According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, Donnie Walsh is going to explore trade options for a backup guard using the two trade options that he received from the Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins deals. Berman claims that the exception figures to be in the $1 million range, or in the minimum wage vicinity. Essentially we are talking about a player who is buried on another team’s bench that another team would be willing to give up for cap flexibility.
Truthfully, I am unsure on exactly how the trade exceptions work, especially considering that I do not know the full amount of the exception. But that said, I looked around the league to find guards in the $1 million dollar range that are not finding minutes with current teams. The best I could come up with are Marcus Williams (Golden State), Morris Almond (Utah), Shannon Brown (Charlotte), and Javaris Crittendon (Memphis). Obviously I would like to have Crittendon the most, as he has the length to play the 2 but is a pure point. I highly doubt that Memphis deals him for roster/ cap flexibility. Marcus Williams, if the numbers work out, would be a good fit. Williams is a point guard who I still believe has good talent and could thrive under D’Antoni. For the trade exception, why not give him a whirl? If Walsh decides that none of these options work, Smush Parker is hanging around in the D-League. While not an ideal point guard, he does have legit NBA starting experience. He also appears to be playing well in the D League so far this year. Just a thought.