By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What a big day. The first made-up trade column that happens while the Sixers are actually playing basketball (training camp at least), and on the same day the Sixers announce their new marketing campaign, “Together We Build,” most likely because “Together We Suck,” and “Winless For Wiggins” were disallowed by the NBA.
Let’s not waste anymore time, and get right down to it. As always, the made up trade is constructed by Made Up Trade Chairman Ethan Giles (follow on Twitter @Giles1228).
Credit to Ethan for his first made up trade in what seems like months that does not involve Thaddeus Young.
Rodney Stuckey ($8.5 Million, One Year)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($2.7 Million, Four Years)
Danny Granger ($14 Million, One Year)
Arron Afflalo ($7.8 Million, Three Years)
Charlie Villenueva ($8.6 Million, One Year)
Greg Monroe ($4.1 Million, One Year)
Orlando Johnson ($788 Thousand, Two Years)
Jameer Nelson ($8.6 Million, Two Years)
Spencer Hawes ($6.5 Million, One Year)
Lavoy Allen ($3.1 Million, One Year)
Why The Sixers Do It: Spencer Hawes is no longer on the team. Sixers get a young shooting guard with upside in Caldwell-Pope. Spencer Hawes is no longer on the team. Sixers, in Stuckey, get at least one backcourt player who at least sort of belongs in the NBA for the year. Spencer Hawes is no longer on the team.
Why The Pistons Do It: They finally realize that the frontcourt of Smith, Monroe and Drummond doesn’t fit together, and they’re not going to pay Monroe what he’ll demand after the season. Smith isn’t really a small forward, and Monroe and Drummond are probably both centers. In Granger and Afflalo they get two legitimate wing players, and they’re rid of Granger after the season if they want to be.
Why The Magic Do It: They get Greg Monroe, and have the cap flexibility to re-sign him. Paying Jameer Nelson nearly $9 million a year doesn’t quite fit in a youth movement.
Why The Pacers Do It: Because they need a solid point guard (George Hill ain’t cuttin’ it all by himself. They could need another guy who can handle the ball in crunch time) more than they need Danny Granger, and they need frontcourt depth as well.