Rumor: Clippers Would Want Mike Dunleavy

Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times offered some dispiriting news for Warrior fans: "[Devin] Brown [picked up in the Derek Fisher salary dump] might actually be the off-season acquisition" for Chris Mullin and company. Yes, that's more depressing than seeing the Warrior interior getting abused by the Lakers' "ferocious" big men Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm.

The fun part of MT's recent column was his offering of other trade possibilities for the Warriors now that Allen Iverson, KG, Jermaine, and Paul Pierce (i.e. impact players that could put the Warriors back on the NBA map) are off the market. Here's a great trade that MT offered that would help the Warriors pick up a slasher, solid rebounder, and nice free throw shooter, while actually hurting a division foe:

Small forward Corey Maggette, Los Angeles Clippers: They could use Pietrus to back up shooting guard Cuttino Mobley and small forward Quinton Ross, or maybe forward/center Andris Biedrins would do the trick.

Drawback: The real guy they would want is Mike Dunleavy, but he is a base-year player and hard to trade.

Dun Defense
Would you really miss this "great" defense?

Someone actually wants Dunleavy? The  Warriors should find a way to trade Mike Dunleavy to the LA Clippers for Corey Maggette at all costs. Why? We'll give you 44 reasons why (and make you laugh!): Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV.

Aside from the jokes take a look at this comparison between Maggette and Dunleavy's best seasons as a pro:

  • Corey Maggette (2004-2005): 22.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 43.1% field goal, 85.7% free throw, 30.4% 3pt
  • Mike Dunleavy (2004-2005): 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 45.1% field goal, 77.9% free throw, 38.8% 3pt
There's isn't much of a comparison there. Maggette is the superior player and has had a better overall career than Dunleavy. Maggette's on the trading block and the Clippers are probably the only team in the league dumb enough to trade for Dunleavy because of the family ties. We'll miss the Funleavy Foto Fun, but the Warriors need to make this happen. The quickest way back into the Western Conference playoffs is to severely weaken one of those playoff teams. Dunleavy (plus overrated youth) for Maggette (plus players to make the deal work money-wise) does the trick.

Depressing sidenote: Corey Maggette has 3 years (with a player opt-out after next season) at 23.2 million left on his contract (7.7 million a year), while Mike Dunleavy's 5 years at 44 million dollar contract starts next year (8.8 million a year).

Interesting sidenote: There's very little similar about their games, both Corey Maggette and Mike Dunleavy played for Duke.

99% of rumors never happen, but 99% of them are fun to talk about!

Would you trade Mike Dunleavy for Corey Maggette? What kind of deals can you put together (try the ESPN Trade Machine) to make this work? Make sure to cast your vote by clicking "Comments"!

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