I know. I know. Not another trade scenario that will never happen. I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I thought of this scenario this morning and posted it on the NBA trade rumors website, and almost everybody actually said it was a good trade. Because of that, I thought I would post it on here to see what Spurs fans thought of the proposal. It's quite simple actually:
Spurs get Wesley Johnson (expiring) and Chris Kaman (expiring)
Lakers get Matt Bonner (expiring) and 2015 1st round pick
Spurs get backups for Splitter and Leonard who are capable of providing good minutes down the stretch and even into the playoffs. Bonner is an assassin from beyond the arc, but he doesn't seem to feel like pulling the trigger this year, and that's literally the only reason he is on the team.
This is certainly not a blockbuster trade to say the least, but these are the types of trades the Spurs are more likely to make.
Kamen is averaging 10 points, shooting over 50 percent from the field, around 78 percent from the FT line, almost 6 rebounds, over 1 block, in only 18 minutes a game, which would likely be close to the minutes he would play for the spurs. Compare that to Ayers who is only scoring 3.3 a game (also over 50 percent), 3.6 rebounds, and .3 blocks in in around 14 minutes a game. Clearly Kamen has a statistical edge. I think Kamen is somebody with an all around game who I would actually trust during the playoffs. Ayers, not so much.
Wesley Johnson is making less than a million this year, and is still putting up pretty good numbers. 9 points, 1.5 assists, 4 rebounds, a block, and a steal a game in 28 minutes. He would hardly be in the rotation assuming the Spurs are at full strength, but as we have learned the hard way this year, health is never a guarantee. Far from it, in fact. The face he would cost the spurs less than a million in cap space is perfect. The Spurs could probably sign him on as a backup for a pretty cheap price in the off season too.
Lakers get an expiring contract and a first rounder in 2015, a draft in which they might not have any picks. Kamen has already verbally stated his position on being traded. It really does seem like a low risk-high reward trade for both parties.