Yeah- I ask myself that all the time. Does this trade really have any impact on the only thing that matters- Chris Paul resigning. Landry does not make us that much more attractive, admittedly. But then I think you can get stuck waiting for that perfect deal and get stuck with nothing. The question is whether they think they can sign Landry next offseason, and then they don't have to take on Garcia's terrible deal. Let everyone walk, resign West and Thornton, sign Landry, and draft a big to develop and sign a defensive minded two that will compliment Thornton. If Pondexter develops, that has the makings of a nice, deep team. But do we have the patience and the belief we can develop guys like Pondexter, Thornton, Gray, and next years picks? If so, I would go to war with that team in the West with the Lakers, Suns, Mavs, and Spurs all on the decline by 2011-12.
What about the sign-and-trade deals that can be made? I don't think they are restricted to big deals; LeBron "I have a hurt leg too, Dwyane" James and Chris "42 wishes I was Hornet even though he loves David West" Bosh didn't have max deals. With the cap going down, a guy making 10% ($5M) and locking that in for 3 seasons may eek out a $1-2M extra under a 3x$5M deal than he would under signing a mezzo mezzo deal under the new-altogether-spooky CBA. I don't mind getting Landry or whoever and then shipping him to Alaska, the Moon, or New Jersey (zing!) if they don't work out. I'm actually reminded of Genesis here, where in the Jahwist style, the animals are paraded before Adam in an effort to identify a `helper' (in the random translation of the about 8 I have) before thoracoplasty is resorted to. I say get whoever in front of this guy that's going to make him happy; do it early, do it often. And go get the piece of his meniscus, plant it with some miracle grow and `tussin, and see if we can grow a backup PG from it. Do whatever. Really, though, once someone isn't definitely `not helping us keep Chris' ship them out and try to get someone else in who might be. It may affect team chemistry, but is Chris going to go off wins that did and did not or what he thinks our potential is? The Heat did have the best record of the teams that James interview with; they had the most cap room. They had the most potential from a certain point of view, just like the Hornets did in Chris' mind in 2008 without cap room. It's a sell job when you strip the distractions away, nothing more.