Timberwolves Pelicans Trade Idea
Nikoli Pekovic and Barea for Eric Gordon.
Timberwolves get a game changing two guard if healthy. I still believe in Eric Gordon and if he is put in the right place he will suceed. Also, they can get rid of Barea who has warn out his welcome in Minnesota. Plus Dieng looked ready at the end of the year making Pekovic look a little bit more desirable.
The pelicans get a guy who will perfectly compliment Anthony Davis. Pekovic will battle all the rugged big guys in the west so Anthony Davis can worry about weakside defense and offense.
This also opens up the Timberwolves to potentially trade K. Martin who is a solid player, but I think Eric Gordon has more potential to be a game changer if healthy. What could Kevin Market get in the open market? Bobcats, Nuggets, Pacers, San Antonio (I think he could provide extra depth plus Popavich will have him wide open 90% of the time), and the Bulls seem like they could have interest.
I've heard that trade idea thrown around before and I don't hate it. I'd rather have Jrue Holiday but I don't know if the Pelicans would part with him. Gordon is a nice player, but after all his injuries, I don't think hes ever going to be the same kind of explosive offensive talent.
The Wolves need a PG. I know we are supposed to be in love with Rubio and patient and wait for him to develop a jumpshot because he affects the game oh so much without scoring...but I don't see it. His inability to threaten the defense is a liability and defensively he gets stuck to screens like Velcro. I think a Pg like Holiday would do this team wonders and we could deal Rubio for a good 2/3 like Afflalo
Very good trade for the Timberwolves: Pekovic is not a good fit for them and they can just start Dieng or sign another defensive C.
Only problem is the competitiveness already in the west. As the Wolves did slightly better than the Pelicans this year, this trade will make the Pelicans much better than the Wolves. Wolves missing out on another playoff spot. I think they'll consider moving Pek, but will try shopping him to the east first.
Other than making the Pelicans a superior team that will push them even further down in the West, what is in it for Minnesota? Hanging 130 on Philadelphia or Milwaukee as opposed to 115 isn't going to change anything that matters. What I like about Dieng is that he has had a track record of getting better at every interval, but what I don't like is that no team, especially one in the West, benefits by making themselves smaller and weaker up front. New Orleans ignored the center position and loaded up on offensive threats and they stunk. Gorgui Dieng is not strong enough to match up individually with the centers of the West, and there is not exactly a strong cohesive defensive scheme to help him. He is a nice player to have in the mix, but the fastest way to fall out of love with him is to put him in a position to fail.
The T Wolves should think about trading Kevin Love. He might not be the guy. He is a heck of a player but they have yet to make the playoffs with him.
They should think about trading Kevin Love, JJ Barea, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and picks at 40 and 44, to the Celtics for Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger, Gerald Wallace, picks at 5 and 17, and cash.
The T Wolves would be deep inside with Pek and Dieng at center and Jeff Green and Sully at the 4. Green can also play the 3 with Gerald Wallace giving them some toughness. Rubio and Bradley would form a good defensive backcourt unit. Corey Brewer, Kevin Martin, and Chase Budinger are some good pieces on the wing.
The T Wolves would also get some great players at 5 and 17.
The Celtics would get their other star in Kevin Love to pair with Rajon Rondo. Plus, they would still have Olynyk and Faverani inside. They also get two solid vets in Mbah a Moute and Barea and get rid of Gerald Wallace's contract.
I think this trade would make both teams better.
link to trade: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=m5tmo3p
i would rather role the dice and trade rubio for a scoring point who can help Love lighten the scoring load. we all know that adelman's system runs better with a scoring point more than a pass-first one anyway. examples of these are terry porter, bobby jackson, mike bibby, aaron brooks, etc.
i know he's not the head coach anymore, but he will still remain in a management position which leads me to believe that they will still follow his philosophy in basketball. players id target in a trade would be Westbrook, Lawson, Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Lowry, Bledsoe. i'd use Rubio, Pek and their pick as trade assets to be used either in a combination or individually for the right player.
a deal like this though would be either a hit or miss for Kevin Love. he may enjoy rubio's playmaking more, and could bolt in free agency if he doesnt like getting less touches. but its still better than trying to play it safe and settle on being a play-off bubble team. that is the worst place to be in the NBA because youre not good enough to make a true run or even get to the play-offs, but at the same time, dont suck enough to get a high pick for the top talents in the draft.
How about Pekovic to Chicago for Boozer and their 16th and 19th picks?
That would clog the lane with non-shooting big men like Noah and Pekovic. On defense they might get away with it (Noah can defend basically 1 to 5), but on offense they might have a problem (although Noah can play the high post passing game very well). Why would Chicago take on extra years of salary though, when they can just amnesty Boozer if they want to?