#32 wrote:The best option for Minnesoda would be to take as many offers as possible... which means that Garnett may be riding the pine for a month or two (provided, he demands a trade... as far as I'm concerned, this is all in a Wonderland-like fantasy world).
Once they make it clear that Garnett wants out and that they'll be taking offers for him, there's no stopping teams from tossing their life savings at the Timberwolves. Garnett is still one of the most talented players in the league.
The Wolves could quite possibly get Jermaine O'Neal in exchange for him. Indiana has made it known that JO will probably be on the market this offseason. You know that the Lakers would probably offer up Lamar Odom in a package deal to land KG in LA. Boston could probably pull a sign & trade deal with Paul Pierce packaged. Hell, I'd even bet the Pistons would offer Rasheed & Tayshaun for him! There's limitless potential to a Kevin Garnett trade!
Now, after seeing examples like those above... where all those players have at least 5 more years in their prime, are current franchise/stars, and (keep in mind) KG would only need to be dealt by himself to aquire them... do you HONESTLY believe that Minnesoda would turn down Jermaine O'Neal or Paul Pierce in order to get their hands on a crappy Warrior package (featuring Troy Murphy) or a declining, score-first point guard from New York?!?
Well......... honestly............. Think about what KG wants, which ultimately is the deciding factor in this!
Like I've written on more than one occassion - KG wants to contend for a championship AND that is not possible on a team that has just "given there life savings" for him and thus depleted their team and thus MAKING THEM NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO CONTEND FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP!
If Garnett turns around and tells the truth once and for all and says that he wants out of the TWolves, McHale will end up getting less value for him BECAUSE of the above fact I stated!
Also - A team never gets back equal value when trading a superstar!
Examples - Shaq to the Heat, Barkley to the Suns, Barkley to the Rockets, Carter to the Nets and even Drexler to the Rockets!
Getting Murphy, Dunleavy, Fisher and the probable 9th pick in this draft (giving the TWolves the 6th and 9th. Maybe they can give both picks to get one of the top 3 picks) is much more talent than what McHale would get from a team that could still compete for the championship. In other words, the Warriors would still have enough talent around KG to be contenders, more than enough in fact!
PG - Baron/Ellis/Bynum
SG - JRich/Pietrus
SF - KG/Zarko
PF - Diogu/Taft
C - Biedrins/Foyle
That is a championship caliber lineup! Only a stupid man would disagree. With a great PG, SG and potentially great PF, along with an emerging young Center, as well as a bench with a young group that has already shown flashes of brilliance and good performances, with one of the best players in the nba (KG), THAT IS A GREAT TEAM!
I'd even add Baron with Banks coming to us along with KG. That would still give the team a great lineup, with PG being shaky because Banks and Ellis are both players that have had their moments but have not been very good consistently yet.
The only issue with that some people can say is whether Garnett could play SF regularly. I say - Look back to the first 4 or 5 years of his career where he was SF all the time! He was great and defended SG, SF and PFs well! He could play PF and even Center sometimes with the Warriors if need be!
The trades you brought up involving Celts, Lakers and Pistons are stupid:
Celts would have to give Pierce and a couple of other players, such as Delonte, Green, Allen, Jefferson, Gomes and Perkins; at least two of them! That would give them a depleted team, much like they are now with young guys that are yet to develop enough to make that team a winner! They would have a lineup something like:
PG - Orion Greene/Dickau
SG - Allen or Green/ ?
SF - Wally/Gomes
PF - Garnett/Jefferson or Scalabrine
C - Perkins/LaFrentz/Olowakandi
That is as bad if not worse as the current TWolves team! KG would say no to that!
Lakers lineup after giving Odom and what ever chumps are added, such as Mihm, Walton and Kwame, which the TWolves would never do anyway:
PG - Smush/McKie or Vujacic or ?
SG - Kobe/JJackson or ?
SF - George/ ?
PF - KG/Turiaf/Cook
C - Bynum/ ?
Sure Kobe and KG are good duo but then there is utter GARBAGE! Again, KG says get fuked!
Pistons lineup after giving Rasheed and Tashaun, which by the way is not enough for McHale, maybe Rasheed, Tashaun and McDyess or some scrum like Hunter or Delk:
PG - Billups/Hunter/Delk
SG - Hamilton/Evans
SF - Delfino/ ?
PF - KG/Maxiell
C - Ben Wallace/McDyess
Looks alright on paper doesn't it, but would it work given that this championship team loses two of its main 5 pieces? Could fuk things up but this trade, I reckon KG would do it because Billups, Rip and Big Ben are still there, but would McHale rather have Billups than Prince? Maybe so. This trade does work because they stay championship caliber!
The Warriors are a great situation and better than almost all other teams!