Steve Mills - "Chris Wallace, we want the Marc"
Chris Wallace - "Well Steve, he's our best player and you don't really have any..."
Steve Mills - "Chris, Give it. Marc, want it"
Chris Wallace - "I'm hanging up now..."
Mills - "Stoudemire? Bargnani? Hello?"
Chris Wallace - *Click*
So we want Marc Gasol. Cool. The plan is to wait til 2015 when he have cap flexibility and try to improve via free agency. Well, since free agency is a ways away from now and you never know what might happen between then and now, I thought it would be fun to come up with some fun fake Gasol trades. Granted, these are unrealistic and would never happen, but I'm gonna shoot 'em off anyways, and you guys can tell me which ones you think are the least unrealistic of these totally unrealistic deals.
Deal #1 - "The Obvious"
In any of these deals, we'll need to bring in at least another team or two to make salaries work and what not. The most obvious third team for any trade seems to be Philadelphia, who appears to have no problem serving as a salary dumping ground so long as they can extract assets. So here goes.
Deal #2 - "Bad Contract Bonanza"
This is my favorite one. Here, we bring in Sacramento and Detroit to make it all work. Detroit gets to purge their long term salary commitments to undeserving players while taking on Amar'e Stoudemire. However, they also have to Sign & Trade Greg Monroe in the deal to Memphis in return for the right to offload Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. Sacramento, rumored to be interested in trying to salvage Smith's career, takes on Smoove's deal in exchange for essentially nothing while getting rid of Landry's pricey deal in the process. Knicks get their man (at the price of taking on Brandon Jennings as well) and Grizz get a couple of nice assets in addition to Landry's contract. Won't happen, but I wish it would.
Deal #3 - "Bad Contracts + Gamble"
Memphis takes a flier on a young center coming off a bad year, and offloads Courtney Lee in the process. Milwaukee sheds a couple of bad contracts and get a mulligan on Sanders, who might just need a change of scenery. They pick up an asset in Shumpert for taking on Stat's expiring.
So in due course, the premise of any Gasol deal wouldn't necessarily hinge on the prospects that NYK are willing to surrender (because they don't really have any), but rather, their willingness to take on bad contracts from other squads if it means ending up with Gasol. Clearly, there will be many teams interested in Gasol, both via trade and during FA, and many of those squads should be able to put together (significantly) better packages for the former DPOY. Nevertheless, the only team i'm concerned with is the Knicks and I'll be praying routinely that somehow, some way, Marc Gasol ends up in NYK.