Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy at ESPN.com, wrote a massive article today discussing hypothetical trade scenarios for various teams throughout the league. One of the first scenarios that he came up with was a swap of Eddy Curry and Danilo Gallinari for Brian Cardinal and Mark Blount.
Let me repeat that. Simmons feels that in order to rid ourselves of Curry, the Knicks will have to relinquish Gallo.
Huh? Are you kidding, Bill? Was that the best you could come up with?
Like I said above, trading Curry is important, but he is not a player that has to be dealt at all costs. Perhaps the last thing that Donnie Walsh would ever do is package Gallo with Curry for expiring contracts just for the possibility of signing a second max free agent.
"Fake Trade 1a: Gallinari, Curry and $3 million to Minnesota for the Mark Blount/Brian Cardinal ECs. Basically, Minnesota would be paying $10 million next year to get Gallinari for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Total financial commitment: $23 million. Isn't a lottery pick and potential 50-40-90 percentage guy worth $23 million over three years (just $9 million for the last two), especially for a team stupidly playing the "we're waiting for Ricky Rubio, so tuck yourself in and enjoy three years of losing and misery!" card? Of course.
Fake Trade No. 1b: Jeffries, Hill and $3 million to Sacramento for Kenny Thomas' EC. Same principle, less money: You just bought a lottery pick for the price of Jeffries' 2010-11 contract ($6.5 million, and by the way, he's a valuable defender). The same offer could work for the Nets (Bobby Simmons), Zombie Sonics (Etan Thomas) and Blazers (Steve Blake/Travis Outlaw). Someone will bite.
If Gallinari and Hill have to be sacrificed to make it happen, you do it. You don't even think twice."
To be honest, I did not read the entire article. I was turned off by Simmons absolutely ludicrous idea of trading Gallo in a salary dump. I am horrified at the thought.
Anyway, I had a random thought today. If the Nets win the John Wall lottery and if the Knicks manage to find a new power forward (Bosh / Amare / Boozer), how about a S&T of Lee for Devin Harris? Such a deal would be a bit more complicated than that and would likely require more pieces. Also, I am not so sure that the Nets and Knicks would make a swap of such high end players. But at its root, the deal makes some sense for both sides. The Nets are in dire need of a high end power forward to pair with Lopez. While Lee is not on the same level as Bosh / Amare / Gasol (who just received an enormous contract extension) / etc., he is definitely in the second tier of power forwards. Likewise, while Harris is not on par with Paul, Nash, Rose, Billups, and Williams, he is the second tier. The deal would allow the Nets to boast a lineup of John Wall / Lee / Lopez / free agent signing (maybe Joe Johnson?) / Courtney Lee. On the other hand, the Knicks could potentially run a lineup of Harris / Chandler / free agent (LeBron?) / Gallo / Jeffries (or another guy to fill in at center).
Just a random thought that I had. A lot of hypothetical events must happen, the biggest of which being the Nets receive the first overall pick in the draft, but again, just a thought that I had today.