The Warriors’ offseason needs have been well-publicized on this blog and others, and with the Detroit Pistons’ recent implosion at the hands of the Cleveland Lebrons, we’d like to propose a trade that involves bringing Rasheed Wallace to the Golden State Warriors.
From the Pistons’ point of view, consider Bill Simmons’ take on the state of the former world champions:
Clearly, they need to move Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace — both of whom should have significant value to younger teams looking for one veteran to get them over the hump — then build around Hamilton (who has a team-friendly contract), Tayshaun Prince (ditto), Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson (major sleeper), the 15th pick in the 2007 draft and whatever they can get for Billups and ‘Sheed (whether it’s young players, picks or cap space). It’s the only move.
Rasheed would give the Warriors exactly what they need. Alongside Biedrins, the Warriors would have a legit frontline. Nellie can go small if need be as well, since Rasheed can easily slide over to center, as he did this year. Rasheed is an excellent defender who can finish and can shoot the three. He would fit in perfectly.
The obvious choice to be moved is Michigan-native Jason Richardson, who can be traded straight up for ‘Sheed (salary-wise), but the Pistons are pretty set at the two and three positions, with Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince signed to reasonable long-term deals. So, the main candidates become Al Harrington or a resigned Mickael Pietrus, packaged together with a Patrick O’Bryant or Monta Ellis.
A package of Pietrus and Ellis for Rasheed seems like it could benefit both teams. The Pistons get a shakeup with some much-needed youth and athleticism, while the Warriors get a big man who can defend and rebound in a system like Nellie’s.
Added bonus: oh, just think of the entertainment value of having Stephen Jackson and Rasheed Wallace on the court together for 82+ games. It’s a locker room conversation gold mine!
Please let this happen.