Here is a neat trade idea I came up with......tell me what you think of it from each team's perspective:
Indiana trades Shawne Williams to Chicago
Indiana trades Jamal Tinsley and Mike Dunleavy to Houston
Chicago trades Thabo Sefalosha, Tyrus Thomas, and Drew Gooden to Indiana.
Chicago trades Joakim Noah to Houston
Houston trades Steve Francis, Luis Scola, Rafer Alston, and Shane Battier to Golden State.
Golden State trades Brandon Wright to Indiana.
Golden State trades Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington to Chicago.
Why perhaps for Indiana: Indiana gets rid of Tinsley and his contract. We pick up a really good wing defender in Sefalosha, who I think starts for us replacing Dunleavy, even though he obviously isnt as good on offense. We pick up 2 really great prospects for our frontcourt in Wright and Thomas, although I am not personally all that high on Thomas. We also get a fairly large expiring contract in Drew Gooden to get cap relief or to use in a future deal if we so choose.
Why perhaps not for Indiana: We lose Dunleavy, one of the core players on our team and probably our second best player without getting an experienced replacement.
Why perhaps for Chicago: Chicago gets a potentially really quality offensive post player in Harrington, and a dynamic leader in Stephen Jackson. Harrington is a much better post threat than either Noah or Thomas. Thomas and Noah each have character concerns, and limited offensive games. Jackson is a replacement for Ben Gordon, who they can sign and trade somewhere for additional front court help now as a reward for doing this deal.
Why perhaps not for Chicago: Harrington and Jackson are somewhat risky attitude wise. Gooden isnt a very good player, but they are losing his expiring contract which may not be good for them.
Why perhaps for Houston: Dunleavy provides much more offense than Battier, and acquiring Ron Artest makes him even more expendable. They desperately want to move Alston due to his attitude. Moving Scola hurts, but moving him gives them the ability to re sign Carl Landry, and Noah is another cheaper replacement.
Why perhaps not for Houston: While Dunleavy is better than Battier, is he a better "fit"? Is losing both of Francis and Alston's baggage worth taking on Tinsley's?
Why perhaps for Golden State: They add a nice piece in the experienced and tough Scola to play inside, obtain Alston as a bridge to help them survive losing Ellis for a few weeks, and hope he excels in Nellie's scheme. Battier is an ultimate "glue guy" who most coaches love having. Francis is just a throw in to make the numbers work.
Why perhaps not for Golden State: Jackson, even though he is griping about his contract, in some ways is their true team leader, so losing him could hurt in the lockerroom....or maybe it helps, who knows? Wright has a lot of potential and it may be too early to give up on him.
Its a reasonable good trade I think for all the teams involved, although I like it best personally from the Pacers and Golden State point of view. What do you all think? Reasonable enough for the 4 teams to at least think about it?