Al Harrington to the Knicks, Eddy Curry to Charlotte and Gerald Wallace to Golden State?
It could happen, with an extra body or two thrown into the mix to balance out the salaries.
The Harrington-to-New York talk has been out there for weeks, since Donnie Walsh had him in Indiana and his contract expires after next season, perfect for the 2010 Summer of LeBron plan. But the Warriors don't want Curry and there's no doable salary match for Stephon Marbury (to fill in for Monta Ellis).
But the Bobcats could use Curry inside (they start Emeka Okafor at center and the undersized Jared Dudley at the 4) and, according to Pro Basketball News, appears ready to deal Wallace, a noted Knicks-killer who's the kind of athletic player Don Nelson (who's vowed that the disgruntled Harrington will be traded) likes.
Might happen. MIght not. For now, it's in the wind.
How do you guys feel about this? I love Wallace, but Curry could help us. I have no more faith in May, and in Dudley we already have an adequate replacement at the 3. I wouldn't love this deal, and we'd need to receive a pick or some prospects to even things out, but we could do worse.
If this happens I will seriously be pissed off. I havent looked up the stats on Curry recently, but from what I recall he averaged under 5 rebounds last year as a starting center who got significant minutes. FIVE REBOUNDS. That is pathetic for a guy thats 7 foot playing 30+ minutes a game. That combined with the fact that he keeps himself in shape about like Sean May does is crazy. He is also owed alot of money for the duration of his contract. This would be an insanely huge risk for Charlotte. If he was to come here and keep himself in great shape it could work out, but hes still soft as butter.
Curry is in decent shape right now, but he doesnt fit in Antonis system, at all. He is a back to the rim post player. He is 180 degrees opposite of what Mike D'antoni (sp?) is trying to do with the team. This trade would work out fantastic for us if Curry would stay in shape as we could plug Morrison/Dudley in for Wallace and finally have a decent lowpost game, but it could also work out as a disaster.
"He's going to have to play better than what he has shown me," D'Antoni said after Curry did not play in Boston's 101-90 victory at the Garden. "He is going to have to pick it up. He has got to pick up his training."
That was Oct. 22nd...maybe he's gotten in shape over the last week or so?
Curry has always come into training camp overweight. Like May he has no will power. I do agree that "if" he could ever stay in shape he'd help us, but he just never does.
Another thing that makes Wallace expendable is that there is always a ton of athletic wings in the NBA. Hes a good player, but is hardly a superstar, and we signed him at a bargain which makes him a nice trade piece.
If Wallace is traded for Curry, I'll be super pissed. If he's traded for Harrington, I'll still be pissed, but not as much. Gerald Wallace is the franchise player. You do not trade him. That's comparable to the Nuggets trading Carmelo Anthony, or the Magic trading Dwight Howard.
I disagree about Wallace being a franchise player. Wallace is a solid, good player, but franchise players are hard to come by. I am all for trading Wallace if it makes the team better. Those guys you mentioned are superstars, and Wallace isnt even an all-star yet. He has been the face of the franchise since its inception, but if we continue not to win with our core then something has to be shaken up a little bit. Here are a few franchise players around the league.
When I said Wallace was the "franchise" player, I was talking about what you said in terms of being the "face of the franchise." Each team has that one guy (except for maybe Memphis) and you really just can't get rid of that guy.
"So by your standards then probably 85% of the players in the league are 'expendable.' So why doesn't Stern just pack up the league and go home."
I have absolutely no idea what David Stern has to do with this. By expendable I meant that they are more or less tradeable or that they arent 'untouchable'. Perhaps you could get into more detail about what that meant or maybe I am too tired to understand it.
"When I said Wallace was the "franchise" player, I was talking about what you said in terms of being the "face of the franchise." Each team has that one guy (except for maybe Memphis) and you really just can't get rid of that guy."
Well I guess we differ then. I love Gerald Wallace, but I am a bigger fan of the team than I am of an individual, and If trading that individual causes the team more long term success and brings more wins then that is definately an option you have to explore