NBA Rumors: Six Trades That Make Too Much Sense Not To Happen
By this time in the season, there are haves and have-nots. Some haves are quite complete (Spurs, Lakers, Celtics), and there are no need for them to make a move.
But for others, there is a pressing need to make a move. Whether it's to complete a youth movement, replace an injured star or dump salary short term in order to build for the long term, there are moves that need to be made.
We've already seen the warm-up act to this, as teams are waiving non-guaranteed players in advance of Monday's deadline in order to clear up money and roster spots.
And lucky for you reading this, I happen to know how to fix almost every NBA team, in most cases better than their GM. Why I'm not employed by them all I'll never know, but at least you can benefit from some knowledge of trades that make too much sense not to happen.
Kevin Love and Marcus Camby to Miami Heat, Bosh to T-Wolves, Beasley to Portland
Imagine Kevin Love and Chris Bosh switching jerseys
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The actual trade is more complex, but I couldn't fit it above, so let me spell it out.
Miami gets Marcus Camby and Kevin Love, Minnesota gets Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony, Portland gets Corey Brewer, Eddie House, Dexter Pittman, Martell Webster and Michael Beasley.
Let's face it, as good as Miami has been of late, and Chris Bosh has played a part in that, it's going to be very hard for Miami to afford the talent it'll need down low to lock down the paint with future mid-level and bi-annual exceptions.
So one of the big three has to go, and it can't be Wade (Miami is his team), and any GM who trades away 'Bron deserves to be homeless, jobless, penniless and hairless by the end of the business day.
So Bosh is the expendable one.
Do I really need to point out how Marcus Camby would probably lead to at least four titles for the Miami Heat? He can rebound, defend the paint and also hit shots anywhere within 15 feet.
Kevin Love is a rebounding machine, Camby would cover up for his defensive weaknesses and he can start the fast break so well that the Heat would be downright terrifying.
With a lineup of Dwyane Wade, Mike Miller, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Marcus Camby, the Heat would have four of five starters who are among the best rebounders at their position in the league.
Minnesota could use Bosh, as it will finally have a star to replace Garnett, someone who is actually capable of being a star on a bad team. And Bosh teamed up with Wesley Johnson, Jonny Flynn and a true defensive center in Darko, he could actually make more of an impact than he could with Toronto.
Minnesota would have to take on Joel Anthony's $3 million for the next three years, but for Bosh that's not a bad price.
And Portland loses Camby's $22 million over the next few years, gets a scorer in Beasley, some financial relief and an all-purpose wing in Martell Webster that can help ease the strain on Brandon Roy, assuming he comes back.
I'm not a Heat fan, so I hope this one doesn't go down.
Steve Nash to Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo
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When the Phoenix Suns traded away Jason Richardson, they basically moved into rebuilding mode. Marcin Gortat is a young center, but won't be a starting center for a team that's headed anywhere in the playoffs, and Vince Carter, is, well, you know.
What they basically did is trade away players that could have made the difference in a playoff run, leaving Steve Nash and Grant Hill as the only remaining veterans to a team in rapid decline.
And this makes me feel bad for Steve Nash. After all, he just re-upped, probably the top point guard of the last decade not named Jason Kidd and he's never played in a Finals game.
Will a switch to Memphis change that? Maybe not, but that has more to do with the talent of the league than the talent level on the Grizz.
We've already heard about the fireworks between O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen, and Mayo seems to be the one who escalated things. So he's the one that needs to go.
Mayo's potential ranks somewhere between a rich man's DeShawn Stevenson (2010 Dallas Mavericks edition), who can defend and hit shots from all over, to more of a Jason Richardson type, where he makes plays almost every time he touches the ball.
But with Tony Allen locked in for a few years at a reasonable price, and shooting guard Xavier Henry coming on strong, the Grizzlies have the shooting guard position stocked, and Mayo, with his previous troubles, is expendable.
For Phoenix, Mayo could be a future face of the franchise, and he would benefit from smart players like Jared Dudley and Grant Hill.
Mike Conley can be a long-term solution at PG (though I don't think for the Grizzlies), which is evidenced by his new contract. But players like Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph need more of a facilitator, and someone who can run a half-court offense better than Conley.
Nash would immediately add some octane to that group, and the thought of Rudy Gay and Nash running a fast break with Randolph trailing makes me very happy.
Marc Gasol would easily be the best pure center Steve Nash has ever played with, and a guy with his low-post skills, combined with the rebounding machine in Randolph, would really turn some heads.
