The Los Angeles Lakers [my team] are set to deal Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins to the Washington Wizards for Kwame Brown. The Wiz could decide on replacing Atkins with Devean George...but LA would prefer to keep the triangle-knowing George around.
You want my honest opinion?? I don't like the deal.
Not that I HATE the deal....I just don't like it. With all of the trade talk in the last year involving Caron Butler...the best we got was Kwame Brown. A guy that got kicked off his team in the playoffs? Butler was our 2nd leading scorer last season and we dealt him, along with our 4th leading scorer, for a guy that started just 14 games last year and averaged just 7 points...good enough for 8th best on his team.
Kwame Brown is on the fast track to being labeled the worst #1 draft pick of all time. He was the first high school player drafted first overall in the NBA draft and has done nothing in his time in Washington. His biggest career moments have been a game on March 17, 2003 against the Kings where he scored 30 pts, nabbed 19 boards, becoming Michael Jordan's whipping boy and getting kicked off the team during the Wiz's first playoff appearance in nearly a decade.
He most likely won't enter the Mount Rushmore of Laker #1 drafted players of Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Heck, he probably couldn't even knock Mychael Thompson off either.
The deal isn't a horrible one for the Lakers. Apparantly, the deal is just 2 years long, with the Lakers having an option on the 3rd. This fits into the Lakers plan of having some cap room after the 2006-2007 season. However, it really hurts the current Lakers now for a hopeful swipe at Yao Ming or Amare Stoudamire in 2007. As of now, the Lakers will trot out a lineup of Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown and a point guard the Lakers are wishing to add via their mid-level exception. This Laker team is very short on perimeter players right now, as the teamspent their draft picks on center Andrew Bynum and Ronny Turiaf...and on a reach with guard Von Wafer. Sasha Vujacic and Devean George are the only other "guards" on the Lakers current roster.
The Wiz did a okay job replacing Larry Hughes, who they lost earlier in the week to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Atkins will do fine running the point with Butler chipping in at the small forward spot. Not a bad deal for a guy they really didn't mind cutting loose.