Trades which would turn the W's into a playoff team

Trade #1:

Jamal Crawford,  $8.6m
Stephen Jackson, $7.1m


Andrei Kirilenko, $15m


Next season, the Utah Jazz will have $70m invested in just 11 players.  This means they will not be able to sign free agents for more than the MLE.  By trading 1-for-2, they can fill up their depth chart better. Kirilenko is an under-utilized $15m they have coming off the bench.   Also, the Jazz are also weak at SG/SF right now and could use the extra firepower.  Jamal Crawford could start at SG and backup Deron Williams at PG.  Jackson could start on this squad as well and they would bring Korver off the bench.

This would fix our logjam of swingmen.  As everyone here has said before, Kirilenko the ideal forward for Nellieball.  He's a defensive/rebounding monster, can run the floor, make the 3, handle the ball, and pass well.

Trade #2:

Corey Maggette, $8.3m
Kelenna Azubuike, $2.9m


Lamar Odom, $11.4m

The Lakers front office has to make a decision on Lamar Odom soon.  His contract and Trevor Ariza's contract are both expiring after this season.  Based on what I've seen from them putting Odom on the bench and limiting his minutes, and the evolution of Ariza's game; it seems like they would re-sign Ariza and keep him for cheap rather than give Odom a big contract.  Having Ariza and Odom is redundant for them.  Maggette and Azubuike could add different dimensions to their squad.  Maggette can be the go-to scorer when Kobe rests, and I'm sure they know that Sasha Vujacic is just no good and Azubuike would be a better backup at SG.

Just like Kirilenko, Odom is a guy GSOM always talks about as being perfect for our style of play.  Multi-talented forward who can guard multiple positions, stretch the defense, pass, and handle.

Your Golden State Warriors:

PG: Monta Ellis / CJ Watson
SG: Marco Belinelli / Anthony Morrow
SF: Andrei Kirilenko / Anthony Randolph
PF: Lamar Odom / Brandan Wright
C: Andris Biedrins / Ronny Turiaf


  • We'd have one of the best defensive/shot-blocking/rebounding frontlines in the league. 
  • Everyone in our starting lineup would be a unselfish player, and good passer. 
  • No more ballhogs and turnover machines. 
  • We'd be less dependent on the 3-ball, but our starting lineup would still feature 4 guys who can make the 3 and stretch the D.  
  • This would provide all the opportunity in the world for Monta Ellis to get his shots and put up superstar numbers in this league.
  • This would allow for Belinelli, Morrow, Randolph, Wright, and Watson to get their minutes and prove themselves; plus they'd have defensive studs Kirilenko and Odom to learn from.
  • We would be a fast-pace, fast-breaking team once again.  We'd block so many shots, deflect so many balls, force more misses, secure more rebounds, and feed Monta for the easy cherry pick on the other side.

What do you think, GSOM?

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