Let’s play a fun game with 2013’s marquee free agents. I’m going to give you a player, then I’ll tell you what he was traded for.
Dwight Howard: Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Arron Afflalo, three first round picks.
Chris Paul: The right to pay Eric Gordon max money while he sits on the bench, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, one first round pick.
Al Jefferson: Kevin Garnett in his prime.
WHAT THE HELL?!?!? This actually happened! Yes, I know there were extenuating circumstances, but someone who was the centerpiece of a trade for Kevin Garnett in his prime is suddenly a free agent and nobody cares? For God’s sake, he put up 18 and 9 last year! He’s only 28! He’s one of the four or five best low-post scorers in basketball!
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