I was just playing around on ESPN trade machine and was just plugging some names in and came up with this really interesting trade idea.
I know this trade would never happen in real life but I would really like to know what everyone thinks about it. I think it benefits every team and fairly represents players trade value and puts every player in an excellent position to suceed.
In case the link doesnt work the trade is a 3way betwwen LAL, Memphis, and OKC which breaks down like this:
Lakers trade Pau Gasol, receive Rudy Gay
Memphis trades Rudy Gay & Zach Randolph, receives Pau Gasol, Kevin Martin, Perry Jones
OKC trades Kevin Martin & Perry Jones, receives Zach Randolph
Won't work, someone is going to have to take Perkins contract, OKC can't pay both Randolph and Perkins.
Yeah because Zach Randolph fills a big need for OKC right?
I know everyone says OKC needs a low post scorer but ZBo slows them down and OKC's front line is better than solid. Kevin Martin Brings a scoring punch and spacing that KD and Westbrook need.
Rudy Gay brings another ball stopper to a team that hasn't been moving the ball well.
As far as OKC is concerned a lineup of Ibaka, Z-bo, KD, Thabo, and Russ would be deadly offensively and mesh very well Zbo rocks the low block, Ibaka is always high post, KD is KD enough said, thabos stuck in one of the corners and Russ can run pick n roll or pick n pop with either Zbo or Blaka and would be deadly in penetration. Plus having a legit post up threat has never hurt any offense ever in the NBA esp one as versatile as OKC's. And as far as money goes OKC is going to lose Kmart anyways after this season so it wouldnt be a bad idea to replace him with one of the top 5 best low post threats in the game and Sam Presti is all about trade assets and recouping value.\
Rudy Gay playing in LA wouldnt be the best fit but at least he would start on the lakers and fit Mike D's offensive scheme fairly well as a stretch 4, as well as being younger than Pau and he would enjoy playing in that scheme much more then Memphis' rigid offensive system.
I don't know offensively, but defensively I think MWP would defend the 4, as he has been doing lately when both big men (Howard and Gasol) are not together on court.
MWP defends the 4 alot because of his brute strength but Rudy Gay is a very tall and long and would be a huge weapon at PF in D'Antoni's system. Gay is 6'9" with a 7'4" wingspan and a 40" inch vert, needless to say he got more then enough size and athleticism to play PF.
However I don't think positions really matter offensively in a system offense, because players adopt roles not positions. In D'Antoni's systems there are four perimeter players, so if Gay plays PF you won't really notice.
I know this trade would never happen in real life but in a vacuum it would be interesting to see which team balks at this deal first