i've posted this in the main board here , but i think that thread has veered off in another direction. anyway, it's more suitable for the trade board.
the interesting thing about a san antonio deal is that they're slightly over the luxury tax after signing stoudamire while we're still slightly under this year. we would be doing the spurs a big favor if we take on an extra $1m in salary in the trade - say, by swapping francisco elson for david harrison. spurs will save a substantial amount (~$2m rebate for being below the tax) on top of the actual tax amount, which should be worth an extra pick for us.
the deal could go like this:
jeff foster ($5.7m) and harrison ($1.3m) for brent barry ($5.5m), elson ($3m), rights to tiago splitter, and spurs' 2008 pick
the spurs get foster plus they drop below the luxury threshold. we get expiring contracts plus assets that would be useful in a rebuilding situation.
it's a sort of reward to foster by sending him to his hometown team and an elite contender to boot. the expiring deals would hopefully enable us to re-sign kareem rush and pay for big man tiago splitter (who will need a buyout from his euro team). splitter is not an elite prospect, but he's a solid center who's defense, intensity, and rebounding should help replace foster.