If you think the notion of trading Rip is based on one game, you haven't been paying attention. This team is guard heavy. Curry tries to make good with that situation, but three guards and Prince at PF won't get you out of the first round of the playoffs - no way. If you believe AI will leave (and he might, don't know), and management lets this team go on as constituted, then they basically just cut Billups for all the good he did them. I don't think that's what Joe had in mind when he made the trade. So, what can you do? The only path I see is getting rid of a guard, preferably for a big man who can start alongside Sheed. Maybe you could trade AI, but it's hard to imagine you would get equal value, though you never know. You could trade Stuckey, but his salary won't buy you much. That leaves Rip. Either he comes off the bench (which Rip will never do) and AA gets no time, or he gets traded. If that doesn't happen, then this is a rebuilding year and there will be a quick exit come playoff time.