Players Fallen Out Of Favour: Pacific Division
By December/January teams are starting to gel and the rotations are getting cut just a little bit shorter. Instead of playing 11-12 guys a night, teams will only be playing 9 or 10 and that leaves bench warmers.
These bench warmers are now trade material and aren’t possibly the biggest piece of a deal, but they will make up the jigsaw puzzle of a deal, or they could just be playing 5-10 minutes a night and could get more time on another team.
These are the players from the Pacific Division that fit in this category.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Brandon Rush, SG/ SF:
Rush went down with injury in his second game of the season and has not returned to the court since. Once he returns he would still have tremendous athleticism and a use on plenty of other teams looking for a swing man.
Richard Jefferson, SF:
A deadly 3 point shooter in the last couple of years in San Antonio, Jefferson hasn’t been able to produce for the Warriors as he has been limited to the bench.
Involved with a trade for Stephen Jackson last season, some still think that he has a decent amount of value to offer a team.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Caron Butler, SF:
Preferred over Willie Green in the starting line up for the Clippers, their reliance on Caron Butler has reduced in the last 6 months. Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes have come off the bench and been more consistent players than Butler.
Willie Green, SG:
Green is still holding onto his starting spot even though many players off the bench are getting more minutes than him.
Vinny Del Negro must see him as a good defender as that would be the only reason he’d be starting over Jamal Crawford or Matt Barnes. He might be able to produce like a Tony Allen on another team given the chance.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Pau Gasol, PF/ C:
4th quarter benching for someone who has taken the Lakers to an NBA Championship will not go well with your confidence. Especially when it’s Jordan Hill playing out your minutes.
I think I know why Gasol didn’t go rushing for Hill when he was hurt on the floor the other night. That would be just a small part of the Lakers chemistry problems. Pau needs a fresh start… and so do the Lakers.
Antawn Jamison, PF:
Being limited to the bench and being vocally upset about it to the Hollywood press, it’s clear Jamison being dealt may be a win-win for both parties.
While he didn’t later regret voicing his concerns chances are they are still at the forefront of his mind. I would find it hard to believe there aren’t say at least 5 teams that would be interested in his services.
Michael Beasley, SF/ PF:
Beasley was getting the start at the opening of the season and what he showed in training camp did not translate to the NBA season. Shooting lower than 40% overall and with the Suns slumping Phoenix needed to try all it’s options.
Jared Dudley was inserted back to the starting line up and so he should have been. He has the talent but got shunted by Beasley for the wrong reasons, now Beasley finds himself minute-less on the bench. Ehh trade.
The offense in Phoenix is slow which is a surprise under Alvin Gentry and the defense is just terrible. Change the coach or keep turning this roster over as these players do no fit together on the court.
DeMarcus Cousins, PF:
The biggest name to be swirling right now in trade talk, Cousins is assumed to be on the way out. The word is the Kings have had it with his attitude after 3 years and want to get rid of him no matter how good he is.
Tyreke Evans, SG/ SF:
Why not go clean house on this one. The Kings could definitely use more experienced players and may need another complete rebuild as what they have turned out with isn’t anyway near what you need to win a championship.
Evan’s best numbers were put up in his rookie season, 3 years ago and is another high draft pick not living up to star expectations. He needs to find a way to score when his left hand lane is closed off.
What would be some good fits for these teams? Will there be some trades between Pacific Division teams or a teams like Boston more of a chance?