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Blame the Trade Machine

RedsArmyAdmin June 4, 2009 Uncategorized 6 Comments

Our first trade rumor of the season was a pretty goofy one, but it sure sparked a reaction.  One reaction is from Bethlehem Shoals on the Sporting News… who says we should blame the Trade Machine for all these silly rumors.

The real story is that apparently, we've all become such Trade Machine
junkies, and are so desperate for some sort of anything as, with
2010
on the horizon, the league's nearing some sort of grand upheaval where
the lion shall lie down with the lamb. Can somebody, anybody, please
put the breaks on this discourse of absurdity? We're a year away from
the Final Reckoning, and a trade could go down sooner. But please,
pretty please, let's at least try and stay within the bounds of sanity.

That's always been the problem.  People will just match salaries and say "this trade works" without considering why one side would NEVER do the deal.  And with Ray Allen's contract, you can make just about ANY trade work.  You can send Ray and Scal to LA for Kobe Bryant if you wanted… but that's obviously not happening.

So I'll second the motion when it comes to trade scenarios.  Try to look at it from the OTHER team's perspective.  We'll all fiddle with that Trade Machine thing (or you can try Real GM's trade checker, which is what ESPN ripped off) and think of sneaky ways to get good players… but remember that most other GM's out there aren't lobotomy patients.  They know Brian Scalabrine and Gabe Pruitt for JR Smith isn't a good trade… even though the numbers work.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    That makes total sense.
    And here I was, thinking that reporters/media were trying to make money in the off season with trade rumors and draft chat. The more crazy, the more likely it is to get talked about i.e. more cash it generates. All along it’s the darn computer to blame!
    And stay within the bounds of sanity? Al Jefferson, Green, and a few shoelaces for KG is sane…. Pau Gasol for a pack of gum is sane? Many of these trades ARE insane!
    (disclaimer: I enjoy yapping about trade rumors and draft chat but c’mon.. you have an off season and you and your news outlet are trying to make a buck just like the rest of us)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    It should be noted that trades usually have to make sense for both teams, unless one of the said teams has chris wallace as their gm

  • Bill

    I had a wild idea last night, and I think it has enough merit to NOT fall into the insane category:
    Cleveland, when they find out they suck and they have no chance at a title before LeBron skips town, should trade him midseason and at least get some value for him. But I could see him trying extra hard (AKA juicing extra hard) to win a title in Cleveland before splitting town.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156faf0b78970c Mauritz

    With the rookie season of Marc Gasol, the Pau trade doesn’t really loke that bad for the Grizzlies. They obviously weren’t going anywhere with him anyhow.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156faf0b78970c Mauritz

    Yeah, send him to SA for Ginobili and Kurt Thomas. The trade machine says it’d be great for the spurs, and Cleveland could use Ginobilis scoring to complement Big Z and Daniel Gibson. And they could use Thomas if Wallace retires. Great deal.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156faf0b78970c Mauritz

    Or even better: Send LeBron to Boston, RayRay to Denver, and then Denver sends Melo to Cleveland and J.R. Smith to us. Denver upgrades their SG, and Cleveland gets “value” for LeBron, why wouldn’t they agree? Hey, it works in the trade machine…