Alright, I've been thinking over all the rumors that have been swirling around the Sixers lately and toying around with the ESPN's trade machine trying to make a few deals work. Like a lot of other Sixers fans, I've been hoping that Philly could find a way to swing a deal with the Lakers that'll bring Andrew Bynum to town. Problem is, despite how badly they want Iggy, I haven't been able to think of a trade that I think would satisfy LA enough to let Bynum go.
That is, until I brought the Magic into the picture and worked out a deal that I think'll make all three teams happy.
(Before I go on, I have to say that this deal was inspired by the trade Jordan mentioned on May 27th; in fact, the Sixers don't give up anything here that they wouldn't have given up in his. Alright, got that out of the way; let's move on.)
- Dwight Howard, Magic (2 years, $18.1 million)
- Andre Iguodala, Sixers (3 years, $13.5 million)
- Von Waffer, Magic (3 years, $1.1 million)
- Andrew Bynum, Lakers (2 years, $14.9 million)
- Metta World Peace, Lakers (3 years, $6.8 million)
- Glenn Davis, Magic (4 years, $6,3 million)
- Pau Gasol, Lakers (3 years, $18.7 million)
- Thad Young, Sixers (5 years, $7.5 million)
- Evan Turner, Sixers (3 years, $4.9 million)
- Andrew Goudelock (2 years, $474.6 thousand)
WHY IT WORKS FOR THE LAKERS: They win a Championship. Honestly, it's as simple as that: Kobe, Howard and Igodaula will run the Lakers straight by OKC, LAC and SA and into the finals. Plus, the Lakers will finally have a legitimate heir to Kobe's throne in Dwight Howard to build around, whose presence would make Gasol and Bynum redundant anyway. In the same way, Iggy's a definite step up from World Peace, so losing him won't hurt the team either. Honestly, I shouldn't have to explain why LA makes this deal; bringing in Howard AND Iguodala would be a dream come true.
WHY IT WORKS FOR THE SIXERS: You want a team with a high ceiling for future success? Then you can't ask for much better than a team whose centered around a core of Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum. Would giving up Igggy, Thad and ET hurt? Yes. But a Jrue/Bynum core to build around is easily worth the price.
As for the other pieces, Metta World Peace will help fill the immediate void left by the absence of Iguodala; not as well as Iggy could have, but enough to get by. And with Elton Brand looking like he'll be amnestied and Spencer Hawes no longer needed, Glenn Davis would fill the hole at PF and would probably even be an improvement. Plus, with the left-over cash no longer needed on a big man, the Sixers could work out a deal for 6th man Lou Williams.
WHY IT WORKS FOR THE MAGIC: Let's be honest: The Magic don't have a lot of options here. The only reason Dwight Howard's still in town is because he doesn't want to end up a LeBron-esque villain, and it's unlikely they'll be able to put together a team that Dwight'll be willing to sign a long-term deal with in one year. The Lakers are one of the few teams Howard wants to sign that kind of deal with, so, honestly, the organization's hands are kinda forced.
That said, this is still a great deal for Orlando. Pau Gasol is still one of the best big men in the league, and would instantly fill the void left by Howard's departure. Maybe not an exact fit, but enough to still keep Orlando competitive.
What's more important, Orlando gets a few players with some great upside. Thad Young is dynamic player who just inked a long term for a reasonable price, and Evan Turner and Andrew Goudelock are two young players who are showing a lot of potential and upside. Plus, the Lakers and/or Sixers could work in a draft pick or two to help sweeten the deal. Not a bad haul for a team that doesn't have many options.
So, what do you guys think? Is there a team among the three that you think would shoot down this deal?