According to several sources in NBA front offices, a number of teams are looking to acquire tall people before Thursday's trade deadline. Most of the people being looked at are between 6-foot-4 and 7-foot-1, well above the average height for American males, which is 5-foot-10.
"I have been meeting with my staff for weeks, assessing where we have needs in preparation for the trade deadline," said Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers. "One thing we all eventually noticed is that we were looking for people with significant height. The kind of height where, you know, you're walking through the mall or an airport and see a tall guy and wonder: 'I bet he played basketball.' So right now I'm just calling around and seeing what tall people are on the market."
The Rockets made a big splash earlier this week when they acquired three tall people from the Sacramento Kings, a 6-foot-10 guy, a 6-foot-7 guy and a 6-foot-8 guy in exchange for a 6-foot-11 guy, a 6-foot-9 guy and a 6-foot-2 guy.
"I'm extremely happy with the deal," said Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. "I couldn't believe that they were going to offer that many tall guys. We added three total inches in height! And for what? We traded away a 6-2 person! I wouldn't even noticed someone 6-2 at the airport or necessarily pick him first in a pickup basketball game. I'm really excited about our team's potential now. We're way taller, which is pretty great in basketball."
The Washington Wizards are also looking to deal but have received little interest in the trade market. General manager Ernie Grunfeld is reportedly considering placing his players on stilts.
"Or what if we put one guy on top of another guy's shoulders and dressed them up in one uniform?" he said. "I've got all kinds of great ideas like this."