirilenko gives them. His contract is expiring which gives the frugal Clippers money to lock up Jordan and offer Kirilenko a reasonable contact after the season. Davis/Bledsoe, Gordon, Kirilenko, Griffin, Jordan is a sick lineup
Why for Utah
Get Jackson for Kirilenko, gives Williams a go-to scorer. Also lets Miles play at his natural SF position, and lets Bell come off the bench, which he needs to at this point in his career. Okur has been hurt, Nazr can help them now. Diop's contract is bad, but he can be a backup next year. Nazr is a free agent so helps them resign Miles this summer. Lowers their payroll by about 5 million, which gets them just under the luxury tax. That has always been a big deal for that franchise: they have given away players such as Eric Maynor just to get under the luxury tax in the past and this way they keep their young players. Williams, Jack, Miles, Millsap, Jefferson is a playoff team
Why for Charlotte
Moving Jack hurts a bit, but I really want to see Hendo develop as the starter. Moving Jack allows Carroll to be second string, which he needs to be with that contract. Getting rid of Diop and Jack gives us a ton of expiring contracts next year with Livingston, Diaw, Kaman, Okur or a ton of cap space in 2012. Kaman just came back from injury and in time can really help us offensively(he averaged 18 a game last year). Okur has been hurt, but when healthy can contribute
PG: DJ, Livingston, Collins
SG: Hendo, Carroll, Butler
SF: Wallace, Brown, McGuire
PF: Diaw, TT, Najera
C: Brown, Kaman, Okur
DEAL! But I would just do it with the Clipps to get Kaman for Jack essentially. Kamn looked great last night in his first game back.
I like it SWedd...the only caveat I see is the reports I've seen seem to indicate the Clip want a SF they can turn into a "big three" with Griffin and Gordon...I'm not sure if AK at 31 would fit that requirement for them or not...but I like it for us...
I agree Diop's contract is bad but the luxury is a big deal for small market teams. I mean the Bobcats took on Najera and Carroll and cut a valuable contract in Dampier to get under it. Utah also will probably lose AK-47 to a team like New Jersey anyway so need to get something. Letting players expire will continue to frustrate DWill, like losing Matthews and Korver did this year. Getting Jack will help them score a lot more, hopefully encouraging DWill to stay.
LA just took Aminu in the top 10, should still try and develop him. I would probably throw UPS in if that would help. I like him but he doesnt get a ton of minutes and I think he can be replaced. Having to resign Jordan this year and Gordon, Griffin in a few will take some cash so the expiring will help them.
spanky...I've been somewhat confused by the Clips stance of "adding a SF" to make them a big three...Griffin, Gordon+SF...I like Aminu but he does need time...and I'd think a guy older (maybe 28-32) would be a better fit at this time...I'm sure they'd do it for Crash but I get the feeling MJ is trying to bring in a player to complement Crash and Jack rather than deal one of them...
I just don't think (hope I'm wrong) that we get anyone that makes that much difference without Crash or Jack included...but I really like the deal just don't think the Clips trade Kamen for AK...essentially...I'd really like to be wrong about that...
Diop is out for the year and is not an expiring contract. No way anyone takes him in a trade. We would have to send out Nazr instead, someone who can give them 20 minutes per game and is an expiring.
Im going off Marc Stein's report that the Clippers would move Kaman for a SF with a "reasonable contract." He wrote that an expiring like Prince would be more appealing than someone like GW so that the Clipps could resign Jordan. While I like this trade, if I all I could get was Jack for Kaman, I would pull it