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Richardson for Jamison

I read the site constantly, but I only to put up crazy trade ideas.  I'm pretty sure people are sick of crazy trade ideas anyway, so I pose this as a trade and a question: Have the Suns re-committed to a win-now mentality?

I ask only because the Suns were set up, with the Amare exception and a slew of expiring contracts (Like Richardson's) to be a player in the free agent market this summer. They apparently decided to forgo this by bringing in/handing out a bunch of big contracts (Frye, Turkoglu, Childress, etc).  I don't believe we'll be able to make a max offer to a free agent this offseason.

So, if we're trying to give it an honest go for Nash's last few years, we ought to make a run for a PF and damn the consequences.  Here's the trade:

Jason Richardson to the Cavs

Antawn Jamison to the Suns

Sure, in retrospect the Jamison and #4 overall for Amare would have been a good idea.  But Jamison is still a good idea.  

Why the Cavs do it: Word on the 'net is that JJ Hickson is getting the starting job for the Cavs.  Why pay 13 mil for a backup? J-Rich's contract expires one year earlier, plus, they have a huge whole at the SG position.  And while's it's unlikely, Mo Williams-J-Rich-Moon-Hickson-Varejo could grab and 8 seed in the East.  It's not that worse than Augustin-Jackson-Wallace-Diaw-Diop out of Charlotte.

 

Why the Suns do it: Slotting Jamison in at the PF position allows Hedo to slide to his natural SF position, with either Hill or J-Chill slotting in at the SG position.  I think the Suns are better defensively - Jamison and Turkoglu aren't great defenders, but they can hold there own at their position, and you have stoppers at the 2 and 5 position.  Jamison played SF for some of his career so he can definitely finish with Nash on the PnR.  And Jamison, plus a more involved Turkoglu, can make up for J-Rich's offense.

Besides, it's not like the Suns are currently averse to taking on long, high-paying contracts.  Doesn't this make the Suns similar to a Magic team that made the finals. 

Defensive minded, offensively limited center + shooting, finishing PF  + Turkoglu doing his thing + defensive minded SG + PG (obviously nash is better than Nelson).

Are the Suns willing to move J-Rich for a PF to push the team forward? Or is his contract expiring and is the team slowly being handed over to Dragic and Lopez?

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