In the Blogger GM Series, I’ll email bloggers for other NBA teams and try to make a trade happen while pretending that we’re the GMs of our respective teams. It’s one of the more ridiculous ideas I’ve had recently, so I naturally knew I had to try it. In this series, I’ll print the email correspondences with these bloggers and encourage you to give your opinion on the trade proposals.
In part one of this series, I tried to pry Rajon Rondo away from Jeff Clark of Celticsblog.com.
All right, so I was listening to the November 30 episode of the ESPN: NBA Today podcast on my drive into work today, and they were discussing the possibility that Danny was dangling Rondo in the hopes of getting some extra scoring punch. Well, how does a 20 PPG player strike you? Here’s my proposal, which works under the ESPN Trade Checker:
Celtics acquire: Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon
Raptors acquire: Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O’Neal
As well as giving you a couple of good-to-great offensive players, it also fills out your starting lineup nicely if you choose to play it that way. KG’s defense and rebounding can help make up for Bargnani’s deficiencies in those areas. As another option, you could sign a defensive-minded free agent center and start him, and then use Bargnani for 25-30 minutes per game as a potential sixth man of the year candidate. With Calderon, he’s obviously not nearly the defender or playmaker that Rondo is, but he’s a much better shooter and arguably a top-10 playmaker (8.9 assists per game last season).
Why this trade appeals to me is that the Raptors need to rebuild and they’ve hired a defensive-minded coach in Dwane Casey with the goal of improving significantly on that end of the court. Rondo is one of the best defenders in the league at his position and he’s young enough to be a valuable piece in the Raptors’ rebuild. As for O’Neal, the Raptors would waive him under the new Amnesty rule so that he could try and attract interest from a contending team.
What do you think? Try not to sprain your fingers by typing “YES” too quickly…