NBA Trades: Best Possible Deals for NBA's Top Contenders

Kelly Scaletta@@KellyScalettaFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2012

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With the NBA trade deadline now just hours away, there has been a couple of minor deals announced. But the biggest trades are still being worked out, particularly from the major contenders. 

Here are the best possible deals that could work out for some of the major contenders who are rumored to be on the phones. Most of the contenders appear to be standing pat, but there are a few who look to be making a move. 


Boston Celtics

According to this tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski, there could be implications to not only the Celtics but also other unnamed "contenders":


Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have two deals in the works. One would be a three-team deal involving Portland and Minnesota. If it works out, the Lakers would get Michael Beasley in exchange for a first-round draft pick. In the second, they would be sending a first-round pick to the Cavaliers in return for Ramon Sessions.

There are recent reports that these talks have fallen apart.  

While there has been some hope among Lakers fans that a deal could be worked where Pau Gasol would be swapped out for Deron Williams, the Nets are not interested, deal according to


Miami Heat

The only talks involving the Heat have been indications of an interest in Chris Kaman. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Kaman, who has an expiring contract and has emerged as a starter in place of Okafor, is drawing interest from the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers."

With Kaman's contracting being $14 million, the only way that the Heat could acquire him would be to trade one of the Big Three, which isn't likely to happen. The other thing that could theoretically happen is that Kaman could be bought out, clear waivers and then sign with Heat. 

Even if they were to waive him, though, which the Hornets insist they will not (but their insistence means nothing because they are trying to trade him), other teams like Indiana would be likely to outbid the Heat for him. Now, granted, he could turn down the extra money for the chance to play for a title, but that sell hasn't gone over well with other players. 


Orlando Magic

There is a report that Jamal Crawford would like to go to Orlando, but there is no indication of whether Orlando is interested in him. He would be a nice fit there, but it's questionable as to whether or not the Magic have assets to land him.