The season ain’t over, but with only a few weeks remaining until the offseason, it’s time to think of what could go down during the 2016 NBA summer. The following trades check out financially, as I’ve analysed the payrolls of each team, and I believe that they’re win-win scenarios for the respective parties. Having revised this list countless times, here are some NBA trades that I would be happy to see:
Boston Celtics with Utah Jazz
Celtics gets: SF Gordon Hayward, PF Derrick Favors, SG Alec Burks
Jazz gets: 3rd pick, PG Marcus Smart, PF Kelly Olynyk, SG RJ Hunter, C Amir Johnson.
This trade is a tale of two agendas – one is to challenge for a championship, the other is to tank. The Celtics, having taken the Hawks to Game 7 of the East quarters last season despite being underdogs, have the coaching staff, a point guard in Isiaiah Thomas, and other assets to make a run at a ring. The Jazz, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the road – not good enough to reach the playoffs, but too good to get a high pick in the draft. That’s why they should tank hard, not only to undoubtedly get a high pick in the 2017 draft, but also because Boston has the number 3 pick of this year’s draft.
With the traded Jazz players gone, more minutes are freed up to Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, as well as newcomers Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk. Exum can be the primary ball handler, while Smart can be a 3 and D guy. Olynyk can start next to Gobert in the frontcourt, and could be the primary option on offense. Hunter can score off the bench, while Johnson is a throw in for salary matching purposes, but would also provide veteran leadership for the young Utah bigs. The 3rd pick would be used on Dragan Bender, a player of immense upside who can play at the 3 or 4 without much pressure to contribute immediately. They’d probably struggle to win 20 games, but the future would be bright nonetheless.
Boston would receive a Stevens favourite in Hayward, who he coached at Butler, including in the unexpected NCAA Championship run of 2010. Hayward would be a scorer, yet can distribute well enough to get the ball to Thomas where he needs it. Favors would be the starting 4, making a huge impact without needing plays run for him by rebounding, defending everywhere due to his athleticism, and hitting mid range shots. Burks could be a potential 6th man of the year candidate behind All-Defense guard Avery Bradley. This, along with the next trade, would make the Celtics a top 2 team in the East.
Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks
Celtics get: C Greg Monroe
Bucks get: PF Jonas Jerebko, G-F James Young, 23rd pick.
For Boston, they get their center of the future, as the number 1 option on offense who would fit perfectly next to the revamped roster. For Milwaukee, they’d relieve themselves of a poor fitting player and $17 million a year contract, while getting some decent assets in return. Jerebko could play 20 minutes a game behind Jabari Parker, and Young and the 23rd pick (who I think would be Malik beasley) would provide shooting and overall potential. The Bucks technically tank here, but they were a middle of the road team with Monroe anyway, so they’re better off developing their youngsters, including replacement center Jakob Poeltl at number 10 in the draft.
LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets
Clippers get: F Danilo Gallinari, PF Kenneth Faried, SG Gary Harris
Nuggets get: PF Blake Griffin, CJ Wilcox
The Nuggets get a star player and number one option in Griffin, while the Clippers get a similar rebounder in Kenneth Faried, more touches for center DeAndre Jordan, and the small forward spot will finally be set with the much-needed shooting and playmaking of Danilo Gallinari – while being ridded of Griffin’s lacklustre defense and erratic behaviour. Furthermore, promising guard Gary Harris can play behind JJ Redick
The Nuggets would have their first star since Carmelo Anthony – a dude who averaged over 20 points and 10 points when the go-to option – in his rookie year! Griffin would be in a contract year, so it’s a gamble for Denver to give up their assets and have Griffin walk away after one season, but I think Griffin will like the typically up and down play of the Nuggs and youthful promise of guys like guard Emmanuel Mudiay and Buddy Hield (taken 7th_ in the draft), as well as centers Jusuf Nurkic, Nikola Jokic and Skal Labissiere (taken 15th in the draft).
Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat
Raptors get: SF Justise Winslow, PF Montrezl Harrell, SF Sam Dekker, Miami 2017 first round pick, Houston 2017 first round pick.
