So I had someone e-mail me and ask me a question, which is a first, but I thought it’s an interesting “What if” Scenario: What if the PBL had trades? How would that change the Crookshank situation?
I read your blog and I really enjoy it. I was amazed with how many people started commenting after the Crookshanks (sic) suspension. One person said that he should be traded but I do not think that the PBL has trades. Does it? But wouldn’t it be interesting if they did? I am an NBA fan who only follows minor league basketball because we do not have a NBA team in Halifax and in the NBA a situation like this would almost certainly be dealt with in a trade. I am curious: If the PBL suddenly had trade rules what do you think would be the best deal Halifax could get for Crookshanks?
I hope to hear from you soon,
I actually think that this is a really neat question and the nerd in me loves it so I asked them if I could post their e-mail on here so other people can offer some input. A few notes before diving in to this parallel universe:
- I am assuming that trades would only happen inside the PBL (i.e. no Crookshank, Hammack, and Dandridge for Ronnie Fields type trades)
- Picks are not tradeable since they’re worthless. No cash can be traded.
- There are no salary cap match ups needed.
- The Crookshank suspension is common knowledge in this scenario. This is important since other teams would know that Halifax want him gone and he’d have a depreciated trade value.
- Trades in the PBL would be made even more strange by the fact that everyone is on one year contracts. There’s no trading for prospects when you’ve only got the guy for two months. Players can also be cut mid-season which means teams aren’t trying to dump bad decisions off on other teams during trades.
- I am assuming that if there were trades in the PBL that Halifax would not have brought Strickland in.
So I guess the first two questions are
- Who would be willing to trade for Crookshank?
- What would Halifax want to get back for Crookshank?
The answers are:
- Teams who are underachieving, teams who have a player who is a disapointment, teams that need a tweak, teams that need more instant offense, teams lacking a starting powerforward, and teams who need another piece to push them over the top.
- Halifax need a servicable centre and lock down perimeter defender.
Unfortunately for Halifax, very few teams have centres, and even fewer are willing to part with them, and the teams that really need a player like Eric have no pieces worth even looking at (hey there Mid-Michigan). Anyway, here are my top five hypothetical deals:
5) Vermont send Herndon and Regis Koundja, Halifax Send Crookshank and McNeal. Vermont pursued Crookshank in the off season and the team clearly needs some sort of tweak. Eric is popular in Vermont and gives them a consistent low post scorer, McNeal is a sort of replacementfor Herndon. Vermont are possibly the only team in the league in dire need of an upgrade at powerfoward and Eric gives it to them. Halifax get two guys who haven’t shown a whole lot yet, but provide some options. Herndon is an upgrade over McNeal and has some solid experience. Koundja is a quick but tall small forward who gives Halifax an option at the three in case Silverhorn has to sit out any more games.
4) Wilmington send Cedric McGinnis, Halifax send Eric Crookshank and SirValiant Brown. Halifax give up a lot to get McGinnis, but Wilmington need guard help (I think… I haven’t seen them play but I am going off of stats) and need to switch something up. McGinnis can play centre if need be and he gives Halifax a solution on the defensive boards. Unfortunately, he clogs up that front court rotation pretty bad and needs a lot of touches. One of those deals I am not convinced would even happen.
3) Quebec send Jonas Pierre and Charles Fortier, Halifax send Eric Crookshank, Kevin Hammack and Tyronne McNeal. It’s a huge trade but Halifax need a centre and another real shooting guard, and Quebec desperately need a starting point guard. Crookshank gives them another scorer and rebounder, McNeal gives them another big man to sit on the bench with Njoya. I am not convinced that Quebec would make this move, though.
2) Montreal send: Auriental and Morton, Halifax send Crookshank. Morton is a big body who can give you 20 minutes and matchup with opposing centres. Auriental is a phenomonal perimeter defender and solid ball handler. It fills two needs for Halifax and gives Montreal the perfect guy to play centre in their demented system. Imagine Crookshank grabbing boards, throwing outlet passes and putting back all those early jump shots while running with Ruffus and Gill. The swagger of that team is also the perfect fit for Eric.
1) Manchester send Ife Anosike, Halifax send Eric Crookshank. Anosike is the perfect centre for this team and provides yet more grit (some would say rage). Manchester have had problems scoring but are a very good defensive team, and that’s what Eric does. Bringing Eric in also helps the team at the gate/in the community. Eric is a better player than Anosike, but Manchester aren’t going to give up a centre easily and Eric’s value is not what it was prior to suspension.
I haven’t put a ton of thought into this but I figured it was an interesting premise for a post. Thoughts? What trades would you concoct?