I went through the different NBA rosters and tried to work up as many trades as possible that would work if in fact the Wolves are planning on shipping Quentin Richardson out of town this week. I didn't factor in draft picks from other teams, because if a team includes enough picks any bad trade is conceivable. I also tried to keep the trades realistic. I didn't send him to any teams that have no need to shed salary, because that's really all he is at this point ... an expiring contract. So below are seven trades with teams that have a contract they might like to get out from under or a payroll they'd like to cut down. I've ordered the trades from least exciting to the most exciting.
1. Quentin Richardson to the LA Lakers for Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic.
Just typing that makes me want to hurl, but this deal makes sense for multiple reasons. Both Walton and Vujacic took back seats during the Lakers championship run last season, they both have at least two more years left on their contracts (Walton has four), Kurt Rambis is familiar with both players, there have been rumors of Jerry Buss wanting to cut payroll, and the Wolves have openings at the wing positions.
2. Quentin Richardson and Utah's 2010 first round draft pick to the Miami Heat for James Jones and Dorrell Wright
Jones and Wright are both young wing players that could help the Wolves. Jones is a tremendous outside shooter and Wright has always had the potential to be better than he has been in Miami. The Heat would consider this because they will most likely let both Jones and Wright walk after this season to clear as much cap room as possible and this would give them the opportunity to get a draft pick instead of ending up with nothing.
3. Quentin Richardson to the Golden State Warriors for Corey Maggette
Maggette is a little older than the Wolves are most likely looking for, but he is a good scorer at a position of need. Golden State has looked into finding ways to shed his contract in the past as well.
4. Quentin Richardson to the Golden State Warriors for Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike
This would be a tremendous trade for the Wolves as Azubuike would be a great fit and Turiaf is a defensive minded big that would work well here. Talent wise, the Warriors are getting screwed, but there's no telling what Don Nelson will do because he doesn't seem to have a depth chart and there's no way of knowing if they're trying to shed salary or add salary.
5. Quentin Richardson to the Charlotte Bobcats for Gerald Wallace
If in fact the Bobcats are trying to decrease payroll to be able to sell the team, Wallace and the four years left on his contract may be the next to go. He'd be a nice fit at the small forward position since he's athletic and a great defender, and he'd be a nice fit next to a front line of Love and Jefferson.
6. Quentin Richardson to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng
Deng has had a history of injuries and is his five-year contract extension is just kicking in this season. With John Salmons the Bulls have a starting quality small forward and shedding Deng's contract would give them as much cap room as anybody in the Summer of 2010.
7. Quentin Richardson to the Sacramento Kings for Kevin Martin
Sacramento may be another team that is looking to shed salary, and Martin is their highest paid player. He's one of the league's best scorers at the shooting guard position, but has had injury problems and might take away possessions from the team's newest draft pick, Tyreke Evans.
what makes me a little bit is that Kahn said he isnt adding any more contracts to our roster that go beyond next year so i have no idea WTH he is planning
Last edited by twolvesfan : 08-13-2009 at 07:00 PM.