Thursday, July 27, 2006

Latest Buzz: Martin For Francis Plus One

(FortCollins-CO) The latest buzz on the streets is that the New York Knicks have left an open-ended deal that would trade Steve Francis and another player to the Denver Nuggets for disgruntle forward Kenyon Martin. With Iverson off the block, unofficially, and the free agency pool getting shallow. This is a trade that I think makes some sense for the Nuggets. Francis, who was open about being unhappy with the Magic before getting traded to the Knicks, could be a major asset to the Nuggets in the position of shooting guard.

Presumably, the Nuggets will be able to re-sign Reggie Evans for cheap. With Reggie Evans, Nene, Najera, Camby, Kleiza, and Diawara on the roster. Some bolstering of the shooting guard position wouldn’t be a bad idea while the front line looks strong. The Nuggets have the young J.R. Smith, and Rueben Patterson at the position currently, but the addition of Francis would really lock the two down.

Francis has averages of 19 points, 5.8 boards, and 6.3 assists over his seven year career. He would be a nice mentor to J.R. Smith during his maturation process and would bring some veteran toughness to the team. In addition to all these positives, the starting five of Andre Miller and Steve Francis in the backcourt. In combination with Camby, Nene, and Carmelo Anthony in the frontcourt is formidable to say the least. With that starting five, the Nugget bench also looks sturdy with Earl Boykins relieving Miller. Smith substituting for Francis and the rest of the aforementioned crew working in on the front court when needed.

9 comments:

Nugg Doctor said...

Look who he is yaking on...Coincidence, I hope so!

The Nugg Doctor

Underworld said...

The question has to be asked as to why Francis seemed to struggle in NY last season. He avg'd 14.4 ppg and played plenty of minutes. He only shot 30% from 3 pt land. So while he might be a nice mentor for JR, I don't know if he fits what the Nugs are looking for. The fact that he can be had for KMart does not necessarily make it the right trade. The only benefit I see is that Francis only has 3 yrs remaining on a horrible contract while Martin has 5. Which means that the Nugs could trade Francis's expiring contract two years earlier than they could Martin.

If I knew Martin's real condition and expected durability, I'd be more certain about the situation. But I don't. And I'm not sure Warkentien knows either.

Tymes Rhymes said...

Don't Francis and Melo hate each other? I may have gone for this move a couple of years ago in Melo's rookie season, but now I don't think Francis will be helpful. Plus I can see the Nuggets are going for youth. 5 out of 15 people on the Nuggets roster are 30+,( Not including FA's or K-Mart,he is 29.)

Nugg Doctor said...

Tymes,

This is the second time I have heard that Carmelo and Francis do not care for each other. I must have missed this story when it broke, but do you care to enlighten me on the saga?

The Nugg Doctor

Tymes Rhymes said...

My bad, everyone including free agents equals 15 players so we can re-sign Reggie Evans and DerMarr Johnson.

Tymes Rhymes said...

Well I just heard this story that had happened in the 2004 Olympics.

Tymes Rhymes said...

Just one more thing for now, I would like to see them re-sign Reggie and DJ and then maybe make a deal for someone, maybe Francis can do well in Denver.

Nugg Doctor said...

The same Olympics that saw Larry Brown essentially "bench" 'Melo for no apparent reason other than just to be a stupid hard-ass? Well, if that is the case, I think that both men should realize the potential of playing together as resouces and let go of the past. As for Larry Brown, hows Darco working out for you? Oh wait! You don't have a job after getting fired from the Knicks! I snicker to myself :)

Tymes Rhymes said...

Tru dat,Tru dat. Only 1-year with them.