NBA Trade Scenarios: 10 Other Blockbuster Trades We’d Like to See
Between the start of college bowl games, week 15 in the NFL, and the Zach Greinke baseball trade, the NBA has had a weekend full of change.
The Magic got its Christmas shopping done early, well before the trade deadline, as it traded Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis, among others, and acquired Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu, among others, in two separate trades.
If radical trades like that can happen in December, then there are many others that could happen as well. The following are 10 possible trades that would be great to see, as it would certainly shake up the NBA even more this year.
These trades are, of course, hypotheticals, and some may be very unlikely to happen. Each option could probably find a better trade deal if one looks hard enough; such is the nature of the game.
10. Rudy Fernandez For O.J. Mayo
This situation involves two players who aren't very happy in their current situation, and a change to another locale could light a fire in both, since they certainly have the talent. Of corse, miscellaneous pieces on both sides would have to be moved around, but it could work.
9. Andre Iguodala For Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova, and a Draft Pick
Andre Iguodala won't be a Sixer for long, and the Bucks have a solid core with Jennings and Bogut. With the addition of Iguodala, they could be a solid team in the East, and would definitely get a playoff spot if nothing else. Delfino and Ilyasova would be pieces that could help the Sixers as they look to rebuild.
8. Richard Hamilton For Toney Douglas and Change
If the Pistons can find a buyer for Hamilton, then he's out, most likely. If the Knicks start slumping in their shooting, then they could try and acquire him, and it would probably work. The Pistons wouldn't be able to get much more than Toney Douglas or a similar deal, so it's tough to say if it's worth it for the Pistons.
7. Anderson Varejao and Anthony Parker for James Harden and Nenad Krstic
Here seem to be the facts: the Cavs need to rebuild around their young, cheap talent, and the Thunder are interested in Varejao. If they throw in Parker, who's old but can still shoot, then they could get some good, young talent, such as James Harden.
6. Gerald Wallace or Stephen Jackson for Joel Przybilla and Rudy Fernandez
Recently, the trade market has exploded in talks of trading Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace, as the Bobcats have been struggling. The Blazers could use another playmaker to put alongside Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, so they may give up a couple pieces to get one of them.
5. Andre Iguodala for Ronnie Brewer and Change
Could you see Andre Iguodala in a Bulls uni? For me, that's very hard to see, but let's roll with it.
If the Bulls feel that they're one piece away from a title, then trying to get Iguodala would be a good move for them. He could fill in where Ronnie Brewer plays now, though they'd have to give up another piece or two as well, since he's the Sixers' franchise player. As for the specifics of who the Sixers would take in return, that's tough to gauge for now.
4. Carmelo Anthony for Derrick Favors, Kris Humphries, and Draft Picks
Here's one of the only trades on the list that's actually been thrown out there as a potential offer. The Nets want Carmelo, and they seem to have the pieces to pull such a trade off. Carmelo in a Nets uniform may not be ideal for casual NBA fans, since the Nets still have a way to go before they're a major playoff team, but putting in Anthony could launch them right in the playoff picture.
3. O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph for Jamal Crawford, Josh Powell, and Draft Pick
Jamal Crawford has been the subject of trade rumors, as have Mayo and Randolph due to his big expiring deal. A move to the Hawks could be what both sides need, as the Hawks have been on the edge of great for a couple seasons now. They'd gladly get rid of Jamal Crawford and a couple others; I add in Jeff Teague as someone who could work with or behind Mike Conley.
2. Steve Nash For Jason Kidd
Why not? Well, there are a lot of reasons why it wouldn't go through or work badly, but let's just look at the positives for now. They'll go to their former teams, the recent trade made by the Suns doesn't help Nash at all, though it may help Kidd, and a reuinion with Marion and Nowitzki could launch the Mavs into the championship picture.
1. Carmelo Anthony for Anthony Randolph, Landry Fields, Etc.
If you ask most people outside of New Jersey or Denver, myself included, where they'd like to see Carmelo go, they'd say the Knicks, and Carmelo does want to play there. The question is on New York's end: how much are they willing to give up?
The Nuggets have expressed interest in Randolph, and Landry Fields's recent play could be something the Nuggets try really hard to acquire. A third player or first-round pick would likely be thrown in as well to make it a great deal for both sides.
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