What’s most hilarious about this last paragraph from Marcas Grant over at Speculative Sports is the idea of the Laker’s early 80’s Norm Nixon trade, to appease a young Magic, being compared to dealing Monta Ellis in favor of Stephen Curry. I love Curry’s game, and he’s a magical (whoops) offensive player, but Ervin (Magic) Johnson is one of the top five players EVER. Dell Curry’s precocious son from Davidson is not. And he plays defense like he’s a chair.
Regardless, the belief that Ellis could be on the trading block was heightened after Jerry West’s introductory press conference with the Warriors. At that time, he talked about the need for the team to get bigger in the backcourt and mentioned how he once traded Norm Nixon to make way for a younger Magic Johnson. Stephen Curry is the younger of the Warriors’ point guards, theoretically making him the club’s future. Ellis could provide an extra scoring punch for someone either off the bench as a sixth man or in a starting role as an off-guard.
I don’t think Monta’s ego would allow him to come off the bench, but he’d be the perfect off-guard Chicago is looking for, and Derrick Rose could become more of a facilitator for that team. Also, maybe GS wants Boozer. I haven’t checked the NBA trade machine in months, but the Ellis for Boozer deal makes sense to me.
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