A Shopper’s Guide to Point Guards

January 24th, 2013 | by Spencer Hall

By Matt Pacenza
Special to Salt City Hoops

The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away. Most expect the Jazz to make a move, to flip a talented big for assets. It’s the best path, most agree, to take the promising young team one step closer to contending.

Who should the Jazz pursue? Of course it depends who’s available, but a point guard is by far the most logical target. The team has young talent up front, and on the wings, but the three point guards on the roster – Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley – are 30, 33 and 34 years old.

It may surprise you the degree to which point guard has been by far Utah’s worst position this season. Let’s take a quick look at the advanced metrics, which have their limitations, but which tell a fairly clear story.

Let’s start with data from 82games.com: PER, which summarizes the offensive production the team is getting from each position – and defensive PER, the production of their opponents. Subtract the latter from the former, and you get a quick assessment of overall productivity.

Utah Jazz production by position

Data from 82games.com

While the data has flaws – a player doesn’t always guard his counterpart on defense, for example – the numbers do roughly reflect what our eyes see: The Jazz are strongest in the frontcourt, especially on offense.

The data also clearly shows the team’s most glaring weakness: Point guard, where the team doesn’t produce enough on offense and is regularly torched by opponents. While the Jazz centers are also over-matched on defense, they make up for it by being among the best offense players in the league.

In case you think the 82 Games data is somehow biased or flawed, check out the oRtg and dRtg data from basketball-reference.com or ESPN’s Hollinger stats. Each data set tells roughly the same story.

So, clearly, point guard is a position begging for improvement. And, unfortunately, while the Jazz have several likely-mid-round 2013 picks, it’s not considered a particularly strong draft, especially for guards.

So that leads to what might be the most important question for the Jazz over the next month: What point guards could be available via trade?

The following is a list of who might be available: It makes no sense to pine for Kyrie Irving or Damian Lillard, for example. Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul aren’t going anywhere.

Point guards other than the eight on this list may very well be available, but don’t seem worth pursuing. Some are clearly past their prime (ala Jameer Nelson or Andre Miller) or just not very good (Jerryd Bayless or DJ Augustin.) Once you start listing names such as those, it’s easy to argue the Jazz should just be patient, hope for Mo Williams to return in time for the playoffs, and worry about PG in the offseason.

But each of the following players has the potential to be better than that – this year and beyond — and could be available. And the Jazz, as much as any team in the league, have a wealth of trade assets: productive players on expiring deals (Millsap, Jefferson, Foye), young, cheap assets (Kanter, Burks) and draft picks (their own and Golden State’s). They can put together a decent deal at basically every salary level.

Without further ado, here’s the list. We’ll go in order of increasing excitement: from the “hmmmm” ones to the “holy crap, we can get him?” players.

For each, we’ll offer a few numbers: Age, their per-36-minute traditional stats, PER (15 is average. Above 20 is excellent) and their DRtg (100 is average: higher is worse.)

8. Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
31 13.8 3.1 9.7 19.5 111

The struggling Toronto Raptors have been long-rumored to be interested in dealing one of their point guards. Both have value, and would be a significant upgrade for the Jazz. Two factors make the productive Calderon less intriguing: the first is his age (31) and the fact that he’s on the last year of his deal. The Jazz would have to make a three- or four-year commitment to an aging guard to retain him.

However, as you can see, Calderon is a solid offensive player who would immediately boost the Jazz: He’s an efficient if low-volume scorer, a terrific passer and can shoot the 3. His defense isn’t great, however, and that isn’t going to improve as he ages.

Calderon is likely quite available – and if the Jazz main focus is boosting their roster for the 2013 playoff push, he’d be solid choice, if hardly a long-term solution.

7. Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
23 17.6 2.6 4.7 15.6 116

If Utahns have heard of Thomas’ name, it would likely be as the guy who took Jimmer’s minutes. An undersized, second-round draft pick, Thomas was a huge surprise for the Kings last year: a genuine offensive threat who both earned plenty of free throws and shot well from the outside.

In his second year, Thomas has both taken a step back and seen his minutes go down. He still scores – if less efficiently — but his assists are way down and his defense, according to the metrics, is abysmal. Both those measures are the worst of any player on this list.

