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I mean, really? Larry Brown WANTS to trade for DANNY FORTSON? Why? I mean, I KNOW that the Warriors are trying to GIVE HIM AWAY, but STILL!

The Warriors are in a tough position with Fortson. Fortson is an INCREDIBLY difficult player to trade, because he has four more years left on his contract and, well, because he just isn't a very good NBA player. Take a look at Fortson's 2001-02 statistics:

28.8 minutes/game
42.8 FG%
11.2 points/game
11.7 rebounds/game
127 total assists (in 77 games)
160 total turnovers
44 total steals (0.57 steals/game)
17 total blocks (0.22 blocks/game)

Several things stand out here. First, the dude is a power forward and he is shooting 42.8% from the field. How many big guys had worse shooting percentages in the league last season? Antonio Davis, Clifford Robinson--and that's IT! Second, take a look at that assist-to-turnover ratio--127 assists and 160 turnovers is a woeful 0.79 ratio. Only 44 players in the league had MORE turnovers than did Fortson--and most of these were backcourt players, who naturally are going to turn the ball over more than frontcourt players. How many guys with as many or more total turnovers had a WORSE assist-to-turnover ratio than did Fortson last season? Alonzo Mourning, Jermaine O'Neal, Michael Olowokandi, Erick Dampier--and that's IT! Finally, take a look at the dude's inability to block shots, WOW, only 0.22 blocks/game. How many power forwards or centers blocked FEWER shots/game than did Fortson (guys who played 70+ games, that is)? Stanislav Medvedenko--and that's IT! To make matters WORSE, Medvedenko averaged WAY FEWER MINUTES than did Fortson, 10.3 minutes/game vs. 28.8 minutes/game--if you go by blocked shots/48 minutes rather than blocked shots/game, here's how many power forwards or centers averaged FEWER blocks/game than did Fortson: ZERO!

And I understand that Fortson was fourth in the league in rebounds/game--but please understand that the Warriors were the WORST SHOOTING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. Missed shots = rebounds! In fact, the Warriors were SIGNIFICANTLY worse than the next-to-worst shooting team, the Detroit Pistons--take a look:

Golden State = 40.9 FG%
Detroit Pistons = 42.4 FG%

Throw in the fact that Fortson was SEVENTH in the league in technical fouls (with 16 on the season), and you're looking at a pretty undesirable player!

NOW! The Warriors, as we all know, are trying to both START OVER and DUMP PAYROLL (so they can get far enough under the cap to make a big offer to one of those terrific 2003 free agents). How many teams in the league could put together a package that the Warriors would be interested in exchange for Danny Fortson and/or Erick Dampier? Two teams: Orlando and Philly. Orlando would be able to offer THIS package of guys with expiring contracts for Dampier but ONLY Dampier:

Don Reid, Andrew DeClercq, and Patrick Ewing (who hasn't retired YET, so he's still tradeable) to the Warriors; Erick Dampier to the Magic

But that means that you're STILL stuck with Fortson, who Orlando will NOT take. The only way you dump Dampier AND Fortson is with Philly--take a look at THIS trade:

Derrick Coleman and filler (say, Mark Bryant, Alvin Jones, and Damone Brown) to the Warriors; Dampier and Fortson to the 76ers

All four of those guys coming over will be off the books FOREVER after next season. Dampier would give Philly a legitimate backup center (which they're going to need for the next few years, as Dikembe Mutombo's back can't really handle more than about 25 minutes/game anymore, can it?), while Fortson is a hometown boy, and supposedly Larry Brown likes Fortson (although I'm not sure if I believe it!). Of course, Philly will have even MORE problems scoring after this deal, but it DOES give Brown a couple of live bodies to throw at there in the smaller Eastern Conference.

PEOPLE! That's the ONLY WAY your team gets rid of Danny Fortson's contract! THAT'S IT! Go ahead, see for yourselves--no other team in the league will be interested in letting the Warriors dump Fortson in their laps--unless, of course, the Warriors take on an undesirable multiyear contract in RETURN for Fortson, which it doesn't want to do!

BUT! Would Larry Brown REALLY want to do this deal? What do you fellers think? I think Danny Fortson SUUUUUUUCKS--but maybe Larry Brown can convince him to rebound and NOTHING ELSE, nothing fancy, JUST REBOUND THE BASKETBALL, BUDDY, and Dampier could really benefit from both a change of scenery and SOME ACTUAL COACHING, don't you think?
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