Send Monta Ellis, Charlie Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic to the Sixers for Elton Brand, Evan Turner and Andres Nocioni.
Why would the Sixers do this? They're in serious playoff mode and a rookie like Evan Turner is struggling. They get to keep the core of their players (Holiday and Iguodala) and add a true #1 scoring option in Monta Ellis. Holiday is 6'4 and strong so he would be a nice PG to play alongside Ellis. They're also getting rid of Elton Brand's contract and adding a muliti-purpose front court player in Radman. Holiday, Ellis, Iguodala, Speights and Hawes would be a nicer line up in the East.
Why would the Warriors do this? Evan Turner is the key to this trade. Yes he has struggled, but he hasn't really been given a chance in his rookie season. He recently had an 8 point, 7 assists and 8 rebound outing against the Hawks. Thats just a preview of the kind of player he could be and I feel he would be the perfect compliment to Curry in the backcourt. Turner is a guy that will share the ball and rebound. Elton Brand may not be the player he was 4 years ago, but he's still a very productive big. He's at 15.5 points and 8.5 boards a game. He offers the Warriors a legitimate post presence which would go well with Lee's outside/inside game. He's still a solid shot blocker even at 6'9 thanks to his long arms and timing. He's owed $37M in the next two seasons. A guy like Nocioni adds toughness on both ends of the court which this team needs.
Send Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright and a future first round pick (top 5 protected) to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith and Maurice Evans.
Why would the Hawks do this? Even Al Horford's father is begging Coach Larry Drew to get a center so that his son can play his natural power forward position. Coach Drew acknowledged that Horford is playing out of position and would be a beast in the league if he can play the power forward spot full time. He doesn't have many options at center with Jason Collins and Pachulia. A guy like Biedrins should come in and help this team, especially if that means Horford plays the 4. They lose Josh Smith, but he's replaced by Marvin Williams so they shouldn't suffer too much at the 3. Bibby, Johnson, Williams, Horford and Biedrins would set them up nicely. The added first round pick should sweeten the deal.
Why would the Warriors do this? Josh Smith fits. He's still only 25 years old and could grow with a young core of players. He's the best rebounding small forward in the league and a solid defender. He passes the ball extremely well for a SF. He's a player that isn't going to demand the ball since his offensive skills are still average, but he can knock down the 3 and is a monster on the fast break. They give up their first round pick next draft, but the draft is loaded with small forwards and no players that the Warriors would get could be better than Josh Smith at that position.
The starting line up:
PG Stephen Curry - Acie Law - Jeremy Lin
SG Evan Turner - Reggie Williams - Maurice Evans
SF Josh Smith - Dorell Wright - Andres Nocioni
PF David Lee - Ekpe Udoh
C Elton Brand - Lou Amundson - Dan Gadzuric
This Summer, there will be numerous centers that could be signed or maybe Ekpe Udoh could eventually take over that position. But one guy I would try to get is Tyson Chandler. This line up would have depth, defense, rebounding and toughness. Curry, Turner, Smith and Lee is a great start to building a team.
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