Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Chicaaago, Chicaaaago...

Apparently, the Bulls are looking at our Darius Songaila long and hard. The fantastic and aptly named Bulls Blog looks at The Scrapmaster's statistics and approves.

I have little doubt Geoff Petrie wouldn't match a short-term $2M/year offer for Darius. We have a load of PFs, yes. But that's a value The Petrie Lord just can't walk away from, methinks.

Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson are firmly on the trading block and will be until a) their contracts run out or b) Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Brian Skinner get run off the road by Kevin Martin and lose their legs. Darius at $2M per versus KT at $7M? Easy choice, if it comes down to it.

It's tough to gauge what the breaking point is for paying Darius -- so we won't try. Let's just say it's probably more than $2M and less than $5M.

We could make it work for Da Bulls, though: How about Darius and Maurice Evans (a defensive-minded SG they could use in the Chi) for Eddy Curry at a reasonable price of like $5M per for five years?

We'd go over the luxury tax threshold, but the deadline to get under that level isn't until the last day of the regular season. Plenty of time to swing even a minor trade (Skinner could be valuable to an Eastern defender sometime this year, as could KT or Scoreless).

What do you say, Chicago? You get rid of your ticking timebomb of a ticker, we get a big with potential for nothing, you get two contributors who can D up. Fair?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Nels said...

I'd happily take that trade. I'd be worried of course that Curry would finally turn into the talent he has always promised to be... but that happened to me before when I lived in Portland and the Blazers traded Jermaine O'Neal, so why not do it again.

Also, from the few games I saw, Darius and Maurice have the most potential of just about anyone on the Kings. Do you want to throw in Kenny Thomas since he's pretty underrated as well? I'd throw in Piatkowski who you could then trade to Clippers fans.

Not sure what Bulls Blog has to say though... and we don't always see eye-to-eye as Bulls fans...

2:30 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Ha, well Nels I definately don't agree with you here. Eddy is more than just a big with potential, he's one of the best centers in basketball in the present.

Sure he has health problems but if it is serious the Kings won't give him a contract either. Giving him up for some young role players is an ultimate sell-low play.

Kingsbloggers:

Can the Kings technically match an offer that's above the bi-annual exception? I assume your full MLE was taken by Abdur-Rahim, and you don't have Songaila's bird-rights, and sacto is over the cap so they'd have to use a cap exception to sign him. The Bulls can't offer much (about $2.2m), but can offer more than the bi-annual, so I don't think the Kings can match.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Matt,

From my understanding, we can match up to the league average, which is above $2.2 million.

7:56 PM  

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