Maybe I'm imagining things but I really don't remember a season that has had so many deals go sour. The Jermaine O'Neal trade hasn't helped either team as the Pacers are still bad and the Raptors have gotten worse. JO is already being shopped, possibly heading to Miami. The Wizards re-signing of Antawn Jamison seemed like a bad idea from the jump but the way that team has floundered, it's becoming more and more questionable. Baron Davis isn't helping the Clippers, Elton Brand is a problem in Philly since he slows down the up-tempo office (or so some claims) and Corey Maggette has already worn out his welcome and is supposedly on the block. Now, word is coming that the in-season deal of Allen Iverson has backfired and Joe Dumars might be looking to deal AI if he can get an expiring contract in return.
So how can we fix these issues?
Jermaine O'Neal for Shawn Marion: I've already written about this deal but I think it helps both teams.
Elton Brand and Willie Green to Chicago for Kirk Hinrich, Andres Nocioni, and Joakim Noah
I'm not a huge fan of this deal on paper but on the court, it could be just what the Sixers need. Hinrich's ability to play both positions gives Philly a shooting guard to play alongside Andre Miller this year and a guy who can handle the point guard duties while playing alongside Lou Williams in the future. Nocioni is a good uptempo power forward who I think will put up great numbers if given the chance. The Sixers up-tempo offense would be great. I'm not really a fan of Noah at all but he'd be a backup center.
Or you could go for the wild Power Forward Purge of 2009:
Chris Bosh to Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki to Phoenix
Amare Stoudemire to Philly
Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young to Toronto
Obviously, a few more players would be thrown in to make salaries work but those would be the key players in the deal.
Now since I'm a big fan of Thad Young, I think the Sixers are giving up a lot for a guy in Amare who could walk in a year but I think it's worth it. Look at it this way, if the Sixers were offered Amare for Thad Young during the off-season (when they had cap space) would people really have turned it down?
Bosh is from Dallas so the Mavs get a hometown hero to replace Dirk. Toronto moves Bosh because, IMO, he's gone in 2010. I think most free agents in that class are going to stay home but I'd be willing to bet that CB4 is the one to make a move. I can't see him staying in Toronto, even if they are winning. In his place, they get a good big man in Elton Brand and a very talented, potential All-Star in Young. They might have to throw something else in to make it work but I think it makes sense, especially since Brand is tied down for long term and can't leave and they'll be able to match any offers on Young when his contract comes due down the line.
Phoenix makes one last run, bringing Dirk and Nash back together and giving a perimeter PF to team with Shaq.
The odds of this happening are none to so-slim-it-might-as-well-be-none but I think it would help each team and would be a huge new story which could help the NBA's sagging attendance.
Jason Kidd for Allen Iverson: Last year's Jason Kidd deal was a disaster. The AI Era has turned into the AI error. I've proposed this trade before and I think it still makes sense. The Mavs need some new life and AI would give them some toughness that they need. Kidd would get another shot at a ring and could make the Pistons offense run more smoothly. I also don't think it's a bad thing to have Pistons PG of the future Rodney Stuckey watch Kidd work up close for half a season. Definitely better than learning from AI.
Corey Maggette: Honestly, I think the Warriors are stuck with this guy. Granted, I couldn't believe someone would trade for Zach Randolph so stranger things have happened but any Maggette trade would likely be completely lopsided. In fact, they'd probably have to offer Anthony Randolph or Brandan Wright to get much of anything. The one team that MIGHT be willing to make the move is Cleveland, who has Wally Szczerbiak's expiring contract. Maybe Milwaukee could offer something like Dan Gadzuric, Charlie Villenueva, and Luke Ridnour or something. It was a bad signing at the time but this is the NBA, where illogical trades happen.