Originally Posted by niko
There are two problems with this as a (albeit first) offer
1) What i call the "Deng for Melo" problem. Bulls fans kept insisting they could trade Deng for Melo. The problem with Deng for Melo is it replaces a player with a much weaker player at the same position making almost the same money, making the team similar but worse. And Lopez doesn't rebound or defend even 1/10% of Howard, so that is pretty bad. (And i know his salary is lower but they'll need to extend him, and Lopez will want max to stay. WHy wouldn't he? How could Orlando let him go after trading Howard for him?)
I very much like this analysis...it presents a big problem, though, for the Magic. There is no big (even Bynum, even Griffin) who won't present the same "Deng for Melo" problem. So now you are trading a big for a small, unless that small is CP3, Wade or LBJ, the team is getting worse...much worse.