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A Happy Hornet Trade

Ok so last time I came up with a trade scenario that was at least plausible for the 3 teams in some sort of perspective, and if I'm gonna limb out for Paul/Howard to LA, I can do the same for Howard/Paul to the Hornets.

http://basketball.realgm.com/tradechecker/saved_trade/5886159

New Orleans trades every asset they have besides Paul to get back Howard and Arenas. The Hornets have very little use for Arenas, but since thats the only way they are getting Howard and Jarret Jack is heading to Lakers, he at least serves the purpose of a back up combo guard, possibly even starting 2. New Orleans agrees because even with tripe in between them, Dwight and Paul will have a cake walk most nights. And at the very least in 3 years they have Gilbert coming off the books to clear cap space and add a third star.

 

Orlando picks up Bynum, Gasol, Quincy Poindexter- loses bass, arenas, Howard

Orlando does this trade for cap relief. They also get 2 big men that can walk or extend later, putting them in the same situation as with Dwight, but without the obstacle of Gilbert Arenas' Contract. To please the Lakers Bass is shipped out to give them a replacement in the Rotation at the 4- which Orlando doesn't mind because then it keeps the cheaper Ryan Anderson as a back up behind Gasol.

 

Lakers pick up Brandon Bass, Jarret Jack, Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor, David Anderson

The lakers get a Decent starting point guard at the cost of having to rely more on Lamar Odom while Bass comes off the bench and the man center spot is manned by Okafor. The Lakers do this for wing help. They cannot defend the wings, and 33 year old kobe guarding pg's is never going to get them out of the west- Not this west laden with speedy scoring point guards. So they get defense at every position on the wing and a respectable starting line up:

Jack, Kobe, Ariza, Odom, Okafor: maybe switch Odom and Okafor here, but in either event its a solid squad with amazing defenders at every position but Okafor's. What it takes to push this trade is an unhappy bynum, and a following through of the Lakers management to rebuilding the team around Kobe. And the lakers still have scoring off the bench with Bass, Brown, Blake(New Killer B's?)

Long shot? sure, but lets have our fun.

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