By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Forgive the lateness of this week’s made-up trade. Ethan (@Giles1228) has been separating the colors of his fruit loops and I’ve been laughing about the fact that I somehow became involved in the Kendrick Lamar rap song diss (sort of) of Meek Mill.
If you’ve never seen one of these made-up trades, check out the original explanation. Remember, this is all in good fun.
With that, here’s this week’s trade:
Steve Nash ($9.3 Million, Two Years)
Harrison Barnes ($2.9 Million, Three Years)
Andrew Bogut ($14 Million, One Year)
Donatas Motiejunas ($1.4 Million, Three Years)
Draymond Green ($875 Thousand, Two Years)
Pau Gasol ($19.3 Million, One Year)
Thaddeus Young ($8.9 Million, Three Years)
Omer Asik ($8.4 Million, Two Years)
David Lee ($13.4 Million, Three Years)
Why The Sixers Do It: Well, this is not a home run for the Sixers, but it’s hard to imagine they would have a trade that’s going to be. They get a great, young, salary controlled asset in Harrison Barnes. They get a guy they don’t need in Steve Nash, who at very worst can be a nice player for Michael Carter-Williams to be around for a couple of years. It seems like a contract that would be easily dumpable before next season as well to a contender who wants a shooter. They also get rid of the Thaddeus Young contract.
Why The Lakers Do It: Let’s say the Lakers are out of it by the trade deadline. They’re going to want to get even worse, and be able to dump whatever salary is left. It’s true that Gasol is expiring, but so is Bogut. They also get rid of Nash’s salary off of next year’s books. They also get rid of two guys who might help them win games.
Why The Warriors Do It: They get a center that can help them win now (Gasol), they get a center that can help them win in the future (Asik), and a forward who can help them win in both, and replace a lot of what Carl Landry did. Barnes is maybe a little expendable because of what Iguodala brings.
Why The Rockets Do It: Unable to trade for Ryan Anderson, the Rockets finally find a power forward who works next to Dwight Howard. It’s true that David Lee can’t defend, but with Dwight Howard there, it eases that pain. Lee is also a good mid-range shooter, a good passer, and a solid rebounder and post guy if you want to play him at center for brief stints while Howard is on the bench.