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Skaut_Ech
06-25-2006, 01:20 PM
http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/41073/20060624/sonics_and_suns_talking_trade/

<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="8" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="wiretap_key_header">Sonics And Suns Talking Trade?</td></tr><tr><td>24th June, 2006 - 10:46 pm</td></tr><tr><td>http://realgm.com/images/nba/4.2/profiles/photos/2006/Marion_Shawn_phx.jpgDraftExpress.com - Multiple sources told DraftExpress on Saturday that the Phoenix Suns (http://suns.realgm.com/) and Seattle Supersonics (http://supersonics.realgm.com/) are working on a potential blockbuster trade.

The Sonics (http://supersonics.realgm.com/) have implied to numerous people over the past 48 hours that “something is going to go down,” while another source in Seattle (http://supersonics.realgm.com/) told us that the Supersonics (http://supersonics.realgm.com/) are “getting very close” to finalizing a trade.

While the exact details of the trade are still unknown, numerous names have been mentioned as key components. The main ones are Shawn Marion (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/161/shawn_marion/) and Rashard Lewis (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/198/rashard_lewis/), who would be exchanged along with the team’s first round draft choices (#10 for #27). Other pieces that are being discussed include Leandro Barbosa (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/857/leandro_barbosa/) and Danny Fortson (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/134/danny_fortson/).

Seattle is interested in moving Rashard Lewis (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/198/rashard_lewis/) due to the fact that they believe he will opt out of his contract next summer and end up losing him for nothing. With so many concerns about the future of the franchise in Seattle (http://supersonics.realgm.com/), the best way to put fans in the seats is certainly to start winning more games, which is the primary motive of this trade.

Phoenix’s motive is to avoid the luxury tax for next season, which they are dangerously close to, and still keep the team as competitive as they are now. The Suns (http://suns.realgm.com/) still have to extend Boris Diaw (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/850/boris_diaw/) for 5 years and anywhere from 45-55 million dollars, which would put them well above the luxury tax threshold.

With Leandro Barbosa (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/857/leandro_barbosa/) looking for a contract starting in the 7-8 million dollar range, and Steve Nash (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/211/steve_nash/), Amare Stoudamire and Shawn Marion (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/161/shawn_marion/) making max or near max dollars, keeping their core together past next season does not appear to be very likely.

Instead, the Suns (http://suns.realgm.com/) can save quite a bit of money in the long term by taking on Rashard Lewis (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/198/rashard_lewis/)’ more affordable deal and securing an immediate contributor (such as Rodney Carney or Ronnie Brewer) on a cheap 4 year rookie contract. Lewis makes over 5 million dollars less than Marion.

Danny Fortson (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/134/danny_fortson/) would be used as filler to make the trade work under the cap. He is an ending contract next year and could either give the Suns (http://suns.realgm.com/) more toughness, rebounding and depth, be used as trade bait, or bought out of his contract. That depends on whether or not he can resolve his differences with Jerry Colangelo, whom he sued for defamation in 2004 for calling him a “thug” in the media after breaking Zarko Cabarkapa (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/845/zarko_cabarkapa/)’s wrist in a game between Dallas (http://mavericks.realgm.com/) and Phoenix (http://suns.realgm.com/).


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So what do YOU guys think? Marion and Allen on the same team? Interesting. If you can get some production from their young 7 footers, makes for a nice trade.

Then the Suns would get a top 10 pick? That's pretty dangerous for the rest of the league. Suns have a pretty solid history of picking great players with ther first pick.
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Bball
06-25-2006, 01:28 PM
If this is true, Phoenix, a WCF team is looking to make some big moves... and what are the 1st round exit and sinking Pacers doing? Hopefully... something...

-Bball

Chauncey
06-25-2006, 01:37 PM
http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21871

Plax80
06-25-2006, 02:23 PM
The Suns are not as dumb as people think. They are not going to pay any luxury tax dollars, which is now happenning everywhere except New York.

They need to resign Diaw. They would like to resign Tim Thomas. Marion makes a ton of money per year. Barbosa is going to want a big contract.

They are setting themselves up for the next 5 or 6 years and while they may take a small hit initially to do so, they look at the swap as Marion and Barbosa for Lewis, Diaw, Thomas and the 10th pick. When viewed that way its a no-brainer.

Does hammer the point hom ethat owners will not under almost any circumstance allow their GMs to go over the luxury tax cap, which is the dilemma the Pacers face in being active.

Assuming we resign Peja and Freddie, we will be right up against that number even w/o Bender. I'm sure they would like to move Jax and Tins which make a combined 12mm next year, but you have to find someone willing to take on those long term deals for those guys.

Croshere has a marketable contract because it expires, but the Pacers would be up against the tax threshold for years if they traded Cro for a longer term deal with a similiar per year salary.

If Utah is as desperate to rid themselves of Boozer as they seem, I would explore a Jackson and Cro for Boozer trade. Would cost the Pacers an additional 12mm over 4 years but should not cause any problems with the luxury tax.