NBA Trade Talk: 10 Blockbuster Trades That Make Sense for Teams Involved
An NBA lockout might be imminent, but that doesn't change the future landscape of possible blockbuster deals.
Big names are aplenty with the likes of Dwight Howard, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Andrew Bynum, Josh Smith, Andre Igoudala, and Steve Nash making headlines in most trade rumors.
After the lockout, which hasn't even begun yet (but will), is lifted, trades are expected and big ones if that. It's one reason we didn't see the eye-catching trade at the NBA draft, and no: that Bucks, Kings, and Bobcats deal barely scratches the surface.
Regardless of whether they will get dealt or not, here are ten blockbuster (or just big-name) trades that make sense for every team involved that at least have a chance of happening, if at all.
New Orleans Departs with CP3, Gets Some R&R
Draft Picks: Boston trades 2013 first rounder to New Orleans
Why it Makes Sense: The Boston Celtics sit in a very favorable position; they have an All-Star point guard in Rajon Rondo but have aging core in Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.
In a deal that's been wavered around recently, trading Rajon Rondo to the New Orleans Hornets along with the contracts of Jermaine O'Neal and Avery Bradley for CP3 gives both teams an edge.
If you are the Hornets, you will have a successor to Paul and a couple of additions to help your team contend for the short term in O'Neal and Bradley.
If you're the Celtics, you now have a scoring threat to complement Allen, Garnett, and Pierce for a run at title in 2012. And with the contracts of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett coming off the books after next season, there is even a possibility of signing Dwight Howard, who will be a free agent if he isn't traded beforehand.
76ers Finally Deal Iggy, Get Much Needed Big Man
Draft Picks: none exchanged
Why it Makes Sense: While a Iguodala for Kaman deal seems simple enough, I'd figure adding Speights (one year left) and having the Clippers deal their young forward Aminu (thee years left) would even the odds.
For the Clippers, this trade makes them a contender; they would have Mo Williams, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.
For the 76ers, they get a center in Kaman to go along with Elton Brand, rekindling their days as Clippers teammates and would have Louis Williams/Jrue Holliday at the point, Evan Turner at the two, and a combination of Thaddeus Young and Aminu at the three.
Tony Parker to NY, Spurs Load Up on Picks.
Draft Picks: New York deals 2013 and 2015 first round pick to San Antonio, who trades a 2016 first round pick to the Raptors (for taking the contract of Jefferson in exchange for Kleiza and Bayless).
Why it Makes Sense: The Spurs traded Parker's successor George Hill for Kawhi Leonard, the future at the small forward position. Of course, the Spurs aren't going to deal Duncan, and Ginobilli is still highly valuable to the team.
Parker is bound to be traded, as the Spurs were willing to do so last week. This trade lands the Spurs and bridge to their next point guard in Billups, who would be a one year option, and the Knicks get the final piece to their "Big 3."
The Raptors will be willing to take on Richard Jefferson if they get draft picks, and the Spurs deal future considerations far ahead into the future for doing so.
Magic Deal Dwight to Tinseltown, Acquire What They Can, While They Can
Draft Picks: Orlando deals pair of future second rounders to Los Angeles (for taking Gilbert Arenas' contract off their hands), who trades a trio of future first rounders (2012, 2013 and 2014).
Why it Makes Sense: The grim reality is that if the Magic can't get Dwight Howard any help between now and next season, he will be gone just like LeBron James. How similar the circumstances would be, because both would be leaving small market teams after taking their team to the NBA finals and losing.
Orlando knows this is the best compensation for Howard, and they would still be a competitive team after the deal. They also know this assures Howard is in the Western Conference and doesn't affect them much in the standings in the Eastern Conference.
For the Lakers, well you know this is their dream scenario, Dwight Howard would revive their title hopes and extend the expectancy for another five years. Heck, they even get Glibert Arenas, who would be an upgrade for Derek Fisher and give Kobe Bryant even more options besides himself.
Minnesota Acquires a Veteran, Deals B-Easy.
Draft Picks: none exchanged
Why it Makes Sense: The Timberwolves are loaded with young talent and need veterans if they want to make a move in the Western Conference.
Andre Iguodala is the perfect piece for Minnesota, as he could fit right into the Wolves crowded rotation, which would look like this: Rubio, Iguodala, Williams, Love, Randolph.
As it stands, the Timberwolves have Derrick WIlliams, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Darko Millicic, and Anthony Randolph fighting for three spots.
