Awhile back TZ floated a trade idea that I liked:
The crux of the deal is the following:
Miller for Drew Gooden, Joakim Noah, and Cedric Simmons
What I'm wondering is how many Kings fans would do the deal if we added Spencer Hawes in as well to get the Bulls to bite. Thus, the deal would become Brad Miller and Shawes for Drew Gooden, Joakim Noah, and Cedric Simmons (and cap filler as needed)
Now for obvious reasons, the Bulls would like the deal better, but I'm wondering if anyone here thinks it is a good idea.
I'm not sure I even like it, but there is a method to my madness. In essence, this deal boils down to Hawes plus expiring contracts for Noah and expiring contracts. And, I'll be honest, I like Noah better.
It's not that I don't like Spencer, but I feel like we have been down that road already (i.e., a highly skilled big, with limited athletic and defensive ability). We tried it with Vlade; we tried it with Brad, and we had some success, but when I look at the teams that ultimately win the brass ring, there is never a soft defensive presence inside. Garnett, Shaq, Duncan, Big Ben, David Robinson, Dream, etc. Basically, unless you have a guy named Jordan, you need someone in the middle to play D and make it really difficult to score down low or in the lane.
Noah may or may not be that guy, but he's athletic, scrappy, and sometime in the near future I think he has a chance to be a really good defensive player at the 4 or 5. I don't think Hawes ever will be much of a defensive presence, and I am concerned about his long term durability. Also, I think we look at our own players through rose-colored glasses. Outside of Sacramento, people look at Shawes and yawn and make comparisons to Chris Mihm.
To me it makes sense to do the deal because it would make us extremely athletic and long. A squad with Noah, Thompson, Greene, KMart, and Cisco would be fun to watch get after a team on defense and get out on the break after a turnover or missed shot. We would also have tons of cap space to pick up one or two free agents and 3 more high draft picks by the time 2010 rolls around (trading Brad and playing the kids would also help in this department).
The only reason I can see for not doing the deal (and it is a big reason) is that Brad is a nice chip for GP to have (especially if he plays well again this year), and he should be able to deal him for something decent next year. Question is would it really be better that the Noah/Hawes upgrade?
So would you guys do the deal or am I giving up too much to make it work?