The trade that should go down: Baron Davis for Gilbert Arenas.
How does that saying go again? “An emo for an emo”?
Let’s not pretend for one more second that Baron Davis is the going to turn things around. For two seasons we gave his disinterested and lackluster play a pass because we felt for the guy. After all, his BFF had ditched him for the 76ers, he had no real help around him and was playing for the god awful owner/coach duo of Dunleavy and Sterling. Baron would display brainless shot selection, and we would look the other way. He would give no effort on defense and we would all jump to his defense. Here he is, the man who might be the most explosive, exciting and unstoppable point guards in the league, casting away threes to no avail. How can you blame him? He is on the talentless, no luck, ho-hum Clippers, after all.
Then Baron’s world was thrown off course. Chris Kaman some how become an All-Star, Eric Gordon become an Olympic savior, and Blake Griffin returned from injury to scare the life out of all post defenders. Yet there’s Baron, smack in the middle of all of them, playing like his cat just died. Heartlessly hanging out on the hardwood, 24 feet out, catapulting miserable three after miserable three.
Let’s take a trip to the other side of the country for a moment where we will find the only player in the NBA that is more miserable than Baron. Gilbert Arenas really hates life right now. The only thing he hates more than life right now is basketball. He has become a self-loathing, pitiful man and he has no shame in letting the world know this. He has become a factory of dark quotes and depressed commentary. Things are so dismal that a Zoloft sponsorship seems inevitable. Oh, and that beard…
Gil wants out yet no one will take on that albatross contract of his (4 years at roughly $20 million per). I’d have a better chance finding more Eddy Curry suitors. The same can be said for Baron. His 3-years/$40 million contract won’t be tempting until 2012-13, the year it becomes an expiring deal. And even then, the Clippers might have trouble finding a deal.
There is a solution to this issue that can help both teams out. Trade Gilbert Arenas for Baron Davis and Al-Farouq Aminu. According to ESPN’s trade machine, this trade works out. But this isn’t as simple as computers crunching numbers. This trade has to work for both organizations on a few levels for them to pull the trigger.
Why would the Clippers make such a trade?
The Clippers like Aminu enough to draft him #8 overall this summer but they don’t necessarily love him. He is still raw and expendable enough to be included in trade talks for Carmelo Anthony. Let’s look at why the Clippers want Anthony: He is an explosive scorer, he is an established superstar, and Anthony loves L.A. because of his connections to Hollywood (read: his wife, Lala). For all of these reasons, Gilbert would be perfect. He is an incredible scorer, he is an established superstar, and he is from Los Angeles and has always been very media savvy. As far as the money goes, Sterling wouldn’t be paying that much more for Gilbert as he would be for Baron & Aminu combo or a Carmelo Anthony sign and trade situation. Besides, a Gilbert Arenas homecoming would make as much noise as the Baron Davis announcement made. That noise usually means fan hysteria, delusion, playoff talks, jersey sales, ticket sales, and all the other things that make Donald Sterling richer, happier, and eviler.
Why would the Wizards make such a trade?
Because Gilbert Arenas is one giant rain cloud hovering over John Walls welcome parade. Ted Leonsis wants Gilbert gone. Ted is also rich. Filthy rich. He owns multiple teams and is listed in Forbes richest list as #114 richest human being on the planet. But even he isn’t willing to cut a $80 million check to make Gilbert go away. If they trade for Davis, let him play out this season and see how it goes then buy him out next year, Davis will have only $28 million left on his contract. That saves Leonsis about $40 million dollars. It’s not just the monetary savings that baron can provide, the deal throws in a young athletic small forward to play along side young athletic John Wall. Plus it purges the Wizards of all the negative PR that Gilbert has brought to himself. It’s almost a no brainer for Ted.
The numbers add up and the situations are begging for a deal of this nature to take place. The only reason this trade shouldn’t happen is if Gilbert or Baron slit their wrists before the mandatory physicals are conducted.
Sure this entire notion is as bat-shit crazy as Gilbert Arenas but as far as I’m concerned this trade is as much of a no brainer as the next 3-pointer Baron shoots. Besides, this just might be crazy enough for it to work.