That was a great trade. But we were lucky to get a quality role player / player from a team who just wanted to dump somebody and clear up cap space. Teams like Atlanta and Utah are trying to move good players because they don't want to pay them, but they would like to try to get something for them outside of the big cap space they will leave behind. For a contending team like us, moving Bledsoe for Millsap, Smith etc isn't a bad thing.
Odom likely won't be re signed, unless it's for cheap. His big salary comes off the books as does a few other players. Giving us some room to sign CP3 and fill in the veterans on the team. What's the price of a championship? For teams in various sports like the Patriots, Yankees, Red Wings, Lakers, Celtics, Steelers etc. it's not a bad idea to trade away hot young talent to bring in a veteran, if it means winning then so be it. Afterall, those ans are used to being, and staying on top.
For a team like us, or even Indiana and Brooklyn ( and I believe were better than both ), adding Smith, Garnett, Pierce or Millsap is a gamble worth taking. We've never won anything, the age and health of some of the better vets on our team could mean retirement at the end of the year and we'll have to hope we can replace those players with solid guys to continue to dominate, which I think is a hard thing to do, even with veteran players taking less money to play for great teams.
I've been all about Josh Smith since he was at Oak Hill Academy. He came into the NBA as a SF/SG who got stuck at SF then moved to PF because Atlanta is horrible. Garnett brings in defense that you can only hope to dream of. Pierce is a fantastic player to have and can knock em down come crunch time. Millsap adds massive depth to your front court and can play the 3 if needed.
The price is plain and simple, Bledsoe + salary fillers. However, there's been rumors that Jordan has to go with Bledsoe in some of these deals. I wouldn't do that at all, no matter how much DJ is overpaid, he's healthy, young and still has a chance to finally be a better defensive center.
Bledsoe can and will start full time in the NBA. For him to do so here, he'll have to play SG where his height becomes an issue. And I don't think he'd like to be the 6th man here getting 25-32 MPG, where he could be the starter somewhere else and carve out a bigger name for hisself.
I'd love to keep Bledsoe, however if you can land one of these guys and it WORKS and we win something this year, it will be well worth it. Even if we traded Bledsoe for Kwame Brown and for some strange reason we won the title, I'd do it. You may hate Josh Smith, you may not like the idea of putting Millsap at the 3 if need be, you may not like the age and health of Pierce and Garnett but there's a reason why these guys are worth the risks of trading for.
We've never won a damn thing, we MAY win the Division this year. That's 1 division title in damn near a half century, that sucks. If there are teams out there that are willing to dump certain players like Nick Young, who are your basic mid level players for salary cutting, then great. The first person who comes to mind, is J.J. Reddick. Now I'm not saying we move Bledsoe for Reddick, but I do believe Orlando has a vast amount of draft picks. We could send them Bledsoe and say Green and Turiaf for Reddick and a 1st rounder, which to me I think is more than fair. Nelson is not a good PG, and the Magic want to get rid of Reddick as he will probably ask for a big money extension this summer.
Reddick can be started at the 2 over Chauncey, because let's face it Chauncey isn't much of a starter if he's gonna get 20-25 MPG. Chauncey can lead our 2nd unit as our PG with Crawford coming in to help at the 2. Reddick is a lights out, balls in your face shooter. Given the awesomeness of our team, his percentages will likely go up, and his numbers slightly down as he won't be looked upon to lead an offense, which he clearly can't do. Reddick allows for massive floor spacing and DJ and Blake the ability to camp in and around the paint for easy bunny layups and dunks.
But let's not forget folks, we dominated the first half of the season without having Hill or Billups for more than what, 3 games total? If those 2 can remain healthy in the playoffs and give us solid contributions, I can completely see why we pass on all trades and ride it out. If we can win 17 games in a row without these guys, whose to say we can't take it to the house and run over the West and win the Finals? And during the summer if we do lose Chauncey and Hill to retirement, we'll have multiple contracts coming off the books and we'll have a better idea of who we can trade Bledsoe for because we'll know exactly whose on our team for next year and how much we can invest salary wise in a trade.
I just really hope the people running this show make the right move. I know with CP3 and Blake here we've got a big chance to win the title each year, but I really wanna see it now, and this team may be the best team we put together.