Tyson Chandler for Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and the 26th pick:
At first glance this trade seems uneven on the negative end for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are giving up two rotational players and a first rounder, but if you take a closer glance you can see that this makes sense on both ends for both organizations.
Knicks Point of View: New York is giving up their anchor as well as their heart and soul on the defensive end of the court. However, with Tyson’s poor playoff performance and the Knicks desperate need for players at many positions, coupled with their need for a low post scorer, New York must make this trade.
Acquiring Derrick Williams is a gamble. Without a clear position (PF/SF) Derrick has been a grave disappointment in his young NBA career, Although he had a positive year last year, he is still not producing the way a 2nd overall pick should. He has the skills to play down in the paint, but for some reason avoids contact. He is at best 6’8” in shoes, which is not great size for the PF spot. Having said all that, the Knicks could take a gamble on him and allow him to develop, sharing minutes with Amar’e this year.
Also along in the trade would be Luke Ridnour, who has been coveted by NY for many years. Luke is a shooting guard in a point guard’s body with a silky smooth shooting touch. He would become the back up point guard that Knicks need, replacing Jason Kidd and possibly Pablo Prigioni. This acquisition gives the Knicks an offensive punch, while giving them great depth in the backcourt along with Shumpert and possibly J.R. Smith.
To finish out the trade the Knicks would receive one of Minnesota’s two first round picks. The 26th pick would be the Knicks second pick of the first round, the first being the 24th. With those two picks the Knicks can continue to add to their roster with the best player’s available.
Replacing Tyson will be tough, we all understand that, but sacrifices are necessary to fill major holes on this team. Like I said in previous articles about Tyson trades, The Knicks could use their taxpayer mini mid on a player like Samuel Dalembert, who can then share the position with Camby, Barron and K-Mart.
Minnesota’s Point of View: Newly hired GM Flip Saunders needs to make his mark on this team. Getting younger is not helping the team in the win column, including their quest to make the playoffs, so to acquire a proven center in Tyson would give the T-Wolves instant credibility defensively.
Giving up on Derrick Williams would hurt, since they invested their 2nd overall pick in him, but clearly they have players in front of him in Pekovic, Kirilenko and Kevin Love.
The 26th pick is their second pick of the draft, with their first being the 9th overall. The T-Wolves can still draft a need player at the 9th spot and use the 26th in this package to get a veteran center to man the front line. The Timberwolves line up would most likely look like this: Rubio, Shved, Love, Pekovic, Chandler, with Barrea, Kirilenko and others to help Minnesota get to the playoffs next year.
Overall, this trade helps both teams. The Wolves get their center for the next 2 years and the Knicks take on a project in D-Williams, along with solid back up PG Ridnour, and the 26th pick. Everyone wins and everyone is happy.