The Jazz would have to hope that Thomas has failed to thrive due to the dysfunctional Kings’ organization – and that in a stable organization, he could build upon his rookie year’s promise. His size (5’9’’) makes it unlikely he’ll ever be a plus defender, however. Out of everyone on this list, he would probably come cheapest, although his absurdly low salary (he’s signed for less than $1 million next year) mean that if he’s available, the Jazz wouldn’t be the only team interested.

6. Jarret Jack, Golden State Warriors

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
29 15.4 4.2 6.7 16.4 107

Jack has played well this year as the sixth man for a surprising Golden State team. He’s a well-traveled vet, who has been on five teams in eight years (a red flag, perhaps.)

Jack and Calderon offer similar positives and negatives: Each would be a significant upgrade, but each is in the final year of his deal and would need to be re-signed. Jack is two key years younger than Calderon, however, and would be more likely to play well through his next contract.

Jack’s strengths are his mid-range game and distribution skills. He rarely shoots 3s, but shoots 2s at a high percentage and takes a decent number of free throws. According to Hollinger’s ESPN Insider profile, he struggles to guard quick point guards (as does everyone on the Jazz’ current roster), but does quite well against bigger 2s.

Golden State has played so well that it’s not clear they want to trade anyone. Jack doesn’t start, but finishes most games, averaging nearly 30 minutes. However, given that he has an expiring contract, and the fact that the Warriors are thin up front, they might just be willing to deal him for the right offer.

5. Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
21 15.4 4.0 4.9 12.5 109

Knight has objectively been a disappointment for the Pistons over the past two years. However, he’s very young and has incredible athleticism. To give up talent for him, the Jazz would have to believe Knight could improve significantly: Perhaps the Pistons haven’t used or coached him properly.

His poor PER is largely a reflection of a mediocre shooting rate, relatively few free throws and middling assist numbers. On the more positive side, he shoots 3s at around 38 percent, and has the athletic tools to improve on defense.

21-year-old lottery picks that struggle can take a leap and improve dramatically. Or they remain disappointments. It’s impossible to know what Knights’ career path will be, but he would certainly be an intriguing talent addition for the Jazz.

Trading for Knight might be difficult: The Pistons’ have talent up front – Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond – and if they’re willing to trade Knight, would probably want a pick or two, plus a promising wing. The Jazz might need to involve a third team for this trade to work.

4. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
23 17.7 3.5 5.5 17.0 105

Jennings is a quick, young point guard who can score at will – so why isn’t he higher on this list? Unfortunately, the promise he showed in moments such as the magical 55-point game from his rookie year has largely failed to materialize.

In some ways, Jennings isn’t really a point guard: He’s an indifferent distributor and mostly looks for his own shot. The good news is he’s a genuine offensive threat – going to the rim and pulling up for 3s. He rarely turns the bull over. His defense, while not sterling, actually measures fairly well.

Whether Jennings is even available is open for debate: He shows up on some lists of possible trade targets, given that he is a restricted free agent after this season. The Bucks have just fired their coach and might be looking to start over, building around their cadre of freakishly athletic bigs. Jennings’ game is quite redundant with the also productive but even more one-dimensional Monta Ellis, but Ellis is considered virtually untradeable, so they might have to move Jennings to bring back talent.

Of all the players on this list, Jennings is the one that inspires the most mixed feelings: Yes, he’s way more gifted than any PG currently on the Jazz roster. But, despite his youth and the potential for improvement, he might just remain the kind of player with decent stats that doesn’t push a team to win.

3. Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
26 15.7 3.2 6.8 17.2 109

Dragic has played well this year and was signed to a reasonable deal this past off-season (4 yrs, $30 million). He’s one of the few above-average Suns. He only comes available, it would seem, if a team makes a great offer – or, perhaps, if the Suns (which just fired their coach) are in blow-it-up mode.

Dragic’s strengths are that he’s big, finishes well at the rim and shoots a lot of free throws. He’s improved significantly as a passer. While his steals numbers are decent, his defensive numbers overall have been a little weak, and his outside shooting uneven. Three years ago in Houston he shot 51 percent from the 3 – making nearly 3 a game – but this year he’s below 32 percent.

