David Aldridge reports
The Phoenix Suns didn’t want their summer to be defined by losing Amar’e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks, and they made sure of it Sunday night with two major deals, acquiring veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu from the Toronto Raptors for guard Leandro Barbosa and agreeing to a trade with the Atlanta Hawks that will bring restricted free agent Josh Childress, whose rights the Hawks still hold, to Phoenix in exchange for a second-round pick. Childress will receive a five-year, $34 million deal from Phoenix.Turkoglu and Childress were both coveted by the Suns’ former general manager, Steve Kerr, and even after his departure the club went ahead and got both players, who will bring much-needed depth to one of the league’s older teams and provide help in several ways for Steve Nash and Grant Hill next season. The Arizona Republic first reported the Turkoglu acquisition and Yahoo! Sports first reported the Childress trade.
Hedo Turkoglu is a very bad fit in Phoenix. He is only a high level player when he is allowed to spend time on the ball and he won’t get those touches + opportunities while playing alongside Steve Nash. Turkoglu will once again be the equivalent of a role player.
Ergo, that is a horrible trade for Phoenix due to the cost of Turkoglu’s contract ($40+ million over four years).
I am taking a wait and see approach to Josh Childress. I want to see how his game has improved (or not) after spending two years in Europe.
I will say that I would under no circumstances condone any team giving Childress an MLE offer based on his work with the Atlanta Hawks. You don’t give that type of money to player who is a below average defender, who can’t shoot and cannot create his own shot. A player who is effectively a garbage man wing player.
Maybe he has improved in Europe. Worked on his defense. Added more of a jump shot. Hopefully … otherwise, this is another very poor deal.
- $40+ million for Turkoglu over four years
- $33 million for Childress over five years
- $30 million for Channing Frye over five years
- $16-18 million for Warrick over four years
These are the types of moves a club should not make when the core of their team is in tatters. These moves will inhibit the Suns ability to build a contender.
Even if Childress has improved and that is a good individual contract … given the state of the team, adding that contract to their current predicament was a mistake (short term gain, long term pain).
Toronto Raptors Payroll
A very good decision to get out of Turkoglu’s contract. Two years at $14 million is an excellent alternative.
The Raptors are clearly rebuilding now and a player of Turkoglu’s age + contract + needs has no place in a side like that. Also, the Raptors were unwilling to turn over enough of their offense to Hedo’s playmaking which relegated him to the supporting cast which also made his contract an albatross.
In summary, excellent move to get out of Hedo’s contract.
Leandro Barbosa had a very poor season last year but there is a good chance that he can rebound and get back to his scoring best next season.
That said, Barbosa is a very poor defender + a very poor rebounder + a non-passer. His negatives in these areas negate the value of his scoring.
Simply put, Barbosa isn’t a valuable player because of his lack of contributions outside of scoring.
The Raptors are going to take a pretty big hit here … which is okay because they should be rebuilding rather than trying to cover up systemic problems with band aids.
The downgrade from Turkoglu to Barbosa is a large one and it’ll be felt most of the offensive end. The Raptors benefited significantly from Turkoglu’s passing ability and shooting ability offensively, it helped create a more dynamic offense and better overall spacing for the team. Even if they underused it.
The loss of that weapon will lower the Raptors offensive efficiency significantly. Perhaps more so than the loss of Chris Bosh.
Eastern Playoff Picture
The top seven seeds in the East look locked in. That eight seed was up for grabs and due to the lack of quality teams in that bracket the Raptors had a real chance of nabbing that slot.
Well, they did, prior to this trade. They don’t anymore.
Good job by Atlanta. They had no leverage and managed to get a second round pick.
Also, I think we can put to rest those Marvin Williams trade rumours. Or at least those Marvin Williams salary dump trade rumours in order to facilitate the signing of Josh Childress.
The big winners of this trade. They have drastically improved their long term future by dumping Turkoglu (short term pain, long term gain).
The big losers of this trade. They have drastically hurt their long term future by adding Turkoglu and Childress in addition to Warrick and Frye. These high priced moves for role players are going to bite them on the ass.
Largely irrelevant, did what they could. Well done.