Check it out FTS, Mind Blowing things are happening in the realm of I_Like_Dinosaurs' thoughts, namely trade ideas that don't involve Dion Waiters. I'm going to get straight to the point; Arron Afflalo for Varejao plus undoubtably some picks, namely one of the Sacramento, Heat, or Memphis first rounders (in that order, but I would be willing to give up any, [singlular] one of those [maybe two]) plus a second rounder (any of them, it doesn't matter really.)
I would be ecstatic if the Cavaliers made a trade for this player. I would hate to see Varejao go and it would nix half our cap-space for the possibility of Lebron James returning in the offseason if we keep Bynum (fingers crossed we do and he returns to form,) but if Bynum doesn't work out and if we let Clark and Gee/Miles walk, we would still be able to make that happen. Or we could make offers at any of the other premier free-agents on the market who demand max-salary or near max-salary money. However I would rather stray away from that topic because that isn't the point of this discussion.
Afflalo is in my mind exactly what we need, a ballhawking defense-first shooting guard who is efficient and intelligent and the classic fundamental basketball professional. He is Mike Brown's kind of player. Waiters is flourishing off the bench anyway so I honestly would love to keep him in that sixth man roll if he can accept it long term; and slide Afflalo into that rotating-door of a starting shooting guard position we have had so far this season. In my opinion Orlando wants to tank for one of the big name draft picks, and I don't think that it is a stretch saying that by any means. Moving Afflalo would definitely affect their win-loss total for the season, and in the tank-fest we have this year, everything helps (we sadly should know about tanking as Cavs fans.) It would also free up the starting shooting guard spot on their team for Victor Oladipo. So instead of trying to mold him into a point-guard, which to my knowledge has been unfruitful thus far, they could offer him plenty of developmental playing time in his natural and ideally future position. Afflalo is 28 years old so he is currently in what most would say his prime, and with 3 years on his contract at 7.5 million a year, he is in my opinion earning a very, very fair salary (hard to come by in today's NBA). His experience (6 years in the pros) would replace some of what we would be giving up by trading Varejao and his veteran presence on our very youthful team. This seems like a win-win to me. They're trying to rebuild, we're trying to get out of that mode and start competing for things besides champion of the draft-lottery.
(Disclaimer, I, just like practically everybody else, love Anderson Varejao as both a basketball player for our favorite franchise and as a generally good human being of the planet earth, I simply would rather let him go than any of our youthful assets or a slew of those valuable draft picks, plus with the reemergence of Bynum, and Tyler Zeller's presence as a member of our team, I see Varejao as the most expendable. Also the Magic would hopefully allow him to walk after this season and he could sign with a contending team that is looking for that least piece to the puzzle they need to dethrone the detestable Heat.)
Anyway, here are Afflalo's career stats via ESPN:
Perspicuously (it means clearly if you were about to google it) he is improving year to year in almost every statistical category, and he is one of the best wing defenders in the game. His shooting metrics are up across the board this year especially. That may be an effect of being one of the better players on a bad team (no offense Orlando) but I also just want to believe in him. Although those numbers will undoubtably come back down to earth, I think he would be the perfect fit on this Cavaliers team next to Kyrie Irving. Afflalo is an incredible wing defender arguably one of the best in the league. Here is a quote from Afflalo addressing how UCLA's coach Ben Howland played a part in inspiring him to be a defense first player.
Most players coming into the NBA, you’re not going to be asked to be the leading scorer on the team. With that in mind, Coach Howland has done a great job of at least preparing us to be mentally tough and to play defense.
When you get a fiery young player coming into the league that’s willing to play defense, I don’t think there’s a coach in the NBA that won’t love that.
I heard Mike Brown likes defense. Dunno about you guys. I also heard Mike Brown is an NBA coach, which by happenstance(!) is for our team! hooray!
Moving on. Having lived in Denver, Colorado for the past 3 and a half years, I was offered the pleasure of watching him play for the Nuggets for pretty much every game of the season, for two seasons up until he was traded away (to the dismay of my Nuggets-fan friends) to Orlando. The Nuggets have battled the Lakers numerous times in the playoffs and in the regular season, sharing a conference and such. Afflalo was known as "The Kobe Stopper," at least in my circles if not world wide. I believe it is common knowledge that he gave fits to Kobe Bryant on the basketball court. I don't know about you but I've heard a thing or two about Kobe being one of the more prolific scoring wings of all time, if not one of the greatest. So a title like "The Kobe Stopper" means something to me.
This really has nothing to do with anything but if you haven't noticed that's a lot of the things that come out of my mouth (fingertips?.) Kendrick Lamar wrote a song dedicated to Afflalo as well, addressing how enormous of an influence he was on him, primarily because they both came from Compton. It's actually a pretty cool song too, that may just be my recent affinity towards Kendrick shining through, but I'd like to think that it's good as well. One of the coolest aspects of the song is that it isn't only about the basketball prowess he showed, it was also addresses Afflalo's determination, intelligence, and academic success despite the surroundings in which he grew up.
I used to be jealous of Arron Afflalo, He was the one to follow, He was the only leader for seeing brighter tomorrows, He would live in the gym, We was living in sorrow, Total envy of him, He made a dream become a reality, Actually making it possible to swim, His way out of Compton with further more to accomplish, Graduate with honors, a sponsor of basketball scholars, It’s 2004 and I’m watching him score 30, Remember vividly how them victory points had hurt me, Cause every basket was a reaction or a reminder, That we was just moving backwards...
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In my mind this move would be ideal, and I want it to happen. I don't know why we haven't thought of this before. Someone should call Chris Grant. On that note friends, I leave you with some fantastic advice (let it be noted that it is not at all applicable to the subject matter at hand) that a close friend of mine (shout out to Caleb Wassell) once offered me:
"Watch out for fakes, phonies, and saboteurs...and don't get captured"