I think the major difference with these two trades from all the earlier discussion about Toronto and JON is that these trades are both beneficial and independent of each other. We get better in both trades and we wouldn't be dependent on one of the trades for the other to work. Plus, you still can move Kirk later for cap space and a back up point if you want to resign BG. It would give us just over 9 mil to resign David Lee if Gordon leaves. Plus 21 mil in 2010 to go after Wade, Joe Johnson, Bosh or A'mare.
Trade 1 - Andres Nocioni, Larry Hughes and Michael Ruffin for Jermaine O'Neal and Nathan Jawai
We rid ourselves of Noce's contract and Hughes and we get a center (14 & 7 with 2 blocks a game) who would help greatly on defense and would allow TT to roam on defense, which is what he does well. Noah can get experience during the 25 games that JON misses due to injury.
Trade 2 - Drew Gooden for David Lee & Jared Jeffries
New York only takes on $68,625 more and sheds another $6,049,400 from their 2010 plan. They also get Drew Gooden, who I think would excel in D'Antoni's offense at center. Finally, a coach who doesn't care if he plays defense AND asks him to fire away from outside! We get David Lee. He has good hands and would excel finishing with Rose. He runs the floor and can finish! It's worth the money we take on in 2010 to get a piece like this to go with Rose.
Our new roster:
Rose (32) / Hinrich (16)
Gordon (32) / Hinrich (16)
Deng (36) / Thabo (12)
David Lee (34) / TT (14)
Jermaine O'Neal (30) / Noah (18)
David Lee can get minutes at Center when JON is out and TT would then get more minutes at PF. Gray, Hunter, Jawai, Jeffries and Simmons can get garbage / injury minutes when needed.
Rose, Wade, Deng, D. Lee, Kaman (Trade Hinrich for Kaman)
Rose, Gordon, Deng, D. Lee, Bosh