By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) I'm going to explain what the "made up trade is," to avoid any confusion.
It seems some people occasionally believe these weekly trades are real, even though the title of the post is "Made Up Trade," I refer to the trade as "made up trade," and I mention that the trade was constructed by Ethan Giles (follow on Twitter @Giles1228), who is a friend of mine who is a college student.
But to be clear, this is not a real trade. This is an exercise in fun, and hypothetical situations. The classic sports radio "would you make this trade" scenario. If you do not find this sort of exercise fun, that's just fine, but this isn't for you.
With that said, here's this week's trade.
Ed Davis ($3.2 Million, One Year)
Jamaal Franklin ($535 Thousand, Three Years)
Spencer Hawes ($6.5 Million, One Year)
Jeff Green ($8.7 Million, Three Years)
Jamal Crawford ($5.2 Million, Three Years)
Tayshaun Prince ($7.2 Million, Two Years)
2014 First Round Pick from Memphis
Why The Sixers Do It:
This trade is basically Spencer Hawes for Ed Davis for the Sixers. The downside of Davis is that he can be a restricted free agent after this season, but the upside is that he's only really produced during the first half of last season for the Raptors, before he was traded to Memphis. So though he'll be a restricted free agent, the Sixers will have an opportunity to keep him at a reasonable price if he produces. At 6'10″, Davis still has the potential to be a good power forward in the NBA, given the right situation.
Why The Clippers Do It:
One of the Clippers' problems is that their frontcourt duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are bad free throw shooters, which is problematic in the closing minutes of close games. And though Jordan is quite an athlete, he still has very little offensive game to speak of. Hawes gives them an offensive minded center, who can contribute in crunch time.
Why The Grizzlies Do It:
Memphis needs perimeter scoring, especially now that Zach Randolph seems to be on the downside of his career, and is providing less of a low post scoring threat. Crawford and Green provide that perimeter scoring punch, and we'll hope that the analyics minded Grizzlies are desperate enough to give Jeff Green a try.
Why The Celtics Do It:
They get to trade three years of overpaying Jeff Green for two years of overpaying Tayshaun Prince, and get a first round pick out of it. No-brainer.