NBA Trade Rumors: Trade to Make Clippers Contenders, Mavs & Heat Stronger, Suns Younger
This trade was based around Phoenix getting something in return for Steve Nash.
As the Suns enter rebuilding mode, this might be the best way to start off. In this trade, the Mavericks reload their roster, Miami fills in weaknesses and the Clippers become contenders.
Phoenix Suns Get: Al-Faroug Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, Randy Foye, Dominique Jones, and Brendan Haywood.
Los Angeles Clippers Get: Steve Nash, Rodrique Beaubois, Jared Dudley and Ian Mahimni.
Dallas Mavericks Get: Mo Williams, Mike Miller, Joel Anthony, and Udonis Haslem.
Miami Heat Get: Jason Kidd, Robin Lopez
The Clippers will explode with Steve Nash. Nash is a complete offensive point guard, who is an efficient marksman (49 percent from the field, 43 percent from beyond the arc for his career) and a great play-maker (11.4 assists last season).
Just imagine Nash throwing alley-oops to remarkable athletes in Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan.
Shooting from behind the arc would jump with sharpshooters in Eric Gordon, Nash, and Jared Dudley. Dudley fills in the SF needs, as he is a great three-point shooter (47 percent from the field, and 42 percent from three for his career) and a ball-hawking defender. Dudley is also known for his toughness and hustle. Rodrigue Beaubois has a huge upside and can take over the point guard job once Nash retires.
Which team is improving most?
The explosive enigma out of France is a decent backup to Nash for now. Mahimni could also grow into a legitimate backup center. Imagine this lineup: Steve Nash, Eric Gordon, Jared Dudley, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan/Chris Kaman. The Nash and Griffin duo looks to be a potentially better Nash and Stoudemire duo.
The Mavericks would unload the aging Jason Kidd, Brendan Haywood and young stud in Dominique Jones, but their package isn't bad. Dallas would get an All-Star point guard in Mo Williams, who is lights out from behind the arc and can also dish the rock for assists. Mike Miller is another sharpshooter to compliment Dallas' three-point weapons.
Imagine a team with Mo Williams, Mike Miller, Peja Stojakovic, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry. Scary huh?
Joel Anthony would fill in Brendan Haywood's backup role, and Udonis Haslem would give the Mavericks a decent backup PF for Dirk.
Miami would fill their needs in expense of depth. Jason Kidd provides a great play-maker who can pass effectively along with James and Wade. Kidd also provides veteran leadership, basketball IQ and three-point shooting. He's third in all-time three-pointers behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, and has averaged 39 percent from the arc for the last three seasons.
Robin Lopez provides an energetic, young and solid center for the Heat. Lopez is only 23 years old and he's already a defensive specialist. He is a giant body with good hands and decent footwork. Lopez is mobile for his size, and uses it wisely. His offense comes mostly from pick and rolls; any pick-and-roll with Wade and James is a lethal one.
With proper development, Lopez could turn into a respectable starting center.
As for Phoenix, they get loads of young talent who have high ceilings if developed properly. Phoenix' package relies on the development of Al'Faroug Aminu and Eric Bledsoe. Aminu is an outstanding athlete with freakishly long arms and knows how to finish with flair. Aminu uses his endless hustle, athleticism, length and size to collect rebounds and shut down offenses.
His strong work ethic and massive upside has critics drooling over this prospect out of Wake Forest. Bledsoe has the chance to completely flourish in the Suns' run-and-gun style of play. Bledsoe has incredible speed and athleticism, as well as strength and skill to finish around the rim.
At 6'1", he uses his strong frame to make up for his lack of height. Bledsoe has leadership qualities and a reputation for performing well in the clutch. Eric can play two roles: scoring and passing. He's learned to play off-ball and spotting up in Kentucky, and he's a natural pass-first guard, so his versatility has no question.
Bledsoe has shown glimpses of being a quality star in the NBA, he just needs to continue his development.
Don't sleep on Dominique Jones, as he also shows a huge upside. Think of a poor-man's John Wall, Jones will be effective in his tenure with the Clips. Foye and Haywood add decent veteran players who are solid at their positions.
So the trade works out for all teams; I would appreciate your feedback on my opinion, so please comment! Thank you for your time.
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