Pre-Draft 4-Way Trade That Makes Bulls, Rockets, Kings and Warriors All Winners

Nicholas HoeftCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2012

Luol Deng
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Trade Breakdown:


Receives: Andris Biedrins from Golden State, Tyreke Evans from Kings and the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft from Sacramento.

Loses: Luol Deng and 29th pick in 2012 NBA Draft.


Receives: Francisco Garcia from Sacramento, seventh pick in the 2012 NBA Draft from Golden State and 29th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft from Chicago.

Loses: Kyle Lowry, 14th and 18th picks in the 2012 NBA Draft.


Receives: Luol Deng from Chicago and Kyle Lowry from Houston.

Loses: Tyreke Evans, Francisco Garcia and the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Golden State:

Receives:14th and 18th picks in the 2012 NBA Draft from Houston.

Loses: Andris Biedrins and seventh pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Why Trade Works:

Chicago moves Deng and the 29th pick for the shooting guard of the future in Evans and the fifth pick, which it can use to draft the small forward of the future in either Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrest or North Carolina's Harrison Barns. Chicago must take back the bad contract of Biedrins in the process, but he will serve as insurance if the team cannot resign Omer Asik or as Chicago's fifth big if Asik is retained.

Houston moves unhappy point guard Kyle Lowry and the 14th and 18th picks in the draft for the seventh and 29th picks in the draft and Francisco Garcia. Through the trade, the Rockets dump Lowry and obtain a lottery pick (seventh pick) that they can try and package along with the 16th and the 29th picks in the 2012 NBA Draft and Kevin Martin and Lous Scola for Dwight Howard from Orlando.

Sacramento turns the fifth pick and Tyreke Evans into proven veterans Loul Deng and Kyle Lowry. Deng is an All-Star at small forward, and Lowry is an upgrade at the point for the next two years while Isaiah Thomas matures into the point guard of the future. Deng and Lowry are both ready to contribute right away and will fill Sacramento's voids in the starting lineup at point guard and small forward.

Golden State turns the seventh pick into a salary dump of Andris Biedrins and the 14th and 18th picks. Moving Biedrins' bad contract and acquiring two mid-first round picks will give the Warriors more financial flexibility to build around a core of Steph Curry, David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson.

The trade ends up win, win, win, win for all parties involved.