Moke Hamilton of SheridanHoops.com recently posted a column suggesting five trade proposals for Amar'e Stoudemire, one of which landed him in Washington.
If you would, indulge with me in the hyperbole that is this scenario. The trade would make us instantly credible, give us a star to pair with Wall, and would turn the 'rebuilding' process into a 'what do we need to be a major contender' process. Not sure how Amar'e and McGee would work defensively, but I could imagine not worse than things are with Blatche. While I'd love to get rid of Blatche and Young and end up getting an All-star in Amar'e, I'm a bit conflicted on this trade that will never happen. Maybe it's worth the risk, but I'm not a huge fan of the idea of the Wizards taking on the risk of Amar'e's uninsured contract, with his bad knees and all. And Marvin Williams is Atlanta's Andray Blatche.
In the short-term, the trade would be a disaster for Atlanta, but for a team in NBA purgatory that has a couple of bad contracts and is in no way a title contender, this gets them out of the woods. Even though he's a good player, that Joe Johnson contract is well on its way to becoming the worst in the league. This would offer them the chance to get rid of that cap-crippling deal, and a prospect in the hometown Shumpert. Not sure what Cleveland gets out of the trade. The Knicks would have a void at power forward with these swaps, but would get an upgrade at two other positions.
Would this be worth the risk for the Wizards? As much as I try to sound all rational and sensible about the pros and cons, if this trade were to actually occur, I would most likely be through the roof at our overnight return to relevance.