The NBA Draft is this week and final plans and decisions are being made. Among those decision are draft day trades. Inevitably, teams will pull the trigger on deals that will help them move up the board, swap picks, or land NBA proven talent.
As we have seen in recent years, teams and general managers will not shy away from pulling the trigger while picks come off the board. Draft day trades will certainly shape the 2010 Draft. What trades talks may already be out there and what deals could work?
Yes, that is a shot of Chris Bosh at the Staples Center for Game 7. So how could the Lakers possibly land Bosh? With a deal that was bandied about months ago. A sign-and-trade with the Lakers for the cheaper Andrew Bynum. Bynum gives the Raptors a cheaper big man to build around while Bosh gives the Lakers a more versatile, athletic build man. One speed bump to this deal is Bynum's recent rash of knee injuries.
The Timberwolves were reportedly in talks with the Golden State Warriors regarding Anthony Randolph. Randolph, who averaged a double-double in his first two seasons, will likely require the T'Wolves to send their No. 4 overall pick to Golden State.
Reports have said that the T'Wolves may ask for the Warriors No. 6 pick in addition to Randolph. For this to work, the T'Wolves may have to just settle for the player-for-pick scenario given the comparative value coming off the board.
Every year, there is at least one deal that swaps the rights to draft picks. A number of projections have Johnson going fourth overall to the Timberwolves. Additionally, Al-Farouq Aminu is slotted to the Pistons at number seven.
Aminu is projected as the best talent off the board in that situation, but it is Johnson that could best fill the Pistons need for a versatile athletic scorer that can handle both front and back courts.
Meanwhile, Aminu gives the Warriors another athletic, rangy forward who solidifies the Warriors front court presence with Anthony Randolph (should they not trade him).
Chris Bosh could be the focus of a number of big trade talks in the draft. Another possible one in the cards is a sign-and-trade deal for Michael Beasley and the 18th overall pick, which will send Bosh to South Beach. Bosh said he wants to be THE guy with his next team, but will he turn down a chance at playing with Dwyane Wade?
As thought up by fellow B/R author Jesse Motiff, a deal of Iguodala to the Bucks makes sense given the parts coming back. Dan Gadzuric (and his $6.2 million expiring after next season), Carlos Delfino, and the Bucks 15th overall pick could get the deal done for a team that would love to upgrade its roster and move up the Eastern Conference standings.
The Cavaliers could undergo seismic changes in their roster this offseason. That is worsened by the fact that the team has zero draft picks in the early rounds if the draft. The Cavs have been rumored to look at possible late round picks.
Existing rumors of Mo Williams or Delonte West being jettisoned from Cleveland could compel the club to try and acquire any of the multiple late-round picks belonging to the Grizzlies or Thunder.
The Nets are dissatisfied with their position at the third overall spot and they are looking to make a splash ahead of their likely move to Brooklyn.
The Nets, who own three of the top 31 picks, will have to package Devin Harris, Courtney Lee and possibly two or three of those picks for Paul.
The Pacers have hinted at pursuing Hornets point guard Darren Collison. How could they do it? Well, the Pacers have a host of expiring contracts. Mike Dunleavy Jr., T.J. Ford, and Troy Murphy, among others. The always-inviting expiring contracts, plus the 10th overall pick (or a pre-designated selected player) should be enough. Ford gives the Hornets a temporary replacement while the Hornets get the player they want at No. 10.