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Hollinger's Bad Trade Idea


Mikey P had the chat item down below in a fanshot, but Hollinger elaborates on his stupid, anti-Clipper idea in an insider article about "5 trades that really should happen," or whatever it is.

The buried compliment in the story is that DeAndre Jordan is playing well enough to make Kaman expendable.  So he's saying that he likes DJ, and that he has made a lot of progress.  That's a lot, coming from Hollinger.

From there it's all downhill.  For some odd reason, Kaman for Prince isn't good enough for Hollinger.  He doesn't like the financial implications for Detroit, which is prepping itself to be sold I guess.  That info is in the chat, not the article.  In the article it only says that Kaman for Prince just isn't good enough for the Pistons.  He mentions that Kaman's deal is bad financially for Detroit.  Prince's deal will expire at the end of next year, while Kaman's is up at the end of 12-13. 

He's saying that the Pistons can't handle Kaman's deal plus Hamilton's bad deal.  Makes sense.  So his solution is to dress up Hamilton like he makes sense for the Clippers.  The real priority, it seems, is to find some sucker to take Hamilton's deal.  He wants to trade Kaman for Hamilton, knowing that Kaman would be a great get for Detroit, and getting rid of Hamilton's horrible contract would be a real coup.  So give it to the Clippers!  Great idea!

13 million a year for 3 years for an old, fading backup shooting guard?  We're not talking about Ray Allen here.  If Hamilton was a highly productive starter and averaging 20+ppg (like Ray Allen was before being traded to the Celtics) it might be different, but let's remember that Ray Allen is and always has been a starter on the Celtics.  Hollinger's suggestion here is that Hamilton should get paid that ungodly amount to be a backup to Eric Gordon.  It looks a little bit less absurd and comical right now when Gordon is injured.  But Randy Foye's collection of a few strong games in Gordon's absence, and his great outburst last night, kills that extremely weak argument.  Foye, at 3 mil, seems perfectly adequate, especially as part of a corps that also includes Baron Davis and Eric Bledsoe.

Kaman for Prince is highly questionable as well.  If the Clippers were flirting with playoff contention, it might be a different story.  But plugging in Prince for the rest of this season doesn't have any value.  I guess he's a good player and a good fit and would be a good expiring contract next year.  But I have to say I'd rather see the Blake Effect on Kaman and get a sense of what the team looks and plays like with Kaman and Gordon back on the court with the current lineup.  It's going to be exciting.

The Clippers hold the assets.  They only need to make deals that clearly benefit them.  It's not their job to help out other teams that are in trouble.  They have no bad contracts.  They have a lot of flexibility.  Kaman's deal isn't a bad one (he was an All-Star last year) and Baron Davis is earning his money now too.  If some one wants to dump somebody or benefit the Clips, that's a different story.

But you know, Hollinger is free to suggest that the Pistons buy out Hamilton.  The Clips could dump Rasual Butler and go and sign Hamilton.  That would work.  That would be okay.  I suppose that if they buy out Hamilton it would be okay to trade Kaman for Prince.  Sure, why not.  It would only be fair.

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