Thursday , Oct , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Breakdown of Milwaukee/New Orleans Trade

By Paul Benedict

In a mildly surprising move, the Milwaukee Bucks will acquire Jamaal Magliore in exchange for Desmond Mason, its 2006 1st Round Pick, and cash considerations in a deal that is expected to officially go through later this evening. Let’s take a look at the ramifications for each team:


Breakdown of Milwaukee/New Orleans Trade

Milwaukee:
At first sight, this deal might be shocking to many since GM Larry Harris had already bolstered the Bucks’ frontline this summer by drafting Andrew Bogut #1 in June and re-signing Dan Gadzuric. But apparently the Bucks are serious about making a push in the Eastern Conference this season, and in acquiring Magloire, they have the size and talent upfront to battle with Miami, Detroit, and Indiana. My only concern for Milwaukee is that their three new big men are all essentially true centers. Word out of Bucks camp is that Terry Stotts was planning on employing a full court game for the team, but by throwing a combo of Bogut, Magloire, and Gadzuric on the floor, they might be a bit slow. Nevertheless, they match up very well with the East’s best, though they’re still lacking the experience to make a major push in the East., and in acquiring Magloire, they have the size and talent upfront to battle with Miami, Detroit, and Indiana. My only concern for Milwaukee is that their three new big men are all essentially true centers. Word out of Bucks camp is that Terry Stotts was planning on employing a full court game for the team, but by throwing a combo of Bogut, Magloire, and Gadzuric on the floor, they might be a bit slow. Nevertheless, they match up very well with the East’s best, though they’re still lacking the experience to make a major push in the East.
 
-Losing Mason shouldn’t hurt too much since newly acquired Bobby Simmons is fully capable of handling the brunt of the minutes at the 3 as it is. And Stotts still has the impressive Charlie Bell, Toni Kukoc, and Jiri Welsch to choose from to spell Redd and Simmons at the 2 and 3. From a salary cap standpoint, both Mason and Magloire’s deals last through 2006-07 and each made roughly the same amount of money– which is why the deal was able to happen. Milwaukee is probably on its way to the Playoffs this year, meaning the draft pick they’ll lose is more than likely to be in the 15-20 range.
 
Grade: B+
 
New Orleans/Oklahoma City:
-Magloire was unhappy in New Orleans and reportedly made it clear to the organization that he wanted to be traded as quickly as possible. The reason why we never heard a lot about it was because he went about it professionally, by talking to the organization rather than expressing his frustration to the press. I’m guessing the team had been placing calls to see what they could get for Magloire before the season started and this was the best offer they found. Mason should slide right into the starting lineup at the 3 and fill a glaring gap for the Hornets that was nearly held by Rasual Butler, Bostjan Nachbar, and Arvydas Macijauskas. While the price of a swingman in the NBA doesn’t come close to that of a center, the Hornets were in a position where they apparently had no choice but to trade Magloire. Mason will be a great fit alongside Chris Paul and J.R. Smith where he should score upwards of 20 PPG and be a valuable asset to any fantasy team that wasn’t expecting too much from him this season.
 
-The Hornets are obviously now hurting in the frontcourt. Look for P.J. Brown to shift over to the 5, where he played a lot last season, and Chris Andersen and David West to compete for minutes at the 4. Andersen is a vastly underrated player in this league and West is expected to show some improvement this season, but neither is going to be able to make up for the size and offense that Magloire brought to the table. New Orleans should to struggle to win 20 games, but at least they’ll position themselves well to draft a big man (Andrea Bagnani, LaMarcus Aldridge?) in next year’s draft. And it won’t hurt that they’ll have Milwaukee’s pick in the middle of the first round either. This is a rebuilding team, and while they may have taken yet another step back with this trade, they at least got something valuable to them in return.
 
Grade: B