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NBA Trade Scenarios: What Each NBA Team Needs to Target in the Offseason

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2011

NBA Trade Scenarios: What Each NBA Team Needs to Target in the Offseason

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    After a season filled with trade speculation, we could see several more big profile players moved this summer.

    New Orleans' Chris Paul is at the top of that list.  

    There were tons of rumors involving him last summer, and there's no way this season has made him more confident he can win a title with the Hornets.

    Several teams might need him, some need size, some need depth.  

    Here is a list of what every team should target in the trade market and how they can make a deal (and in some cases who they should try to get rid of).

Boston Celtics

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    What They Need: Youth

    What They Can Offer: Ray Allen

    If the Celtics fall short in the playoffs again, they may start to look for ways to get younger as a team.

    Outside of Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green, they don't have any solid pieces for the future.

    Ray Allen's name has been in the rumor mill a few times over the last couple years, and there are plenty of contenders that would be interested in his services.

New Jersey Nets

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    What They Need: Small Forward

    What They Can Offer: Cap Relief

    The Nets have a gaping hole at the three slot in their starting lineup, but they really don't have any trade assets to offer anyone.

    They'll probably have to address this need in the draft or through free agency.

    Caron Butler, Thaddeus Young or Jason Richardson could all fit nicely if their teams don't re-sign them.

New York Knicks

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    What They Need: Point Guard, Depth

    What They Can Offer: Landry Fields

    The Knicks are another team that probably doesn't have the assets to pull off a big trade.  They gave up just about every movable piece they had to land Carmelo Anthony.

    We do know that they want Chris Paul, and if they get worried someone else will acquire him before he becomes a free agent, they can make one decent offer.

    They could offer Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields and future draft picks for Paul.  But even that probably wouldn't be enough because other teams would certainly have more to offer.

    I suppose CP3 could pull a Melo and tell the world that he won't sign an extension with anyone but the Knicks.  That would certainly help their chances.

Philadelphia 76ers

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    What They Need to Unload: Elton Brand

    It will be extremely difficult for the 76ers to unload the rest of Brand's massive contract onto some other team.

    But if they can somehow make a deal it would do a lot to help them build for the future.  A quick glance at all the teams in the league would suggest they won't be able to make it happen (nobody will take him on).

    The 76ers may also try to move Andre Iguodala.

Toronto Raptors

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    What They Need: Small Forward

    What They Can Offer: Andrea Bargnani

    Bargnani's name has appeared in a few rumors over the last month or so.  The former number one pick is starting to develop into a very good scorer but Toronto may no longer see him as a part of their future.

    He might be better off as a power forward playing next to a defensive minded center (like Nowitzki alongside Chandler).

    He could also fit the role Mehmet Okur used to occupy in Utah.  Okur was great at stretching the D at center for the Jazz, but his career may be over.  Bargnani could thrive in that role.

    The Jazz could offer Paul Millsap or C.J. Miles (via sign-and-trade in his case).

    Then, if the Jazz pick up a couple solid rookies in the lottery of this summer's draft, they could be right back in the playoffs as early as next season.

Chicago Bulls

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    What They Need: Shooting Guard

    What They Can Offer: Taj Gibson

    The Bulls need for a shooting guard has been in the rumor mill all season long.

    I'm pretty sure they'll address that need through the draft or free agency, but if they do try to acquire Rose's backcourt mate via trade, Taj Gibson could be offered.

    He had a solid rookie year, but he's not nearly as important to the team as he was last year.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    What They Need: Anything

    What They Can Offer: Anything On Their Roster

    Cleveland will look to the draft to solve their problems.  They have two lottery picks this year, and have the best chance to land the top overall pick.

    There is at lest one guy on the roster that will be dealt (if not this summer, almost certainly by the deadline).  Antawn Jamison is in the twilight of his career and on an expiring contract.

