June 23, 2004

Bill Simmons of ESPN's Page 2: has his annual NBA trade value column up (part 2 here). I tend to think that he ranked Steve Francis and Vince Carter way too high, and didn't rank Gilbert Arenas high enough. Also, regardless of Darko's status as the #2 pick overall last year, does anyone really think if they got offered a quality young big man, the Pistons wouldn't take it? I sure don't. I won't give away #1, but it makes an interesting argument, to be sure.

posted by sashae to basketball at 10:47 AM - 8 comments

Using his premise, the Cavaliers wouldn't trade LeBron straight up for KG? Riggghhhhht.

posted by dusted at 12:09 PM on June 23

Well, it's an interesting argument isn't it? LeBron is a Cleveland local, hugely popular, and looks like he's the next coming of Magic Johnson. I don't know if I'd do KG for LeBron... now, for Tim Duncan, that would be an interesting test.

posted by sashae at 12:30 PM on June 23

Great post, if only because I've forgotten about the BSG. I think it's a legitimate question whether Cleveland would move Lebron for KG. I like KG a lot and he's a better player right now, but look at how much younger Lebron is. It's not his value but his potential that makes it a tough trade.

posted by yerfatma at 12:49 PM on June 23

From a marketing standpoint, LeBron is the guy you want to start you team today. It's a win win, he's a great player that is only going to get better, and one of the most marketable personalities in all of sports. Also, hooray for Kirilenko being so high.

posted by corpse at 01:13 PM on June 23

I take LeBron over KG....for all the reasons mentioned above. And I would wager that LeBron wins a title for KG does as well... Also, hooray for Kirilenko being so high. I agree....great analysis.

posted by smithers at 02:11 PM on June 23

"for" = "before"

posted by smithers at 02:11 PM on June 23

Now you ruined it: here I was picturing KG on his death bed talking to LeBron, "Some day when my boys is down . . . tell 'em to win one for the K-Jipper." I was choking up.

posted by yerfatma at 05:55 PM on June 23

factoring in the Lebron for KG argument is salary. Lebron has two more years (i think) at the rookie max (I believe) whereas Duncan is making 5 times that.

posted by gspm at 01:07 AM on June 24

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