Overall, the Jazz would likely be thrilled if they could land the Slovenian: He’s signed for three more years and is in his prime. The question is how dear the price would be.

2. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
26 18.4 5.7 7.7 22.1 106

And now we take a big jump up in quality. Lowry would seem to be the perfect target for the Jazz: He’s in his prime, he’s signed for next year as well at just $6.2 million and he has a reputation as an above-average defensive guard, which the Jazz badly need. And, as we note in the Calderon comment, the Raptors are desperate to shake things up and have an extra point guard.

One potential problem is that Lowry has developed a reputation as a difficult character, a label which the Jazz tend to shun. How true that is, who knows, but by the numbers, Lowry would be a massive upgrade – and give the Jazz a dynamic, productive athlete at the point guard.

Statistically, it’s hard to find a hole in Lowry’s game, although his defensive numbers aren’t as strong as the reputation. He shoots at a high percentage, including from 3, and is a terrific rebounder and a solid distributor. He’s actually has the fourth-highest PER in the league among PGs right now, behind only Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker. That certainly overstates his value – you won’t find anyone on Earth that would prefer him to Kyrie Irving or Jrue Holiday or Rajon Rondo – but he’s a very productive and efficient player the Jazz should work hard to obtain.

1. Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers.

Age Pts/36 min Rebs/36 min Ast/36 min PER DRtg
23 16.5 5.4 5.1 19.5 98

It’s drool time. Bledsoe has had an eye-opening season as part of the Clippers’ vaunted second unit, but he’s still only playing 19 minutes a game. He’s easily the best defender on this list, and observers such as Bill Simmons regularly write about how opposing point guards often struggle to simply bring the ball up the court because Bledsoe is so athletic and relentless.

Until this year, the knock on Bledsoe was his offense: He turned the ball over way too much and couldn’t shoot at all from the outside, which kept his PER down around 11. However, his numbers are up across the board this year: He shoots a ton of free throws and is actually shooting 36 percent from 3, suggesting his outside shot will become an effective weapon. And, of course, he’s very young – with room to develop better shooting and passing to go with the world-class motor and finishing skills.

So why in the heck would the Clippers trade him? He’s productive, young and cheap – and virtually certain to get better, maybe a LOT better. He’s also in the final year of his deal. ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote this week, “The problem is there is almost no chance that Bledsoe is wearing a Clippers uniform next year. A restricted free agent in the summer of 2014, he will get a major offer from a team under the cap, and the Clippers already know they won’t be able to afford to match it.”

Maybe a great trade offer would force the Clippers to act. They’re thin up front and have title pretensions, so maybe a Millsap or Jefferson plus Burks (who would replace some of Bledsoe’s offense off the bench) gets it done.

Probably half the league will make an offer for Bledsoe if he’s available. However, he’s shown such a huge boost in performance this year, it’s possible to project him as an All-Star – one of the best wing defenders in the league, with an offensive game opponents have to respect.


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Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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  1. Lets me just stop you right now. There is no way that the Jazz will ever get Brandon Jennings, Goran Dragic or Kyle Lowry at the trade deadline. Jennings is a staple for the Bucks as well as Dragic for the Suns. It’s also doubtful that the Raptors will part with Lowry, either as both Bryan Colangelo and Dwane Casey have tabbed him to be the PG of the future.

    Eric Beldsoe might be a possiblity since it is unlikely that he will ever have a chance to usurp Chris Paul’s starting spot and with the two first rounders the Jazz have, it just might be enough to entice the Clips to ponder a deal. LA knows deep down that he is too good to keep as a backup and will be more inclined to deal him for a first round pick rather than watch him leave as a free agent.

    Thus I believe the best option for the Jazz is to go for Bledsoe. He’ll certainly be an excellent building block to play alongside Utah’s two promising bigs in Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter with Gordon Hayward on the wing. If the Jazz want to look forward to building for the future, Bledsoe will certainly fit the profile.

