I'm not one to propose trades because I definitely don't know as much about matchups/rotations/salary cap issues as the next guy, but here goes my very first trade proposal ever:
It's clear that a front line of Memo+Boozer = waving a white flag. It simply does not work (or, on the flip side, works wonderfully for the opposing team). It's also clear we need some veteran leadership.
Enter Raja Bell. The Donaghy book excerpts had this to say:
A defensive specialist throughout his career, Bell had a reputation for being a "star stopper." His defensive skills were so razor sharp that he could shut down a superstar, or at least make him work for his points. Kobe Bryant was often frustrated by Bell's tenacity on defense.
And then there's the news that a couple of nights ago, Vince Carter actually requested to come off the bench so he didn't have to match up against Bell.
So to sum up, in Bell we get a vet that:
1) plays D and makes 3s
2) is familiar with the Jazz system
3) a good locker room guy (Nash after the Suns/Cats trade: "All I can say is that he’s my best buddy and my best friend. The guys loved him, and Boris, too.")
That addresses one of our needs. We also need to get rid of #5. Enter Gerald Wallace. I first started thinking about this when there was a trade rumor two summers ago regarding Crash/May for Boozer. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. Imagine having the RBs (Brewer/Bell) defending the perimeter and having AK/Wallace/Fes playing alongside each other or offsetting Memo on the inside. I salivate at such a prospect.
(Nothing against the Koof; his inclusion is just to make the numbers work so Shums, don't hate me.)
Anyway, I know that this trade wreaks horrible financial havoc on the Jazz, but I got so excited about this lineup that I jumped out of bed to run it through the ESPN trade machine. Yeah, I'm thinking about the Jazz even when I'm half asleep and yeah, I probably need professional help. Thoughts (on the trade, not my mental state)?