By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When I got to work today, I was bummed that the long weekend was over. Even though I knew I had an extra day off, I forgot today is Tuesday, and not Monday.
So my day back to work got a little brighter when the brand new made-up trade from made-up-trade-master Ethan Giles (follow @Giles1228 on Twitter) popped up in my inbox.
Once again, Ethan finds a creative deal with the limited resources the Sixers have. I feel like I might need to open the rest of the NBA up to him, as finding creative ways to trade Thaddeus Young (this Sixers lone real tradeable asset at this point) will eventually break both Ethan’s computer and his will.
With that, today’s trade:
Terrence Jones ($1.6 Million, Three Years)
Donatas Montiejunas ($1.4 Million, Three Years)
Willie Green ($1.4 Million, Two Years)
Reggie Bullock ($1.1 Million, Four Years)
Maalik Wayns ($788.9 Thousand, One Year)
2014 Second Round Picks From, Hornets, Rockets, Clippers
Ryan Anderson ($8.3 Million, Three Years)
Thaddeus Young ($8.9 Million, Three Years)
Omer Asik ($8.4 Million, Two Years)
DeAndre Jordan ($11 Million, Two Years)
Why The Sixers Do It: This pretty much fits the profile of most moves the Sixers have made this offseason. That is to take a shot on first round picks, who are still young, and have yet to really produce to this point. It also accomplishes getting at least someone to play shooting guard, in Willie Green (give me a break, I’m trying here). They also stock up on second round picks in the 2014 draft.
Why The Rockets Do It: Ryan Anderson is probably the NBA player who is not on the Rockets, who most belongs on the Rockets. When you think of a prototypical power forward to play along side Dwight Howard, that guy is sharp shooting Ryan Anderson.
Why The Clipper Do It: They get rid of DeAndre Jordan, who at $11 million has not produced or improved enough to earn that money. They add an energy guy, and an efficient guy in Young, who would be a perfect first forward off the bench. In Asik, they get a better defender than Jordan, and although the 56% from the free throw line Asik shot last year is dreadful, it’s not nearly as dreadful as the 39% Jordan shot.
Why The Hornets Do It: I’m struggling with this one. The only thought is that Anthony Davis and DeAndre Jordan create a long, athletic, formidable front line defensively.