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My (personal) Ideal Offseason

In my never ending quest to steal Shump from the Big Apple I present the following moves. (I know I'm dreaming a little but I've over-thought this for so long I'll present it anyway)
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http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=l6c83gu
PHX gets: Novak, Freeland, Leonard, Pavlovic, #10, #24, #45 NYK gets: Beasley, Marshal, #5, Rights to Papanikolaou PDX gets: Gortat, Shumpert, White
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Why Phoenix does it: This accomplishes several things for a rebuilding Suns team-- Numero Uno; they rid themselves of Beasley, which at this point I can't imagine is an easy job right now. They also replace him with Novak. Not a really an upgrade in talent but at least he'd be a better locker-room veteran for a really young team. While they lose one project in Marshal they take on two projects that might be farther along and fit their needs a little better as they have their PG locked-up with Dragic. They lose the 5th pick but only fall back five spots. Plus they go from having 3 draft picks to 5 which will let them collect young, future assets. Finally, in doing this deal they actually wind-up saving an extra 5ish million which I think would put them in the neighborhood of $18-$20 million in cap space! Can you imagine what kind of Free Agent shopping spree you could go on with that kind of money?! They'd need a starting C so maybe they'd go offer a max deal to Al Jeff or Peck or Splitter. Or they could spend some of it now and pull an Olshey and punt the rest of their space to next summer. Also, they'd cut Pav, he's just the grease to get the money to work out.
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Why New York does it: The Knicks are in a tight spot right now; they've got one measly draft pick, three players tying-up over $58M and VERY little flexibility to improve their once good-looking roster. Shump is near-untouchable yet he's really the most valuable trade-chip they have. They'd hate to lose him but for the #5 pick they could get someone who better fills a position of need. Part of that depends on what spot 'Melo is going to fill. I think the likely choice here is to go with Trey Burke or McLemore to help shore-up the new hole in their backcourt or else Oladipo or Bennett if Anthony starts at the 4 next season. It would be a bitter pill to swallow taking Beasley but hey, character doesn't matter in New York! And with the massive egos already there it might force him to shape-up a bit. He's experienced and should he get his act together he'd be a valuable back-up to 'Melo. He's a million bucks more expensive than Novak but his contract's not guaranteed in '14-'15 so if he doesn't work out he won't be on the books long. Marshall is an incentive to do this because it gives them a little bit of future depth at the 1. Let's face it: they ain't getting to the promised land starting Ray Felton so if they draft Burke or if Marshall has a break-out season, they could easily and cheaply supplant him and make him expendable. There was some rumors that the Knicks have been scouting Papanikolaou even after they traded his rights to the 'zers so this would just be a little inexpensive bonus. It's NY so they won't have a hard time filling out the rest of their roster with VetMin guys. They've added cheap, potentially game-changing assets and increased their future flexibility while they try to retool (rather than give up on) their Anthony/Stat/Chandler core.
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Why Portland does it: Why wouldn't they do it? In one amazing swing of the bat they'd land their (future) franchise SG in Shump and a chance to kick the tires on Gortat, see how he does with Lillard and LMA anchoring the ship. I think Shump is going to be a near-star or even star player in the future and I think it would be the best situation for both him and the Blazers. Last season there were some rumblings that his people were unhappy about how he was being used in NY, being played out of position. He's still getting his strength back after recovering from ACL injury and he really stepped-up his game for the post-season so in the right situation, with regular minutes in the back court and little need to play him at the 3 he could be poised for a really big year. He would be perfect for Portland because he's a.) young. At 22 he could be playing alongside his Adidas pal in the Red & Black for years to come. b.) He's still on his rookie contract and would fill big needs for practically nothing. c.) Solid defender and it might even help Dame get better defensively. d.) He could start from day 1 or be back-up to Wes but with enough upside to take over down the road should Wes get injured or traded. Oh, and he shot 40% from 3 last season. No big deal. e.) He's had some pretty valuable experience in just two years in the league, helping his team make the second round of the finals despite being third or fourth fiddle most of the time. Playing in a pro-movement, team-first environment would be great for him and he'd be confident playing the roles he's needed for. It would suck to lose Meyers so early but the potential of economically getting players that have experience to fill our biggest needs would be phenomenal. White could be released as he's not fully guaranteed next season.
After this deal the blazers would go from having roughly $13M in cap space to roughly $9 or $10M. Then we can be super picky about how we spend our money in free agency with most of our big needs met. Number one concern must be finding a proper back-up for LMA. I think Earl Clark would be really fun to steal away from the Lakers. Or maybe Hickson would take a modest but fair contract to come back after he only gets starting-interest from bottom-feeding teams. From there we use the room exception to add Maynor or perhaps even Aaron Brooks. Sign everyone's favorite VetMin J. O'Neal or heck, even Jason Collins to back up Gortat. We'd have a couple second rounders left so maybe we could just draft the best bigs available to us in the 2nd-round to shore-up the end of the bench.
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This looks like a great team:

Lillard/Brooks or Maynor/Shumpert

Mathews/Shumpert/Barton

Batum/Claver/Barton
LMA/Clark or Hickson/2nd rounder
Gortat/O'Neal/2nd rounder
Nice and versatile and lots of potential. Plus, should LMA ever leave us, we'd have Shump as part of the new core.


I suppose you could try first to make the deal with NY straight-up for Meyers and #10 and look elsewhere for our center. They could probably get someone like McC or MCW but I feel they'd want more. That, plus the idea of killing two birds with one stone is why I got PHX involved.

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