A proposed Spurs trade that is actually realistic

The Spurs have two obvious needs (besides the health of the Big Three):

1. A big man who can play defense and rebound.
2. A permanent spot on the bench for Michael Finley.

Rasheed Wallace seems like a pipe dream to me. I find it hard to believe that Detroit couldn't get something better than Bonner, Hill, Mahinmi, Mason (these are the only four guys we would trade that anyone would want) and contract filler (especially when you consider that Detroit would have to cut guys to make room on their roster for our pu-pu platter).

So how about we go after someone who's actually available?

Drew Gooden. Yeah, he's got a tweaked groin, but it sounds like he wants to play:

"Sacramento has been interested in me for a couple years, so maybe something can work out long-term there. If not, I'm an unrestricted free agent this summer, so I'm auditioning for other teams."

If he qualified, Gooden's rebound rate would be good for 18th in the NBA this season. I doubt he could pick up the entire idiosyncratic nature of Spurs' defense in three months, but his athletic ability alone would make him a better option than Oberto. (Also, I think he's do a better job against Lamar Odom than anyone we currently have.)

Drew Gooden's best attribute is that he's available for a song. Sacramento acquired him solely because of his expiring contract. I would bet the Spurs could get him for a second round pick. The salaries could be matched by signing Horry and sending him to Sacramento.

The obvious snag in all this is that is entails the Spurs taking on about 3 million in salary. Assuming there's a good chance he's healthy enough to play the rest of the season, I think it's worth a shot.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker