Players That Need To Get Dealt
I know that trusted readers of this blog spent a good portion of the season coming up with trades to ship Antawn Jamison out of town - a round of speculation perhaps sparked by a column I wrote last season, after it appeared Kevin Garnett had reached his boiling point in Minnesota (forgive me). But now we are beginning to realize that despite being 30 years old, an undersized forward and a less-than-mediocre defender, his leadership makes him a keeper. Can we agree on that? Anyhow, the NBA trade deadline is in one week, and I wanted to offer up a list of players I'd like to see traded. That's different than players most likely to be traded, but players I'd like to see traded because A) I'm sick of hearing their names mentioned in trade rumors, B) I'm sick of seeing them stuck with terrible teams, C) they've already asked out and there really is no need to hold on to them and D) what the heck? Let's shake things up a bit.
1. Kevin Garnett
Now that Allen Iverson has already been shipped to Denver, taking away one of the few superstars the Eastern Conference had to offer, Garnett is the player that everyone is hoping will get moved soon. I respect his loyalty to the team that drafted him and his desire to blah blah blah, but c'mon. Don't you want to win? It's not going to happen with the Timberwolves, who have gone 4-7 since Kevin McHale decided to save the season and fire Dwane Casey. He can opt out of his contract after next season, but really is about time that left Minnesota.
Teams he'd look great with: Chicago, New Jersey, Los Angeles Lakers.
2. Paul Pierce
What's the deal with former Celtics players holding star players hostage and wasting their prime years, while they screw up everything around them? McHale has been messing with Garnett for what seems like forever. Now Danny Ainge is doing the same thing to Pierce. What has Pierce done to deserve this? He is 29 and surrounded by a college all-star team. I understand why he's taking his time to rehab that foot. Eighteen straight losses and counting? I wouldn't want to suit up for the Cs, either. He needs to get some help or go somewhere where people can appreciate how good he is.
Teams he'd look great with: Chicago, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando.
3. Corey Maggette
I could care less if Maggette played out his entire career with the Clippers or not, but I'm really tired of reading about him everyday. What has he done to warrant so much attention? He has asked to be traded. Coach Mike Dunleavy and mostly everyone in the front office wants him out of town. What's the problem? He's owner Donald Sterling's favorite player - ugh. Get rid of him, already. That way, we will only hear about him when he has a good game.
Teams he'd look great with: San Antonio, Miami, Golden State, Indiana.
4. Jason Kidd
He's done all he can do for the New Jersey Nets. He won't be taking them back to the NBA Finals again. He's 34. And, he is supposed to make $40 million over the next two years. Kidd has always been fun to watch and he's still one of the top five point guards in the league but his excellence is being lost in the swamplands. The Nets are horribly disappointing and it's time to start over. So, let's set Kidd free. Find a taker, any taker, and move on.
Teams he'd look great with: Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland.
5. Pau Gasol
The Grizzlies are terrible and he's done his time. He spent the first three years of his career padding his numbers while helping the Grizzlies get nice lottery picks, then Memphis went to the playoffs three years in a row and came away with zero wins in the postseason. Now they've sunk back into total murkiness. The owner is trying like crazy to sell but can't find a legitimate buyer. Who knew that a team run by Jerry West could be such a mess? He discretely asked out, and then had his business plastered all over the place. The Logo needs to find this man a new home. It's not like the folks in Memphis will miss him.
Teams he'd look great with: Chicago, New Jersey, Boston
6. Ron Artest
Can we have him back in the Eastern Conference? Now that he is Sacramento, Artest's antics don't get noticed nearly enough. Did you remember that he already released a hip-hop album that was outsold by the former Mr. Britney Spears, Kevin Federline? Did you see him when he sported that Mohawk? Did you know that he has already feuded this season with teammates Mike Bibby and Corliss Williamson? Have you heard his prediction that the Kings will return the playoffs despite their sluggish start? You probably said no to at least three of those. Granted, Bibby is the player the Kings are most likely to move and Gilbert Arenas has taken the personality crown in the East, but if the entire conference is going to be this bad, can't we at least be entertained?
Teams he'd look great with: New York, Miami, Orlando
What's your list?
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