Following up on a mentioned trade in the Phoenix thread, doesn't it make a ton of sense for the Timberwolves to trade for Tyson Chandler? You get excellent young interior D with a price tag that doesn't preclude moving him if it becomes a necessity. For the Hornets, it reduces their price tag quite considerably, and if I was the Wolves I would definitely throw in a pick of two to grease the wheels. Allow me to offer something on behalf of the Wolves
- Tyson Chandler
- Ryan Bowen
To New Orleans:
- Jason Collins
- Calvin Booth
- Rashad McCants
- Boston's 1st round pick
- The best of the 3 second rounders we have this year
He's why the Wolves do it: Tyson Chandler. He's had injuries this year, but if comes back next season ready to go, the Wolves have an amazing 3-man front court in place for the next 5-7 years. This lets you focus on finding a 3 and a point to fill out the team.
Here's why New Orleans does it: It saves money this year, and wipes out the rest of Chandler's contract. It nets you a look at McCants, a first rounder, a not bad second rounder, and some bodies for the front (if you're trading Chandler, you obviously want quantity over quality in the front).It also costs less this season, doesn't cost anything after that unless you want it to (except the first), and guarantees the Chandler won't haunt you in the playoffs this year. If that's not enough, the Wolves should be able to swap in the Utah pick for the Boston one.
To finish, I'll add that I think this necessitates the Wolves trading off Mike Miller and Craig Smith for expiring contracts. If they did that, then they'd have around $10 million in cap room this offseason, enough to bring in a solid 3 (*coughcoughJoshChildresscoughcough*). In this situation, the Wolves just need to start praying that Rubio or Curry falls into their lap. If it does, they're set. If not, then they just need an upgrade at point and they're ready to roll.
What says the rest of Hoopus?