    You forgot to mention how much the Jazz are in dire need for a shooter as well. The depth at SG is rather poor to say the least as their best option, randy Foye, shoot under .390 from the field, but scores less that 12.0 ppg. Gordon Hayward has been used at the two often, but I feel his length is best suited for the small forward spot. The Jazz can try and go for Kevin Martin, whose contract will expire. I do not know any others off hand who would be available.

    • McDeen says:

      Not to mention, the Clips have one of the best records in the league because of solid bench production from Bledsoe. Why would they trade him right now? And how does replacing a center in DeAndre Jordan with an undersized PF in Millsap help them in any way? Makes no sense.

      The Jazz will do NOTHING for the trade deadline, and they will be smart for doing so. They have the best cap room into the off season, and overpriced flop teams like the Lakers will be having fire sales and starving to make deals to lower their salary caps. The Jazz would be idiots right now to take on a multi-year contract from an outside player. No one that is available right now makes them significantly better, and helps the trading team as well. Plus the Jazz are notoriously conservative when it comes to the trade deadline (DWill and Korver/Giricek trades are exceptions because they involved two locker room issues). Not to mention the team is playing really well right now and they’re starting to get more out of Jefferson and Millsap than scoring.

      Jazz will do nothing, and should do nothing. Period.

  2. Jeff Bevan says:

    I got a name for you…. but first let me comment on your list… There isn’t a PG on that list that interests me outside of Eric Bledsoe and maybe Brandon Knight.

    But let me say something that I think everyone knows, but no one wants to say:

    Mo Williams will resign with the jazz this offseason. KOC will see to it that he won’t lose him twice. He is exactly what a “Jazz man” is. He won’t be going anywhere.

    With that said… How about a solid backup/ when we play 2 pg and move MO to a sg like they did in LAC (and where he was thriving)… and I got a name for you that we can probably get on the cheap (ie just Raja Bell)

    Eric Maynor.

    He has fallen out of the rotation for the Thunder for whatever reason. He was a Jazz fan favorite. He is young and he played well in the Jazz (sloan now Corbin system) He is a pass first, hard nosed player (like Alec Burks)

    Thoughts?

    • Matt says:

      Maynor is interesting. Let’s check out his numbers quick.

      Ooooo, they’re AWFUL. He’s been trending downwards since his first couple years. He’s shooting 29 percent this year — and not playing much. Yikes!

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/maynoer01.html

      I suppose if you’re an optimist, you say “He needs a change in scenery.” But he’s not really young — 25 — and the trends in the numbers are depressing. Unless he comes for very little, I’d stay away.

      • Jeff Bevan says:

        Do you know why he is playing awful this year? Or are you a Locke inspired by the numbers type evaluator?

        A – this is his first season coming off a ACL injury that cost him almost an entire season.
        B- he has lost his spot (for whatever reason) to a overachieving Reggie Jackson

        Yes his numbers are down… But why wouldn’t they be? He doesn’t confidence. But his best numbers are when he gets the time to play

        As far as his age being 25 and you saying “He is not really young” HE IS 25 years old!!!!!!

        Lets look at your list and see the ages of them and the amount of “miles” on them already:

        Eric Maynor – 25 years old, 4 years in the league – just under 3,000 minutes played

        8: Jose Calderon – 31 years old – 7 years in the league – 14,000+ minutes played

        7: Isiah Thomas – 23 years old, 2 years in the league – 2,500 minutes played.

        6: Jarrett Jack – 29 years old, 7 years in the league – 15,000+ minutes played

        5: Brandon Knight – 21 years old; 2 years in the league – 3,500 minutes played

        4: Brandon Jennings- 23 years old; 4 years in the league – 8,600+ minutes played

        3: Goran Dragic – 26 years old; 5 years in the league – 6,400+ minutes played

        2: Kyle Lowry – 26 years old; 7 years in the league – 10,000+ minutes played

        1: Eric Bledsoe – 23 years old; 3 years in the league – 3,000+ minutes played

        So Maynor is younger then 4 of your players. Has less miles on him than all of them (Except Isiah Thomas – who is not a viable Starting quality PG and just another Nate Robinson type player)

        Don’t get me wrong- I like the idea of Bledsoe, but it’s not happening this year. And probably won’t happen next year either.. Our best chance will most likely be overpaying him once he is a restricted free agent the summer of 2014. And we wont be making that offer because we will have MO Williams locked up to a 3-4 year deal still.

