At work today I began a thought experiment: Is there any way the 76ers can trade their 2 biggest contracts (Dalembert and Brand) to contending teams that need big men while the Wolves also get Iguodala? Here's what I came up with.:
Breakdown after the jump
Man that's a lot of players (18 players and 3 trade exemptions). So let's break down the whys and reasoning:
Minnesota - They would do this because it allows them to get a stud wing player. He's a little overpriced, but if the Wolves go into free agency they'll have to overpay anyway.
Denver - Denver has been looking hard a Jeff Foster before his injury. This way they still get their overpriced defensive big. They also get Leon Powe (a casualty of the cap rules involving trades), meaning they now have a good bigs rotation and some injury insurance. Their salary cap casualty comes in the form of J.R. Smith. I know he's a guy who lights it up in the second half after ho-hum starts, but they get a strong SF backup Jamario Moon (think of him a replacement for Lineas Kleiza) and someone who can probably run with Carmelo when he's at the 4.
Cleveland - They get a big. Not the 'stretch 4' that they supposedly covet (personally, I don't think the words 'covet' and 'Troy Murphy' should be used in the same sentence, but here we are) but a guy who's just a slow, can score inside, and is an average defender. They get J.R. Smith as a pace changer (assuming he turns it on this season in the second half, as he has for the last few years) and another go-to scorer beside LeBron. However, this is them going all in on LeBron staying. If he doesn't, this team is now a contract Superdump site.
Philadelphia - Beaucoup cap space. Wait, I didn't say that right, let me try it again. BEAUCOUP CAP SPACE. The $24.5 million in salaries next season. No, that's not a typo, $24.5 million in salaries. If the cap comes in at its current $57.7 million, the 76ers have $33.2 million to bring in, well, anyone they want to play with Thaddeus Young, Marresse Spreights, Lou Williams, and Jrue Holliday.
So what crazy ideas have for the Wolves?