Rockets get: PG Goran Dragic, SG Josh Richardson
Heat get: PG Kyle Lowry, SF DeMarre Carroll
The Raptors, who have evened the Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers at 2-2, have proven to be true competitors in the NBA. This is despite taking six games to beat Boston in teh first riund and seven games to beat a weakened Miami in the second round. Lead guard Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have come on strong of late, but they’ve shot __ overall in this offseason.
DeRozan is a free agent, so a lot of Tornoto’s future hinges on whether he stays in Toronto (which is possible as the Raptors can afford his potential max contract) or leaves fro a team like the Lakers, where he is from.
Let’s say he leaves for his hometown Lakers, who have higher upisde than Toronto with the 2nd pick in the draft, and young guns like D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.If this happen, I think it’s tanking time for the Raptors. They trade starters Lowry and Carroll, and get back a defensive force in 20 year-old Justise Winslow, a potential do-it-all forward in Houston’s Dekker, all-round hustler and bruiser Montrezl Harrell, and Miami and Houston’s 2017 first round pick to even up the trade. They’d struggle to win 20 games next season, but this would put the Raptors in a top 5 pick position in the stacked 2017 draft, making a quick rebuild possible.
Houston finally gets their starting caliber point guard in Goran Dragic, who fits the Rockets fast-paced system perfectly, unlike the slow system of Miami. They also get key Heat rookie contributor in Josh Richardson, who hit threes at a 46% clip last season.
Miami rids themselves of Dragic, who struggled to play alongside ball-dominant franchise player Dwyane Wade. Lowry fits better, as a spot up shooter and defender. Carroll takes over the starting small forward spot as a lockdown defender and talented shooter.
Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns
Kings get: PG Eric Bledsoe
Suns get: 8th pick, SG Marco Belinelli
The Kings finally get a point guard of the future in Bledsoe, who already has a strong relationship with franchise center Demarcus Cousins from their days in Kentucky. The Suns get the 8th pick, which they can use on a player like Domantas Sabonis, who fits well as a bruising rebounder next to the finesse center Alex Len. Belinelli is a throw in, as a dude with a $5 million a year contract, who played poorly for Sacramento last season. Nonetheless he can play a bit and teach Booker the ins and outs of shooting guard play.
Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns
Timberwolves get: C Tyson Chandler
Suns get: C Nikola Pekovic, PF Adreian Payne
The Timberwolves need to rid themselves of Pekovic, who is owed $23 million over 2 more seasons, despite playing behind Towns and Dieng. The Suns want to get rid of Chandler, who is too good to play on a rebuilding team like Phoenix, and steals minutes from the developing Alex Len. At Minnesota, Chandler can start alongside Towns, doing the dirty work of rebounding and defending while Towns develops. Pekovic can back up Len in Phoenix, and teach him a thing or two about being a scary motherfu%$%@ inside. Payne is a throw in to even up the trade, and could see decent minutes at the 4 spot.
Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks
Pacers get: PG Jeff Teague
Hawks get: 20th pick, F Glenn Robinson III
The Pacers have long needed a starting point guard who can create off the dribble, and Teague fits the bill. He can be gotten for cheap, as the Hawks need to free up minutes for young gun Dennis Schroder and cap space to sign a small forward in Luol Deng. 20th pick holds value to get a guy like Brice Johnson, while Robinson III is a young athletic wingman.
Milwaukee Bucks and Indian Pacers
Bucks get: G George Hill
Pacers get: SG Rashad Vaughn
The Bucks need a veteran shoot-first guard to let incumbent Michael Carter-Williams develop a jump shot and to play off the ball next to Antetekounmpo and defend, and Hill fits this bill perfectly. It’ll take Rashad Vaughn, a talented 20 year old shooting guard who could start for Indy straight away as Ellis becomes a sixth man, but Vaughn can be replaced in the draft. Indy had gotten Jeff Teague as starting point guard, so Hill is expendable.
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