I'm a relative novice to the Trade Machine, but I was tinkering some this morning and I thought I'd ask for comments on this.
Sacramento gets: Alexis Ajinça, Julian Wright
New Orleans gets: Mikki Moore, Raymond Felton
Charlotte gets: Mike James, Houston's 2009 1st rounder from Sacramento (I don't know how to include this in the Trade Machine)
Why Sacramento does it: we give up Moore and a late first rounder to get two young prospects in their rookie contracts, one of whom could potentially be a long-term backup for Hawes and the other of whom was a late lottery pick at SF, a position where we're still tinkering. And now that we've learned how to type "Donté", we're in prime position to learn how to type "Ajinça".
Why New Orleans does it: They were expected to contend this year and have looked fairly mediocre, so something has to change. Their most glaring need: backup big men. Mikki Moore is among the league's best backup big men and thrives with a good point guard who runs the floor well. Neither Wright (10.9) nor James (9.3) have been getting major minutes, especially given what they're paying James. Felton would get them a replacement backup point guard for the one they lose (James) and a replacement young prospect for the one they lose (Wright).
Why Charlotte does it: At first, I wrote the trade with Charlotte getting James and a 2nd rounder. I couldn't convince myself that they'd do it. Now, with that 2nd rounder changed to a late 1st round pick, here's why they go for it:
--Larry Brown notoriously loves trades, and right now has essentially the roster he inherited.
--Larry Brown has been frustrated with his point guard play, the drafting of Agustin shows that the management doesn't like Felton as a long term option, and Agustin has recently showed that he is ready to be a serviceable backup with potential to be a long term starter.
--Larry Brown has had his greatest success with scoring point guards (Billups and Iverson), and James is a scoring point guard.
--James has a bit of the swagger that Jordan loves in a player.
--Charlotte doesn't have much invested in Ajinca-- he was their second first round pick of 2008, taken at #20 with Denver's pick after taking Agustin #9 with their own pick. Getting another late 1st rounder recoups that loss.
So what do you think? Like I said, I'm a relative novice at the Trade Machine, so feel free to tell me how ridiculous this is. Who doesn't do this and why? Are we getting enough for Moore and Houston's pick? If you wouldn't be willing to do this as written, would you do it if we changed Houston's 1st to our 2nd round pick?