Detroit Pistons

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    What They Need to Unload: Richard Hamilton

    It will be extremely difficult for the Pistons to unload Hamilton's contract.

    If they can find anyone who's willing to take him on, they should jump at the chance to make a deal.

Indiana Pacers

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    What They Need: Shooting Guard, Depth

    What They Can Offer: Josh McRoberts, Dahntay Jones

    The Pacers will literally minutes away from a deal that would have landed them O.J. Mayo.  

    They would have sent Josh McRoberts to the Grizzlies in exchange for the young shooting guard, but paperwork was submitted to the league office just after the deadline.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they try to make the deal happen again this offseason.  Considering that McRoberts contract will be up, it will have to be a sign-and-trade.

    The combination of Mayo, Danny Granger and developing young players like Tyler Hansbrough, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison could finally get the Pacers back over .500 next season. 

Milwaukee Bucks

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    What They Need: Backup Point Guard

    What They Can Offer: Drew Gooden

    The Bucks have been one of the most disappointing teams this season.  Many (myself included) thought they might jump up to the top five in the east, but they're not even in the playoff picture at all.

    Last year, Brandon Jennings benefited a lot from the presence of veteran Luke Ridnour.  He's a more traditional point guard and actually spent time on the court with Jennings.

    This year, Jennings' backups were both scoring guards (Earl Boykins and Keyon Dooling).

    They may look to address this need in the draft, but they're more likely to look for an impact player at another position with their first pick.

    One player they could trade to acquire a veteran point guard like Ridnour is Drew Gooden (they have decent depth down low with Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute).

Atlanta Hawks

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    What They Need: Center, Depth

    What They Can Offer: Marvin Williams, Jeff Teague

    At this point, the Hawks seem to be perennial underachievers.  They have plenty of individual talent, and they know how to win regular season games, but no one sees them as legitimate title contenders.

    Acquiring a legitimate center could help them quite a bit.  Al Horford is a great player, but he's more of a power forward.  Moving him to the four would also slide Josh Smith to the three (his natural position).

    One team that may put a center on the market is the Los Angeles Clippers.  Chris Kaman was an All-Star just last season but there are rumors that Los Angeles is shopping him.

    A deal of Marvin Williams and Jeff Teague for Kaman would make sense because the Clippers need a small forward.

    A starting lineup of Kirk Hinrich, Joe Johnson, Smith, Horford and Kaman would be very dangerous. 

Charlotte Bobcats

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    What They Need: Anything

    What They Can Offer: Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston

    It would appear that the Bobcats have already begun a rebuilding process.  The deal sending Gerald Wallace to the Blazers may have signaled that.

    I mentioned two players above that they could offer, but their whole roster could be on the market.  I have a hard time seeing anyone on that squad as untouchable.

    Like several other teams on this list, they'll probably address their needs with the draft first.

Miami Heat

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    What They Need: Point Guard, Center

    What They Can Offer: Chris Bosh, Mike Miller

    Everyone knows what Miami needs.  They may have acquired Mike Bibby and Erick Dampier this season, but neither of those guys are any kind of an answer for their problems.

    Their third and fourth highest profile signings of the past offseason, could be on the market if the Heat flame out early in the playoffs.

    Losing either one of them might not be huge deal.  Mike Miller has been hurt for most of the year, and hasn't been too effective even when he is playing.

    Bosh has had a solid season, but Udonis Haslem (when healthy) would be a solid option at power forward in a lineup that already features two of the game's best scorers.

    The real upside of trading Bosh would be that Miami could actually acquire two decent starters for him.  Trading Bosh and Miller could land them two good starters

Orlando Magic

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    What They Need to Unload: Gilbert Arenas

    Any takers?

    I didn't think so.

    The only thing more horrendous than Arenas's game since he came to Orlando is his massive contract.  There's almost no way the Magic will find anyone to take him off their hands.

