An interesting trade rumor surfaced today regarding Sacramento Kings free agent guard Tyreke Evans. Yesterday, the New Orleans Pelicans offered him a 4 year, $44 million contract. However, the Kings planned to match, as Evans was a restricted free agent. Because Evans wanted a change of scenery, and I couldn’t blame him. Portland had to step in and play facilitator.
In this trade, the Kings would send Evans to the Pelicans. The Pelicans would send guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, center Robin Lopez to the Blazers, and guard Terrell Harris to the Blazers. The Blazers would send center Jeff Withey to the Pelicans and a second round draft pick to the Kings.
I honestly am liking the trade more and more by the hour. Lopez can be a starter at center, at least for the time being. While some say he is weak on defense, which is the Blazers biggest demand, he recorded 1.6 blocks in 26 minutes of playing time in his career year last season. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds to go along with his blocks. However, I think the way he plays defense doesn’t get recorded on the stat line.
The guy is a monster, what with the 7 foot frame and red-head afro. The fact that he’s just around the rim probably affects some shots. It probably intimidates some guards penetrating to the hoop, causing them to change their shot when they don’t need to. It works the same way for New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
As for Harris, expect him to be instantly waived. He’s spend most of his time in the D-League, and he was probably used in this trade just to even out the salaries. I think we’ll be fine without him.
I am fine giving up Withey, as we got a better center back, but I feel as if the draft pick was a bit unnecessary. As of now, I can confidently say we won’t have to worry about second round draft picks for some time.
It’s a good trade, in my eyes. However, I have an idea that I haven’t heard much on Twitter. What if we used Lopez as an asset and dealt him along with Blazers free agent forward J.J. Hickson to the Houston Rockets for center Omer Asik. Of course, this only works if free agent center Dwight Howard chooses to go to the Rockets. We’ll learn about his decision in a matter of hours.
Once again, Olshey got something out of nothing. He got an up and coming young center for pocket change. I like the fact that it didn’t cost much.
How do you guys feel on the trade? Let me know in the comments below!!
Until next time,