        So let’s trade Raja Bell, who by the way we are paying to stay home and get our self a backup PG.. Because we have our starting PG in Mo

        • Matt says:

          Jeff, I definitely think Maynor is worth looking into. He wouldn’t cost them much.

          But it’s not just this year his numbers have been bad, unfortunately.

          Check out his FG% over the past four years in OKC: 43, 40, 36, 29. His PER the same years: 12, 12, 9, 7. And, remember, 15 is average. Yikes.

          Some guys can get away with low FG% numbers if they shoot well from 3, or play great D, or are big assist guys. But none of those are really true of Maynor. He averages 6, 7 assists per 36 mins, which is below average for a PG.

          Could Maynor turn it around? Absolutely, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy who has been as bad as him during his age 22-25 years who takes a big leap.

          And while I realize 25 isn’t old, it is a bit old to take a big leap. When 20, 21 year olds struggle, you can still hold out hope that, ala Chauncey Bllups or Tyson Chandler, they just need to be in the right place to thrive. I, for example, still want Burks to play big minutes, even though he has struggled at times, since he’s so young. Maybe he learns to shoot!

          CJ Miles is another good example: I defended him for years, since he was SO young. But now, he’s 25, and I think we can agree CJ is what CJ is: a streaky shooter who pretty much sucks at everything else. I’d be shocked if he’s still in the league when he’s 30.

          Anyway, good dialogue. Again, I bet Maynor could be had for something modest. Worth a shot. But I wouldn’t hold out hope he’ll ever be a starter in this league.

          • Jeff Bevan says:

            I don’t want Maynor to start.
            I want Maynor to be a back up PG that he is.

            A young, athletic, pass first PG, that will come in and get our bench scoring started and not have a huge letdown when our starter goes out. Our starter is and will be in my guess Mo Williams. And I am fine with that. Outside the top 5-10 PG’s (who are the super star/all star PGs- who we won’t be getting) in the league, you can interchange all the remaining PGs (including the ones in this list as none of them are Super Star/All Star PGs) and probably not see a significant change in the record/outlook of your team.

            But I can agree with you in one thing – Burks I want Burks to get more minutes, I think he has the makings to be something special. But I am afraid they way he is being used is going to do more damage then good.

  3. Remi says:

    Big Al and a Utah pick to the Clippers
    Deandre Jordan to the Sixers
    Eric Bledsoe and Thaddeus Young to the Jazz

    Sixers are tired of Jordan missing free throws, Sixers are pissed about Bynum and won’t extend him for 100 million.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ae8o7a2

  4. Clark says:

    You’ve been tricked by the Fird monster. Bledsoe isn’t a restricted free agent until the summer of 2014. Chad Ford had it wrong, which changes the entire premise of Fords point if his availability. The Clips can keep Bledsoe next season for only $2.6 million. Until they extend Paul, Bledsoe will be virtually untraceable. But in the summer of 2014, the Jazz could make him an offer the Clippers wouldn’t match.

    • Matt says:

      Hey, you’re right! I was tricked by Chad Ford. They picked up his fourth year option for 2013-14 earlier this year. Sigh. So, yeah, unless the Clippers are convinced that another big is more important than the 18 minutes of excellence they’re getting from Bledsoe now, such a trade seems pretty unlikely.

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  6. HC says:

    What is up with the jab at the Clippers with the ‘title pretentions’ line? If any franchise deserves to have some success for once it is them and that team is going to be a lot to handle for anyone in the playoffs.

    • Matt says:

      I meant no jab! I’d say the Clippers are, what, roughly the fourth most likely team to win a title? Fifth? Behind MIA, OKC, SAS and, maybe, IND? (just because SOMEONE out East could beat the Heat, especially if there were an injury.)

      By pretensions, I meant more like “they have a shot.” Poor word choice.

  7. jj says:

    This list is so stupid. You could potentially get anyone, but why in the world would the other teams trade Jennings, Dragic, Lowry, or Bledsoe? Do you even think about what this would do to the other teams, or do you only simply think about how awesome it would be for the Jazz to have them?

