NBA Offseason Trades That Need to Happen
The hectic period of NBA free agency may be winding down, but there are still plenty of moves to be made via trade that can improve rosters across the league.
Whether it's buying for the present or selling for the future, there's no shortage of intriguing talent available on the trade block.
One name you'll notice that's absent from this list is Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. Although a report from Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe has surfaced indicating that the Detroit Pistons are interested in adding Rondo, the package they're offering that consists of Brandon Knight and an expiring deal is laughable.
Throughout the slideshow, you'll see trades that have been reported as possibilities and others that are simply intriguing given the context surrounding certain teams.
Kings Deal Jimmer Fredette to Bucks for Draft Picks
Proposed Deal: Sacramento Kings trade Jimmer Fredette to the Milwaukee Bucks for two future second-round picks
The Milwaukee Bucks added O.J. Mayo to fill the void left by Monta Ellis, but Larry Drew's squad is still in need of added perimeter depth.
Enter former lottery pick Jimmer Fredette. According to Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico, the Bucks could be in the market for a shooter of Fredette's caliber, one who would come cheap:
Meanwhile, once the market settles down, the Bucks could make a play for San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal or Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, sources said. Fredette is clearly available, with the Kings seemingly expecting little but a late draft pick or two in return.
Fredette has been a relative disappointment since being drafted No. 10 overall by the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.4 points on 38.4 percent shooting from three. However, the former BYU standout hit on an impressive 41.7 percent of his threes last season, which tied the 17th-best mark in the Association.
While he's not capable of doing much inside the arc, Fredette would be a nice, inexpensive addition as the Kings look to free up more playing time for Ben McLemore and Marcus Thornton at shooting guard.
Wizards Acquire DeJuan Blair in Sign-and-Trade with Spurs
Proposed Deal: San Antonio Spurs sign-and-trade DeJuan Blair to the Washington Wizards for Jan Vesely
There may be a few hurdles to clear, but a sign-and-trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards involving DeJuan Blair feels like a move that would be beneficial for both parties.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards have shown interest in Blair but will likely need to acquire him via a sign-and-trade due to the team's cap inflexibility:
The Spurs have shown a willingness to assist Blair in finding a team without the salary-cap space to sign him, but it's unclear if any Wizards assets appeal to San Antonio.
The Wizards don't have the cap space to sign Blair for anything above the veteran's minimum.
Looking at Washington's roster, it's easy to see why the Spurs may not want to do business with the Wizards. However, with Blair set to depart, San Antonio would be wise to accrue a young asset with potential if presented with such an opportunity.
Chris Singleton, 23, is one feasible option, but there's no harm in the Spurs taking a shot on former No. 6 overall pick Jan Vesely, the 6'11'' Czech with freakish athleticism.
Vesely has been a massive disappointment since being drafted in 2011, but with the Spurs in win-now mode, they're able to take their time in developing the 23-year-old should they believe he's worth the moderate risk.
As for Blair, the rotund 6'7'', 265-pound center would help provide an added punch to the Wizards frontcourt. A rebounding machine (11.1 per 36 minutes for his career), Blair could develop into a force on the glass a la J.J. Hickson if granted enough playing time.
Phoenix Trades Marcin Gortat to San Antonio
Proposed Deal: Phoenix Suns ship Marcin Gortat to the San Antonio Spurs for Boris Diaw and a 2014 first-round pick
Marcin Gortat has been linked to Western Conference powers like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. Although Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has emphatically stated that the Suns will not be trading the Polish center, it's hard to see him not exploring realistic options after drafting Alex Len No. 5 overall in last month's draft.
Among the more interesting trade rumors connecting Gortat to the Spurs comes courtesy of the Huffington Post's Jordan Schultz: "Source: Spurs-Suns deal 4 Gortat would either be n a Splitter sign-and-trade or Diaw/filler. Suns get at least a 2014 1st rounder either way."
Arizona Sports 620's John Gambadoro had previously reported the Suns' interest in moving Gortat as well.
If we're to believe Schultz, then any deal involving Gortat and the Spurs would involve a 2014 first-round pick, a valuable asset given the incredible strength of the 2014 draft class. While the Spurs' first-round pick will likely come in the bottom quarter of the order, obtaining solid value for Gortat before he bolts next summer would be a sensible move.
A trade may not make sense at this moment due to Len's recent ankle surgery, according to ESPN TrueHoop affiliate Valley of the Suns, but it's hard to deny that the Suns would be doing themselves a favor by exploring a trade once the season gets underway.
Sixers Deal Thaddeus Young to Wizards for Expiring Contracts
Proposed Deal: Philadelphia 76ers trade Thaddeus Young to the Washington Wizards for Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and a 2014 second-round pick
On the surface, this proposed trade looks like a one-sided deal. But when you examine the situations that both the Sixers and Wizards have put themselves in, it's a sensible trade for both sides.
According to The Washington Post's Michael Lee, the Wizards are in the market for a stretch 4. Thaddeus Young has never played that role before, but that's because Doug Collins discouraged the 6'9'' combo forward from attempting threes over the past three seasons.
For the record, Young has attempted a total of 34 treys over the past three years combined.
For the Sixers, this trade not only helps them meet the salary floor, but it also brings aboard two expiring contracts. Loaded with two first-round picks and an abundance of cap room in 2014, Sam Hinkie and the Sixers could provide themselves further financial flexibility by shipping Young to one of the Eastern Conference's up-and-coming franchises.
Young would also represent a major defensive improvement over incumbent starter Nene. The Georgia Tech product averaged a career-high 1.8 steals last season to go with 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans for Ryan Anderson
Proposed Deal: Houston Rockets trade Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans for Ryan Anderson
The problem? Windhorst reports that the Rockets are not interested in dealing their expensive backup:
Houston Rockets center Omer Asik has formally asked the team to trade him in the wake of the team landing Dwight Howard in free agency. But the Rockets have no plans to grant Asik's wish, sources told ESPN.com.
Asik has threatened to leave the Rockets in free agency if he's not traded, sources said. However, Houston has him under contract for two more years at a total of $20 million.
While many Rockets players rejoiced at landing Howard last week and spread cheer on their Twitter accounts, Asik had a different reaction.
However, if the Rockets are to cave and meet Asik's demands, Yahoo's! Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the New Orleans Pelicans would be interested in acquiring the Turkish big's services in exchange for Ryan Anderson.
And the deal makes sense. With Robin Lopez now residing in Portland, the Pelicans are in need of an anchor in the middle of their defense. For the Rockets, the deal makes sense as well.
While it would undoubtedly anger Howard and James Harden to see Asik go, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen, Anderson would slot in seamlessly at power forward and give the Rockets a coveted stretch 4 who hit on 38.2 percent of his three-point attempts last season.