Hey everyone, I'm seeing lots of individual trade posts regarding back-up Centers or other bigs, so I thought I'd attempt to organize a little. Feel free to add your idea for a backup C with a little rationale below.
For reference, there have been posts already advocating for Channing Frye (http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/1/14/5310182/fryes-the-guy) Kosta Koufus (http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/1/13/5306838/the-time-is-now-to-grab-kosta-koufos) and non-bigs Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince (http://www.blazersedge.com/2014/1/13/5305896/trade-idea).
Here's my idea for Samuel Dalembert who has apparently fallen out of favor in Dallas.
Rationale: Dalembert has fallen out of favor, and Dallas has the opportunity to sign Andrew Bynum. A three for two trade gives them the open roster spot needed to sign Bynum without forcing them to waive somebody. Plus, while Dallas has 4 PG's on their roster (Calderon, Harris, Mekel, Larkin), Harris has been hurt all year and they haven't shown much trust in either Larking or Mekel. Mo would give them the strong back-up PG that they need while Leonard would provide a little insurance of a back-up C (behind Dejuan Blair) in case they can't get Bynum. They could potentially be:
Why we do it:
We get a fantastic back-up Center who is an amazing deal at less than $4M and who rebounds, blocks shots and protects the paint without needing a lot of touches (softer version of Lopez). We keep Freeland which gives us plenty of insurance at C and allows Freeland to play some minutes at PF (his natural position), plus Devin Harris who's contract expires this year (although could be helpful if he returns this year at all) and we absorb the financial cost of waiving Ledo. CJ gets the majority of Mo's minutes although you would likely see Barton or Crabbe play some SG minutes as well. I'd argue that we end up with a fairly significantly stronger bench (I'd say a 3 guard rotation of Lillard/Matthews/McCollum is about = to Lillard/Matthews/Williams while a backup combo of Dalembert/Freeland at the 5/4 is much stronger than Freeland/Robinson). We end up:
So, thoughts? Other ideas?