NBA Trades: 10 Teams Who Must React Now To Magic-Suns-Wizards Trade
According to Chris Broussard from ESPN, the Magic are really close to revamping almost their entire roster. They are close to acquiring Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards and a handful of players from the Phoenix Suns.
The trade breaks down as such:
The real question now is what other teams need to do to answer this trade.
Orlando has clearly made itself better with these moves. Now who is next?
10. The Washington Wizards
What they need: This move is more about getting Gilbert Arenas and his fat contract out of Washington. But the Wizards need a lot more on their roster to complement John Wall and JaVale McGee. There are a few other nice pieces on this team, but the Wiz could really use a scoring two guard that can play defense.
Who they could target: O.J. Mayo has been rumored to be on the trading block for a while. He isn't that good on the defensive end, but he is much better than anyone else on the current roster and he could be a good match to play alongside Wall.
9. Memphis Grizzlies
What they need: With the Grizzlies fighting for a playoff spot, they need to upgrade their defense and rebounding. Marc Gasol only averages 7.5 rebounds a game and Zach Randolph averages 12 rebounds a game. Aside from that, there aren't many more guys on the roster that rebound the ball. The Grizzlies are also in the bottom half the league in points given up per game.
Who they could target: The Griz need to go after someone like Leon Powe, who could be a great addition to the bench. Or they could try for someone like Hilton Armstrong from the Wizards.
8. Portland Trailblazers
What they need: With the Suns suddenly getting better, Portland is going to need some help to hang on to a playoff spot in the West. The Blazers need a scoring small forward that would be an upgrade over Nicolas Batum.
Who they could target: I don't know if Paul George would be an upgrade over Batum, but he is a rookie with a lot of upside that hasn't been getting much time in Indiana.
7. Boston Celtics
What they need: The Celtics match up with the Magic better than any other team in the Eastern Conference, but they still have a few holes to fill to make them the dominant team in the East. Most notably, Boston needs help on the boards. The Celtics are among the worst teams in the league grabbing rebounds.
Who they could target: Trying for Gerald Wallace might be a bit of a stretch for the Celtics. But if they put together a nice package with a draft pick or two, he could be a perfect addition to make noise in Boston.
6. Indiana Pacers
What they need: The Pacers are one of the surprise teams this year in the NBA. They are in the top 15 in rebounds, assists, and points allowed. They are just outside the top 15 in points per game. What they need is a solid power forward that can play defense.
Who they could target: Jared Jeffries would be a perfect addition for the Pacers. He is an upgrade over Josh McRoberts and he can guard a few different positions. Jeffries hasn't been getting much time in Houston, so it seems like it wouldn't take much to get him.
5. Atlanta Hawks
What they need: The Hawks need to improve the point guard position if they hope to stay relevant in the East. Mike Bibby is showing his age. A point that can score the ball would be helpful, but it isn't a must.
Who they could target: The Rockets are in need of some major upgrades to get back into the playoff hunt. The Hawks could target either of the Rockets' point guards, Kyle Lowry or Aaron Brooks.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
What they need: The Bucks need to bolster their backcourt. Brandon Jennings is great, but he can't do it alone and John Salmons isn't the answer for the Bucks.
Who they could target: This is another team that could try to get O.J. Mayo from Memphis. But if they decide not to go after Mayo, they could also try for Marcus Thornton from the Hornets, who isn't getting the same minutes this year that he did in his rookie year.
3. Miami Heat
What they need: The Heat showed what they can be against the Knicks when everyone is playing well. But they still are going to have trouble against good post players. So the Heat need more size that can rebound.
Who they could target: The difficult thing for the Heat is that they can't make any moves until free agents are allowed to be traded in a few weeks. However, I think the Heat could make a run at Andris Biedrins from Golden State.
2. Chicago Bulls
What they need: The Bulls need another scoring wing. Keith Bogans is not striking fear in anyone from the shooting guard position, but he is a decent piece on this team.
Who they could target: The 76ers have been rumored to be shopping Andre Iguodala for some time now. If the Bulls acquired him, it could catapult them to the top of the East. They are already a team on the rise, but adding a legitimate star like Iguodala would make the Bulls a threat.
1. New York Knicks
What they need: The Knicks were left in the cold this summer when LeBron decided to take his talents to South Beach. Now that they have seen first hand how they match up against their rivals, the Miami Heat, it's time for the Knicks to do whatever it takes to get another marquee player.
Who they could target: The obvious choice is Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks need to pull out all the stops to bring Anthony to New York. His addition would be exactly what the Knicks need to offset the moves made by Orlando in the Eastern Conference arms race.