Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Quick Reaction to yesterday's trades

The Bucks sending Richard Jefferson to the Spurs puts the Spurs back in the title hunt and gives the Bucks more financial freedom to resign PF Charlie Villanueva. The Bucks got 3 over the hill players in Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto. The Bucks today traded Oberto to the Pistons for Amir Johnson. The Pistons will likely release Oberto for cap room. This will happen some more on draft night with many teams looking to cut payroll off their roster for whatever reason, some for more cap room for free agency and some to avoid luxury tax issues.

The other big trade saw the Wizards deal the #5 pick along with 3 very minor role players to the TWolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. This trade will have a huge impact on tomorrow's draft as the TWolves now have 4 first round picks including the #5 and #6 picks. The Wizards should be contenders again in the East with a healthy Gilbert Arenas plus Foye and Miller. I don't think the Wizards are done dealing yet. They still need a Center and have several guards now they can use as trade bait including Foye, Nick Young and DeShawn Stevenson.

Some might think that the TWolves might package both the #5 and #6 picks to move up to #2 or #3 in the draft. I think that is highly unlikely. If I was the Twolves I would just stay put and get a PG and SG with #5 and #6. PF-Blake Griffin will be picked #1 and C-Hasheem Thabeet will go in the top 3, meaning that 2 of the top 4 guards (PG-Ricky Rubio, SG-James Harden, CG-Stephen Curry and CG-Tyreke Evans) will be available when the TWolves pick. They also might have slight interest in G/F Demar DeRozan. the TWolves should then use their other picks to trade back into the top 11-14 to get a long athletic SF like Earl Clark or a C in B.J. Mullens.


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