Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Jack and the Beanpole

Anyone who's ever collected sports cards had one friend in elementary school or junior high who could be counted on to trade way too much for too little. Maybe borderline retarded, maybe they just didn't care, but they'd trade Joe Montana, Randall Cunningham, and Jim Kelly rookies for a $3 Shaq Wooden Winner card, at least in my case. But I always wondered, what would happen when two of these unshrewd negotiators got together and traded a cow for a cow instead of for magic beans.

Look to yesterday's blockbuster deal between the Timberwolves' Kevin McHale and the Celtics' Danny Ainge. Boston will trade away an eight figure expiring contract, three good young players, two first round picks, and only one legitimate headcase for one of the top five players in the world in the form of Kevin Garnett. Wow, I don't know what to make of this deal. On one hand, Boston has the best threesome in the league with KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, and maybe the best since Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman. On the other hand, just a few months ago Boston was in rebuilding mode, hoping for the right combination of ping pong balls, and now they think they're contenders? But this definitely makes the Ray Allen trade look less laughable.

I definitely like the move for Minnesota. They got the triple crown: expiring contracts, young players, and draft picks. The rumored deals during the draft were for Atlanta's two lottery picks or possibly Amare Stoudemire. You're never going to get equal value for a guy like Garnett, but I can't imagine a more attractive package for a rebuilding team.

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