Posted: Tuesday June 27, 2006 10:12PM; Updated: Wednesday June 28, 2006 2:57PM
The Charlotte Bobcats trade the third pick in the draft and Brevin Knight to the Toronto Raptors for Alvin Williams and the first overall pick.
The Raptors would love to add pass-first point guard Brevin Knight.
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This seems like an absolute winner for the Raptors, so much so that you have to question the deal's veracity. Not only would the Knight-for-Williams transaction shave about $9.2 million off Toronto's already flexible salary docket, but the 30-year-old Knight averaged 12.6 points and 8.8 assists in just 34 minutes last year and (along with second-year point man Jose Calderon) would provide the potent Raptors with a pair of pass-first point guards to run the show. It also would save GM Bryan Colangelo the (apparent) ignominy of selecting Andrea Bargnani first overall, which he seems hesitant to do in spite of his professed admiration for the Italian 7-footer.
Charlotte can handle taking on Williams' (who has played 57 games in three years) salary, and if it means they secure the first overall pick (Tyrus Thomas? Brandon Roy?) that they truly covet, then go get 'em, sluggers.
The Denver Nuggets send Kenyon Martin to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Marko Jaric and Ricky Davis.
This rumor seems to be sort of a precedent-setter for Denver -- their way of telling the rest of the league that they are willing to take on a nasty contract (like Jaric's) in exchange for Martin, just as long as there is also some actual talent (like Davis) involved in the transaction. Why the Timberwolves would do this deal is anyone's guess, but as long as Kevin McHale is involved, don't slough it off entirely.
Toronto signs and trades Mike James to the Dallas Mavericks for Marquis Daniels.
Does it seem coincidental that the rumors involving Toronto tend to favor the Raptors a wee bit? James is a free agent, coming off a very good season, and looking for a huge payday. Though he should sustain his efficiency on a better team in 2006-07, the Mavericks don't really need another shoot-first point guard, even with Jason Terry entering the free-agent market. Daniels would fill Toronto's gaping hole at off guard, assuming the Mavericks decide to commit to the 31-year-old James.
Chicago sends the 16th pick to Dallas for Marquis Daniels.
This would be a tremendous deal for Chicago, securing an all-around threat who adds size to their diminutive backcourt, a veteran who would only take up a third of their potential cap space this summer. Dallas could pick up a frontcourt option like Oleksiy Pecherov with its new selection or hope that Ronnie Brewer falls to 16, but it's hard to see why they would make this swap.
Chicago sends Tyson Chandler and the second overall pick to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion.
No potential draftee, outside of maybe Tyrus Thomas, could dream of someday matching Marion's 2005-06 averages of 21.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, two steals and 1.7 blocks -- but even with that, it's hard to picture Chicago pulling the trigger on this deal. Marion may be the game's most underrated player, but any two-for-one deal of this magnitude had better include a pretty significant "one," and Marion doesn't really fulfill any of Chicago's needs. Chandler's defensive acumen and ability to run the floor would fit right in with the Suns, who could fill their need at big shooting guard by selecting Brandon Roy with the second overall pick, or try to replace Marion's all-around skill with LSU's Thomas.
Phoenix sends Shawn Marion, Leandro Barbosa and the 27th pick to the Seattle SuperSonics for Rashard Lewis, the 10th pick and Danny Fortson.
A total salary dump for Phoenix -- though Lewis can approximate Marion's offensive ability, he's nowhere near the same type of all-around player. Furthermore, no combination of Fortson and whoever Phoenix would select with the 10th pick could hope to make up for the rest. Fortson would have to drop whatever enmity (both legal and otherwise) exists between him and Suns boss Jerry Colangelo, and Barbosa would join Luke Ridnour and Ray Allen (Earl Watson is again, needlessly, on the trade market) in the worst defensive backcourt the NBA has seen in years.
Philadelphia sends the 13th pick to the New Jersey Nets for the 22nd and 25th picks.
This makes sense for neither team. New Jersey needs depth, not some lottery fringe talent, and two potential prospects are better than one in this instance. And the last thing Philly needs is another pair of bodies clouding up an already unsettled roster situation -- with a lot of players who are good enough for guaranteed contracts but not good enough to consistently contribute to a playoff team. The Sixers need that 13th pick (or higher, as they've admitted), and the hope of a player who can distinguish himself amongst the muck.
Utah sends the 14th pick to Phoenix for the 21st and 27th picks.
This would help both teams. Utah could use depth around its well-compensated frontcourt trio of Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur, while Phoenix is looking to slash salary (in the face of the luxury tax, every hundred thousand helps) and add one more significant piece. At 14th overall, you can still find a significant piece that can contribute right away to a potential playoff squad.