Listening to the Warriors and Raptors go at it last night got me thinking about how both teams have pieces that may fit very well in the other's respective rotation. The teams have been trade partners recently (the Bellinelli/George blockbuster) and both franchises are coming off disappointing seasons. I think there is potential for the teams to make a solid trade without Bosh or Ellis trading hands.
The Raptors may lose Bosh, but they will do everything they can to keep him by adding talent through trades and free agency. The same could be said about Ellis. Curry is really the "Bosh" of the Warriors, but Ellis is right up there as 1B. The front office has made Ellis' place clear with its actions.
The Warriors would love to move Maggette and Biedrins, and since the Raptors at times have stagnated this year offensively and up front, my guess is they'd be very interested in adding the two players to put with Bosh to create a more balanced roster. The Raptors are also in a precarious position without a 1st rd pick in a loaded draft that becomes a compounded problem with the prospect of their best player leaving for nothing.
So......I'll just launch into the trade proposal:
This would only be on the table from the Warriors' perspective if they don't get picks 1 or 2 in the draft. Getting Wall or Turner would change their thinking entirely. But with Wright coming back and especially with the signing of Reggie Williams for next year, depth will not be a problem. The Warriors must upgrade and diversify their talent to improve. If they pick 3 or lower, though players such as Favors or Cousins are tantalizing, where will they really fit? Picks 3 or 4 could become valuable trade assets for the Warriors.
But first, the Raptors. Adding Maggette would give them an efficient scoring burst that they desperately need. Bargnani is a nice player for them, but he doesn't board well for his position, and he doesn't complement Bosh as well as a player like Biedrins. There's been speculation that the Raptors have sought the services of Bieds before, and my guess is they wouldn't mind essentially swapping Bargnani for Biedrins, especially if Maggette is a part of the deal. Radmonovic would be another international player in Toronto, and he's basically a poor man's Bargnani, fine. Most importantly, the Raptors would get a re-do on the drafting of DeRozan, a guy they've been giving burn all year in the hope of a break out that as of yet hasn't happened. Wouldn't they rather get DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors this year? Yes.
And now, the Warriors. I love this trade for the Warriors. Not only do we dump two big contracts, but we add talent that can definitely make us a better team, all while keeping our core (Curry, Ellis, Randolph) intact. The Warriors are adding big, back-loaded contracts, but it's pretty clear that's the only way they are going to move these players. Bargnani is a big that shoots the three really well. He's not bulky, but he'd pair really well with Randolph on a running team. Calderon would be a solid back-up for Curry; he'd still get big minutes and is only one year removed from almost 10 assists per game. He would probably start on most teams, but Jack's arrival has created a logjam at point in Toronto. DeMar DeRozan could thrive in the Warriors system and give us depth at the 3; Reggie Evans would give us needed toughness up front. The key is diversity: the Warriors add a big that can shoot, a distributor, and some physical presence down low.
Here are the rotations:
Stephen Curry / Jose Calderon
Kelenna Azubuike / Reggie Williams / DeMar DeRozan
Hidayet Turkoglu / Marcus Banks
Corey Maggette / Vladimir Radmonovic
Chris Bosh / 2nd Rd Pick (#45)
Andris Biedrins / DeMarcus Cousins
Looks pretty good to me. Thoughts?