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[Yahoo Contributor Network] Realistic Trade for Russell Westbrook to Knicks

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by yobod, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. yobod

    yobod Member

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    This actually kind of makes sense given Reggie Jackson...

    COMMENTARY | Through the first half of the NBA season, much has been made about how the New York Knicks have grossly underachieved.

    Entering the campaign with title aspirations, things have clearly not gone as planned as the Knicks would find themselves out of the playoffs if the season ended today. Notwithstanding this, and some terrible performances along the way, the news of the Knicks' demise has been far overblown.

    Their struggles are not representative of a systematic breakdown like so many other disappointing teams in the Eastern Conference, such as having a terribly mismatched roster (Detroit Pistons), being a bit too old (Brooklyn Nets) or being a bit too young (Cleveland Cavaliers).

    Instead, the Knicks' struggles can be easily fixed by addressing two main issues: an unhealthy frontcourt and inconsistent point-guard play. Both of these issues can be addressed in one fell swoop by acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder. I am not suggesting either a fantasy trade for New York that Oklahoma City would never agree to or something that would not be possible under the NBA's salary-cap rules.

    Rather, there is a realistic trade possibility that would both catapult the Thunder into the driver's seat in the Western Conference and position the Knicks to challenge the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat in the East: Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and a future second-round draft pick for Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and the right to swap future first-round draft picks.

    Why the Thunder Would Do It

    Beyond any doubt, one of the main drags on the Thunder's starting lineup has been Perkins. His general lack of athleticism is not a fit with the fast-paced Thunder. This would be cured tenfold with the addition of Chandler, an athletic rim protector who will provide the team protection when Serge Ibaka strays out of the paint.

    Also, any veteran leadership lost with Perkins would be made up for with former NBA champion Changer. At the same time, Shumpert would fill a need for an athletic two-guard and Felton can slide in and provide depth as the backup point guard.

    While Westbrook has been out injured, Reggie Jackson has played at an extremely high level and appears ready to take over as the regular starting point guard. This will more than soften the blow of losing Westbrook. Plus, cutting ties with him now would once and for all quiet the "can Kevin Durant and Westbrook co-exist" talk that seems to distract the team every postseason.

    Why the Knicks Would Do It

    For the Knicks, the benefit is obvious: Westbrook would be by far the best point guard to call Madison Square Garden home since Walt "Clyde" Frazier. He would provide a sense of athleticism that the Knicks desperately need at the position, and create the kind of matchup nightmares they are usually faced with against teams with better point guards.

    Perhaps even more importantly, Westbrook's arrival as a bona-fide star would further reduce the already small chance that Carmelo Anthony would leave the Knicks in free agency in the offseason, seeing that Westbrook is currently signed to a long-term deal. Finally, Westbrook would thrive under the bright lights on Broadway with his impeccable style and likable personality.

    As great as Chandler has been for the Knicks, the fact remains that they have too many big guys on the roster for too few minutes. With Chandler gone, and once Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin get healthy, head coach Mike Woodson will have reason to employ a small lineup to give many teams trouble with the speed of Westbrook and company. Perkins would essentially be a throw-in but could provide some depth on the Knicks' second unit, which generally does not push the ball much anyways.

    Finally, having to give up a first-round draft pick hasn't been an impediment for the Knicks in the past and would certainly not be when it comes to acquiring a superstar like Westbrook.

    Assuming that Westbrook is able to return to the court soon, it doesn't make sense for the Knicks not to make a run at him. By acquiring such a superstar point guard, it is clear that the Knicks would quickly shoot towards the top of the Eastern Conference. Not only would that save this season, but it would also go a long way towards keeping Anthony in New York to build a budding dynasty around the two stars.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/realistic-trade-russell-westbrook-save-york-knicks-163000701--nba.html
     
  2. Classic

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    First Harden then Westbrook?

    prolly not
     
  3. krnxsnoopy

    krnxsnoopy Contributing Member

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    Knicks would do it. The Thunder not so much.
     
  4. yobod

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    Zero interior defense with Amare and Kenyon Martin!
     
  5. mogrod

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    This is just some contributing writer (a lawyer) from, surprise surprise, New York.

    I can't even describe just how TERRIBLE that trade would be for OKC.
     
  6. Convictedstupid

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    Dat Yahoo Contributor Network.
     
  7. hltiki

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    then they will trade durant
     
  8. krnxsnoopy

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    Fat Boy Felton, and Shumpert are junk assets at this point. Chandler isn't any more durable than Westbrook, and he isn't getting any younger. 2-3 years later none of them will even still be on the Thunder.
     
  9. Pringles

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    Westbrook for Carmelo. Play Carmelo at the 4.:eek:;)
     
  10. BigBenito

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    That is in no way realistic.

    re·al·is·tic
    ˌrēəˈlistik/Submit
    adjective
    1.
    having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected.
     
  11. Anticope

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    Except that he is. This is what happens when marginal pieces are severely overvalued. (Surprise! He's from New York!)
     
  12. Marsarinian

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    I thought there was some kind of rule on posting yahoo contributor articles. If not, there needs to be one.
     
  13. AirBud#10

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    Why would the Thunder trade a young top 5 player for an extremely injury prone, 31 year old center, who's making nearly 30 million over the next two years?
     
  14. baller4life315

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    Yeahhhhhhhhh, not happening....
     
  15. finsraider

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    Haha.....no. Another desperate Knick fan trying to salvage their ruin of a team.
     
  16. SacTown

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    This would solidify OKC as a championship contender. Tyson Chandler was a huge reason why Dallas beat Miami in 2011. When you have Durant doing what he does, you don't need a trigger happy PG like Westbrook in there jacking shots. This makes more sense for OKC than it does for the Knicks. Also OKC has to beat the Spurs and adding some athletic size down low would help that as well. Chandler is such an upgrade over Perkins its not even funny.

    If I were OKC I'd try to make a package to get Rondo and Chandler. It's doable.
     
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    shastarocket Contributing Member

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    The day one of Westbrook, Durant or Ibaka leave/get traded is the beginning of then end for the Thunder. The Harden trade was way too much for Durant, something like this would slay him.
     
  19. Haymitch

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    Read the headline too quickly and almost shat myself.

    Thunder would never do that. Especially not after giving away Harden.
     
  20. KingLeoric

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    If this trade does happen it would be for the luls.
     

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