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[ESPN] Hollinger grades Rocket trades

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by durvasa, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. durvasa

    durvasa Contributing Member

    Feb 11, 2006
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    Hollinger grades all the trades made within the last few weeks:


    He gives us a B+. Based on how he graded the rest of the teams, I think it means he considers it a marginal but positive move.

    Feb. 21: Houston trades Bonzi Wells and Mike James to New Orleans and cash and the rights to Malick Badiane to Memphis; Memphis trades the rights to Sergei Lishouk to Houston; New Orleans trades Marcus Vinicius to Memphis; New Orleans trades Bobby Jackson and Adam Haluska to Houston

    For New Orleans: The Hornets upgrade their bench and in Wells get a player who excels in the low post, two areas where they had been lacking. The Hornets are last in the NBA in free-throw attempts; having Wells torment smaller guards on the blocks could help fix that.

    Jackson was expendable because of how well Jannero Pargo has been playing behind Chris Paul. Taking on James is the drawback, as the cap consequences are ugly: He's due $6.5 million in the first year that Chris Paul would make the max (assuming he's extended).

    If you buy that this team should be thinking about the future as much as the present, I'm not sure the cap implications are worth that to upgrade from Jackson to Wells. But it does make the Hornets an even tougher customer come playoff time this season. Grade: B-

    For Houston: They get under the luxury tax and out from the last year of James' burdensome contract, though at the cost of one of their better bench players.

    However, Jackson's game fills a niche more easily in Houston than it did in New Orleans, where he was asked to spot up while Chris Paul created -- that ain't his thing. Jackson is something of a ball hog, but that's OK here because the Rockets badly need another shot-creator to use when Tracy McGrady or Yao Ming is off the court.

    He's also very familiar with Rick Adelman's system, having played with him in Sacramento.

    This deal helps their future and I'm not sure it makes their present any worse, making it a win-win for the Rockets. Grade: B+

    For Memphis: A bit player in this deal, the Grizzlies essentially get paid off to take Vinicius' salary and get a free two-month look. Lishouk is in the deal only for the league to approve it; Badiane is a D-list prospect. Grade: Incomplete

    Feb. 20: Minnesota sends Gerald Green to Houston for Kirk Snyder, a second-round pick and cash

    For Houston: Given that the Rockets traded Bonzi Wells an hour earlier, one must presume they weren't real high on Snyder. Instead the Rockets get Green, who is raw and immature but might be able to give them a scoring boost off the pine.

    Even if Green doesn't play a minute, Houston cuts nearly $1 million off its cap number -- which, coincidentally puts them nearly $1 million under the luxury tax. Needless to say, that money could prove helpful if a veteran comes along they'd like to sign while staying under the tax threshold. Plus, they might sell some extra tickets if Green comes out with the mascot and re-enacts that candle dunk during timeouts. Grade: B+

    For Minnesota: They get a second-rounder and a free two-month look at Snyder before deciding whether to make a qualifying offer for him this summer. I have no idea why they gave up on Green so fast, but given that they had already made that decision before the season, this one makes sense. You can't say that about every Wolves move. Grade: B
  2. tsunami

    tsunami Member

    Oct 18, 2006
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    so Rockets get 2 B+. That's not bad at all if you are in school, though you know I was a straight A student. ;)
  3. bingfei236

    bingfei236 Member

    Oct 22, 2007
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    this trade shows the confidence of organization on team this year between NH AND HR.

    obviously NH thinks they make deeper into playoff, and ours just don't, even win 10 in a row.
  4. meh

    meh Contributing Member

    Jun 16, 2002
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    Didn't know Green/Snyder trade shaved that much salary off.

    You know, if Bobby Jones and (perhaps) Brent Barry comes on board, and performs during the playoffs, Morey will suddenly look like a genius again.
  5. chris_Rocket

    chris_Rocket Member

    May 18, 2006
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    I like Gerald Green, He's young and athletic, also a native Houston.
    Kirk Snyder is out of rotation for a long time.
    This trade seems a good one.

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