This is a great trade on all fronts.
Ariza was no superstar when he came here, but look at the development of him in a really short time.
Then you throw in a guy like Shannon Brown.
No, he's not the savior of the team or any team, but he will prove to be the coup within this deal.
Like me LD2K were saying Brown's size and ability to keep up with either quick 1's or quick 2's could prove to be invaluable. With Sasha' developing reaching habits and rocky defense right now, it lets the Lakers have another option in the back court against guys like House defensively.
He's got a decent shot and is another young mind that has yet to really show what he can do in a system laden with veteran players.
Really - I can't get over this deal. Mitch has pulled another big deal off underneath the guise of a small one.
As much as I liked Vladi as a person and a personality on this team, I was always saying that he's the one guy they need to find a deal for. But with his contract I thought it would be impossible to get anything of quality back. And yeah, like I said there is question marks around the potential of both of these players. But Mitch found a quality deal for a bloated, tough to unload contract.
I'm glad you mentioned this part, specifically.
Last season, when Kupchak was a candidate for executive of the year, many naysayers simply wanted to talk about the gift that the Grizzlies gave us. And yes, while that had some lucky elements to it, I kept hearkening back to the Ariza deal.
Dumping Cook's contract, and Mo (who was brought to LA for defense, but instead wanted to be Kobe 2.0) for Trevor was sheer genius. Those are the kind of moves where GM's really make their bacon, not by simply getting a GM to send them a disgruntled star; but rather, by finding those diamonds in the rough that will take your team from simply a contender, to actual champion.