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Chicago Bulls Receive: PF/C Pau Gasol
Boston Celtics Receive: PF Carlos Boozer, SF Mike Dunleavy, C Nazr Mohammed and the right to swap for the less favorable of Chicago's and Cleveland's 2015 first-round pick.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: PF Kris Humphries, SG Keith Bogans, PG Avery Bradley
Rivalries and free-agency implications aside, this could work for all parties if each team could ignore they'd be helping one another out.
Instead of using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer this offseason, the Bulls could save over $20 million in paid salary (not cap space) next year by doing this deal. Is that worth giving up the right to swap picks in 2015 with Cleveland? That's a tough decision, particularly if Chicago doesn't want to try and re-sign Gasol on the cheap.
Taking on the deals of Boozer and Dunleavy next year isn't a big issue for Boston, as the Celtics aren't projected to have much cap space or the desire to go after big free agents this offseason anyhow.
Boozer should have plenty of value as a large expiring contract next year, and perhaps he could aid in the effort to bring in another star next to Rajon Rondo via trade. Giving up Bradley hurts, but he'll likely command a fairly substantial long-term salary in restricted free agency that might not be ideal for a rebuilding team to take on.
For the Lakers, Humphries and Bogans are both on expiring deals. Instead of gunning for a pick like in all the other trade options, here the Lakers get a young, athletic defender in the backcourt with a qualifying offer cheap enough to retain max cap space (roughly $21 million in space) so long as the stretch provision is used on Steve Nash.
This would require some good timing on free-agent signings, but Bradley's restricted status would allow the Lakers to send out plenty of free-agent offers before having to match on any deal.