If Dwight leaves which it seems like he will, would you consider Center by committee??? Like Zaza Pachulia and Greg Monroe combined 12 million dollars. By the way, if he leaves do you think we can last minute sign and trade like we did Shaq??
A sign-n-trade of Dwight would be difficult to pull off. Teams that are under the cap (like Detroit) can simply sign him off the streets. Under the new CBA, Dwight gets the exact same contract whether he does a sign-n-trade or not. So there's no reason for him to bother with a sign-n-trade.
The only teams that will benefit from a sign-n-trade are the ones over the salary cap, since they can't sign Dwight off the streets. But if they are over the luxury tax apron, they can't accept a player in a sign-n-trade at all. So the number of sign-n-trade destinations is really small. They have to be over the cap, but under the luxury tax apron. And of those teams, how many of those destinations will Dwight agree to? Almost all his target teams are either under the cap, or over the luxury tax.
You would rather take the toxic contracts of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin than get nothing? Don't quit your day job.
Omer Asik's contract is "toxic"? That's a pretty dumb thing to say. Asik has a cap hit of only $8.4M per season. That's a bargain for a 27-yr old defensive center averaging a double-double (10.1 ppg / 11.7 rpg). If you don't believe that, then just wait until you see the contract Nikola Pekovic signs this summer. I betcha Pekovic's salary will be between $12M to $13M.
Of course cap space is a good thing. That's why you don't take other people's junk contracts just to say you got something in return.
Taking back junk contracts is definitely a bad thing. But taking back good players on good contracts is always a good thing. Even if you don't want the player himself. Good players on good contracts are trade assets. You can always flip them for draft picks, or simply use them to facilitate future trades. God knows we need all the trade assets we can get. We already gave up our draft picks in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
This debate is pointless anyway. Houston isn't gifting us Omer Asik when they can just sign Dwight Howard off the streets.
Edited by hipster.doofus7, June 30, 2013 - 08:45 AM.