On the other hand, if the trade is Ron + Jon (since Orlando doesn't need BOTH Ron and Al any more than we need both of them), then Al + Change (Croshere + Pollard?) for Mobley and Cato.
Then you'd have
C - Cato/ Foster/ Brezec (if not claimed)
PF - O'Neal / Foster
SF - McGrady / J. Jones (if not claimed, otherwise draft a SF) / Reggie
SG - Mobley / Reggie / F. Jones
PG - Tinsley / F. Jones / AJ
IMO, trading Ron does not help solve the "unbalanced roster" problem. So that requires another decent-sized trade.
Giving up five players to bring in three starters... With Rick on board I'm not even worried about an "adjustment time" or chemistry. He took over an unbalanced team with bad chemistry right before the start of training camp and came out of the gate at 14-2.
Wow...Jay why do you want to blow up the entire team?
In my book, that doesn't qualify as blowing up the entire team.
If you have two problems to solve, its going to be difficult to fix both of them in one trade. If you have three problems, its going to be a challenge to solve them in two trades. I believe this solves all our problems in two trades.
Here are the problems I see (in no particular order).
We're now in the same division as The Champions. The Pistons are thinking about how to improve thier team so they stay on top. We're not sitting here as 'the best team in the league' like we were at the trading deadline.
We need an upgrade in the perimeter - need a better outside shooter at either the #2 or #3 spot, and we need a better defender at the #2 spot.
We may need to subtract Ron's distractions - I know everybody doesn't believe this, and that's fine. I think its true.
We need more size in the rotation at PF/C - this wasn't addressed at the deadline but I still think its true, just a lower priority than the others.
It may also be true that we need to subtact Al's distractions.
Because of Ron's salary, it will be difficult to solve all these problems at once.
We had a great year, which means our individual pieces have value and can be used to bring back equally valuable pieces that fit together better. But if we don't solve all of those problems stated above, we won't be ready to beat The Champtions for two or three more years. I don't consider trading quality for quality to be 'blowing up the team.'
Reloading? Yes. To me, 'blowing up the entire team' is what the Bulls did in 1998... accelerating the descent from champions to re-building with hopes of speeding up the re-building process.
Look at it a different way: we've got to improve our offense significantly without any decline in our team defense.
If we just trade Ron and Jon for McGrady, we've got Jeff (who was worthless vs. Detroit), JO, Al, McGrady and Tinsley. But UncleBuck has convinced me that Al is 'out of position' at SF. So you could go with JO, Jeff, McGrady, Reggie and Tinlsey, but Reggie in particular and an admittedly hobbled Tinsley just got whipped by Detroit's backcourt so that problem hasn't been solved.
So trade Al + Cro + Pollard for Mobley and Cato. I think that's better than what we could get from GSW (Dampier and ?). Cato is, IMO, a slight upgrade over Foster, primarily because I believe he's big enough to let JO move back to PF. Jeff is an ideal 'third' big man here and Brezec is insurance. But there's no question, at this stage of thier careers, that Cat Mobley is an upgrade over Uncle Reggie at both ends of the court.
There you have it.
Hey, I'm a a worry-wart and wanna-be scout. I don't like it when *I* can make a laundry-list of Pacers' weaknesses, because if I can figure out how to exploit the Pacers then I'm pretty sure the *real* scouts can, too. I'd rather solve all the problems I see in trades this summer than go into next season hoping that Rick's coaching can cover up another major design flaw in our team. He's very good, but that's a lot to ask.