Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Agent Zero Trade Proposal

Before you say #1 "David, the Grizzlies have won 4 of their last 5. We should be celebrating instead of proposing trades." or #2 "Your Arenas trade proposal is idiotic fantasy and doesn't make sense for either team." -- Hear me out.

#1 Talk to me about how good the Grizzlies are when they're at .500. Until then, I'll continue to propose outlandish trades for my own amusement. So there.

#2. Here's why the trade makes sense (in my fantasy world).

For the Washington Wizards...

As Michael Heisley once said, "We can lose with or without Arenas."

The Wizards were supposed to bounce back from a disappointing 2008-2009 season with Arenas returning from injury this year. So far, they're one of the worst teams in the league, and $24 million over the salary cap.

Dumping Arenas for Memphis scrubs saves them ~$3 million this season when you factor in the luxury tax. Plus, ~$38 million would come off their books next June, and another ~$24 million the following June. Plus, they wouldn't be on the hook for Arenas' 5 year max contract.

With Arenas playing 15 games in the past two seasons, you can't tell me the Wizards aren't listening...

Too bad Wes Unseld isn't still GM. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if that would be good or bad in this scenario.

For the Memphis Grizzlies...

Here is the case against Agent Zero:
  • The last thing the Grizzlies need is another shoot first, pass last player in their starting 5.
  • The last thing the Grizzlies need is another shoot first, pass last player as their point guard.
  • Did I mention he played 15 games in the past 2 seasons?
  • Arenas turns the ball over a lot and rarely gets assists.
  • Arenas is locked into the type of contract that Heisley avoids like John Gosselin avoids his wife.
I've almost talked myself out of this, but before I do, consider this:
  1. The Grizzlies have admitted they can't attract big name free agents (for more than 3 games anyway).
  2. The Grizzlies are building via the draft, but are terrible are evaluating draft prospects (see 2009 and 2007).
  3. Therefore, if the Grizzlies want to get a quality player, they need to take a chance on a down-on-his-luck-player with All-NBA pedigree and a team desperate / stupid enough to make it happen.
  4. Gilbert Arenas fits that bill.
  5. He's also a slight upgrade over Mike Conley at point guard.
So there it is. There's my outlandish trade proposal for the Thanksgiving holiday. If not Monta, then Agent Zero. Please comment below and let me know how I'm out of my mind.


John said...

Jon and Kate jokes? David you are the next Jay Leno, way to go. I see this as a lateral move. How does it make us better? Arenas puts up good numbers for bad teams we will continue to be a bad team with or without him.

Anonymous said...

I can't think of a better fit for Agent Zero than a team that is nothing but an absolute, utter Zero in the basketball landscape.

I'd recommend selling the team on Craigslist if I thought people in Memphis used the internet.

David Jones said...

I think he's an upgrade over Conley.

At his best, he gives us the All NBA player we've never had. He also has playoff experience, and has been on good teams...

Though I'm not 100% sold on the idea myself. I'd rather have Monta, but I thought this was worth throwing out there.

Incidentally, I watched some of Leno last night bc CB34 was on. It was one of the worst experiences of my life.

J-Bo said...

lol i see i'm not the only to be obsessed with Jaric and Hunter...include Haddadi and this trade is just perfect!!!

Arenas, Mayo, Gay, Z-Bo, Gasol... Memphis on fire!!! lmao

Curt said...

God. I did now know what to do with Jon and Kate jokes. I initially thought that maybe you had gotten someone else to write your blog for you, because surely the David that I know would stop himself from typing something like that. But then I remembered that one time that you tweeted Tmobile to let them know that they should improve their service. I am close to unfollowing this blog.

David Jones said...

Just trying to be sure you guys are reading the whole post, and not just looking at the pictures.

J-Bo, I think we'll trade Jaric next year when he's expiring. I don't see anyone taking him this year unless they7're desperate or dumb, like the Golden State Warriors.

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