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Weekend Trade Drawer!

Because it's been a long amount of time since anybody has posted some cockamamie trade proposal, I've decided to reignite this simmering flame by fueling the fire with my following four-team, eleven-player trade proposal.

FROM CHICAGO

Kirk Hinrich ($9,500,000)

Outgoing Salaries: $9,500,000

FROM NEW JERSEY

Trenton Hassell ($4,350,000)

Brook Lopez ($2,255,880)

Outgoing Salaries: $6,605,880

FROM OKLAHOMA CITY

Nick Collison ($6,250,000)

Outgoing Salaries: $6,250,000

FROM PORTLAND

LaMarcus Aldridge ($5,844,827)

Steve Blake ($4,000,000)

Travis Outlaw ($3,600,000)

Jerryd Bayless ($2,143,080)

Victor Claver (Draft Rights) {$1,012,900 Cap Hold}

Joel Freeland (Draft Rights) {$824,200 Cap Hold}

Petteri Koponen (Draft Rights) {$824,200 Cap Hold}

Outgoing Salaries: $15,587,907

TO CHICAGO

Steve Blake ($4,000,000)

Victor Claver (Draft Rights) {$1,012,900 Cap Hold}

Joel Freeland (Draft Rights) {$824,200 Cap Hold}

Petteri Koponen (Draft Rights) {$824,200 Cap Hold}

Incoming Salaries: $4,000,000

TO NEW JERSEY

LaMarcus Aldridge ($5,844,827)

Travis Outlaw ($3,600,000) {Acquired With Trade Exception}

Incoming Salaries: $5,844,827

TO OKLAHOMA CITY

Trenton Hassell ($4,350,000)

Jerryd Bayless ($2,143,080)

Incoming Salaries: $6,493,080

TO PORTLAND

Kirk Hinrich ($9,500,000)

Nick Collison ($6,250,000)

Brook Lopez ($2,255,880)

Incoming Salaries: $18,005,880

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=nkymyg

For the Chicago Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf slashes payroll both now and for the summer of 2010 -- in which local legend Dwyane Wade will be an unrestricted free-agent -- by trading Kirk Hinrich for a cost-effective downgrade Steve Blake. The Bulls acquire some future assets, too, which is through the draft rights to a few foreigners (i.e., Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, & Petteri Koponen).

For the New Jersey Nets, the team would solidifiy the forward positions with LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw. Because the possibility of LeBron James signing there next summer is a long shot, this'd be a much quicker and less risky way to retool the ballclub. Meanwhile, though, the Nets would be a bit weak at center, although Tony Battie, Josh Boone, and Sean Williams could hold down the fort for one season.

For the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sam Presti would save face in the community by dealing disgruntled Nick Collison, whose feud with asinine sports radio talk show host Jim Traber is amusing stuff. In return for Collison, Presti would receive a scrub with an expiring contract (i.e., Trenton Hassell) and a young prospect project combo guard (i.e., Jerryd Bayless) who'd receive playing time behind Russell Westbrook.

Bayless, who barely has more potential than the injury prone washout Shaun Livingston, would be lucky to play with a tall, defensive-minded point forward in Kyle Weaver. Heck, I can't even think of two more appropriately skilled backup wings than Weaver and Thabo Sefolosha for the fatally flawed Bayless to play next to on a second unit. Bayless, who can't run the point to save his life and is an overaggressive dunderhead on defense, would get his deficiencies masked by playing next to two smart, high BBIQ players like Weaver and Sefolosha.

For the Portland Trail Blazers, it's 100% about embracing tried-and-true traditional basketball. The vision of a present-day "Twin Towers" frontline built around two legitimate 7-footers, Greg Oden and Brook Lopez, would make me jump for joy and even cry tears of happy like G.O.B. (i.e., Arrested Development reference).

Also, I needn't explain in detail as to how Kirk Hinrich is astronomically superior to Steve Blake. For those of whom who appreciate first-class, five-star perimeter defense, you know by now how Hinrich is to filet mignon as Blake is to ground beef.

Oden and Joel Przybilla split time at center, while Lopez -- who, as a rookie last season, had a 62.2% eFG% on inside shots (i.e., 61% of his field-goal attempts) and a 39.0% eFG% on jump shots (i.e., 39% of his field-goal attempts) -- and Collison would split time at power forward. Y'know, I'm sick and tired of this inefficient pick-and-pop junk with power soft forwards like LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw. When did Charmin become NBA sponsers? Man, I sure didn't get the memo.

Yet, a team with an ultra-efficient back-to-the-basket post-up threat on the low block who'd also excel in side screen-and-roll plays via the two-man game with Andre Miller (i.e., Oden) -- as well as a sweet pick-and-roll and occasional pick-and-pop option along the high-post who can also stick a 15-foot baseline jumper (i.e., Lopez) -- would need a head coach who could properly utilize their skills; that isn't Nate McMillan's forte.

Instead of the high-low zone offense, a team featuring a big frontline of Oden and Lopez, a spot-up shooter on offense at the 3, a well-rounded offensive player at the 2, and a pure point guard at the 1 would work best with a 3-outside/2-inside motion offense that focuses heavily on the pick-and-roll. There's one man who could successfully run it, too, and his name is Jeff Van Gundy.

http://www.coachesclipboard.net/MotionOffense.html

http://www.championshipproductions.com/cgi-bin/champ/p/Basketball/Jeff-Van-Gundy-Executing-and-Defending-the-Pick-Roll-Part-I-II_BD-02692.html

In 1999, Van Gundy led the New York Knicks to the NBA Finals with a frontline featuring old-fashioned center Patrick Ewing, stout man-to-man defender and face-up jump shooter Kurt Thomas, gritty backup center Chris Dudley, and stud weakside help defender Marcus Camby. Because Ewing was unavailable for the 1999 NBA Finals due to injury, the Knicks had no real shot of shutting down the San Antonio Spurs and its Twin Towers duo of David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

All in all, a 10-man rotation of Joel Przybilla (20 m.p.g.), Brook Lopez (32 m.p.g.), Nicolas Batum (16 m.p.g.), Brandon Roy (40 m.p.g.), Kirk Hinrich (20 m.p.g.), Greg Oden (28 m.p.g.), Nick Collison (16 m.p.g.), Martell Webster (16 m.p.g.), Rudy Fernandez (24 m.p.g.), and Andre Miller (28 m.p.g.) -- with Van Gundy at the helm, as well as benchwarmers in Jeff Pendergraph, Dante Cunningham, and three minimum-level veterans (e.g., Ime Udoka, Keith Bogans, and Brevin Knight or Tyronn Lue) filling out the roster -- may have a real chance at usurping the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs and playing for a ring in the 2010 NBA Finals.

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