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Boston would have to do it. Conley is a lesser pG, but a much better shooter, which helps with spacing, and the C's have some premier sharers at SF with Pierce and KG at PF/C. Horford's above average too. And the upgrade from current frontcourt to KG/Horford is tremendous. Horford is 26 with consistently 18+ PER and good defense. If this trade were to occur, we'd have Horford, Conley, Sully, Melo, Lee and Green signed for the '15-'16 seasons for about 41.3 million, plus whatever for Bradley. Dumping Lee/Green sometime in between and signing Bradley reasonably would likely allow for a Conley/Bradley/??/Sully/Horford w/ Melo roster plus room for a max type contract. (this is why signing a guy for 4 yrs 36 million just because "we were over the cap anyway" in year 1 of the deal is terrible logic, btw).
TP for nice trade idea....I think Memphis says no, unless they're given a pick. To me it helps Boston's chances this year, as explained below, though it might downgrade them a bit for the future depending on Fab's potential, which is up in the air. Yeah, I'd call it a future downgrade if I had to guess on Rondo and Fab verses Conley and Horford.Boston gives up the best player, but filling the position of need with a guy like Horford, especially considering Conley's general solidity, makes it doable if thinking solely about this year. That's because imo Boston's issue with Miami is entirely about energy. When there's gas in the tank we're the better team, the problem is the gas. This trade helps address that issue by allowing us to remain viable while KG gets precious rest. Also takes pressure off KG and allows him to go nuts when he's on the floor (yes even KG has a high gear...call it 4th and 5th if you want). I would hope the C's would sign a solid backup PG after completing the deal. If the Hawks want to keep Josh Smith and go after Dwight Howard, this is the right trade for them.
Not enough value for Rondo for me. I would need someone with more star quality than Conley coming back in a trade where Horford is the main attraction in a trade for Rondo. Too large a drop-off in individual talent. Horford is a very good player but Rondo is a guy who can define a playoff series. Like Rondo did against Miami last year, against Cleveland before that and terrific performances against New York the year before that and Chicago a few years ago. I have never seen Horford lead a charge like Rondo has in a playoff series.I think it's an excellent deal for Atlanta. Rondo is a much better piece to build around than Horford. Not sure about Memphis. I haven't watched much of Atlanta this season. I don't enjoy watching that team play. I understand he is playing better this season but from what i have seen of Teague, I am not convinced by him. I am don't think Teague is good enough to make it worthwhile parting with a strong starting point guard like Mike Conley. Jason Terry is a nice piece but not good enough to make up that difference. A Teague + Terry backcourt combo is ridiculously small.