Third new thread this morning and I have only been awake for 1 hour, gotta love Vacation!
You know this contract has become a real Gem for us having this contract. 80% insured on 9.5 million means a team could trade us a 10 million dollar player and only have to pay 1.5 million in return. In these tough times 8.5 million dollars is a fortune to the mid to lower market teams. Here are some of the places where we could send that contract.
Before we get started I must mention the best thing would be to wait until the trade deadline because teams will be looking to cut cost like crazy then and you never know who may be available. But, my lack of patience is why I am not a NBA GM and I want to get a deal done this Summer! Plus the that tactic didnt work for Portland and Raef Lefrentz last year.
1.Trade for T-Mac: Why not!? package Hughes and Cuttino, McGrady at 75% is equal to having Hughes anyways, McGrady at 90% (100% waived bye bye to T-Mac years ago) is our leading scorer. Ofcourse his contract expires after this season making this a win win if he does play well, he'll be playing for a new contract so he should be as good as he can be. if he tanks we got him for nothing anyways! With Yao looking done for the year, why not save some money?
2.Trade for TJ Ford: Indy wants to re-new the contract of Jared Jack, and if they do it will not be to have him play backup. Meaning they will be looking to trade Ford. Now there first bet will be to try to find equal talent at another position, but, if that falls through, cap relief should be just fine considering the NBA is going to mandate that they settle the Tinsley issue before opening Night 2009, so 8 million extra dollars should lessen the blow of the 12 or so they are going to have to eat to release Tinsley. Catch is that Ford does have an option in 2010 (why this isnt the #1 option to me), but, he is a player NY may pursue anyways in 2010, so already having him on the books isnt really a bad thing.
Now given how good Duhon -a third string PG- looked last year, Ford should explode running the point and could choose to test the market, thus nullifying his contract length isssue anyways. But Ford running the show for us, will make us a much better team. 14 pts 6 ast last year is in Indy easily 16 and 8.
3. Tyson Chandler (only if we can trade Jefferies or Curry first): This is number three because it has a major contingency and that is we need to move Curry or Jefferies first. And I do mean we don't even discuss this deal until one of them (preferably Curry) is off the books. But if we manage that enormous task, then we can offer the new NBA Salary leading,low revenue generating, looking to dump salary Hornets Mobley and a throw in (Sene works) for Chandler.
Probably could squeez a 2010 pick in this scenerio from the Hornets