Editor's Note: Front-paged, because to me, this is one of the ultimate what-if scenarios out there. Let's go back to 2008 for a second. Antawn Jamison has a $16 million expiring contract, and the Grizzlies are cutting costs and putting Pau Gasol on the market. Let's say Ernie Grunfeld tried to make Jamison the centerpiece of a package to get Gasol (maybe something like Jamison/Nick Young/first-rounder for Gasol and a bad contract). How would that have affected the entire way these last two seasons happened? Was Gasol the perfect fit for Eddie Jordan's offense? Would he have worked with Gilbert?
It's a cool topic to think about on a Friday, that's for sure.
I was thinking about the Eddie Jordan teams and how we could never find a good center for his Princeton offense. In hindsight, who would have been great in that offense that might have been gettable? Best answer I could come up with is Pau Gasol. What if the Wizards had been the beneficiaries of that ridiculous trade with Memphis? (And if Gilbert hadn't happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when an out of control Gerald Wallace went sprawling through the lane.) Would it have increased our chances at getting Gasol if we had kept Juan Carlos Navarro instead of DeShawn? (As an aside, do scruffy beards somehow improve big men's court vision? Pau and Marc Gasol, Vlade Divac, Bill Walton, Brad Miller....)