My fellow colleague Sean Aquino, here at Knickswag.com, brought up a possible and intelligent trade scenario involving the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors. This trade not only was win-win for both teams, but made sense from every angle.
Tyson Chandler and Future 2nd Rounder for Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes
Knicks Point of View: New York, who has seen themselves almost completely shut out of free agency, are looking to get younger, while creating much-needed cap space for the near future.
Acquiring Andrew Bogut gives the Knicks a replacement for Tyson Chandler in the middle, while acquiring his expiring contract at the end of the 13/14 season. This 14 million dollars off the cap will take the Knicks below the “Tax Apron”, resulting in no penalty’s, and more importantly, access to a larger mid-level than the mini-mid they had this year. This will allow the Knicks to attract a higher caliber player to team up with Melo.
In contrast to signing another player with their larger mid-level, NY can easily let the money come off the cap, not use the mid-level and try to trade Stoudemire during the 14/15 season, giving them complete financial flexibility in 14/15 season.
The most intriguing and enticing part of this trade would be the addition of Harrison Barnes to the Knicks roster. Harrison had an outstanding rookie season in Golden State, playing the small forward position, the same position that the Knicks desperately need to fill. His outside shooting and quickness are exactly the kind of corner-stone player the Knicks need to add to their lackluster roster.
Golden State Point of View: Golden State is coming off a surprising and impressive playoff run. The time is now for the Warriors. They have been very active this offseason, signing players like Andre Iguodola and Jermaine O’Neal. With Bogut in the last year of his contract, G.S. is searching for a center that gives them a “final piece type player” to add to their puzzle. For the last 2 years the Warriors have failed to acquire Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan, ultimately settling on the oft-injured Andrew Bogut. A swap of Tyson for Andrew would give the Warriors their center for the next 2 years at an affordable price.
Losing Barnes would not be easy, but the blow will be mitigated since they have acquired Iguodola, and will most likely slide him into the SF position, the same one that Harrison Barnes occupied last year.
Overall, if you look at both ends, this is a trade that helps both teams tremendously. G.S. gets their center for the next 2 seasons, allowing them to make a run in the Western Conference.
New York acquires an expiring contract, giving them financial flexibility and relief, while acquiring a SF that could be their future All-Star. At the least, Harrison Barnes would be their starting small forward for the next 3 years, with the chance to grow.
Sum It Up:
New York is in desperate need of youth. Harrison Barnes would be ideal, while Bogut would be a stopgap for one year.
The Warriors would get the center that they have been craving, although, they would be giving up a young, talented player in Barnes. However, a player that would have his minutes reduced dramatically since the acquisition of Iguodola. Make this trade.