Really. NBC Sports has a rumor on their site that baffles the entirety of the shit out of me. Going to Bleacher Report and taking the ideas of an idiot and an ass in regards to a trade rumor is much the same as the Journal-Sentinel Online going publishing the rumors of a wingnut political blog. Would Agent Steinz roll up with what Jonah Goldberg says as to where Gilbert’s going to land next season? What about if the Daily Kos tells you that Derrick Rose is unequivocally going to the Bulls? No. It was irresponsible all around, and even if I wish Ned Yost was fired in October? He deserved to get his rant on.
But that’s neither here nor there.
Let’s talk about MSNBC’S report, shall we?
Bucks’ Redd is on the market
The Milwaukee Bucks supposedly have guard Michael Redd and his 22.7 points per game on the trading block and rumor has it that he’d fit well in Cleveland, which could theoretically get him and Milwaukee’s first-round pick next year for Wally Szczerbiak, Daniel Gibson, and Cleveland’s first-round pick this year. Would be a good deal for LeBron James, even if Cleveland isn’t looking to give him a sidekick. (Bleacher Report, HoopsWorld)
Here’s where the first problem comes into play. Michael Redd may be nothing more than a scorer. He may have a bad contract. But I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that he’s going to garner more than an expiring contract, a 85% of Mo Williams, and praying that Chris Douglas-Roberts can turn into an awesome Jerry Stackhouse. Not much more. But by himself? He’s going to bring something of value in return.
But again, I’m digressing. We’re here to talk about the article in question. Let’s click the link, shall we?
Here is a trade that could work:
(If you want a legitimate piece of news to be broken? This is what you use for a lead sentence! Maybe I’m being too mean, but let’s be honest. You don’t need a home run swing like baffles the entirety of the shit out of me. But here is a trade that could work? PERFECT!)
Michael Redd + 2009 1st round pick(top 7 protected)
Wally Szczerbiak, Danial Gibson, and 2008 first round pick
(I know what you’re thinking, he nails Szczerbiak but botches Daniel?)
the Cavs would get a prolific scorer who can hit jump-shot or create his own shot to go along with James. With a lineup of West, Redd, James, Wallace, and Big Z the Cavs would be serious contenders for the next two years.
(Broken clock. Right twice a day.)
The Bucks would get a big expiring contract in Szczerbiak and would get two pieces for their rebuilding process in Gibson and the 19th pick (hopefuly Brandon Rush) Sessions, Szczerbiak, Randolph (8th pick), Yi, and Bogut along with a bench of Rush, Gibson, Mason, and Bell could sneak into the eighth spot in the East.
(The Problems here are threefold. 1, repeating words in the same sentence is always a good decision. Also? Hopefully. 2, Daniel Gibson is a slightly downhill move from Mo Williams and Ramon Sessions was awesome in a small sample size, or need I remind you of Gibson in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals? 3, Wally Sczerbiak would make Scott Skiles head explode with his negative defense at the 2. Okay and 4? Anthony Randolph is gonna be a bust. (I CAN HAZ STROMILE SWIFT?))
I also think the Bucks will trade Villanueva and Williams at some point during this off-season.
(Yes and no.)
This is why the “mainstream media” and Blogfrica are beefing. Some lazy dude looks up a poorly spelled, poorly thought out rumor, and lends it credence by giving it the gravitas of an old media name. Other people in old media look upon this rumor and despair, those damn kids in their underwear from their parents basement are at it again. And then they do something crazy. And Will Leitch fires back.
It’s a vicious cycle. And this is why the Sovereign Nations of Blogfrica are not going to dine with the Sports Columnists.
Didn’t think you were going to get learned, didja?