Washington Wizards

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    What They Need: Small Forward, Depth

    What They Can Offer: Andray Blatche

    The Wizards are a young team and building through the draft.  They need a small forward and could land Derrick Williams or Harrison Barnes this summer.

    They may be able to get a decent player for Andray Blatche, but I don't see them making any deals this summer.

Golden State Warriors

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    What They Need: Low-Post Threat (still), New Style

    What They Can Offer: Stephen Curry or Monta Ellis

    We've heard that we won't trade either.  We've heard that they'll trade one.  We've that they'll trade the other.

    Either one of them could fetch a decent return in a trade.

    In the past, I've speculated about a Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala swap.  While this would give them a bigger perimeter defender, it doesn't solve their need down low.

    David Lee was supposed to take some pressure off Golden State's perimeter players, and while he's been solid, he hasn't fixed their problems.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    What They Need: Small Forward

    What They Can Offer: Chris Kaman

    Like I mentioned in the Hawks slide, Chris Kaman may be available to a team that is willing to give the Clippers a decent small forward.

    DeAndre Jordan can become their full-time starting center, and they'd love to fill the hole in their lineup that exists at the three spot.

    I think Andre Iguodala would make sense here too.  

    Chris Kaman would definitely be an upgrade over Spencer Hawes, and Philadelphia has already considered moving Iguodala to accelerate Evan Turner's development.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    What They Need: Point Guard

    What They Can Offer: Andrew Bynum

    If the Lakers win the title (and I think they will), they probably won't make any significant moves.

    If not, they may look to shake things up a bit as they enter the post-Phil Jackson era (the current roster is built to suit his coaching style and offense).

    One interesting possibility is an Andrew Bynum for Chris Paul swap.

    CP3 and Kobe Bryant would clearly be the best backcourt in the league. 

Phoenix Suns

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    What They Need: Anything

    What They Can Offer: Steve Nash

    The Suns need to launch a full-scale rebuilding, and they should kick it off by trading Steve Nash.

    He's still their best player by far, but this formula never even got them to the finals and Nash's supporting cast is barely average at this point.

    They need to start over, and rebuilding around a 37 year old doesn't make any sense.

    They could get a couple young assets or picks by sending him to a contender.

Sacramento Kings

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    What They Need: Center, Small Forward

    What They Can Offer: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi

    The Kings actually have a few decent young pieces to build around.  They'll probably address whatever holes they think they have through the draft.

    But if they do make a trade, they have a couple pieces other teams might want to get their hands on.

Dallas Mavericks

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    What They Need: Youth

    What They Can Offer: Corey Brewer

    The current makeup of the Mavs roster might contend for one more year, and they only have one player on the roster with a bright future.

    Rodrigue Beaubois could develop into a great player in a couple years, but that would have everyone else on the team pushing 40.

    The thing is, the only asset they have that some other teams might be interested in is one of their only players in his 20s.

    They're best off looking to the draft.

Houston Rockets

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    What They Need: Center

    What They Can Offer: Terrence Williams, Jordan Hill, Courtney Lee

    The Rockets have a lot of good pieces in place, but they still need to find someone to replace Yao Ming.  

    Chuck Hayes has been alright, but you're not going to get too far with a 6'6" starting center in this league.

    Williams and Lee are both young players who could help them acquire a solid center.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    What They Need: Depth Inside

    What They Can Offer: O.J. Mayo

    I detailed the Grizzlies biggest trade possibility back in the Pacers slide.

    Josh McRoberts could be a nice backup for Zach Randolph and could probably log a few minutes at center as well.

New Orleans Hornets

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    What They Need: Decent Return on Any Chris Paul Trade

    What They Can Offer: Anything on Their Roster

    I don't think anyone would be shocked if Chris Paul gets traded this offseason (or before next season's trade deadline).

    The team that probably wants him more than anyone else is the Knicks.  The way their roster stands now, the best offer they can put together is Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and future picks.

    The Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum.  

    The Magic could offer Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and picks.  

