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Old 08-09-2008, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Trading for a big man

Ok, with Jason Smith going down, the season is officially over. Start the fire sale and lets rebuild . . . again . . .

Ok, seriously though, with all respect to J. Smith, we should be ok. All thoughts and prayers to him for a full recovery.

So while some people are looking at Free Agent Options like Deke, Theo, Austin Croshere, Juwan Howard and so on . . .

I wanna concentrate on executing a trade using our $2.8M trade exception. Remember, you cannot include players with a trade exception but you can involve cash and draft picks as additional assets.

The Candidates:

Bobcats: Sean May - Early summer rumors suggested he was available. Very little details support that suggestion.

Nuggets: Steven Hunter - With the hopes of re-signing JR Smith, the cash cutting Nuggets are gonna want to shed more salary. They shouldn't have a problem of moving Hunter who has not found a spot in George Karl's rotation and his athleticism fits what the Sixers like to do.

Pistons: Amir Johnson - While he would not fit the role of a back-up center, Amir would help as an athletic big with potential. Detroit has yet to find a spot for him in their rotation.

Rockets: Carl Landry (S&T) - With things stalled on contract talk and Houston trying to clear roster spots, Landry could fit in with the Sixers.

Bucks: Charlie Villanueva - Rumors persist about the team wanting to move him and create more freedom for their group of younger players. Not sure how available he actually is.

T'Wolves: Mark Madsen - Again, not sure about his availability but the Wolves have a plethora of young bigs and I think him being moved isn't completely out of the question. Energy guy who plays D.

Hornets: Rasual Butler - He doesn't fit into this category but just taking a look here at the potential of him being moved. New Orleans has alot of depth at the 3 and he could be the odd man out. Let him come home.

Kings: Sheldon Williams - Another player in a crowded position where Sacramento has many options at the 4 and 5. Sheldon can play either and could use a change of scenery. Eddie already recruited one Dukie, why not add another (AND NOT SHAVLIK RANDOLPH).

Jazz: Jarron Collins - Utah has plenty of options at the 4 and 5 and Collins could be expendable if they choose to develop Kosta instead of giving him the garbage minutes. Energy player with some shooting touch.



Out of all the options, I think Steven Hunter would fit in nicely where he has a good report with the Sixers and Coach Cheeks, has great athleticism and has shown he can play alongside Sammy in a big line-up.

Any thoughts?

I'm asking you ED!!!
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Old 08-09-2008, 03:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: Trading for a big man

sixers eed a big man who can shoot, charlie v fits the bill, but theres no way we can get him.
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Old 08-09-2008, 03:51 AM   #3
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sixers eed a big man who can shoot, charlie v fits the bill, but theres no way we can get him.

yeah we could use one who could do that but more so we need a true backup C...i don't like most of the options here. Amir Johnson isn't going anywhere, they love him there.

what about a guy like Tony Battie?
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No way in hell you get Johnson, Landry, Villanueva, May, and probably even Hunter for simply a trade exception.
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yeah we could use one who could do that but more so we need a true backup C...i don't like most of the options here. Amir Johnson isn't going anywhere, they love him there.

what about a guy like Tony Battie?

Tony Battie makes about $5.7 Million for the 08-09 season. So the trade exception and cash might not get you there. Although Im not sure how much the maximum amount of cash you can offer. USually you see draft picks going for $3M but I feel like I've read that the maximum you can offer is $500K.

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No way in hell you get Johnson, Landry, Villanueva, May, and probably even Hunter for simply a trade exception.

Well, you're half right. The exception can be included with picks and/or cash compensation.

Steven Hunter to me is the probably the easiest of the list to acquire because:

1) He's got an easy enough contract to work with.
2) Coach Karl rarely puts him in for garbage time letalone meaningful minutes, so he's not someone who is irreplaceable.
3) The Nuggets will more than likely re-sign JR Smith which will mean more money on their cap and more in debt to the Luxury tax that they'll be in. Stevey's contract is costing them double. Do you think they're thrilled to pay twice what a guy is making when he doesn't even have a role on the team??
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Ed hinted at signing 2 more at the vet minimum and staying below the luxary tax threshold. So 1. do we have a trade exception worth THAT much (thought it was less) and 2. Wouldnt using $2.8 if it exists be flirting with luxary tax?

I dsy sign Theo and another vet...then call it a season.

Dalembert/Brand/Evans are your downlow guys with Speights doing what Jason Smith did last yr as a rookie. That vet bigman can eat up the rest of the minutes.
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