So more than two decades ago, Orlando traded its first pick overall Chris Webber for Golden State’s third pick overall Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Sure, C-Webb had a better career but the Warriors never had the same success the Magic got when they had Penny. Webber and former GS coach Don Nelson had this shitty relationship that the Dubs had to settle with Tom Gugliotta rather than lose Webber to free agency.
Also, Penny’s shoes are awesome to this day.
It feels as if another first-for-third swap would take place with Boston’s first with Philly’s third. Philadelphia’s “Trust the Process” scheme started rocky but is turning out to be awesome. Meanwhile, Danny Ainge proved to the world why the Celtics are the worst tankers ever. The team lost Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo in a span of four years and they just missed the playoffs once.
Boston and Philadelphia also fed from the idiocy of Brooklyn and Sacramento.
It just dawned on me that the Philadelphia execs are sneaky bastards… and I don’t say this to be mean.
We all know what happened with the Boston pick. Nearly four years ago, the New Jersey Nets were bought by a Russian millionaire who had this win-now mentality. After moving the team to Brooklyn, this owner went to Beantown to give Danny Ainge an offer he couldn’t refuse. The Celtics would give up superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett alongside Jason Terry and DJ White to acquire Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, and a bunch of picks.
Bunch of picks…
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov revelled the move as if “the basketball gods smiled on his Nets”. But truth be told, this is not the case. Not only did the win-now approach forced Brooklyn to some sort of franchise famine, it also gave Boston their current power. In an instant the players were dumped – freeing further cap space. And the picks? Their 2014 NBA Draft first round pick turned out to be 17th pick overall James Young. Their 2016 NBA Draft first round pick turned out to be third overall pick Jaylen Brown.
But like I said, Philadelphia duped Sacramento.
It doesn’t make any sense now… but Sacramento got the better of the deal then when they sent Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, and Jason Thompson so they can save at least 16 million in cap space. The deal also featured the right to swap picks in 2016 & 2017 and the 2019 first round pick for Philly and the draft rights to Lithuanian big man Arturas Gudaitis and Serbian frontliner Luka Mitrovic for Sacramento. The Kings used the money to pay to extend offers to Rondo, Marco Belinelli, and Kosta Koufos in order to give DeMarcus Cousins the necessary support.
Again like I said… Philly duped Sactown.
Boston has two avenues to create their own supergroup. By trading two picks down, Boston could just go after whatever is left between Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, and Lonzo Ball. I know these players are scared as hell to work out for Boston because they might end up with the exact playing time as that of Jaylen Brown… but now they are like what Philly was in 2014 when the three top stars are Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid. With the way they are being portrayed by media, it feels as if Fultz, Ball, and Jackson need to be in the top three. Whoever is left between the three guys would wish their names would be called by the Celtics because a name outside of these three would hurt their ego. Also for Boston, they have the right to get Philly’s 2018 pick via the Los Angeles Lakers or the 2019 pick via the Sacramento Kings.
The gravy train of talents will continue to flourish for Boston and that’s not a bad thing especially with reports suggesting a possible upgrade in their SG spot (Paul George, Jimmy Butler, or Gordon Hayward) as well as the C spot (Blake Griffin or Anthony Davis).
But for Philadelphia – it’s simple. During the 2015 NBA Draft, the Sixers had the third overall pick. As per reports, forums, and whatnots, the Sixers are hellbent to select D’Angelo Russell. They just traded away Michael Carter-Williams and they already had Robert Covington, Embiid, and Nerlens Noel as well as the draft rights to Dario Saric so it’s elementary for them to select a backcourt general which is Russell. Lo and behold though, the Lakers came and took Russell away… leaving Philly to claim the next best available talent in Jahlil Okafor. Okafor may be a contributor but the Sixers are in need of a facilitator as they spent the last season with TJ McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez.
With LA picking second again, I get why the Sixers gave another top pick just to secure Fultz. With Lonzo Ball needing a second workout to wow the Lakers, Magic Johnson could use the second pick to either pick Fultz or Jackson. Ball could be good for Philly especially when they get the services of disgruntled Toronto guard Kyle Lowry but having Fultz could be a money saver… and I guess the Sixers could change their stars with a lineup consisting of Fultz, Ben Simmons, Covington, Saric, Okafor, and Embiid.
The deal has yet to get finalized as of this writing but if this happens… it will be the darndest thing ever.