Here's to the combination of boredom and imagination
Here it is:
4 team trade between Dubs, Philly, NYK and Denver
Denver gets: Brandan Wright, Gallinari and Monta
Denver gives up: Melo
Rationale: If they're going to trade him to the Knicks, they need to bring in another team. Gallinari is really the star of the deal, providing Denver with a young, cheap, good and quickly improving replacement for Melo at SF. Monta would fit well with Billups (a "big PG" everyone says Monta should be paired with). Wright is sweetener: young, can help fill in for KMart for 20-25 minutes a game if he's healthy. Of course, if Denver would prefer an expiring contract over Monta, then that kills any potential the deal ever has of working, even in GSoM imaginary land.
NY gets: Melo
Rationale: Puts Knicks in playoffs instantly. They give up two solid young guys, both with star potential and cheap contracts but they would have proven stars at both positions. Plus, you could see the duo of Amare and Melo becoming much more enticing to CP3 once it becomes a reality and that might push him back over the edge of asking for a trade.
Philly gets: Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry, and Ekpe Udoh
Philly gives up: Iguodala and Jason Smith
Rationale: Like all the extremely hypothetical trade scenarios that could bring AI here, this depends on Philly making the decision that AI and Turner are redundant. Reading Liberty Ballers, it seems like most fans on there would want young talent, along with expirings as the centerpiece of the deal. Whether that is a reflection of the actual Sixer management's thinking is impossible to say. Of course, there's also the question that if it was the type of deal management wants, would Randolph (and to a much, much lesser extent Udoh) be enough talent to make it worthwhile? The Sixers do already have some young big men but this deal would allow them to package one or some combo of their 4 young, talented bigs (Speights, Thaddeus Young, Randolph, Udoh) along with expirings at the deadline for a difference maker who is more complimentary to their young backcourt.
GS gets: Iguodala, Jason Smith
GS gives up: Monta, Wright and Udoh
Rationale: No brainer. I agree with the folks that we shouldn't trade Monta unless we could get an all-star in return and AI is one of the few people I'd trade Monta for. AI would be an almost perfect compliment to Steph because he makes up for Curry's main weaknesses, size and D. Granted, his outside shooting isn't great (or good) but Monta's isn't that great either so I think the upgrades over Monta in size and D more than make up for any lack of scoring. Plus, this allows Lee and Steph to become the two primary scorers on the team without ruffling Monta's feathers.
GS could always add on a second trade, trading Gadz or Vlad for a longer, unwanted contract from one of the other 3 teams in the deal.