The 76ers get an added scorer and a big man in one deal, which would help them in their attempt to rise in the Eastern Conference loaded atop with the Bulls, Heat, and Celtics.
Blazers Give Up on Roy, Deal Him to Cleveland
Draft Picks: Cleveland trades a future first round and second pick to Portland.
Why it Makes Sense: If Portland is really intending on asking Brandon Roy to retire after what he did in the postseason to sacrifice his future for them, then this isn't going to end well.
The Trail Blazers are better off trading him with Wesley Matthews in the waiting, and a potential trade partner could be Cleveland, who is looking for any spark and would be willing to take the chance on Roy to go along with Kyrie Irving.
Dan Glibert wants to win again and show LeBron he wasn't bluffing when he said he will win a ring before the King.
Cleveland would have Irving, Roy, Thompson, Hickson, and Varejao as a pretty good core, and the Trail Blazers acquire an asset (and an expiring contract) to help out LaMarcus Aldridge and some draft picks to help out their future.
Note: Right now, this deal does not work but as soon as Brandon Roy's Base Year Compensation is lifted on July 1st, the deal becomes possible to make.
Lakers Try to Get a Bit Younger While Keeping Main Core
Draft Picks: Los Angeles deals 2013 first round pick to Indiana.
Why it Makes Sense: The Pacers acquire a forward in Odom who can make their rotation well-rounded with Hibbert at center and Hansbrough as a backup. Collison, Rush or Jones, and George would complete their starting five and this trade would be helpful for Indiana making a play for a mid-forties win team.
Granger can also play defense, averaging around a steal and a block per game, and his game has usually been compared to LeBron James minus the playmaking and scoring ability. Mike Brown certainly wouldn't mind having him in Los Angeles.
The Lakers also acquire another scorer to complement Bryant, which could take the load off him and give the Lakers a deep threat (157 for 407 on three-pointers last season) and slasher on a consistent basis.
The Magic Sun Hawk Three-Way Solution
Draft Picks: Orlando trades 2013 first round pick to the Atlanta Hawks, who trades a pair of second round picks to the Phoenix Suns.
Why it Makes Sense: The Phoenix Suns get a steady point guard in Nelson for Nash, who is in the final year of his contract, along with Marvin Williams and a pair of draft picks. At this point in his career, Nash isn't one of the elite point guards, and not much can be had for him than in the past.
The Hawks and Magic both find a way to stay relevant in this three team deal. Atlanta acquires Nash from the Suns and Turkoglu and Bass from the Magic to soften the blow from the trade of Smith.
The Magic potentially find a way to keep Dwight Howard in Orlando with Josh Smith on board and get a few complementary pieces in Kirk Hinrich and Robin Lopez, who would play the Marcin Gortat role for the Magic.
Lakers Get a Gasol Countryman Rather Than Trading Him to a Fellow Countryman
Draft Picks: Los Angeles deals 2014 and 2016 first round pick to Toronto
Why it Makes Sense: The Lakers aggresively pursue a point guard who can be crafty and who is Pau Gasol's countryman. We've heard all these rumors about Gasol joining Rubio in Minnesota but why not the other way around with a different point guard?
The Raptors are still ways away from being a contender, but they have nothing to lose by making this trade since they have Bayless on the team (this is if they don't deal him in that other trade I proposed). If your a GM, you'd be happy with a pair of first rounders and a guy who can step right in for him in Steve Blake.
Bulls Form a Scary Backcourt and Boot the Booz
Draft Picks: Chicago deals a 2012 first round pick to Golden State.
Why it Makes Sense: The Warriors are loaded with guards having drafted Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins. That usually spells the impending exit of another guard on the team, and Ellis' name has been a hot commodity on the trade market for a while.
Bulls match up perfect for a trade because they have someone to replace Carlos Boozer in Taj Gibson but also would be acquiring Biedrins in this deal.
Chicago would have a backcourt that would be quite difficult to stop no matter who you are,, and that would be a trade that could help propel them past the Miami Heat in the future. The Bulls would have Rose, Ellis, Deng, Gibson, and Noah; yes, that's scary,, and Miami should hope this doesn't happen.
For Golden State, Ellis is a goner, but this is the only deal that nets them a temporary replacement in Brewer and a power forward in Boozer to play with David Lee.
Warriors probably won't think twice because they still have Stephen Curry along with Thompson, Jenkins and Dorell Wright to round out the top three in their starting five.