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NBA Trade Ideas: Moves Every Team Can Make To Bolster Their Defense

Chris HawkinsContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2011

NBA Trade Ideas: Moves Every Team Can Make To Bolster Their Defense

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    The NBA Trade Deadline is only one day away and teams will be loading up for the postseason—which is less than two months away.

    Every team desires to improve on the defensive end.

    So, it got me thinking of some acquisitions that can improve each team defensively

    Now, some of these trades have no chance of happening. However, keep in mind these are just moves that will improve the overall defense of the team.

Atlanta Hawks

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    Hawks trade: Josh Smith

    Bucks trade: Andrew Bogut

    The Hawks greatest strength is their pick-and-roll defense due to the quickness of their big-men. However their greatest weakness is defending strong big-men such as, Dwight Howard.

    Charlotte Bobcats

    Bobcats trade: Boris Diaw and Nazr Mohammed

    Kings trade: Samuel Dalembert

    The Bobcats need a bigger presence at the rim. Mohammed and Diop haven’t been the answers.

Boston Celtics

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    Move: Celtics trade Marquis Daniels

    Pacers trade: Danthay Jones

    Boston is another team on top of defensive standings. So there is no drastic move that has to be made.

    But, if the Celtics make a move for Jones, he could fill the void left by Tony Allen.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Bobcats trade: Boris Diaw and Nazr Mohammed

    Kings trade: Samuel Dalembert

    The Bobcats need a bigger presence at the rim. Mohammed and Diop haven’t been the answers.

Chicago Bulls

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    Bulls trade: Keith Bogans, Brian Scalabrine

    Grizzlies trade: Tony Allen

    Thoughts on a team currently ranked number one in defensive efficiency would be nothing more than nitpicking.

    Now, if there is one position the Bulls need to improve defensively, it would have to be at starting shooting guard.

    While Bogans is strong and possesses a dogged mentality on defense, he has shortcomings, starting with his short wingspan and declining lateral quickness.

    Tony Allen one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, he has the athleticism and the lateral quickness. He will make this stingy Chicago defense even more daunting.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Cavs trade: Jamario Moon

    Timberwolves trade: Wesley Johnson

    The Cavaliers have problems all over the place.

    Now, if they were to start improving somewhere, they can start with the perimeter defense.Wesley Johnson is no perimeter-stopper, but he has the potential to be.

Dallas Mavericks

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    Dallas trades: Caron Butler

    Utah Trades: Devin Harris

    The Mavericks are already one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.

    Defending penetrating guards will make them an even stronger defensive unit. Harris is no lock-down defender, but he can save Jason Kidd from guarding speedy guards like Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker.

    This will allow Kidd to defend bigger shooting-guards.

Denver Nuggets

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    Nuggets trade: JR Smith

    Pacers trade: Jeff Foster

    Denver’s biggest weakness defensively is their undersized front-court. They struggle defending the likes of Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, and Pau Gasol.

    Foster will be an extra body the Nuggets can throw at opposing teams.

Detroit Pistons

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    Pistons trade: Tayshaun Prince and Charlie Villanueva

    Hornets trade: Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor

    The Pistons have grown soft defensively over the last few years.

    Ariza is a young perimeter defender and Okafor will elevate the team defensively with his strength and defending the low-post.

Golden State Warriors

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    Warriors trade: Vladimir Radmonavic

    Suns trade: Marcin Gortat

    Gortat would make the Warriors bigger in the post and lift a team at the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency.

Houston Rockets

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    Rockets trade: Yao Ming

    Kings trade: Samuel Dalembert

    The Rockets have coveted a starting center for the last two years. They are one of the smaller teams in the league and they need a big-man to make them more formidable defensively.

Indiana Pacers

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    Pacers trade: Danny Granger

    Sixers trade: Andre Iguodala

    Granger has had trouble guarding opposing perimeter threats for much of his career.

    Iguodala would be a major upgrade defensively on the perimeter. He has the size, strength and quickness.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Clippers trade: Brian Cook

    Celtics trade: Avery Bradley

    Bradley has tremendous defensive potential and the Clippers could use some defensive help at the back-up shooting guard spot.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Lakers trade: Artest and Walton

    Bobcats trade: Gerald Wallace

    There used to be a time when Ron Artest possessed the lateral quickness to stay in front of explosive perimeter players.

    However, Artest is now 31 years-old and has lost plenty of that lateral quickness.

    Wallace gives the Lakers a dimension on the perimeter that they haven’t had since Trevor Ariza.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Grizzlies trade: Mike Conley and Greivis Vasquez

    Blazers trade: Andre Miller

    Miller would be an upgrade on defense over the smaller Mike Conley.They already have a big physical front-court, Conley is the weak link.

