David West sign and trade (roughly $8-10M)
IND first round picks in 2014 and 2016 with no protections (or 2013/15 or 15/17)
In this deal, there a couple of major assumptions:
1. That CP3 is indeed not happy playing alongside Blake Griffin.
2. That Danny Granger will attain full health by training camp coming off knee surgery.
3. That there needs to be a major overhaul of one of the most dyfunctional locker rooms in the league last year.
It makes a whole lot more sense to keep Jordan next to West. He's the complimentary player for West and West sets up CP3 to be better by having the consistent mid-range jumper to set up the pick and roll and thus the inside-out game. Right now, CP3 doesn't have a big that can knock that shot down, which really hurts the team's effectiveness offensively. If he isn't throwing a lob, he's got to find a perimter player whose man left him. You can push this team to the perimeter defensively if you have bigs that can contest CP3 scoring. Collapsing your bigs on him doesn't hurt if their bigs stay outside. They hurt you by crashing the boards and you have two players in Jordan and Griffin that replicate each other's skill set. They basically have to pay someone to take Jordan, whereas Griffin will bring a big return.
For us, we are hurt by the downgrade in leadership. We get a terrible shooter who is a liability at the end of games. He makes a lot of dumb plays and really is an overrated basketball player. He however is one of the best athletes I have ever seen. He is an upgrade long-term, but will cost us in Luxury Tax for a couple of years once PG gets his.
PG - CP3, Bledsoe
SG - Crawford, Green
SF - Granger, Summers
PF - West
C - Jordan
PG - Hill
SG - Stephenson, Johnson
SF - George, Butler, Green
PF - Griffin, Mahinmi
C - Hibbert, Plumlee
This trade may have to be broken up into two trades due to the sign-and-trade.