With the All Star break winding down and the second half of the season coming up, general managers will be looking to upgrade their teams for the playoffs, especially the contenders. I am sure some teams will be willing to sell for draft picks and good young talent. After a thread was posted about giving dream trade scenarios, I thought I would post two that would help out some contenders, one in the East and one in the West.
1. Washington trades Michelle Snow, Nadirah McKenith and a 2nd round pick to New York for Plenette Pierson
The Liberty have been a huge disappointment this season, especially with many thinking new coach Bill Laimbeer would bring New York back to the days of the early WNBA. The scoring has been inconsistent, defense suspect and the role players have gone cold. Washington, meanwhile, has a legit chance to make noise in the playoffs, yet they that "over the hump" type move, and I think Pierson is that player. She provides tough paint scoring, physicallity and defense, something Michelle Snow and Monique Currie do not give you. Packaging Snow with a young player like McKenith gives the Libs a vet and a young player to develop to go along with Bone, Toni Young and Sammy Prahalis. The Mystics can use Pierson off the bench to provide that spark they need.
2. Los Angeles trades Alana Beard and a 1st round pick to San Antonio for Jia Perkins
Sparks GM Penny Toler HAS to make a move. it's a no-brainer if they want to compete with Minnesota and to hold off Phoenix. Alana Beard is a good piece to use because even though she provides some scoring and defense, she isn't the player she was before the injuries. Enter Jia Perkins. Anyone who has seen Perkins play knows she is scrappy and works HARD, and I think that could be the missing piece for L.A. Imagine Perk working with Parker, Tolliver, Nneka and company, whether starting or off the bench. In turn, San Antonio can use Beard for this season to maybe trade her in the off season and also getting a crucial first round pick for next year's draft.
I think with these two moves, BOTH the Mystics and Sparks will get over that hump into the playoffs with at least a good chance at a title.