As we've seen over the past few months, people like ESPN's Trade Machine. And why not? It's a lot of fun to figure out ways to trade Chris Paul to the Rockets, after all. But we have this new directive to stop posting threads about it and instead focus on discussion. Obviously, that's quite the roadblock to showing off your latest brilliant idea to your fellow Dream Shakers. What's a fan to do?
Well, I was inspired by Bill Simmons' latest mailbag and a letter contained therein:
Q: Ever messed around with the NBA Trade Machine and tried to determine what trade would give the absolute highest possible increase in John Hollinger's projected wins to a team? Ultimately, I was able to add 58 projected wins to the Knicks by sacking Portland, Cleveland and the Lakers of their valuables. Please don't ask me how long that took. My challenge to you is simple: TOP THAT.
-- Jon, Edison, N.J.
SG: Jon, Jon, Jon, Jon, Jon … you made two ginormous mistakes here. First, you brazenly challenged the Picasso of the Trade Machine. Never a smart move. Second, you challenged someone whose profession allows him to waste copious amounts of time figuring out dumb things to, as you so foolishly put it, "TOP THAT." Your big mistake was not pillaging the Zombie Sonics; for my fake four-team deal, I used the Zombies, Cavaliers and Magic to "TOP THAT" and ended up adding 66 projected wins to the Knicks. Good news, Knicks fans: Not only did I get you LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, Mo Williams, Delonte West, J.J. Hickson, Jordan Hill and Wilson Chandler on next season's team, but you're projected to go 96 and minus-14. Things are looking up! As always, never challenge the Trade Machine Picasso.
Frankly, Simmons' trade is pretty easy to top. The Trade Machine's projection system takes into account positional requirements, so overlaps (like having both Durant and LeBron) don't help as much.
So, here's my challenge to you: come up with the most ridiculously lopsided trade you can imagine and improve any team (the Knicks are really the easiest, thanks to their horrible contracts) by the most wins you can.
I've been able to improve the Knicks by 71 Wins. LeBron, Delonte West, about half of the Blazers, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, and David West give New York a 103 win, -21 loss season. Do better than that. Bonus points if you can do it with an already legitimately good team.