After a career of questionable trades, i.e. Shaq for Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant, and Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, or pretty crappy signings i.e. Smush Parker, this year has redeemed himself. His earlier trading of Brian Cook and Maurice Evans for Trevor Ariza, i applauded, but with the recent transaction to get Pau Gasol for Kwame, Javaris Crittenton, two first-round draft, and Aaron Mckie who lucked out most (more after the jump).
With an eventual lineup of Derek Fisher(pg), Kobe Bryant(sg), Lamar Odom(sf), Pau Gasol(pf), and Andrew Bynum(c), and a bench of Ronny Turiaf, Luke Walton, Sasha Vujuchic, Jordan Farmar, and Chris Mihm you’ve got to be excited. One you add another true low post threat in Gasol with decent outside shooting ability, you push Lamar out of the limelight and back into small forward you set him up to exactly what he likes, playing in the shadows of greater players. You move basically two former starters to the bench (Luke, Mihm), and finally have a outside shooter of Sasha, who’s finally busted out of the awesome “practice” player finally.
To put it lightly, i’m excited.
So what if you were sitting around your house, basically retired, but only because you haven’t filed the paper work, and suddenly you get a phone call that goes something like …
GM: Hey man, we’re going to need to sign you to a new multi million dollar contract.
You: But i’m too old to be playing anymore.
GM: Don’t worry you don’t actually have to play, we just need to give you more money so that we can trade somebody else.
You: Do i have to do anything?
GM: Nope just take your money, and keep on relaxing.
Thats basically what Aaron Mckie probably basically went through.