Dr. Spaceman wrote:32 wrote:Mehhhhh. The Wizards don't need a shooting guard. They're toying with the idea of letting Nick Young walk because they like Jordan Crawford so much... And I doubt Young will make as much money as Ellis. You really think they'd give us their pick AND McGee?
I have a bad feeling he'll end up in Boston... And we won't get Rondo back. Salary dump or no, I'd hate to walk away with Ray Allen and Brandon Bass. We need a center. Or a lottery pick.
I think they'll let Young walk because when his shot doesn't fall he has not impact on the game. Crawford is promising but not starter material yet, and McGee is a RFA.
We could sweeten the deal by throwing in Dorrell and Kwame's expiring for Blatche (who Washington wants out of there) and give a huge post scoring threat to our bench.
Lee/ Blatche/ Udoh
McGee/ Udoh/ Tyler
is a solid starting lineup and bench.
I'm with you on the fact that we need a lottery pick. I'd rather have that than Allen and Bass or some of the other realistic veteran players we could get for Monta.
It's intriguing and I'd love to convince Washington to go for it, but I'm still iffy.
Firstly, as I reminded hobbes in the Kaman thread, Kwame Brown's contract cannot be dealt before he's physically cleared to play. So, unfortunately, his expiring $7 million won't be available for trade until AFTER the deadline.
Secondly, I don't understand the difference between Monta Ellis and your description of Nick Young. I would wager any coach in the NBA will tell you that they're more than happy to deal with a slumping Ellis. He has a high turn-over rate and doesn't play the best fundamental defense. Young is a cheaper, taller version of, basically, the same player. Granted, we can split hairs regarding the different styles they play (Ellis is more of a slasher, while Young is a jump shooter), but I'm willing to throw that out of the equation on the grounds of redundance: they both have equalizingly good and bad aspects to their scoring styles. That being said, Crawford is averaging 11 and 3 in 22 minutes off the bench (and, as his percentages show) he's fighting throw a sophomore slump. I truly believe the Wizards believe he's capable of starting and can get him on the cheap.
But, lastly, regarding JaVelle McGee... You bring up that he's a RFA, the implication being that Washington won't want to engage in an inevitable bidding war for his services. Okay. But seeing as DeAndre Jordan and Mark Gasol received contract extensions similar to Ellis' remaining deal, it's curious that you'd introduce this argument amongst contesting that the Wizards would be willing to, essentially, give McGee's money to Ellis..? You think they'd prefer taking Ellis' money on the books over their exclusive rights to match any offer to JaVelle McGee?
I'm all for the idea; I'd love it. But do you really think Washington (with 2 cheap SG options) want Ellis enough to give up McGee? Do you think any team wants Ellis bad enough to surrender a starting center?