I think his off court issues with McHale had EVERYTHING to do with his on-court ablilities.
What would anyone think of a Lowry for Dragic deal?
I think the Suns would give up on Dragic because they have Bledsoe.. I don't know why they would want Lowry though. I do think a trade of Gay for Dragic/Gortat would work (sweeteners could be added on either side). Gortat is an expiring and will be in demand around the deadline. Dragic would be a sideways move from Lowry but has a longer contract and would be easier to shop in the offseason if he can't be considered a core player. If a trade like that was done then Lowry would have to be moved to anyteam that needs PG depth. OKC comes to mind with Westbrook out for awhile.
There's like a hundred different threads like this here. It's annoying because i dont think Raps fans in this forum give Gay the respect that he deserves.
Send Gay to the Suns
Receive Dragic and Millsap
Send Dragic to Raptors and Gortat to Hawks
Send Millsap to Raptors
I included the Hawks because they would like a starting caliber center so they can move Horford to his natural PF position. A Gortat for Millsap swap makes a lot of sense for the Hawks.
Phoenix desperately needs a lead scorer. As it stands now, it is a team of role players. Getting Gay for your superfluous PG and center that you just drafted to replace (Len) makes a lot of sense. Bledsoe will need a competent running mate in Phoenix and I think Rudy fits the bill
The Raptors get their PG and PF of the future in Dragic and Millsap. This opens us up to deal Lowry to a team in need of a PG which should be plausible at some point during this season. I think we'd actually end up better after this trade, which is awesome in my books.
I didn't include any picks because I don't think they're necessary. Everyone clamoring for a high 2014 draft pick isn't being realistic about the guys in this draft. Marcus Smart is projected to go #5 and I don't think he'll be a better PG than Lowry in the NBA, so why the rush to get a top 5 pick? Teams just overvalue their picks and you end up giving up more in real talent than you should for the allure of potential talent.
I think this is what makes this year so fascinating. I mentioned elsewhere that the difference between blowing it up and staying the course could be very minimal if Lowry and Gay both decide to leave on their own accord at the end of the year (the difference between roster moves, not results). The league is becoming so clique based that you could see them staying or leaving together. See, as a related/unrelated note, Bill and Jalen's review of OKC which tosses out the idea of KD joining Harder and Dwight in Houston in a couple of years with Westbrook and Love reliving their UCLA days with the Lakers.....tangent ended.
It's so tough to handicap when the ball is in Rudy's court. Sign him to a reasonable contract and you've got a top-middle tier SF to help build around. I can't wait to see what Masai does. I hope he has a better read than us