I too am new to the Cornrows and after reading LukeNukem's FanPost about his trade musings, I would like to throw out some other trade scenarios that have me a bit giddy inside.
1. Jamaal Tinsley and Jeff Foster to Detroit for Richard Hamilton. This trade brings minor financial relief to Indiana ($1.43 mil) for the short term. It would allow them a bit more wiggle room in an attempt to sign any of the available unrestricted big men (Zaza Pachulia, Anderson Varejao, Chris Wilcox, and Drew Gooden to name a few). This trade makes sense for Detroit because it gives them much needed help in the two areas of weakness they'll be facing this season. All their free agents are big men, which leaves Jason Maxiel as the only player of size currently under contract (not counting Villanueva). Jeff Foster is a rebounding specialist. And, he's become quite an adept low post defender. Rodney Stuckey is Detroit's point guard of the future, but he is a scoring point guard. He's still a year or two away from becoming a player Detroit can depend on to be the leader of the team. Tinsley has experience and could make an immediate impact on Detroit's hopes of maintaining their position amongst the top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers get one of the best scorers in the NBA. He's a clone of the Indy legend, Reggie Miller. He's all of the sudden expendable now that Detroit has reached an agreement with Ben Gordon. The Pacers could mix and match lineups depending on match ups. Rush could move to the 3 and Granger to the 4. That's a pretty potent lineup of Jack, Hamilton, Rush, Granger, and Hibbert/Murphy/FA acquisition.
2. Jamaal Tinsley for Mark Blount. I would almost rather have Tinsley sit on our bench for another year than to have Blount. But, this trade kills several birds with one stone. It alleviates the Pacers of JT and all his off court issues. It gives Indiana a big body to insert into a thin rotation of big men. And, most importantly, Blount's contract expires after the 2009-2010 season. The Heat have been rumored to be keeping a close eye on Tinsley's pending arbitration hearing, which would lead me to believe they are interested in his services. He's cheaper than Blount, and would be more useful to them in the long run. They have only Mario Chalmers and Chris Quinn at point guard. Tinsley would certainly be an upgrade over Quinn and quite possibly even Chalmers.
3. T.J. Ford and Jeff Foster for Corey Maggette and Ronny Turiaf. This trade only takes place if we've got Jack under contract for next year. If memory serves me, the Pacers attempted to trade Ron Artest for Maggette in 2005 when he was still with LAC. The only snag at the time was Maggette's injured foot. He's been healthy ever since and would be a solid wing player for several years. Turiaf gives the Pacers a much needed presence down low on the defensive end. He averaged 2.13 blocks per game this year, good enough for 4th in the league. Why would the Warriors do the deal? Something tells me Donnie Nelson isn't convinced that Monta Ellis is a point guard. A back court of Ellis and Ford would be one of the fastest, most entertaining tandems to watch night in and night out. Foster gets after the ball a little better than Turiaf. Though Golden State was 11th in the league in rebounding, they were dead last in rebound differential - giving up 5 more rebounds per game to their opponents.
4. T.J. Ford for Rajon Rondo and Mikki Moore. This is a big risk for Indiana considering the rumors that Rondo is difficult to get along with. But, it gives the Pacers their point guard of the future and takes the pressure of Indy to have to match any potential offers for Jack. Moore's contract expires next season and would give the Pacers room to make moves in 2010. He would also add depth as a big man. Boston acquired him last year after Garnett's injury. He's certainly not a necessity for a very deep Boston front court. Boston would do this trade if they are truly concerned about team chemistry with Rondo. The window is closing on them to make another run at another championship. Ford and Rondo are nearly identical in their style of play, though Ford is a better scorer.
These are just some of the thoughts that keep me up at night. What do y'all think?