I'm exploring ways the Pacers can acquire a quality young big man, who at this point I don't see available in this draft. Does this move (or something similar) make any sense for all three teams?
Indiana trades TJ Ford and #13 draft pick in 2009 to Minnesota
Indiana trades Jamal Tinsley to Sacramento
Sacramento trades Jason Thompson and Kenny Thomas to Indiana
Sacramento trades Beno Udrih to Minnesota
Minnesota trades Mike Miller, #18 draft pick in 2009 to Sacramento
Minnesota trades Brian Cardinal and #28 draft pick in 2009 to Indiana.
Why for Indiana: We get rid of Tinsley's albatross contract, and gain expiring contracts in Cardinal and Thomas (although they stink as players). We also get a better big young big man than anyone in this draft in Thompson, who can play alongside Hibbert for years to come, and is big enough to play center alongside Murphy this year if needed as well.
The money saved in contracts for us gives us much needed cap space next summer, and gives us the flexibility to re-sign Jarrett Jack or sign a smaller free agent immediately this summer, if we so choose.
Why not for Indiana: big gamble to trade Ford if you cannot for sure re-sign Jack, whom you can't negotiate with until July 1. Giving up the 13th pick might be a steep price to pay, although we still get a late first rounder this year at 28.
Why for Minnesota: Minnesota gives up the unhappy Miller, who didn't fit in well, in exchange for TJ Ford, who becomes an immediate starter I think, and possibly can play alongside Randy Foye in a smallish backcourt. Minnesota moves up 5 spots in the draft and gets rid of a pretty useless Brian Cardinal. Moving up to #13 in the draft might enable them to pair their two lottery picks to move up higher in the draft, if they see a player worthy to move up to get.
Why not for Minnesota: taking on the long term contract of Beno Udrih might not appeal to them, even though it isn't that expensive.
Why for Sacramento: The Kings get out of 2 dreadful contracts in Kenny Thomas and Beno Udrih in exchange for Jamal Tinsley, who probably starts for them next season. Mike Miller provides a nice scorer for them alongside Kevin Martin, and they gain an extra first round draft pick in this draft at #18. Like Minnesota, they may be able to pair up their 2 first round picks and move up to get a player they covet, such as Thabeet or more likely Ricky Rubio.
Why not for Sacramento: They may not like the idea of giving up Thompson, their first round pick of a year ago.
Thoughts either way?