Alright. After watching this Carmelo Drama for a year now, why wouldn't the Magic learn from this? I don't think its just a coincidence that almost every NBA Analyst thinks Dwight is as good as gone, unless the Magic make some kind of trade to bring in another superstar next to him. The trades earlier this season made us better, but it's still not good enough. With the Celtics and Heat being on a different level from everyone else, the Knicks are catching on and taking chances, and making moves. We need to make moves NOW! We need to make Orlando the next place where the superstars want to come, because obviously they are the ones that are in control. Here are a couple of trades I came up with: The first is with Utah.
Why this works: Yes, this is a very BIG trade, with a lot of of players and changes. OK so if you're a Utah or Orlando Exec. you have to face reality and see whats happening. These players are leaving with no consent to their teams, to join up with other superstars. Who can blame them? Once one team does it, it's only going to start a trend. Ok so Utah loses their superstar player, (who they will almost certainly lose after next year anyway), but they are still going to have a very strong team, with the cap room to bring on another very good player. The longer they wait, the less value Deron will have, because teams will realize he is not re signing anyway. The Magic in this trade also give up a lot, but this is what is has to be done in order to compete. With Deron Williams though, The magic will have two superstar players and could persuade them both to sign on extensions and start a dynasty. The worst case scenario? They don't sign extensions, leave, and the magic would have to rebuild anyway, because let's face it, our team is a lottery team without Dwight Howard. So both teams Depth Charts after the trade would look like this:
SG-Jason Richardson, JJ Redick SG-Raja Bell, Quinten Richardson
SF-Andre Kirolinko, Gordon Hayward SF-Hedo Turkoglu, CJ Miles
C-Al Jefferson, Fesenko C- Dwight Howard, Mehemet Okur
*Note* In the Summer of 2012, Utah Jazz would only have JJ Redick, Al Jefferson, and Paul Millsap under contract*
The other trade is for the other obvious player who is going to be looking to join up with some other superstars around the NBA. Chris Paul. All the same reasons I said above for this trade.
Hornets Get: Jason Richardson (expiring contract), Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson, Daniel Orton, 1st Rd. Pick(future)
Orlando Get: Chris Paul, Aaron Gray, Cap Exception
5 Years ago I would say neither one of these trades would ever go through. But teams now are understand what is going on with this decade's top players. They are all trying to combine to make superstar teams and compete with eachother. Obviously there aren't enough superstars to go around for Every team. So some teams will have to work on rebuilding for the future and start their own attempt for a dynasty by making cap room, accumulating draft picks, and acquiring young players. This trade with New Orleans for example gives the Magic a chance to compete now and for the next few years for a title. New Orleans on the other hand, acquires some young players with bright futures, draft picks, and some solid veteran guys who can keep them competitive in the short term.
Some of you might say well these trades are "ridiculous". Utah will never do that, or the hornets. Like I said, if this were 5-10 years ago, I'd agree with you 100%. But after whats happened over the past few years with these elite teams loading up, and the way Lebron left Cleveland empty handed,(and now the worst team in the league).
Others may ask, well why would they trade away their superstar if we aren't trading ours? From my eyes, and I think most people would agree, Dwight Howard is among the "untouchables" in the league with the likes of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant. While Chris Paul and Deron Williams are superstars, they are point guards, which there are more elite of than big men. A true dominant center like Dwight Howard do not come around very often.
Let me know what you think.