If Your Uncle Jack Helped You Off An Elephant, Would You Help Your Uncle Jack Off An Elephant?
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This feels like a Band-Aid maneuver. We are not one all-star away from eastern conference finals. This moves would take away a lot of good draft picks (which MU seems good at utilizing) for a player that would just get us into the playoffs.
I like the deal, but I would hesitate on giving up first rounders. If it did go through, I think we would need a great 3pt threat on the floor even more. Also, it would be the first big move for MU indicating he is going to scrap BC's core, and would make us very thin at the wings. It wouldn't be a bad idea to move forward with JV and Rondo as the center pieces, but who else would you want to surround them with and how would you go about getting them? A Rondo acquisition would spell the end of either Rudy or Demar or both in a Raps uniform in my mind, and I would expect them to be moved for picks and expirings. It could certainly provide an opportunity to build a better team than we currently have, that's if you have any faith in Rondo of course, and if we could get a good return on Rudy and DD.
From that same link you posted:
The Stepien rule applies only to future first round picks. For example, if this is the 2011-12 season, then a team can trade its 2012 first round pick without regard to whether they had traded their 2011 pick, since their 2011 pick is no longer a future pick. But they can't trade away both their 2012 and 2013 picks, since both are future picks.
I love people on these threads some times. Sure, Id take Rondo (who btw would be our best player day one after joining the team), but I want to dump a historically bad contract in Fields and not trade a first rounder. Not happening people.
A few things:
- If we trade for Rondo, we are clearly not rebuilding .. so you should be less fussed about draft picks. That doesnt mean throw them away for no reason .. but you need to pick your path .. and a Rondo trade clearly picks the "win now path". By definition, that is likely to sacrifice the future
- KL has nominal value (solid PG on reasonable contract .. but only signed through this year, so not a LT asset), LF has massively negative value. As a result, to get a deal done that includes those players, you will either have to take back negative value (Gerald Wallace?) or include some real value. Ross has some value, so thats a start .. but a 1st round pick would be a necessity. Maybe you could avoid a 2014 1st rounder .. but a first rounder for sure.
- The other option would be someone like DD. Not sure how Boston would view him and his contract, but perhaps if you included him and took back Wallace, you could avoid a punitive draft pick.
As to whether Id do this deal .. Im not sure. Im in the tanking camp where I would be trading at least one of RG or DD for whatever we can get and going all in on the 2014 draft pick + Val + Ross + whatever else if left on the roster.
BUT, if we arent taking this path and we are trying to cobble together a winner with this team .. then a Rondo deal is a hell of a lot better than bits and pieces to finish 8th at best from my perspective .. even if it costs us a 1st rounder.
I dont think the goal should be a stretch 4 (hey, if Ryan Anderson fell into our lap, Id take it, dont get me wrong) - but rather a 2 or 3 that can actually shoot 3s and gets major minutes. Im hoping that can be Ross ... but we will see
Maybe 2015 Raptors and 2016 Knicks/Nuggets. No way does Boston take on Fields when they already have a couple bad contracts on their team. If they did they'd probably ask us to take Wallace's longer and more crippling deal.
What if Rondo pulls an Alonzo Mourning?
I would do this trade in an instant!
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