Friday, January 15, 2016

All is quiet on the trade front

Rudy Gay trade
Rondo doesn't like you
I'm not even going to lie: a big part of why I like the NBA is the wheeling and dealing.

We haven't had a lot of that this year, though, save for Mario Chalmers heading to Memphis (for Darnell Stokes & Beno Udrih), Ish Smith moving to Philadelphia (for two second-rounders), and Joe Harris uprooting to Orlando (for a second-rounder).

Don't get me wrong, Chalmers has been admirable with the Grizzlies (11.2 PPG, 3.5 APG) and the same goes for Smith with the 76ers (17.0 PPG, 7.8 APG), but they're hardly top-level players. 

With the deadline still one month away, a lot can happen, but need I remind you that by January 10 last year, the Celtics alone had made bigger moves. Danny Ainge shipped Rajon Rondo to Dallas late in December, three weeks later sent Jeff Green to the Grizzlies, and then swooped in at the deadline to acquire Isaiah Thomas.

  • Rondo is averaging 11.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG and 11.6 APG for the 16-23 Kings and was suspended for aiming an anti-gay slur at a homosexual referee.
  • Green is averaging 10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 1.6 APG for the 22-19 Grizzlies and reportedly frustrating his team mates with his poor play and attitude.
  • Thomas is averaging 21.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG and 6.7 APG for the 20-19 Celtics and has been making a strong pitch for All-Star consideration.
But I'm digressing.

On top of all the trades Danny Ainge consummated, the Miami Heat acquired Goran Dragic, the Detroit Pistons got Reggie Jackson, the Thunder reeled in Enes Kanter and Dion Waiters, the Cleveland Cavaliers got Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, and the Houston Rockets landed Corey Brewer.

I'm sorry Super Mario, but you're not going to cut it for me.

The NBA had better make up to me by finding new homes for these 7 players:

Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings

With rumors dating back all the way to last summer, it is time for Sacramento to cut ties with the 29-year-old forward. Which team can use a scorer who can create his own shot? Gay is owed $27 million through 2017-2018.

Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Pelicans

Ryan Anderson is a serviceable stretch four who shoots 5 threes per game, but his lacking defense might mean the end of his stint with the Pelicans. He will be a free agent at season's end and is reportedly looking for a max deal.

Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns

Ever since he demanded a trade because his twin brother Marcus was dealt to Detroit, 'the other Morris' has been on his way out of Phoenix. He's in the first year of a 4-year, $32 million contract, which is peanuts when the NBA's new $24 billion TV deal kicks in.

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

Derrick Rose isn't the MVP-caliber player he used to be. The 27-year-old has been derailed by injuries, and with Jimmy Buttler now the team's alpha dog, the Bulls should try to find a taker for the remaining two years and $40 million on his contract.

Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves

Even though his shot is still pretty, it makes no sense for the rebuilding T'Wolves to keep the 32-year-old shooting guard on their roster. The team has to develop its wing talent, making Martin expendable. He has a player option next year worth $7.4 million.

Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets

Apparently Iso-Joe doesn't want out of Brooklyn, but it makes very little sense for the Nets to keep the 34-year-old shooting guard on board. Their pick goes to Boston no matter where it lands, so why not move the well-compensated former Hawk and save some money in the process?

Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets

Speedy point guard Ty Lawson has been underwhelming in Houston. With the 28-year-old North Carolina alumn averaging career-lows across the board, the Rockets should be working the phones hard to move his contract.

Get it done, GMs!

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