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Trading Brad Miller, For Spencer Hawes’ Sake

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am

Dec 23rd 2008 12:30PM by Tom Ziller (author feed)
Filed under: Kings, NBA RumorsOddly, not Travis Outlaw nor Lamar Odom or even Raef LaGiantExpiringContract have been the most spilled names on the rumor rags. It’s been all Brad Miller, all the time. From “sure deals” in Miami to Charlotte to Cleveland to Chicago and nearly all points in between, the Big Redneck is getting more ink than ever. Meanwhile, he’s had a mediocre season on a worse-than-mediocre team … and he is “blocking” Kings bright spot Spencer Hawes from playing his natural position.

Reggie Theus promoted Hawes to starting power forward before being fired; Sam Amick of the crunches the numbers. The result? In extra minutes with (theoretically) better teammates, Hawes has been worse. Why? It’s assumed the positional switch — Hawes is a natural center — has hurt the kid.

Fellow youngster Jason Thompson is a true power forward, and probably belongs in Hawes’ spot. But the real fix — the smart fix — would be for a Miller trade to upon up spots in the starting line-up for both Thompson (affectionately known as “Shock” due to his surprising lottery selection) and Hawes. The franchise needs to know whether the pair will work out going forward. As it is, the duo has gotten precious few games opportunities to work together. Miller’s good enough that he’ll be missed by the other Kings (namely Kevin Martin). It’s not quite addition by subtraction. But it’d clear one fairly major problem, and hopefully some ‘09-10 cap space. Think of it as the Mike Bibby trade, part two.

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