Aug. 20, 2019
An Overlooked Side of the NBA: The C.J. Miles/Dwight Howard Trade
It was a straight-up swap between the Wizards and Grizzlies agreed on the evening of July 5th, the night before the free agent moratorium was lifted, of two players on their last legs and on the final years of their respective contracts, and two of only six remaining NBA players that were drafted straight out of high school.
For Memphis, the deal saves them roughly $3 million in salary, while leaving them with two retread veterans on their roster that everyone is seemingly waiting to be bought out, in Howard and Andre Iguodala.
For Washington, well, lord only knows what the fuck they are doing. For one, they are too stubborn to offer their most valuable asset, Bradley Beal, in a trade. And their roster outside of Beal is fringy at best. This is probably the worst-run organization in the league at the moment, which is saying something given that Robert Sarver remains an NBA owner. Apparently they will look to make a reclamation project out of the 32-year-old Miles as compensation for letting Otto Porter go (to another questionably-operated franchise in Chicago no less) for two players they did not elect to re-sign in free agency, while also not retrieving any draft picks in the deal.
In 13 games for the Grizz after being acquired in the Marc Gasol trade, Miles averaged 9.3 points per game on 36.4 percent three-point shooting.
For Dwight Howard, it is very much a matter of how far the mighty have fallen. After appearing in only nine games last season due to what was essentially an injured butt, he just got traded straight up for another retread with even lesser credentials. There's still a solid possibly that Howard will not play in another NBA game.
Perhaps the bigger issue here, though, is high school players coming straight into the NBA. Very few of them had enjoyed lengthy careers well into their 30's, and those that have (Kobe, LeBron, and Garnett) are going to eventually be in the HOF, and with reason. Those three are the exception and not the rule. Of all the others, Lou Williams looks as if he is going to eventually end with a successful and lengthy career, but the overall list is short. Those that say the NBA should lower its age limit don't know their asses from a hole in the ground, no matter how likely it may end up happening.
Reverting back on the topic of the Otto Porter trade - This could prove to be a franchise altering move for the Bulls when you think about it, given how badly they had fleeced the Wiz in the trade. No doubt with Porter and Lauri Markkanen in the frontcourt for a full 82-game season, the Bulls could at least dream of a playoff spot in what will be a wide-open bottom of the east.
In fact, I am going to make a bold prediction right now in that Anthony Davis will sign as a free agent with his hometown Bulls in 2020. Frank Vogel will find some way to fuck up the situation with he and LeBron. If you can't take it from a Pacers fan who has endured six seasons of failure under Vogel, well, I don't know where else you could take it from...