If you beleve the rumors, Monta wants out of Golden State and the Warriors are letting his agent look for potential trade partners. We all know that when a player demands a trade it is hard to get equal value in return, but here is a trade that I think might work:
New GS Lineup:
PG: S. Curry
SG: A. Morrow
SF: R. Gay
PF: A. Randolph
C: A. Biedrins
New MEM Lineup:
PG: M. Ellis
SG: O. Mayo
SF: C. Maggette
PF: D. Arthur
C: M. Gasol
Reasons this Might Work:
- Grizzlies didn't sign Gay to an extension and apparently Rudy was pretty upset about it (Bill simmons talks about it here in his NBA preview http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmonsnflpicks/part1/091023&sportCat=nba). His contract expires at the end of this year so they will probably entertain offers from playoff contenders as the deadline draws close, but if they could get a young player with potential like Monta in return for Gay I think they'd take it.
- Considering the combined 5-14 record of the two teams, a trade like this would be an attendance booster.
- We'd be taking Z. Randolphs terrible contract off their hands and giving them maggettes in return, but Maggette seems like a better fit in that system.
- Grizzlies mgmt. have done dumber things before.
Gay is a free agent at the end of this year, and considering the perception of the warriors organization around the league, it might be a long shot to expect Gay to resign here in the offseason. We'd have to offer him a max deal and hope he signs. However, with the potential for a lineup of Curry, Morrow, Gay, A. Randolph, and Biedrins, I I'm willing to take that risk.
If Memphis wants more we could include a future 1st round pick or maybe even B. Wright. We could also take Sam Young instead of DeMarre Carroll.
What do ya'll think?