John Wall, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Amar’e Stoudemire would turn the Wizards into instant contenders
In a recent article I found on TheFanManifesto.com, 4 possible trade scenarios for Amar’e Stoudemire were discussed.
I think you’ll like the second one.
2. Amar’e Stoudemire (3 years – $65 Million) for Rashard Lewis (1 year – $23 million), Chris Singleton (rookie contract), and a top-seven protected future draft pick.
Why the Knicks should do it:
While Lewis is well past his prime, he is still an effective corner three-point shooter and can provide veteran leadership to the Knicks. In the trade, however, the Knicks would certainly be more excited about adding the young Chris Singleton. Although he is just 22, Singleton could quickly become a rotation player in New York. After all, the Knicks strongly considered drafting him over Iman Shumpert in 2011. Singleton’s length and quickness would give the Knicks an added dimension on defense that could become valuable in the playoffs. Most importantly, Lewis’ $23 Million comes off the books next summer and would give the Knicks a strong chance to be active in the summer of 2013. Lastly, the future draft pick alongside Singleton would give Knicks’ GM Glen Grunwald a nice foundation for the future.
Why the Wizards should do it:
PG. John Wall
SG. Jordan Crawford
SF. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Projected)
PF. Amar’e Stoudemire
Now, that is a playoff-caliber starting five. By acquiring Stoudemire without having to trade their lottery pick or John Wall, the Wizards would instantly become an electrifying contender in the Eastern Conference. While Stoudemire is a poor rebounder and defender, Nene and Kidd-Gilchrist’s tenacities on the boards and on defense more than makes up for it. Furthermore, Stoudemire is excellent in the pick-and-roll and could help John Wall reach his All-Star potential. With one trade, the Wizards can go from cellar-dwellar’s to contenders.
The Wizards would definitely be getting the better end of this deal. Rashard Lewis hasn’t been good since he played for the Sonics. Chris Singleton has showed signs of a promising future but he’s still one of the worst small-forwards in the NBA. And while Nene is talented (the Wizards went 9-5 in games that Nene played) he’s not Amar’e Stoudemire.
Whether or not this trade scenario ends up happening or not, John Wall and the Wizards are going to be better next season.
How much better depends on how lucky they get May 30th, when the ping-pong balls start bouncing.