So it looks like the Larry Hughes trade might not happen, or any trade at all before the deadline, for that matter. So I thought I would have some fun with the RealGM Trade Checker to see what the possibilities are. This scenario will never happen, but I still found it fun to consider.
Remember when Gilbert Arenas said the Wizards wanted to be the Phoenix Suns of the East? What if Ernie actually made that a reality for this team? Consider the following hypothetical trades:
Suns get: Antawn Jamison, Etan Thomas, Mike James, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, 1st Round Draft Pick
Wizards get: Amar'e Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa
Why the Suns Do This Deal: The Suns would be dumping a disgruntled star with a huge contract for a lot of good pieces to rebuild with. With Thomas and James's contracts expiring next season, they could position themselves in the 2010 free agent sweepstakes. They would be giving up a bench spark in Barbosa, but would add the consistant production of Jamison, who could work wonders playing with Nash.
Bobcats get: Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Andray Blatche
Wizards get: Boris Diaw, Raja Bell
Why the Bobcats Do This Deal: The Bobcats would upgrade the SF position with an All-Star performer, and a consistant one at that. The benefit that entails will be incentive enough for them to part with aging Raja in exchange for the potential of Blatche and the lackluster of Stevenson. Plus their GM is Michael Jordan, and he'll do anything if it is stupid.
Wizards depth chart for next season:
C - Brendan Haywood, Amar'e Stoudemire, Oleksiy Pecherov
PF - Amar'e Stoudemire, Darius Songaila
SF - Boris Diaw, Dominic McGuire
SG - Raja Bell, Leandro Barbosa
PG - Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton, Dee Brown (he played for both the Wizards and Suns this season, why not resign him in this fantasy?)
The resulting salary of the 11 players would be less than $68 million, with more than enough below the luxury tax threshold to acquire a cheap 12th man.
Then Ernie Grunfeld can offer the head coaching job to Mike D'Antoni's brother and longtime assistant Dan D'Antoni (good ol' DanDan). Next, Ernie would order Gheorghe Muresan off of the executive nacho cheese dispenser and give him the job of changing all of the calendars that say 2009 to 2006, and all of the calendars that say 2010 to 2007. Then the real fun begins.
OK, I know that Wizznutzz is a lot better at this, but at least I amused myself.