A struggling pro sports team will often start hearing calls for a trade. Our Local Heroes are no different, as a six-game losing streak which has featured (?) some truly unsightly b-ball has fans and commentators up in arms. We can’t toss the coach overboard – he just got here – so all we can do is ponder the merits of swaps. The Raps don’t appear to have any malcontents a la D. Cousins of the Kings, so that popular lever (“Big Jim McBob was a cancer in the dressing room”) can’t be pulled. The only overachiever we have this year is Andrea, but he’s (1) hurt & (2) we’ve waited forever for this guy to emerge; we can’t dump him now. So who’s left? Jose? In return for what? You can’t dump any starter (in any sport) without a strong candidate already on board to step in. No one’s going to trade their PG for ours, and Jerryd isn’t ready. Ed Davis? We’d get precious little for him right now. We bought high, let’s not sell low. DD? Another guy whose stock has dipped. Leandro? I suppose he’d be my choice if we must make a deal for its own sake, although I like the guy.
My feeling: “Don’t just do something – stand there” until the trade deadline, by which time we can hope that contending teams feel Barbosa will give them the extra push they need, and BC can extract a high price.
What say you?