Jeremy Comstock: Approaching the Trade Deadline (part two)
I’d like to look at the two players that seem to be on everybody’s mind and three
more guys who’s names are being bandied about. As I mentioned in part one I’m
not interested in proposing specific trades, just looking at how these players would
fit in with the current roster. That being said, there’s no one on this list for whom
I’d give up a first round pick.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Kaman would be a good fit for
the Pacers. He’s a big who can score and block shots, thus filling two of the needs
I mentioned in part one. Kaman’s passing is one aspect of his game that often
overlooked, and I believe he could step into the “big man facilitator” role quite
adequately. His per-36 assist numbers are actually higher than Hibbert’s this
season (2.6 to 2.0). Other than his shot-blocking, which is only slightly above
average, Kaman does not bring a lot to the table defensively. When thinking
about Kaman joining the Pacers, it seems like he could be the second coming of
Brad Miller: a big, ugly country boy who plays the game with an odd mixture of
power and finesse. Looking into the future, Kaman is a player who’d likely be
open to re-signing in Indiana for market value, if Bird wanted him back. He’s
from Michigan and seems to embrace traditional rural Midwestern values. If he
ended the season with the Pacers, he’d be a good second option if some team
decided to tender Hibbert an unmatchable offer.
Verdict: Good fit as a talented and versatile big man
Really? If his name weren’t Stephen Jackson, if he had never assaulted fans in
stands, if he had never fired guns into the crisp night air, if he hadn’t quickly
warn out his welcome in every city he’s played in…Then I could see the Pacers
wanting a veteran with his skill set.
Verdict: Larry Bird would rather cut off his left hand.
Everybody in the NBA knows that Larry Bird wants Jamal Crawford, all that
matters now is agreeing on the price (or Price, as it may be). Crawford
definitely fills a need as a shot creator and maker off the bench, and his
defense, at least while he was playing meaningful minutes for a good team
in Atlanta, is not as bad as it gets made out to be. There are valid concerns
about Crawford. He’s a chucker: he shoots a lot, and he generally shoots at
a low percentage. He’s having...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s