NBA Rumors: 4 Blockbuster Trades That Can Shake Up the NBA

Francisco RiveraCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2012

NBA Rumors: 4 Blockbuster Trades That Can Shake Up the NBA

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    Big Man Movement:

    Lakers receive: Dwight Howard, Tony Douglas and Elton Brand

    Knicks receive: Pau Gasol, Ryan Anderson and first-round pick from Orlando

    76ers receive: Amare Stoudemire, Justin Harper and first-round picks (From LA and 76ers)

    Orlando Receives: Andrew Bynum and Evan Turner


    Maybe everyone can be happy, but do the 76ers break up a group that's currently winning? Amare would provide the team with big body in the paint who knows how to be the go-to guy. Rookie Harper has a lot of potential while the picks providing insurance to another major injury from Amare.

    The Lakers end up getting their man in Howard and some muscle in Brand along with a hefty bill to go along with it. As the saying goes, "you have give to get." Douglas will provide some depth at the point with Derek Fisher and Steve Blake struggling.

    Orlando gets a young All-Star center in Bynum and a solid combo player in Turner with some solid potential.

    The Knicks get an old-school forward in Gasol and a stretch-four who is an upgrade over Novak and provides Carmelo with help off the double team, keeping the lanes open for Jeremy Lin's penetration.

Williams Goes West Again

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    Guards on the move?

    Golden State receive PG Deron Williams, C Brook Lopez and rookie forward Jordan Williams.

    New Jersey Nets receive Stephen Curry, PF/C David Lee, F Ekpe Udoh and a future first-round pick.

    With the trade deadline nearing and the Nets showing no hopes of winning anything in the near future, it makes sense to make this move with the the opening of their new arena in Brooklyn. Curry and Lee can be the new faces of the Nets and Udoh gives them some promise off the bench. Curry brings his great shooting ability and Lee is as solid as they get in a forward center combo player. 

    Golden State is taking the big risk of signing both Williams and Lopez during the offseason. The Warriors have a nice nucleus and a coach whose players really respect him. Williams gives them the major star that's needed in Golden State and Lopez has shown major flashes of brilliance before injuring his foot this year.

    Will the risk be worth the reward in this major move?

Nash off to Follow His Title Hopes

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    The Steve and Larry Show!

    Indiana Pacers receive Steve Nash.

    Phoenix receives SG Courtney Lee, F Patrick Patterson, PG/SG George Hill, PG Darren Collison and a first-round draft pick from the Suns.

    Houston Rockets receive SG Paul George and PF Tyler Hansbrough

    Larry Bird knows that his team has been successful but needs a general to give them a chance in the playoffs. Nash is that man. Nash is still one of the top points in the league and has more than enough weapons in Indiana to get it done. 

    The Rockets have two young and upcoming players in George and Hansbrough who will be able to make their presence felt immediately. George might end up being the best player in this deal when it's all said and done. 

    The Suns' youth movement is in full swing and Collison is the key piece here. Patterson is a sleeper whose name will be around for years to come. If George Hill can recover and show signs of his old self from his San Antonio days, then Phoenix will know it was well worth the move. 

Boston Keeps the Big Three...But Is It the Right Three?

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    Boston receives PG Raymond Felton, SF Luke Babbitt, SF Sam Young, Point Guard Josh Shelby and future first-round picks from Memphis and Portland.

    Memphis receives SG Wesley Matthews and SF Nick Batum.

    Portland receives Rajon Rondo and O.J Mayo.

    The Celtics have had some success without Rondo, so maybe it's time to finally let him go. By doing so, they will pick up a formidable replacement in Felton who can break down defenses and plays hard on both ends. If it doesn't work out with him as a Celtic, they will have plenty of cash during the offseason to address the position. In addition, they acquire the rights to sharp-shooting Luke Babbitt, the ultra-athletic Josh Shelby and a solid defender in Sam Young.

    Memphis finally doesn't have to address the O.J. Mayo issue and can replace him with Wesley Matthews and Nick Batum who will both provide quality depth to their new team.

    The Trailblazers in return get their point guard for the next four years: Rondo will make his presence felt on both ends of the floor. They also acquire solid depth in Mayo.