Miami Heat

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    Move: Hope for Jeff Foster to get bought out

    The Heat defense is all built around the athleticism of LeBron James.

    As exciting as that may be, the Heat still have to be concerned about their lack of size in the low post. Jeff Foster’s quick feet and wide frame will make Miami more formidable defensively.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Bucks trade Corey Maggette

    Bobcats trade: Gerald Wallace

    Wallace brings much more defense and athleticism to the table than Maggette.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Timberwolves trade: Eddy Curry

    Bucks trade: Andrew Bogut

    Bogut’s shot-blocking prowess would be the perfect complement to Love’s rebounding skills.

New Jersey Nets

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    Nets trade: Anthony Morrow

    Grizzlies trade: Tony Allen

    Tony Allen's strength and athleticism would complement Deron Williams well in the backcourt.

New Orleans Hornets

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    Hornets trade: Jarrett Jack

    Blazers trade: Wesley Matthews

    Matthews would be a nice player next to Paul in the back-court. Players will have a hard time protecting the ball around these two ball-hawks.

New York Knicks

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    Knicks trade: Kelenna Azubuike

    Grizzlies trade: Marc Gasol

    The Knicks now have no frontcourt depth in light of the recent Carmelo Anthony trade. The Knicks will struggle defending stronger back-to-the-basket big-men.

    Gasol will help in that department.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Thunder trade: Morris Peterson, Nenad Krstic

    Bucks trade: Andrew Bogut

    The Thunder will get that much needed presence in the middle. They have only been average defensively this year. A big-man like Bogut can anchor this young and athletic defense.

Orlando Magic

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    Magic trade: J.J Redick, Malik Allen, Earl Clark

    Blazers trade: Joel Pryzbilla

    On surface it appears crazy, Redick is a fan favorite in Orlando and Pryzbilla has had trouble staying healthy.

    However, Redick has become more of a luxury than a necessity at this point and the Magic need more size.

    When Howard comes out of the game, the team defense plummets. Orlando has no other big body to challenge opposing players at the rim.

    The only reason why the Magic are relevant in the defensive rankings is because of Dwight Howard.

    There were rumors swirling around the Magic when they depleted their front-court depth in the huge trade that they made in December.

    Pryzbilla can come in and be that extra rebounder and shot-blocker next to Howard.

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Sixers trade: Jason Kapono and Andres Nocioni

    Clippers trade: Baron Davis

    The Sixers struggle defending strong point-guards.

    Davis has never been known as a stout defender, but it isn’t due to lack of ability—it is lack of effort.

    Now with Doug Collins running the show, he can get better effort out of Davis on the defensive end.

Phoenix Suns

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    Suns trade Steve Nash

    Mavericks trade: Jason Kidd

    This certainly seems crazy, but Nash has been a sieve defensively his whole career.

    Kidd is obviously no longer the defender he used to be, but he is a better option than Nash due to his strength.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Move: Hope Greg Oden gets healthy.

    This is a long shot, but when Oden was on the court he was a game-changer on defense. And they also have other very good defenders in Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews.

Sacramento Kings

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    Kings trade: Beno Udrih

    Blazers trade: Andre Miller

    The Kings are horrid defensively and Udrih is one of the main culprits. Miller is a guard who can bring strength and toughness to the point-guard position.

San Antonio Spurs

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    Move: wait for the possibility of a Tayshaun Prince buyout.

    The San Antonio Spurs have raced out to the best record in the NBA. However, it is not because of their defensive prowess, but their offensive creativity.

    Most people will say that San Antonio is nowhere near as good defensively as they have been in years past, but are currently sixth in defensive efficiency.

    Now, there certainly is room for improvement—mainly the perimeter defense.

    This is where Prince comes into the picture. He can use his length to bother the opposition’s best perimeter scorer.

Toronto Raptors

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    Raptors trade: Leandro Barbosa

    Rockets trade: Shane Battier

    Nobody on this Raptors team gives any effort on defense. If the Raptors want to improve, they can start by getting rid of their biggest sieve—Leandro Barbosa.

    Now, Battier is no longer the defender he once was, but acquiring him will be a step in the right direction.

Utah Jazz

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    Jazz trade: Mehmet Okur

    Hawks trade: Josh Smith

    The Jazz biggest weakness is their pick-and-roll defense. When a Jazz big man picks up the point guard, it normally leads to a layup because they have trouble funneling that man away from the rim.

Washington Wizards

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    Wizards trade: Al Thornton

    Pacers: Dahntay Jones

    The Wizards need a better perimeter defender. Al Thornton has looked disinterested for most of the

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