Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Regarding CP3...where have you heard that the Celtics are willing to trade Rondo to for a one year rental on CP3? They'd be insane to do that. Regarding HOU and DAL, what would they offer that would be better than Gasol considering he'd just be a one year rental there as well? I just don't see a team being willing to give up something that's more valuable than Gasol for the right to have CP3 for one year.
On the topic of D12, again it's completely tied to where he wants to go. Is Lopez + 2 1st Rounders better than Bynum & Odom? I think both Bynum & Odom are considerably better players than Lopez (coming off of one of the worst rebounding/defensive seasons for a starter in NBA history) and those picks are likely to be mid-1st round picks...but if Howard doesn't want to go there, it doesn't matter.
The real wild card in this scenario are the Clippers. They have a ton of cap space, a ton of young talent, AND an incredible trading chip, because they have Minnesota's 1st Round pick this year and it isn't lottery protected. They can blow anyone else's offer out of the water for either CP3 or D12. But again...do they want to play for the Clippers? That's just about all that matters in this situation.
It was from Broussard and Stein http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/217024/Celtics_Rockets_Mavericks_Prepared_To_Trade_For_Paul_Without_Assurance
I wouldn't say it is completely insane. BOS realizes they are aging and the window is almost closed. They have proven before that they are willing to gamble in order to win now. You put Paul on that squad and I believe they have as good a shot as any to win it all this year (minus the Kings of course
). Paul is at a different level than Rondo. Rondo's not bad, he's just not Paul. As far as HOU and DAL, not sure exactly what they could give up of comparable value. That is why I believe BOS is team that could get it done. If they are willing to offer Rondo and not expect an extension, then that makes them the frontrunner, IMO.
While I am not a huge fan of Lopez, I would rather have him and 2 1st rounder's in an insanely deep draft than Bynum and his glass knees. I really think that Howard would sign an extension just as long as Williams did, which is a good possibility.
I agree with you on the LAC. I just read they offered Jordan 5yr 40mil btw.
[ Edited by Hoovtrain on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:38:14 ]