    Trading Jennings would love Beno Udrih as their starter. You know who the backup would be? I don’t either.

    Trading Lowry would leave Calderon as the starter (whom you said has bad defense). You know who the back up would be? I don’t either

    Trading Dragic would leave Telfair as the starter. You know who the back up would be? I don’t either.

    Trading Bledsoe would leave Chris Paul as the only guard. You know who the back up would be? I don’t either.

    These teams would only have one capable point guard on their team if they traded the PGs you suggested. Get real man jeez.

    • Jeff Bevan says:

      JJ-

      In all fairness I know who the backup PG would be if the Clippers did trade Bledsoe. His name is Chauncey Billups. But I would be shocked if they traded him before this deadline because they are getting great production for CHEAP!!!

      If they do decide to trade him, I think it would happen in the off season or at trade deadline next year. But really they have no reason to trade him as he will be a Restricted Free Agent after the 13/14 season.

      But I agree with you on the rest of what you said.. Those 3 PG’s (Jennings, Lowry and Dragic) have been dubbed center pieces for their club. 2 of them are in their first year with the team.. I doubt they are ready to give up on them already.

    • Matt says:

      Why thanks! “So stupid” seems a bit harsh, but, hey, it’s the Internet!

      When you construct a column like this, you look for guys who MIGHT be available. That’s all. And I think in each of the writeups, I explain why they MIGHT be available. Of course, I have no inside information, but in each of these cases, there are reasons: Another decent or better PG is on the roster or even starts (True for TOR, LAC, SAC and GSW.) The player is an RFA so the team might be looking to flip them for an asset (Jennings, Bledsoe (which I was wrong about)) That leaves Dragic and Knight. For Knight, who has been a disappointment, you would have to surmise that the Pistons have reached the conclusion he’s unlikely to be very good and so want to trade him while his value is still doesn’t. Dragic is definitely the biggest stretch, no doubt. But that team is going through changes, so who knows?

      What makes proposing trades for the Jazz less absurd than it is for some teams is that we have assets — a wide range of them. From experienced, expiring quality, to young, cheap assets, to draft picks. Those are the things that teams want. It’s ridiculous, for example, for the Celtics and Lakers to covet young talent, because they have little to nothing to offer in return. But the Jazz have LOTS to offer — and I would argue, that given how hard is to attract decent free agents here — trades are the best bet for getting there.

      As to the backup PG argument — what would these teams do? — I think that’s a bit silly. I imagine you’re familiar with the notion of replacement players. Finding a mildly competent backup PG to play 10, 12 minutes a night is probably the easiest role to fill in the NBA — from the D-League or an unsigned FA.

      I hope that convinces you a little. Or maybe you’re just further convinced by how stupid I am!

  8. Jafa says:

    I’m a Nets fan and I’m here on your board because I am salivating for Millsap as I think he is the perfect PF for us. However, I know you guys need a young promising PG and we don’t have one to offer.

    Looking at your list, the only realistic ones you can get at this trade deadline are the ones you should pass on due to age (Calderon, Jack) and potential (Isaiah Thomas looks like a great combo guard off the bench, not a floor leader). Pistons would rather trade Stuckey, Bucks will say no and match any restricted offer to Jennings, Dragic is the only attraction the Suns have and Lowry is Toronto’s PG of the future. But Eric Bledsoe will be there, possibly in the offseason (after Chris Paul re-signs) and you can make the trade then, but it will cost you some young assets and/or draft picks.

    What about Eric Maynor? Don’t think OKC would object too much. Collison? After all, Dallas is open for business. Shved in Minny? Rubio is the future for them so he could be had for cheap.

    • Matt says:

      Maynor I didn’t consider — but then I looked at his numbers and they’re AWFUL, as I note in an above comment. Shooting 29 pct this year and barely playing.

      Shved is very interesting: young, big, developing. And Minnesota needs some size. If I were to re-do the column, I’d add him!

      I’m not so sure Collison is good — much better than Mo Williams, let’s say. But looking at his numbers again, they’ve improved this year, he’s only 25 and as you say, Dallas likes to trade!

      Thanks for the feedback!

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