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Diaw for Turkoglu -- Would you make that trade?

(DA: From the FanPosts)

Trade was mentioned on ESPN's Insider Rumor.

How do you guys feel about the prospect of this trade? Hedo Turkoglu, another player I had in my top 10 players likely to be acquired list, has fallen out of favor in Toronto. But, everyone knows that I've been wanting Boris Diaw out of Charlotte all year. His non-ability to take, or hit, a big shot has been frustrating all year. I know Turk has gotten in trouble a little bit this year for various blunders, but I think he's far superior to Diaw on the court. The one thing that would have to happen though is Turk would have to turn into a 6th man, as I wouldn't trust him as our starting PF.  But, I think if we could do this, our team improves by a little at least.

(DA again: This was batted around among SB Nation hoops bloggers on our email list, and here's what I wrote about it.

The folks over at Rufus on Fire have battled and battled over guys like Hedo, because the Bobcats are capped out and the FO doesn't believe they can afford luxury free agents, anyway. So, the thinking goes, the Cats are willing to take on other teams' "bad" contracts and reap the rewards the talent brings because we have no desire for cap room; we only care about the bottom line and, by extension, the luxury tax. (See: Stephen Jackson)

So, in other words, if you want to trade Hedo and Jarrett Jack for Diaw and DeSagana Diop, MJ would be strongly inclined to sign off on it, contingent on our ability to re-sign Tyrus Thomas. Hedo would probably be our starting PF. Don't know if you'd take that, but it's the most talent we can offer back, and even though both those guys have long contracts, you're out from under Hedo sooner. If you want shorter contracts, then you can't have Diaw, and we'd give you Nazr Mohammed and Alexis Ajinca with Diop, instead. Hedo's deal is so many years out, this is the sort of thing I think you'd be able to get for him.

To sum up, I think it's well worth exploring, but I agree that playing Hedo at PF won't exactly produce a Larry Brown type of defense.)

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