NBA Roundtable

Trade: Q-Rich for Blount

In Trade Talk on August 14, 2009 at 12:57 am

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Mark Blount

Miami Heat receive: Quentin Richardson

The Link

ESPN reports

Quentin Richardson and Dwyane Wade are regular workout partners during the offseason. They’re about to get a chance to play together all year long.

Richardson’s wild summer tour of the NBA continued Thursday night, when he was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Miami Heat for center Mark Blount.

The trade carousel for Richarson

Richardson spent the last four seasons with the New York Knicks and now has been traded four times in less than two months: to Memphis on draft night, then to the Los Angeles Clippers, then to Minnesota and now to Miami.

Pat Riley adds

“We are very excited to add Quentin Richardson,” Heat president Pat Riley said. “Over the course of his career, he has proven to be a fierce competitor, a great locker room presence and a very prolific 3-point shooter who may be one of the strongest perimeter players in the NBA. We feel that he will be able to match-up well against the top scorers in the league.”

The Financials

  • Mark Blount — Blount is down for $7.97 million
  • Quentin Richardson — Q-Rich was on the books for $8.7 million, but that includes part of the signing on bonus he received from the Suns several years ago. So while he counts for $8.7 million against the cap, he’s actually only owed $6.89 million.

The figure that counts on the salary cap is a very important one for Miami because the Heat over the luxury tax. The Heat have a payroll of $71.87 million, so they’re over the tax threshold by $1.97 million already. That additional $0.83 million difference in the contracts will be added onto their luxury tax bill, rising that number to $2.8 million.

So, the Heat are paying an extra $830k in luxury tax payments but they save $1.8 million from the signing on fee, making a net savings of almost $1 million.

Not 100% certain, but I think that’s correct!

The Trade

Miami Heat

This looks like a clear win for the Heat.

They had three centers ahead of Mark Blount in the rotation in Jermaine O’Neal, Joel Anthony and Jamaal Magloire, and after last season (only 204 minutes) it appeared that they had no intention of giving him any court time this coming year. Head Coach Erik Spoelstra left Blount out for good reason too; Blount was slacking off defensively, doing a very poor job rebounding wise, and in general just being a poor team player.

So, they’ve moved a non-entity on their roster for a guy who could play a size-able role for the Heat next season. I’d expect Quentin Richardson to replace Jamario Moon to some degree, either as a starter, or filling some vacant minutes off the bench if someone else (James Jones) claims the starting job. Either way, I think Richardson will be getting regular minutes.

Quentin Richardson is an excellent rebounder for a two guard and a solid rebounder for a wing. This is important because at the moment Dwyane Wade is the only wing who rebounds the ball on the Heat’s roster, with their three other wings (Jones, Cook, Diawara) all being terrible rebounders. This will help fill some of the void left by Jamario Moon.

Offensively, Richardson is a below average in scoring efficiency but that’s mainly due to his poor play inside of the arc. As a spot up three point shooter, he’s still dangerous –36.5% last season from three — his shooting ability from the perimeter should make him a useful fit alongside a player like Dwyane Wade. Richardson’s once potent post game is now a distant memory, and his skills as a slasher are poor.

Defensively, Richardson is serviceable, below average but serviceable. Over the course of his career, Q-Rich has never actually gotten to play on a good defensive team. He’s been stuck on some lousy defensive clubs in NYC, and some poor to very poor defensive teams with the Clippers, as well as a slightly below average defensive team in Phoenix. Richardson is a player who tries very hard on the defensive end and likes the challenge of playing defense, so perhaps joining a good defensive team like the Miami Heat will help him lift his defense. It’s also worth noting that despite his efforts, he was still a weak defender in NYC.

Minnesota Timberwolves

I don’t see the point in this move by GM David Kahn …

In Mark Blount, they’ve acquired a poor to very poor rebounder, and a poor to very poor defender, while being a solid offensive player with a good midrange jump shot. I don’t see how Blount adds anything important to the interior.

On the other hand, the Wolves could have used Quentin Richardson. Their wing situation looks threadbare, as does their bench, and Richardson could have given them some useful service in both roles.

Side Note: By the last time Mark Blount played good defense and did a solid job rebounding the ball was his last contract year in Boston (2004). But hey, he’s in another contract year right? So maybe? Just maybe, he’ll try hard next season? Hmm … probably not.

Side Note II: Minnesota have only two out and out wings now, Wayne Ellington and Corey Brewer, and one combo forward in Ryan Gomes. This looks like a major problem area for the Wolves next season.

Update: Another Link

Interesting quote here from an article in the Star Tribune

This time, he brings back Blount’s expiring $7.96 million salary slot in exchange for Richardson’s $9.35 million expiring contract.

Don’t expect Blount to get a locker stall, much less his Wolves uniform back. Kahn will either save nearly $1.4 million by waiving Blount outright instead of Richardson or use his expiring contract in another trade.

Okay, so Blount will play no part in the Wolves future. I wonder if his contract will be easier to trade or not?

Edit: Oh, worth pointing out there’s a couple of different figures out there for Quentin Richardson’s contract. Not sure which one is the correct one, but I choose the $8.7 million because I’ve seen it in a couple of the more trustworthy sites such as Sham Sports.

Conclusions

Excellent trade by the Miami Heat. They picked up a useful role player for a non-entity.

Minnesota took another step back … a largely unimportant step … but a step back nonetheless.

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