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Wading into the trade talk

I'm seeing a lot of chatter along the lines of "Let's trade Calderon while his value is high". That's got me wondering what I would do if I were BC, with the trade deadline approaching. My short answer - nothing. Here's why, starting with Jose: If you are going to trade a starter, you better have someone ready to step in to the departed player's shoes. Anybody feel comfortable with Bayless as our starting PG? Show of hands? Yes, that would be zero. And I don't want to hear about trading Jose for another PG. If we are, what's the point? Andrea is due to return, and he's acknowledged that he & Jose have chemistry after the years they've played together. And Amir & DeMar are both better when Jose is finding them for easy buckets. Finally, there's an argument, which seems seductive at first glance, to the effect that Jose will be too old to start when our rebuild is finished and we're ready to win. To which I reply: has anyone heard of Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Andre Miller, all of whom are kick-ass PGs in their 30s? Tony Parker turns 30 in a few months, and he's fantastic, and getting better.

So we keep Jose. Do we have anyone on the roster who has to go (like Jax in Milwaukee, the poster boy for whiners)? Not that I'm aware. Can we dump any of our roster ballast (Forbes, Jamaal...)? No, who would trade for those guys? Who's left to trade? DeMar, Andrea, Ed, Amir, Barbosa. I suppose you could build a deal for one or more of them, but I can't see BC trading DeMar or AB. Ed is viewed as an underachiever. Amir's contract has been flamed in the press, and I doubt any GM would risk getting burnt by taking it off BC's hands. Let's remember that in the NBA, GMs don't trade players, they trade contracts.

That leaves Barbosa as the only serious trade candidate. Any offers?

I just don't see the urgency to do anything. This miserable season will be over soon enough, and we'll (hopefully) get a quality draft pick. We can rejig the lineup when Jonas and WonderKid arrive next year.

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