I know Memphis isn't exactly a basketball mecca, but it's a fun city with good fans (I know, I've been to a game at Fed Ex Forum), and Steve Nash would immediately make them a team to watch in the West.
We already saw how close they came to the playoffs last year in a loaded west, and with Nash running the offense, there could be big things in store for Memphis.
Brendan Haywood to Rockets for Kevin Martin
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According to buzz from both squads, neither one of these players is available. But this article is titled trades that made too much sense not to happen, and this one makes a whole lot of sense.
Houston needs a center, preferably for the long term. The Mavericks are constantly in search of a second scorer to go alongside Dirk Nowitzki.
This team solves both needs, doesn't cost them anything they can't already replace and makes both teams better.
With Yao Ming's career in Houston most likely over, the Rockets need someone who can play big minutes, score down low and defend the paint. Haywood can do all of those, except he's stuck on the bench behind someone who is doing all three of those things better in Tyson Chandler.
Caron Butler and Shane Battier's expiring contracts are thrown in to make the money work, but also because they help the teams.
The Mavs could use another shooter and defender off the bench, particularly if Shawn Marion struggles and DeShawn Stevenson comes back down to earth.
The Rockets, who already possess almost $10 million worth of trade exceptions, will have the flexibility that GM Daryl Morey so often covets.
Rip Hamilton to Bulls for Kyle Korver, Ronnoe Brewer, Taj Gibson, Kurt Thomas
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The Bulls are a shooting guard away from being the fourth elite team in the East, and this trade gets them there.
Rip Hamilton hasn't lit things up lately, but that's more to do with the woeful Pistons than his skills. He can skill hit the mid-range jumper coming off a screen with the best of them, and in Chicago he could do that to his heart's content.
With the offense going through Derrick Rose, and Boozer available to pick and roll teams to death, Hamilton can hit spot up threes,come off screens and defend good wing players.
There wouldn't be many weaknesses on a Rose-Hamilton-Deng-Boozer-Noah team, that's for sure.
I'm a big Kyle Korver fan, and he's been good for the Bulls, but Hamilton is a clear upgrade. And Ronnie Brewer, Korver and Ben Gordon would give Detroit a trio of perimeter players that can do a lot of good things at both ends of the floor.
Kurt Thomas would give the Pistons a defensive presence behind Charlie Villanueva, freeing him up to do more things offensively.
And Taj Gibson, who would probably be the biggest loss for the Bulls, would provide them with a more traditional power forward who can score and rebound, and he could be a building block for the future.
Danny Granger to Clippers for Baron Davis, Chris Kaman
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Baron Davis needs to go. The Clippers could use a small forward. This one does it all, and helps both teams improve.
Danny Granger is a talented player, but he hasn't had much success in Pacerland, and surrounded by players like Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin he could really make some waves.
Eric Bledsoe has shown that he can fill in as point guard without the baggage and poor decision making of Baron Davis.
Losing Kaman would be painful for the Clips, but he is one of their primary assets, and with DeAndre Jordan and Jarron Collins providing a bit more athleticism, the Clippers can afford to lose him in pursuit of Granger.
The Pacers would get a player in Baron Davis who will cost them some money in the long run, but also will help them fill a scoring void. With T.J. Ford playing well, Davis could even do well in the off-guard position, which he is more suited for as well.
Kaman would provide a good backup to Roy Hibbert, and while he would be an expensive backup, he would also be a future trade chip for them to save some money or to turn into another asset.
But Kaman and Davis are capable of making the Pacers better right away, and as the current seven seed in the East, the Pacers could see an even bigger move up the standings.
Stephen Jackson to Cavaliers for Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker, Ryan Hollins
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There is a distinct lack of firepower in Cleveland. The entire world noticed it when they rolled over for LeBron James and the Heat on the night when they had the most motivation of any team, ever.
Do you think that would have happened with Stephen Jackson on the team? At the very least, he would have laid LeBron out a few times.
Surely, Jackson wouldn't return them to the league's elite, but he will help them for the next few years, and all of a sudden a trio of Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Jackson isn't so terrible.
A forward duo of Jamison and Jackson would spread the floor pretty well, and with Anderson Varejao playing small at center, the Cavs could be at least somewhat entertaining.
All they really have to offer the Bobcats is expiring contracts, but if the rumors about the strife Jackson is causing in Charlotte are true, maybe that's all they can hope for.
They're going to be hard-pressed to move Jackson after he's worn out his welcome in yet another city. And Cleveland needs to roll the dice on something.