Or another title - Grade the Trade Part 4
This might be my craziest idea, as the whole value of the trade hinges on whether or not you believe LeBron is gone in 2010. It is also the longest time frame for a payout - the advantage being that it really kicks in once Ricky can legally drink.
To the Cavs:
C/PF Al Jefferson
To the Wolves:
PF Anderson Varejao
2011 1st Round Pick
2013 1st Round Pick
PF JJ Hickson
So clearly the trick here is that the Cavs would stink in 2011 and 2013 without LeBron. Although I suppose a core of AlJeff, Mo Williams, and a 3rd tier 2010 free agent (Micheal Redd?) could still compete for the 7th or 8th seed in the Eastern playoffs. But those teams are also one injury away from total collapse. I added Hickson to the deal as a mild sweetner - he seems like the kind of player that can still be traded for value, and he helps even out the salary differential - he's not meant to be a major part of the deal.
BTW - the results of the Sac town trade are in (Jefferson and Flynn for Martin and Hawes)
T-wolf fans rejected the trade at a 54-32 clip. Sactown fans liked the trade at an inverse rate of 53-33.