Re: My Trade Proposal
posted at 6/30/2013 5:15 PM EDT
The Celtics, as Simmons said, will only be motivated to move Rondo now, before he has regained his value post injury, if the team can dump contracts, bottom out and get 1-2 assets for the rebuild.
Stuckey doesn't seem to be in the Pistons plans anymore with a great shooter like Pope drafted. He once played PG but was not a great fr there, he's also not a great shooter for a SG. But he's around the same age as Rondo and a decent player. The Pistons are also under the cap and interested in Rondo's buddy Smith.
This is the type of deal I could see them doing for Rondo, one that gives Detroit a well-know all-star/veteran name and makes them a solid playoff team right away, at the expense of some future cap space and maybe one more good pick in the deep '14 draft. It gives the C's the cap space and assets they need:
Rondo, Gerald Wallace and Lee to the Pistons (27 million in salaries)
Knight, Stuckey, Villanueva and a top 5 protected 2014 1st rd pick for Rondo (20 million)
Pistons give up 7 million of 24 million in cap space but still have the space to sign Smith and hopefuly Calderon as well.
C - Monroe (16 mins), Drummond (32m)
PF - Smith (28m) Monroe (20m)
SF - Wallace (24m) Caldewell-Pope (16m) Smith (8m)
SG - Lee (24m), Caldewell-Pope (12m) Calderon (12m)
PG - Rondo (36m) Calderon (12m)
That's a tight 8 man rotation of a team that should instantly take down seed 5-6 in the East, Wallace and Lee should rebound off their one poor year, they are still what, 30/31 and 27/28? Good insurance in case Caldewell-Pope really needs a year, but he seems NBA ready now. Then in '15 when Drummond and Pope really explode at ages 22-23, they could really make some noise.