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Ethan Sherwood Strauss, National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report Breaks Down the NBA Trade Deadline

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Bustin’ Loose Wednesday 2-20-13

Lead NBA Writer for Bleacher Report, Ethan Sherwood Strauss, joined Frank and Yarbs to talk NBA Trade Deadline and the state of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The NBA Trade Deadline is on the horizon, so we asked Ethan if this is really anything to excited about?

“The main piece we’re talking about is Josh Smith… That’s the biggest thing we’re talking about that could potentially happen. We’re not exactly talking about the LeBron James ‘Decision.’ It is a bit overhyped.”

The Celtics and akers will be playing a big game and the Celtics have been at the center of several rumors and they’re an aging team. So what should the Celtics do?

“In terms of what trades are feasible out there, I almost doubt they’ll get anything that will be worth casting aside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. And when it comes to trading Rajon Rondo, the man has an ACL tear. That would be the definition of selling low.”

The other in the match up is the Lakers and they find themselves in as big of a mess as any team, but will that force them to trade their star center, Dwight Howard?

“They’re pot committed, as the poker term goes. They have put a whole bunch of money in this put. The’re not going to fold the hand. They want to see this through. They’re planning on building around this young centerpiece, and that is the course; they’re staying the course.”

Turning the conversation to the local team, some Bobcats players have been mentioned in trade rumors as well. Gerald Henderson has been the most recent trending name, but what is a realistic return for a guy like that?

“I know idea why they’d want Henderson for a first round pick, maybe for the end of then of the first round would be a proper (position) in exchange for Henderson’s services. That would make sense for the Bobcats to try and stockpile some draft picks. As far as their roster, it’s funny. This is a terrible, hideous team that’s a lot better than last year’s terrible, hideous team… So the Bobcats have nowhere to go but up.”

Although the trade deadline’s looming, and the Bobcats roster is subpar, is there a player on the team that would be untouchable for other teams?

“I would say that MKG isn’t tradable.  You don’t give up on somebody that young right after you draft him, when he’s shown them the promise he has shown. Kemba Walker has shown a lot of promise this year… But he’s made great strides from last season to this year, and he’s probably their best player. He’d be the closest to untradable, but I would only fit MKG into that designation.”

Lastly, he assessed where the Bobcats now in their development as on organization what they need to do in order to become a consistent contender.

“What they’re doing, is what they should be doing at this juncture. They should maybe mix in some veterans, because you’re young corps won’t improve if it’s all young guys. You need somebody showing you the way. So mixing in some veterans would be helpful, and then stockpiling some more draft picks… And then, finally, draft better.”

You can follow Ethan Twitter @SherwoodStrauss



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