    The Clippers could offer Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon.  They could sweeten that deal by adding Mo Williams and agreeing to take on the remainder of Emeka Okafor's contract.

    The Blazers could send Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and Gerald Wallace.

    There will be no shortage of offers on the table if and when Chris Paul becomes available.

San Antonio Spurs

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    What They Need: Depth

    What They Can Offer: Antonio McDyess

    No matter how this season ends up for them, I don't see the Spurs making many moves this offseason.

    They could get some good value for Tony Parker if they decide to start rebuilding.

Denver Nuggets

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    What They Need to Unload: Al Harrington

    The Nuggets already made their huge trade of 2011 when they sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks in a deal that involved a host of other players.

    They got great young talent in return for their malcontent star, and look to have a very bright future.  

    However, the rebuilding process (accelerated as it may be) is not done yet.  I wouldn't be surprised to see them trade Raymond Felton and let Kenyon Martin (and maybe even J.R. Smith and Nene) walk.

    The piece that they'll try hardest to unload is Al Harrington.  He has the worst contract on their books right now, and they tried to have him included in any Melo deal this past season.

    Moving forward with their young core of Galinari, Chandler, Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo while letting go of aging role players could give them a lot of flexibility as they enter the post-Melo era.

    One team that might be interested in Harrington is the Dallas Mavericks, who could offer Corey Brewer in return.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    What They Need: Anything But a Power Forward

    What They Can Offer: Jonny Flynn, Darko Milicic, Anthony Randolph

    The Timberwolves are set at power forward with Kevin Love, Michael Beasley (who can play either forward position) and Anthony Randolph.

    Every other position could use an upgrade.

    Randolph and Jonny Flynn could both land them young players or draft picks.

    They should build around superstar (at least in terms of talent) Kevin Love and add pieces fast so he doesn't have a mind to bolt when his contract expires.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    What They Need: Depth

    What They Can Offer: Cole Aldrich, Eric Maynor

    The Thunder aren't likely to make a deal this offseason (at least not a significant one).

    In their minds, they reeled in a big fish in Kendrick Perkins who will help them rule the playoff pond.  His defense could be key in getting them through the Western Conference's side of the bracket.

    They may want to shore up their depth a bit this offseason, but they'll likely look to the draft for that.

Portland Trailblazers

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    What They Need: Center, Depth

    What They Can Offer: Marcus Camby, Andre Miller, Rudy Fernandez, Nicolas Batum

    Injuries have derailed what was once one of the brightest futures in the league.  Just a couple years ago, we all thought the Blazers might be competing for Western Conference Championships by now.

    But just about everyone on the roster has missed significant stretches between then and now, and the team is considering a fresh start.

    They'll start by shopping the contracts of aging veterans Marcus Camby and Andre Miller.  They may also take another look at the possibility of moving Rudy Fernandez.

    And just recently, rumors have surfaced that Nicolas Batum is no longer untouchable.

    There are plenty of teams that would love to add a defensive-minded center like Camby or a distributing point guard like Andre Miller.

    Fernandez or Batum could both add some punch to any team's lineup as well.

Utah Jazz

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    What They Need: Anything But a Power Forward

    What They Can Offer: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur, Raja Bell, Devin Harris

    I think the Jazz should be the most active team in the trade market this offseason (but I could easily see them going conservative and standing pat).

    The departure of Deron Williams has exposed what most of us already knew about the rest of Utah's roster: It has a lot of mediocre players that D-Will made look a lot better.

    They've been abysmal since they traded Deron Williams, going 5-14 since the All-Star Break.  They acquired assets from one of the worst teams in the league, and not surprisingly, it's made them worse.

    They should shop everyone I've mentioned above and see if they can get back some contracts that either offer promise or flexibility, because this team needs to start over.

    The rebuilding will kick off with this year's draft (in which they have two lottery picks).  It will be very interesting to see how Jimmer Fredette performs in a Jazz jersey.

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