By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – I feel like the more we do the made-up trades, the better Ethan (follow at @Giles1228) gets at constructing deals that seem like they could be possible. I won’t give him too much credit until he finds away to trade Spencer Hawes, but this week’s deal is strong.
Remember, these are just for fun. I grew up on listening people propose trades on WIP, so this is just an extension of that. If you want a further explanation, check out the original column.
With that, this week’s made up trade:
Andre Miller ($5 Million, Two Years)
Ryan Gomes ($4 Million, One Year)
Jeremy Lamb ($2.1 Million, Three Years)
Hasheem Thabeet ($1.2 Million, Two Years)
Perry Jones ($1.1 Million, Three Years)
Daniel Orton ($916 Thousand, Two Years)
DeAndre Liggins ($884 Thousand, One Year)
Thaddeus Young ($8.9 Million, Three Years)
Jordan Hamilton ($1.2 Million, Two Years)
Why The Sixers Do It: Well, they get at least one guy who can play in the backcourt and resemble an NBA player this year. He can’t really defend or shoot, but there are worse backup point guards to have than Andre Miller. We want MCW getting as much playing time as he can, but on a bad team, too many minutes could mean bad habits. As well, the Sixers acquire some nice young assets in Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones. Neither is a definite NBA player, but worth a shot. I don’t think Thabeet will ever be much of anything, but he’s not Kwame Brown.
Why The Nuggets Do It: They clear Andre Miller and his salary, which they’re reportedly looking to do.
Why The Thunder Do It: They get better in adding Thaddeus Young. The potential problem here is that you’d imagine they’re looking to get Lamb some minutes at shooting guard with Kevin Martin gone. If only they had someone like James Harden.