This is probably a long shot but with the recent news that the Clippers are trying to move Jared Dudley, the first thing I thought of was how perfect Trevor Ariza would fit in with that Clippers squad. They need defense on the perimeter in the worst way, and there is no hotter name out right now than Ariza that fits into that category. He would slide right into the starting small forward spot for them and they would definitely have a leg up in negotations in the offseason because Trevor is from that area. Chris Paul, JJ Reddick, Trevor Ariza, Blake Griffin, Deandre Jordan is definitely a contender. It has all the ingredients you need. The Pistons are obviously a mess right now, no need to get into their problems. They clearly need to move one of Greg Monroe or Josh Smith. The problem, obviously, is Smith's performance this year playing out of position and his contract. He is close to unmoveable at this point. I think he actually fits in nicely with Andre Drummond when he plays the 4, but he rarely gets the opportunity to do that. Greg Monroe is a RFA this offseason and although they say they are not looking to move him at this time, I won't believe it until the deadline actually passes. They need wings right now to balance out the roster and are probably looking to add draft picks as well. For us, the debate about moving Ariza has been raging the past couple of weeks. I love Ariza, and I think he has been a HUGE part of the team's success this year. However, I think it is quite obvious we will not be able to retain him this offseason with the investments in Otto Porter and Martell Webster. As fans, we have been worrying about the large hole we would have once Ariza is gone. Martell with only Otto backing him up makes us nervous. Here is my proposal: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine Clippers receive: Trevor Ariza, Josh Harrellson (salary throw in) Detroit receives: Otto Porter, Matt Barnes, Glen Rice Jr.,Clippers first round pick, Washinton's 2nd round pick Wizards receive: Jared Dudley, Greg Monroe LA moves Jared Dudley and gets their starting lock down defensive small forward in Trevor Ariza. Detroit gets the #3 pick in this past year's draft in Otto Porter hoping he is the small forward of the future, a young wing in Glen Rice Jr. with upside, a veteran wing in Matt Barnes that is under contract this year for $3mil and next year at $3.3 mil with a team option in 2015/2016 for $3.5 mi, and they also get a first and second round pick. Is it equal value for Greg Monroe? No, probably not. But they won't get equal value for him anyway. They still get their potential future small forward, they get a veteran to fill the gap in the meantime, and they add a late first round pick in this year's hyped up draft class. Not to mention a potential young rotation player on the cheap and an extra second round pick. Wizards lineup: Wall Beal Webster Nene Monroe Garret, Dudley, Booker, Gortat off the bench. Thats a serious squad that can make noise. Obviously we would be unable to keep Gortat in the offseason after reaching an agreement with Monroe but I think we are all in agreement, Monroe > Gortat. Bring Oak back in the offseason on the cheap or maybe pick up an amnestied Carlos Boozer to round out the squad. I love that team. It is possible Detroit demands Dudley in this deal so they receive him and Otto. I would still do this deal if it was the avenue to get Greg Monroe: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine Detroit receives: Jared Dudley, Otto Porter, Eric Maynor, Clippers first rounder Clippers receive: Trevor Ariza, Josh Harrellson, Washington receives: Greg Monroe, Matt Barnes, Will Bynum. Barnes and Bynum are your backup Small Forward and Guard the remainder of this year and next year as well. We make Detroit take on Eric Maynor's $2mil for next year. Wiz Lineup the remainder of the year: Wall Beal Webster Nene Monroe Garret, Bynum, Barnes, Booker, Gortat as a second unit. Once again this team is no joke. I think this second scenario is more realistic because Detroit gets a quality player in Dudley, a high upside project in Otto, and a first round pick in this years loaded class. I would think that is probably the best return you could ask for if you are Detroit. washington gets their young big man of the future to form a core of Wall, Beal, Monroe plus they will have their 2 solid backups set for next year in Barnes and Bynum and then they can look to bring back either Booker or Seraphin OR bring in veterans Boozer and Oak that won't cost much. I think everyone wins in my second scenario. Sorry for the long post.