Trade Idea: Taking on smaller bad contracts to move Rip Hamilton


This is trade-deadline week, so each day PistonPowered will bring you a trade-idea post. We’ll try to keep some parameters in mind — a realistic idea of the value of Pistons’ players to other teams, cost and the fact that the Pistons most likely can’t add short or long term salary with the team’s sale pending — and we fully encourage you to present your ideas in the comments.

Trade

Pistons trade:

Pistons receive:

  • Vince Carter
  • Hakim Warrick
  • Gani Lawal

Mavericks trade:

  • Caron Butler

Mavericks receive:

Suns trade:

  • Vince Carter
  • Hakim Warrick
  • Gani Lawal

Suns receive:

Salaries

Data from ShamSports.com

Pistons trade:

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Richard Hamilton $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $0
Tayshaun Prince $11,148,760 $0 $0 $0
Tracy McGrady $854,389 $0 $0 $0
Total $24,503,149 $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $0

Pistons receive:

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Vince Carter
$17,522,375 $18,300,000 $0 $0
Hakim Warrick $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $4,250,000
Gani Lawal
$473,604 $788,872 $0 $0
Total $22,245,979 $23,338,872 $4,250,000 $4,250,000

Mavericks trade:

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Caron Butler $10,561,960 $0 $0 $0
Total $21,769,246 $7,725,932 $8,396,364 $9,066,796

Mavericks receive:

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Richard Hamilton $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $0
Tracy McGrady $854,389 $0 $0 $0
Total $26,648,760 $12,500,000 $12,500,000 $0

Suns trade:

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Vince Carter
$17,522,375 $18,300,000 $0 $0
Hakim Warrick $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $4,250,000
Gani Lawal
$473,604 $788,872 $0 $0
Total $22,245,979 $23,338,872 $4,250,000 $4,250,000

Suns receive:

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Tayshaun Prince $11,148,760 $0 $0 $0
Caron Butler $10,561,960 $0 $0 $0
Total $21,710,720 $0 $0 $0
  • Early-termination option
  • Partially guaranteed

Pistons’ perspective

The best way to be rid of Hamilton’s contract is to accept a bad contract in return, but by including Prince and McGrady and their expiring deals in a bigger trade, the Pistons might be able to come up with a trade like this one that nets them a bad contract that is smaller, thus easier to move, than Hamilton’s.

I just picked Warrick randomly. The Suns have several players signed long-term at that salary range that could be plugged in — Channing Frye, Jared Dudley, Josh Childress to name a few. The Pistons win by getting Carter’s contract, which isn’t fully guaranteed next year, so the Pistons would save quite a bit in the long run by getting out of Hamilton’s deal. Plus they pick up a player I like a lot in Lawal.

Suns’ perspective

What the Suns get is quite obvious — immediate financial relief. They don’t have to pay Carter’s buyout because they get two deals in Prince and Butler who expire after this season. Plus, they’re the only team that may have more of a glut of price, one-dimensional wing players than the Pistons, so moving one of them is a bonus for the ones who remain on the roster past this season.

Mavericks perspective

The Mavs have higher hopes than Hamilton, namely Devin Harris. But if they fail to get the sought after Harris? Getting Hamilton and McGrady while only giving up the injured Butler would be a nice consolation prize.

Tags: Richard Hamilton Tayshaun Prince Tracy McGrady