Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2006 5:41PM; Updated: Wednesday June 28, 2006 5:41PM
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Nick Silva from Salem, Mass. wants to know "which young player do you think the Celtics would have to give up if they were to make the deal with the 76ers and the Jazz?" As we opined in Tuesday's column, it would be a setback in our eyes if the Celtics were to part with Al Jefferson, Gerald Green or Delonte West in order to pick up Allen Iverson, but with Jefferson coming off a disappointing second season, Green and/or West would probably be the ones to go. Jefferson's injury-plagued '05-06 campaign was probably a blessing in disguise. Assuming the deal goes through, Jefferson's cache has lowered significantly enough to where the Sixers probably don't want to take him -- which is a good thing for Boston fans, because he's probably the best of the three.
Swagger from Manila was wondering if the Lakers shouldn't "just trade some of their younger "role players" (Chris Mihm, Brian Cook, Sasha Vujacic, Smush Parker) to probably move up and probably have a shot at a J.J. Redick. Then get some proven veterans like Matt Harpring, Antonio Davis, Bobby Jackson or Marcus Banks for the starting PG?"
Makes sense in most years, but in this draft, you're looking at a bunch of future backups once you dive out of the lottery. Nothing against Redick, who will be a fine player, but his best shot in this league is serving as the yin to someone like Banks' yang -- and even that point guard rotation is less than ideal.
Troy from New York points out that a "[Chris] Webber for [Carlos] Boozer" trade, and not an Iverson for Boozer deal, would make more sense. "Webber can create shots for everyone while dominating the ball, and Boozer can do the dirty work for AI." Perhaps, but Jazz owner Larry Miller would rather see Olden Polynice back manning his frontcourt more than he'd like to see C-Webb in Salt Lake.
On-Hoops' Matt, from Muswellbrook, Australia, usually cuts to the core with his analysis, and his take is no different: "You separately mention a crazy Wally Szczerbiak trade and crazy Kenyon Martin trade -- why not just join the dots and swap the two of them? Martin has five years left on his mega-deal, terrible knees, and a contrary attitude. But for back-to-back years, Danny Ainge and other Celtics fans watched as Martin -- then with the Nets -- abused their skinny forwards on the low block. His passion and experience is worth more to the team than Wally's jumper."
There has been a "Szczerbiak-for-Andre Miller" rumor floating around various northeastern cable outlets, but this may make a wee more sense.
Alex from Amsterdam thinks that a Kevin Garnett-for-Shawn Marion deal would be to everyone's benefit, because "Marion wants to be the superstar and KG wants a ring." Perhaps, but more than KG wants a ring, and more than Shawn wants his name in lights, Suns owner Richard Sarver wants to cut payroll -- and trading for KG won't help his bottom line.
Ramzi from Chicago offers this solution to his hometown team's problems: "Can you envision a scenario where the Bulls take Roy at No. 2, then put together a package including (but not limited to) Ben Gordon and the 16th pick for a legitimate low post threat?"
It would seem a panacea, and I'm not trying to be flip -- but what legitimate low post threat? Shaquille O'Neal? Yao Ming? There just aren't a lot of those guys floating out there these days, and even when you include the Marion and Garnett rumors, you have to point out that KG and Marion aren't exactly your typical back-to-the-basket players. This is where, for most fans, the frustrations come in: when you have to turn these roles ("pure point guard who can shoot," "low post scorer," "reformed exotic dancer without a sordid past") into actual names. It's no fun, and enough to make some well-compensated execs reflect fondly on their time spent scootin' around in a Fiero.