Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Come Home, Kevin

So Yglesias is once again beating the drum for a Kevin Garnett-to-Chicago trade before the deadline. I have to say, I'm in agreement. I've always admired Garnett's loyalty to the Timberwolves, but never quite gotten just why it's so steadfast. You'd think eventually he'd want to play for a title, right? From the Bulls perspective, if they can do it, I just don't think you can pass up a player like Kevin Garnett. I mean, he's from Chicago for chrissake, and he would instantly make us contenders in the East. This is not Pau Gasol we're talking about. Of course, the big question is: how much can we give up? I think you have to protect either Deng or Gordon, but you'd have to give up one in the trade, and then to round things out, you may have to part ways with Ty Thomas, which would hurt, but is tolerable. In terms of whether to keep Deng or Gordon, as strange as it is to say, I think you keep Gordon and try to deal Deng for two reasons. One, Gordon will be an insane threat behind the arc with double-teams on Garnett, two, when Nocioni is healthy he's almost as productive a play as Deng, though obviously lacks his defensive quickness and buttery mid-range jumpshot. Those are my two cents. I suppose the larger point is that I've increasingly come around to the "we need to make a deal school," which it seems the team as come to believe as well.

Oh, also. Nice 3rd quarter defense last night.


Blogger Hot Shit College Student said...

Capt. Obvious here to point out Garnett only spent like a year or two at Farragut. His home is really South Carolina.

4:42 PM  
Blogger BenGo07 said...

You'd have to give them more than Deng and Ty Thomas. Probably an expiring deal (P.J.?) and this year's Knicks pick as well. That said, even with all that, I'd do it in a second.

That trade actually makes sense for both teams. The Timbies ain't going anywhere with Garnett, and getting one sure-fire star (Deng) and another possible one (Ty) as well as a semi-decent pick seems as good as it's gonna get for them. With Foye, Deng, Ty and a top pick next year (plus some cap space), you've got a solid young nucleus to build around.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Big Sweet said...

Let's hope KG asks for a trade. Until then, it's not worth thinking about much.

5:23 PM  

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