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Trade idea for Rip

Well, here's a bit of a crazy trade idea to get Rip Hamilton to the Clippers...

 

Clippers get:  Rip Hamilton + Jordan Hill + DaJuan Summers

 

Rockets get:  Chris Kaman + Craig Smith + Ryan Gomes + Clippers 2nd Rd. Pick

 

Kings get:  Yao Ming + Courtney Lee

 

Pistons get:  Samuel Dalembert + Rasual Butler

 

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2cz9jwj

 

Why Clippers?  I believe that we desperately need more wing scoring, and Rip would provide that.  Aminu is developing into a good 6th man off of the bench, but Gomes' 3PPG isn't cutting it in the starting line-up.  If the Rockets get Kaman though, we get to dump Gomes to them.  Clips also get another young, productive big off of the bench, with Jordan Hill.

 

Why Rockets?  Obviously without Yao, they need a big, and replacing Yao with Allstar Chris Kaman would be really good for them.  They're on a good run right now, and I'm almost certain that they'll make the playoffs this season (especially if they added Kaman).  They give up Yao + a couple of young prospects.  Jordan Hill's production would be replaced by Craig Smith.

 

Why Kings?  They're obviously going nowhere this season.  They can dump Dalembert for Yao to save some money (half of Yao's contract will be paid by insurance this season), plus add a young, productive wing with Courtney Lee.  If Yao comes back healthy, then they'll have his rights, and probably keep him for a bargain.

 

Why Pistons?  The Pistons are starting Tracy McGrady and Ben Gordon, over Rip Hamilton, but Ben Wallace is their starting Center.  They really need a big man.  I think that Dalembert can help fill that void, and if not, he's an expiring contract, so they can look elsewhere next summer with $12.5 that would've been spent on Rip next season.  Rasual Butler will be a cheaper option off the bench, and is also an expiring contract.

 

New Line-up:

 

Jordan / Hill / Collins

Griffin / Diogu / Cook

Hamilton / Aminu / Summers

Gordon / Foye

Baron / Bledsoe / Warren

 

What do you think?

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