Well, after 1200 comments or so in the last two trade drawers, largely dominated by discussions of a certain Grizzlies point guard, I thought we should mix it up a little bit. For everyone dying for more Conley-Bayless debate, I suggest going here, but let's try and limit this to non-Conley related topics for this post, at least.
So without further ado, I turn to Norsktroll's first love for a draft trading partner: the Washington Wizards. As has been pointed out by Norsk and others previously, Abe Pollin is really trying to get under the luxury tax threshold while keeping his core in place. Since they have a couple bad contracts, but no real assets outside of their pick, it seems to be a good use of our cap space. So here's a starting proposal:
Sergio, Outlaw for Darius Songaila, Deshawn Stevenson, and #5 overall pick.
Obviously Sergio sounds like he wants out, and Outlaw's time will be severely curtailed with Webster and Batum gobbling up any SF minutes that aren't used by Brandon/Rudy, but both are cheap pieces for Washington. Stevenson is pretty worthless, bus Songaila has shown himself to be a serviceable back up PF, and we'd be able to take the number 5 pick, and look at one of the many non-Rubio PGs in the draft. Based on draftexpress.com (I'm too lazy to cross check all the sites), the following guys would be available at 5 and expected to go in the lottery: Jordan Hill, James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Dejuan Blair, Ty Lawson, Gerald Henderson, Jonny Flynn, Earl Clark. A decent list of names.
And let's try and avoid Conley talk in here for now.
EDIT: Salary info for Songaila and Stevenson.
Both expiring contracts in 2011 (Stevenson has a PO for his final season). Stevenson owed ~$8 million total, Songaila owed ~$9 million total. This is enough to get Washington under the luxury tax.
So, if we end up with the 5th pick, who do you take?
Jordan Hill (4 votes)
James Harden (8 votes)
Tyreke Evans (8 votes)
Stephen Curry (12 votes)
Dejuan Blair (13 votes)
Ty Lawson (16 votes)
Gerald Henderson (1 vote)
Jonny Flynn (5 votes)
Earl Clark (3 votes)
Mike from Queens (17 votes)
Other (11 votes)
98 total votes