I know. I know.
It is a slow summer. Give me a break. I was thinking about all the possible moves that we have available to us with our cap space. Here is something I wonder if the Magic would consider around next year's trade deadline.
Darren Collison (or Brandon Rush)
James Posey (to make salaries work)
2012 First round pick
2014 First round pick
We take the risk of losing Howard obviously, but we would offer him a full extension once he got here. Gilbert would be owed roughly $50M still, but that I am sure would be the cost to any team trying to trade for Howard. I would prefer to take on Turkoglu, but the Magic would make Arenas the condition.
They get a youth infusion by replacing Howard with Hibbert. Paul George is a clear cut starter on that team. Then our 2012 first in a strong draft class. Add in another pick in 2014 when they will be having a lot of their contracts falling off the books as well. This deal would get them a solid young foundation moving forward with Bass, Anderson, and Orton also young players in their front court. They have Nelson at PG and the rest of the guys I really only consider contracts.
I doubt a move like this would happen. I don't think Bird would consider bringing in Arenas. Ever. Dwight could opt out shortly after he got here and Arenas would still be on our books for another $42 over two years. The only way we would even come close to considering this is if Howard would sign an extension for us before the trade. I would send them Collison or Rush as well if necessary. I think they might be interested in Rush as a SG option for a couple of months.
PG - Hill, Arenas, Price
SG - Rush, Stephenson, DJones
SF - Granger
PF - Hansborough
C - Howard
All of this depends on who we do or don't sign this off-season and we would have to defer our cap usage until next year for this to even happen, but trade proposals are all hypothetical.
Let me know what you think.