Could Thunder Trade For Brand?
I feel like this is a good move for both teams because it gives the Thunder to veteran leaders that can still play at a high level and have playoff experience that OKC needed extremely bad against the Lakers last season while not having to give up much but expiring contracts...They keep they're core intact but lose their starting center who only averaged 23 minuted and 9 points a game anyway both numbers Elton Brand easily exceeds. And the Sixers get rid of a bad contract a few cogs who they can find a spot for or more realistically package their expiring contracts with the like of Thad Young and Lou Williams to get more help.
Tell Me What You Guys Think...Educated responses plz.
Not to mention by Hollingers rating system this trade adds 3 wins to the thunder, and by his PER rating they are getting bacc two players who are higher then any of the players they are giving away. And even tho it also says its a negative 3 wins for the Sixers, as a Philly Phan I don't care because its gonna be another deep draft in the top ten! But in all honestly I do feel like the Sixers have a chance to sneak up on teams because they do have talent.
The Thunder and Sam Presti have been extremely careful with their picks and cap money... that being said there is no way they are going to take on a 50 million dollar contract for a damaged player like Brand. It would be reason enough to fire Presti and would go against everything OKC has worked for in their rebuilding process.
Not really because they are done building thru the draft and all the talent that they have already acquired thru the draft is ready to be eligible for new contracts so unless they want to be the New Clippers they are going to have to start spending money...Just by resigning Durant, Westbrook, and Greene they are going to be over the cap...So the time to get some veterans that will help is now. Elton Brand is not as damaged as people think. He played 76 games last year and averaged about 14 points doing so. In games where he got more then 2 days rest he averaged over 17 points shooting over 50% from the field. Bottom line is Elton Brand is not an all star anymore but he will get the Thunder more points in the pain then Krstic and Greene did for them last year. And with the make up of their team he is the perfect veteran to add a no ego blue collar worker who will be in the gym everyday with the youngin's teaching them how to be professional and more importantly he will add to their bruising style of play. The Thunder are a tough team and Brand is a tough player he's gonna bang down low and enable Durant and Harden to hit open jumpers. And if you look at what Elton accomplished against OKC's division foes its not to shabby
Den he averaged: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and shot 55%
Por: 19 points, 6.5 rbnds, 1.5 blocks, 71%
Utah: 10points, 2 rbnds, 1.5 steals, 47% (still more production then Krstic or Ibeka)
Minny: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 50%
And against OKC themselves he averaged: 18 points, 5.5 rbnds, 1.5 blocks, 52%
So he has to be on their radar.
Elton is still only 31, stands a legit 6'9 and has a 7'5 wingspan meaning he can play center, his career is far from over because of his size, ability, overall IQ, toughness, and work ethic, all attributes the young OKC team needs.
Name 1 player that has ever come back from rupturing an achilles and remained a star contributor. It has never happened and the reason is it takes away a players explosiveness as well as confidence and makes it considerably more difficult to remain in top physical condition. If there was any value to Brand... do you really think the 76ers would be trying to give him away?
The Thunder will have many other opportunities to use their cap space that doesn't include damaged players.
My mind was so caught up in trying to give the Thunder a tough veteran presence i forgot to post the trade.
I understand your point but also check this out:
And the reason the Sixers need to give him away is because they are not in a position to contend, they are rebuilding and have Thad Young, Mo Speights, And Spencer Hawes waiting in the wing. The Thunder on the other hand are a veteran lost post presence away from beating the Lakers in game 7.