Preface: This is a complete editorial piece. It contains no new information from inside sources and provides no statistical analysis. After reading this editorial, you could argue that its a fanpost and shouldn't start out on the front page, but I exercise my right to disagree and post it here anyway. Appeal to the supreme overlord (Seth) if you want.
Rosterbation: /def/ the act of dreaming up transactions to alter the roster of your favorite, underachieving sports team
(apologies in advance to our young readers. You know that rosterbation is a play on words, so please continue reading at your own peril.)
Rosterbation is a potentially devastating problem. Some say if you rosterbate too much you'll go blind. Others say it can stunt your growth. Frankly, whenever I rosterbate I'm just left with an empty feeling. Sure, there's a moment of elation as I hit the 'post' button, but that only lasts a moment. Talking about it afterward is pretty uncomfortable cuz everyone's got their own opinion on "how" I should have done it, often going to the extreme of "showing" me a better way.
Frankly, all manner of rosterbation ends the same way (with an empty feeling) and you've got nothing to show for it besides a moment of self-aggrandized glory (some call it an epiphany).
Now that New Jersey has broken the seal this week on a trade that included real talent for nothing in return - second-year swingman Terrence Williams and grizzled vet Joe Smith for low draft picks - I assume a flood of rosterbation is going to explode all over our BSotS page.
Alvin Gentry is feeding the flames with repeated comments that the current rotation is unworkable - that the only way to settle on a good, predictable rotation of players is to remove 1 or more from the equation.
Dragic needs more minutes to be most effective, as do Jason Richardson and Grant Hill. Turkoglu too. Josh Childress or Jared Dudley figure to be the odd men out, and that's really a sad proposition. These guys are too talented to ride the pine for an extended period.
Frankly, the Suns need to make a move. They need to trade 2 wings for a PF.
This may be a surprise to you, but the front office knows this. Of course they know it. There's no way they DON'T know this.
One problem is, so does the rest of the league.
Another problem is, talented starting-quality Power Forwards are not generally available ever and certainly aren't traded by their team in December.
A team with a starting-quality big man who is out of their current rotation is not going to trade him right now. Not when its 2 months before the trade deadline and no one has made their best offer yet. Put yourself in their shoes: Why make a reasonable trade now that's good for both teams when you can possibly make a lop-sided trade with a desperate team later and come out on top?
And then there's teams with starting-caliber PFs getting big minutes, but their team is going nowhere. Those aren't getting traded yet either. For the same reason you're holding out hope for the Suns season, so are the other 29 teams in the league. It's too early to jettison a quality big man for salary relief and/or draft picks.
In summation, I fully expect the rosterbation to continue. Everyone needs a vice, you know?
But I caution against actually expecting a real trade to materialize in the next 30-45 days. Not a good one, anyway.
Postscript: Maybe this does belong as a fanpost after all...