Would trading Josh Smith and the 23rd pick for Tyreke Evans and the 5th pick be a good trade for either team?
I think that it would be good for Atlanta because they can pick up either Drummond or T-Rob, whoever falls to them, who can fill in the centre spot so Horford can play his preffered power foward, though im not sure whether T-rob would be able to do this. They also get Tyreke, who is a good ball handler, and can create shots for others, complementing Teague in the back court, and he is a lock down defender, adding depth to there wing. They do leave the paint open for attack with J-Smooth out but Drummond or Robinson could easily develop into strong defenders in the paint down the track with coaching.
Sacramento get the defensive big guy they where looking to draft any way, and they can add a solid rotation guy with the 23rd pick, like a Tony Wroten or Jeffery Taylor or maybe even Royce White if he falls to them. I think the combo of Smith and Cousins is a formidable front line, with a tonne of potential. The loss of Tyreke wouldnt cause much trouble as he has been in a bit of a funk since his rookie campaign, and it would allow them to give more playing time to there young guards like Isiah Thomas, Jimmer Freddette and Marcus Thornton.
What are your thoughts on this trade?
I don't think the kings should trade their pick... they are maybe in the best position of the lottery (except NO :) ) :
let me explain : they can get with their 5th pick : barnes, MKG, TRob or even if they want Drummond... They all fill some needs : barnes (scoring shooting good teammate) MKG (winning, defense, hard work) Robinson (athleticism, rebound, defense inside) Drummond (size, Defense, upside...)
They won't have any headache, cause they only have to chose the player left... and won't pay the consequences of a bad choice.
If you wan to trade Evans... trade him against another pick (7th, 8th, 10th, 11th ... I don't know clearly what his value is right now) or against a player (smith, gay, lowry ..?) but keep your SAFE pick.
I see your point.
But wouldn't Sac stand to gain more from getting Smith then somewhat 'risking' it with a rookie? They would get a young star with playoff experience, who could mentor Cousins defensively, and I think that Sac could easily get a steal with the 23rd pick by getting a guy like Terrence Jones, Royce White or Jeffery Taylor, and bolster there wing depth. I dont think that the number five pick, whoever they get with it, would make them a playoff team, but I do think that a Isiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Royce White/Jeffery Taylor, Josh Smith, Demarcus Cousins line up would.
A line-up of Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Royce White, Josh Smith, and DeMarcus Cousins would almost certainly get them another high lottery pick. You don't beat out teams like the Jazz or Nuggets or Mavericks with a roster like that.
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In hindsight Smith would be a HUGE UPGRADE over Robinson but tgey probably wouldn't be able to retain him. Isaiah Thomas is more of a spark off the bench I hope they don't think he is the aswer at PG. Thornton is a gunner and Jimmer ain't eady. So Sac should ogave Lilla more consideration. Reke and Lillard would of formed a dynamite backcourt.
And if not Drummond would of added the shotblockng rebounding athleticism and defense to compliment Cousins in the pozt. Robinson. like Cousins shoots to many. jumpers.
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