Nope. It has nothing directly to do with the #3 pick, or Lamar Odom. Just thought I'd say that before I get flamed
Kenny Thomas/Bryce Drew/about 2 million of trade exception/#25 pick (if Orlando gives it to us) or a conditional first round FOR Michael Olowakandi/#18 pick
This is based on 2 assumptions:
1.) Mihm is available at #3
2.) Moiso is available at #9
This would do several things: First, the Clippers get 2 players who can start, at the PG, and at the PF, while giving up only 1, which they are not in absolute love with. The Clippers also, get this, SAVE cap space, yes, even more. They also effectively screw Chicago (and I promise you, many teams will want to do that, payback you may call it) by forcing them to draft Fizer (Martin/Swift go 1, 2), or go with Miles or Pryzbilla at #4.
The Rockets meanwhile, get a big man, who's talented. This lets us platoon Cato/Kandi, which IMO, would be effective up front, along with Olajuwon, or do the thing everyone seems to want to do: trade Cato, and not have to take a center in return. The #18 pick is in good position IMO, it likely would give us a choice of a few of the following: DeShawn Stevenson, Olumide Oyededji, Quentin Richardson, Morris Peterson, Donnell Harvey, Ernest Brown, or Desmond Mason. I don't think all of them will be there, but likely Brown, Mason, and 1 out of Peterson, Stevenson, and Richardson. Oyededji IMO, if he falls past the Mavs, will be there.
The Clippers can fill out their lineup card:
SG (they have 2 FAs....pull out one from a sign and trade, or if they get the pick, draft one at 25 if they get it, such as Corey Hightower, Jamal Crawford, Michael Redd, or JaRon Rush) they also can use Nesby, or Piatkowski)
the Rockets get another 7 footer, that is teachable, is a solid (8 rpg) rebounder, and would be a person that would want to be tutored by Hakeem. Moiso steps in at the PF, and you now have a pretty deep front court, with a lot of potential in Hakeem, Kandi, Cato, Moiso, and possibly another guy at 18. If you nabbed Mason at 18, I feel he could be the surprise of the draft, with his skills. He's another good defender, and he has that highflying athleticism, that would work with Francis.
So what do you think of this? I personally don't feel something like this is too out of the question. LAC gets cheap talent, Houston gets more depth.
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