The Memphis Grizzlies have the best chance to win tonight’s NBA draft lottery. Of course, the ping pong balls don’t always bounce the way of the favorites. Nonetheless, if the Grizzlies were to pounce upon the first pick in the draft and take Greg Oden, then they would appear to have a glut of athletic big men with a dearth of quality guards. It just so happens that the Warriors have the exact opposite conundrum. Let’s take a look at the suspects.
Grizzlies big men:
Greg Oden: Franchise big man. Not going anywhere.
Pau Gasol: Franchise player who was almost shipped last year at the deadline. He would team up with Oden to make a great 1-2 punch down low, reminiscent of Duncan-Robinson. However, the Griz might want to move him for a star guard. Baron Davis for Gasol straight-up works, salary-wise, though it’s debatable if either team makes that deal. If we were Mully, given the opportunity, we would do it though.
Lawrence Roberts: A second-year banger power forward whose PER was very high (similar to Biedrins). He has a high rebound rate and would come fairly cheap. Averaged over 10 boards per 40 minutes. He’d look good in Oakland. He’s a free agent.
Hakim Warrick: A high-flyer tweener who would undoubtedly rack up a lot of highlight reel dunks in the Warriors system, but doesn’t really rebound enough to fill the W’s need for a big man.
Stromile Swift: Swift’s an interesting guy. He’s basically been a huge flop everywhere he’s gone, but he’s big, strong, can run like a deer and can jump out of the gym. He’s got a hefty little contract ($5.4 million), so it would take some creativity to get a deal done (like including Adonal or a sign-and-trade) without giving up Harrington or JRich. He’s always had a PER above 14 and blocks shots when given playing time. But will he ever break out?
We’re well aware of the credo that says never trade big for small, but if you’re the Grizzlies, and you’ve got a core of Oden, Gasol, Rudy Gay, Mike Miller and a developing Kyle Lowry (who may or may not be the answer down the road at PG), do you really want Chucky Atkins, Dahntay Jones, Will Conroy and Damon Stoudamire leading the break? What would it take for you to offer up a Monta Ellis-Adonal Foyle package? Is there a plausible deal involving Baron and Gasol? Play with ESPN’s Trade Machine and let us know.