...I know this is the time of year where we let our imaginations run wild. People are trading us top 5 draft picks for Lou Williams. We're trading Elton Brand for Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant is homesick for Philly and decides he wants to play out the rest of his career in his hometown for free. We're getting Chris Paul for Tony Battie and the Donger.
Can we go...I don't know...three whole days without anyone proposing a ridiculous trade? It's giving me a headache.
I know no one wants to hear this, but Dwight Howard isn't walking through that door. Chris Paul isn't walking through that door.
If we want a top draft pick, we're going to have to give up something for it. Probably Iguodala + #16, maybe more. And honestly, as much as I would love a shot at a legit big man, I'm not sure any of the bigs in this draft are worth it. Of course that would depend on how horrible the contracts we would have to take back would be in a potential Iguodala deal. There seems to be a general consensus that someone would give us something really terrific for Iguodala without demanding that we take on horrific contracts as well.
Unfortunately, Kevin McHale isn't walking through that door either.
I know everyone wants to win the championship this year. It's not happening. This is going to have to be a process, whether we like it or not. This team isn't one piece away. What we do have is some nice young players, and a pretty good coach that seems to get them to play hard and get the most out of their ability. There's nothing earth-shattering here that would get a top superstar here at this point. We are still in the phase where we are building that foundation that would attract the big star.
"But what about Boston?" you say. "They traded away all their young players and won a championship! We should do that too!" However, that requires a GM on another team that is willing to take back 10 cents on the dollar for his best player because he cares more about your team than the one he's running. And I don't know that anyone would trade us an in-his-prime KG for Evan Turner, Elton Brand, and our draft pick.
This is going to take time. I think we'd all be happier if we understand that, and enjoy watching our team grow together, instead of screaming for trades involving top superstars that don't cause any damage to whatever we could put in place around that top superstar, and besides would never possibly happen.
So. Can we get at least a brief moratorium on the insane trade suggestions? No? Well, it was worth a shot. :)
Let me suggest mine, then...