TRON wrote:Most experts agree that Josh Smith looses all his strong points in his game when he plays SF. I would prefer Granger or some other true SF. It is possible though to trade for a SF without losing Lee. AB + Dorel + 1first round pick(27th) could do it.
Granger is just a scorer and not as good of one as he used to be, more of an outside shooter. His defense is not that good now either. Iguodala, though he has been doing less this season, is a better fir, as he is a playmaker and plays both ends. He does cost a ton, 15 million a season, and it would take Lee and DWright, though I think Lee right now is worth more than Iggy and Iggy is very expendable right now in Philly, with Turner and Young there. I reckon the late 1st rounder from Spurs and RJeff could be enough to get Iggy, add DWright if needed.
If we get the #1 pick, Lee should be traded for a very good player, to be backup (preferably a big), who is not paid so much, like 8 million no more and a filler that is an expirer. Davis would start next to Bogut and we'd have added a very good backup big, someone like Millsap from Utah.
Better than that, a huge, hard to make happen, yet logical trade would be to trade Davis, Curry, DWright and RJeff to New Jersey for a resigned for at least four years Deron, a resigned for at least three years GWallace, BLopez and Nets 1st rounder 2013 (likely a lottery pick). A monster trade and at first glance it looks like New Jersey is giving up alot but hear the rationale: Deron is leaving, that's obvious, likely so to is GWallace, also a free agent after this season. BLopez is likely gone after next season, for nothing, just like Deron and GWallace. New Jersey gets Davis, the highly touted PF/C that likely will be a future superstar, defensively at least. They also get Curry, not as good as Deron, but a top 10 PG himself with the talent to be top 5. DWright expires after next season, so they'll have money still to play with in free agency and RJeff still contributes a bit and is a huge expirer in two years. Much better than what the Nets are facing in a couple of weeks. We do it because we have Lee here as starting PF, not a great PF, defensively at least, but a top 10 one and next to Bogut, a very good duo, amongst the best PF/C duo actually. Deron would have to be convinced to resign and come here, but as a superstar himself, he will want close to max money and go to a contender. He can't do that unless he resigns and gets traded to a team which will still have enough talent after trading to get him, to still contend. The mavs and most other very good teams right now. just don't have the salary cap space to sign him as a free agent, so Deron is stuck in that regards. Looking at the roster here after the trade I just mentioned, that is championship contender to say the least, right away next season and for many seasons after, as all players aren't close to retirement and won't be for quite some time. GWallace, also to be convinced to resign, would fit right in as a very good starting SF. BLopez is a very good offensive Center, though more and more weak with rebounding and defending. He is a very good backup big though and would likely leave after next season, so he'd be very good trade bait for a team in need of a Center in before the deadline. Either that or this trade becomes a three team trade sending BLopez to a team that will start him and getting us one or two great backups.