Cleveland gets a instant replacement for Varejao in the vet Perkins and a talented young wing in Lamb to add to the rest of their young core.
OKC gets an upgraded big in Varejao, one who can run the floor and keep up with KD/Westbrook, a great rebounder, passer, and energy guy. I think Varejao would look great on this team. Unlike Perkins, he is big that could actual play against and be effective against the smaller matchups like the Heat. When Howard came to the Lakers I thought they would need to keep Perk's big body/post presence to contend but they no longer have to worry about the Lakers. Lakers D will never stop KD/Wes.
How much does OKC value Jeremy Lamb though? Is adding Varejao worth losing Lamb especially when you already have Perkins for basically the same paper?
They still have that Toronto pick. What if that ended up being Ben McLemore at #4 this year!
Throw in that Toronto pick to the Cavs and then they'd probably consider. No way Cleveland does this without that included.
Probably right. I was going to include that but I think there is no way OKC does it if that pick is included. Ride with Perkins rather than lose him, a lottery pick in Lamb, and most likely a top 10 pick in either this year or next. That could turn out to be a very, very good player for them, much more valuable than Andy V.
Also if you guys remember the Cavs were considering Lamb with the 4th overall pick as well so you know they do like it and would probably listen to any offers from the Thunder. The Raptors lottery pick is looking better and better each day though. If a couple of teams get lucky and move up then Raptors could end up with the 4th or 5th pick and it goes straight to OKC unless it's top 3. I think Varejao would be fantastic on the Thunder so there is definitely some potential, but I wouldn't trade the 4th-5th pick + Lamb(another lottery pick) + the vet leader in Perkins for Varejao.
The thing is the Cavs would see perkins as a bad contract they would be willing to take of OKC's hands instead of seeing him as a vet leader. For the Cavs to deal Varejao and take on Perkins contract i would think that the Toronto pick would have to be involved in any deal.
Yea but they have Waiters now and why trade for another gaurd,when I am guessing that they consider that a position of strength. with the combo of Gee, Miles,Waiters, Pargo, Irving, and even Gibson and Omri, I now some are of those guys are hurt but they aren't to serious of injuries and the oldest guy on that list is only 26,so why trade away one of the top rebounders in the game and just add another young guy at a semi stacked position. I looked at all the teams that might want to make a trade for him that had something that would be worth it to Cleveland, in their building process and the only rookie who I would want them to go after would be Sullinger. Other trades that could work would be If Petrovic in Minnesota went down and they were willing to part with Williams or maybe if Utah wanted to change directions and give away a bigman.
I read an article on yahoo about perkins and his importance to the thunder. He manages everyones personalities and helps keep guys like ibaka and maynor who want bigger roles in the offense happy. He always talks to ibaka after games where ibaka barely touched the ball to make sure ibaka knows things like that will happen some nights. If anyone on the thunder has a problem they go to kendrick perkins. He is a great teammate and is key to the thunder. The guys on the celtics loved him a lot. He is a winner and is very mature. The thunder wouldnt just give him up with one or 2 lottery picks for varejao.
perkins is such a valuable part of the thunder team hes one the best locker room guys in the league and if people remember the alot of celts players werent happy when big perk was dealt as everyone liked him
Not an option at this point for OKC due to all the points above, but if anything goes sour with Perkins, this could be an interesting idea.