It’s almost the All-Star weekend, and some players’ days on certain teams maybe numbered. Yes. Trades. Trades. Trades. And we hear mostly ‘big men’ that could be going that way.
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings). Zach Randolph (Grizzlies). Dwight Howard (Rockets). Brook Lopez (Nets). David Lee (Celtics). Amar’e Stoudemire (Heat). Joaquim Noah (Bulls).
Guess what? They’re all, I mean all, actually suited to their teams — so why trade? Their ‘big men’ is not the problem. It’s their smaller men. The other positions — including non-playing positions like the coaches of some teams. So, let’s briefly go through these ‘bigs’ save for Chicago’s Noah whom we already talked about previously.
Amar’e Stoudemire (Heat). This rumor came up when he wasn’t really getting playing time but now he has been getting his minutes in the absence of Hassan Whiteside. And he’s been doing well as expected. For coach Spo, Amar’e is a great talent reserved for the PlayOffs which is why he has not really seen the court that much. Then again, he might lose his touch you know. Can’t just train and train without really playing.
David Lee (Celtics). We actually feel sorry for David. After losing his place with the Warriors, he seems to have the same fate with the Celtics. Same goes with Tyler Zeller. These two are real good big men in the Celtics’ uniform, so it must be a coaching issue — though their record doesn’t really show.
Brook Lopez (Nets). Another waste of talent. Yes, he’s been playing well since he returned from his injury, in fact, he’s the only one that could be relied on their team. And because of that, and his ‘big’ paycheck, Brooklyn wants him shipped for ‘smaller’ pieces while the merchandize is hot — while he’s hot. Problem with Brooklyn is they don’t know who they are, so the losses.
Dwight Howard (Rockets). Think he’s recovering well from his injuries. His issue could simply be ‘confidence’ which even Dwight himself doesn’t know he’s already lacking. Perhaps James Harden is just too dominant with the ball and that it contributed to Dwight’s deterioration of sorts.
DeMarcus Cousins (Kings) and Zach Randolph (Grizzlies). Now it’s these two teams that should be on the negotiating table. And it’s not about swapping their big men nor trading them to other teams; but they should seriously consider Rudy Gay (Kings) for the Grizzlies’ Jeff Green and Courtney Lee. I’m sure some of you have heard of it. And yes, the Kings and the Grizzlies would indeed benefit if they push through with this trade.
Rudy Gay is what the Grizzlies need to get to the next level. Remember when he was still with Memphis? They were scary. They were one of those teams who did beat a LeBron James-led Miami squad. They got the inside game of Randolph. The defense and play making of Gasol. A great point guard in Conley. And a top notch scorer in Gay with a couple of good shooters in Bayless and Pondexter. But the Grizz thought they could save money by sending Gay away, who back then was a non team player but look what happened to them now? Just lack of foresight.
Now the Kings already got a strong foundation in DeMarcus Cousins and all they need could just be ‘more pieces’ to support him. Jeff Green and Courtney Lee are not a bad pick up. Though Green would not really be able to approximate Gay in talent, he’s still reliable and could be a real good support to DeMarcus. Plus with Courtney in the lineup, they could very well play smaller ball now without running out of gas; after all, he’s another good man to add in their guard rotation of McLemore, Belinelli and Rondo. This is a good window than an ‘unsure’ 4-team deal.
Big men moving? Nah. Smaller men packing!