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Asinine Trade Idea Part 3



This is an extension of my first trade idea. This is my last trade idea under this name, and probably the last trade idea I'll propose to you guys in a while. Anyway, I think this one is potentially more asinine and implausible than the other two, but at the same time, it has the potential to be a win-win situation for all teams involved.

Considering the Hawks use the iso-Joe as their main offensive option, another two guard would be superfluous for them Also, as much they would want Lopez, they dont want to lose Jeff Teague. I ironed out a few kinks by factoring the Grizzlies into the equation and bringing a Center to Phoenix as well. This trade mainly hinges on O.J Mayo's ability to run an offense (Like he did when he was in HS.) Now then, the moment you all have been waiting for. The Phoenix Suns Receive Zach Randolph, Josh Smith, and Jeff Teague, The Atlanta Hawks receive Hakim Warrick, Mike Conley, and Robin Lopez, First round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns, and the Memphis Grizzlies receive Jason Richardson, Josh Childress, and Marvin Willliams. As with the last one, the Espn trade machine won't let me trade Josh and Hakim, but this trade does in fact work.

 

Why would the Grizzlies do this you ask? Well, considering Heisley and Wallace convinced themselves that Gasol is a PF, then why not play him at the PF alongside an even taller Hasheem Thabeet. By way of this trade the Grizzlies can develop Thabeet's "game",. Childressand Williams give the Grizzlies depth and adds to their miserable bench productivity as a whole.  The Grizzlies have to expect Mayo to play the point guard, and honestly, I dont see a reason why he can be counted on to do so. He played Point in High school, and at 6'4 he'd actually be a big pg, giving him a defensive advantage. The Grizzlies improve their offense and with a taller, better rebounding unit, expect for their defense to improve greatly as well. Williams has the potential, yet it hasnt been realized in Atlanta as the 5th option, but if he comes off the bench; where he'll have more freedoms, you can expect his scoring and rebounding numbers to increase. We all know what Childress can do, and for the Grizzlies he is a solid two guy and a great guy to have as your sixth man. Now onto Thabeet. He has the defensive potential, and although not entirely mobile, being the big body that he is; Defenses have to be worried about the kind of passes that Gasol can make to Thabeet. Also, guards will be hesitant to enter the paint against a frontcourt that features a 7'3 Thabeet, a 7'0 Gasol, and a uber athletic 6'9 Rudy Gay. Jason Richardson takes pressure off of Gay and gives them sort of a clutch scorer other than Gay on their team. In fact, their offense would feature an offensive powerhouse.  Theoretically, two post options and three guys that can score in the paint and on the perimeter.

 

Now for the Hawks. Lopez allows Horford to play his natural position and gives J.J another option to dump into the post. Conley alleviates much of the pressure on J.J as the iso-Joe wouldnt be as necessary. Conley can take it to the basket and tap into J.J's spotting up ability. Conley has been playing out of his mind of late, and unlike Teague they wont have to gradually ease him into the system. He is ready to go from the beginning and at 6'4, he is 3 inches taller than teague; this is significant for one reason. The Hawks are a taller teamer than normal and despite losing their small forward they can look into options, I'm sure of it. Warrick gives them a superior option over the backups they have been using of late.  Damien Wilikns, Josh Powell and Jason Collins are the guys that have been soiling the Hawks rotation with Johnson out. The trade actually gives them a bit of cap flexibility; the Hawks Fo has been keen on making sure that they dont exceed the luxury tax. Conley has shown the ability to run an offense correctly, and Lopez has played well next a power forward that garners attention. This would be a great situation for Lopez as he has two to three guys that can find him in the post, and garner attention themselves. This is a better defending team, and Robin, who boxes out expertly, makes this team a better rebounding team as well. I dontsee too many cons with this one, and the way Conley has been playing of late, this could actually be a steal for them.

 

Now for the analysis you actually care about. The Phoenix Suns are a much better rebounding team immediately, and their season flaws ironed out. Nash gets a super athletic monster in Josh Smithto run the pick and roll with, and a potential packed Jeff Teague backing him up. This trade might actually force Gentry to play Clark consistent minutes (Because if he doesnt, Frye, Randolph, and Smithmight have to log heavy minutes on a nightly basis.) The Suns are left with a void at the four spot, and the only guy on their roster their roster that can play the four position is Clark. He provides a defensive presence, but I know you dont give a shit about Clark. Anyway, Randolph has a very unorthodox style of play; a style of play that leaves other nba Forwards baffled and confused. Randolph is a fantastic rebounder, and is actually very mobile. He could play very much like Amar'e at the undersized five.  Randolph is a big inside presence, can knock down a shot on the perimeter and three on occasion, and is a pretty solid defender. Josh Smithis a block machine who also passes like a guard. Smithand Randolph are constant threats for other teams to be worried about, and withNash running this ship; The suns have will have surrounded Nash with probably one of the better lineups in the decade. Dragicalways plays better alongside Nash. Imagine a Big lineup of Clark, Randolph, and Smith; Teague, Turkoglu, and Nash, could really burn some teams badly with those kind of options. A pick and roll would be devastating for other teams to handle, not to mention that the Suns would become a better rebounding team.

 

Thanks for reading my trade series!

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