NBA Trade Speculation: 6 Deals That Must Be Made for Teams to Improve
Rumors have been surfacing daily about top-name players that could potentially be on the move. 28 out of the 30 NBA teams offseasons have already begun, as they must decide if each deal will make their team better.
Which NBA stars will be on the move? Which players must be added to push your team over the top?
Here are the top six rumored deals that must be made for each team to improve this summer.
1: Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala
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CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that the Golden State Warriors are interested in moving guard Monta Ellis. The Golden State Warriors have talked to multiple teams about moving their star 2-guard, and one of those teams is the 76ers">Philadelphia 76ers.
This trade makes sense for both teams in that the Sixers would be acquiring their go-to scorer and the Warriors would acquire a shut-down defender.
When Allen Iverson was traded, Andre Iguodala was given the reigns of the Sixers as their star player. Philadelphia fans have made it clear that they have seen enough of Iggy's wild, inconsistent jumper and questionable decision making.
Iguodala is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, but the Sixers need someone that can create their own shot and Monta Ellis is that player. He averaged over 24 points a game the last two seasons, while Iguodala averaged 14.1 in 2010-2011.
A core group of Jrue Holliday, Monta Ellis, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks would give the Sixers (and their fans) an exciting team that could grow together for the next decade.
Golden State on the other hand needs defense, so this trade makes a lot of sense from their perspective as well. They surrendered over 105 points a game last year, which was good (bad?) for fourth worst in the league.
Iguodala would fit in nicely with Golden State, as he would provide height and athleticism in the backcourt. Also, Iguodala's lack of range wouldn't be as big a problem with sharp shooters Stephen Curry at the point and Dorell Wright at the three.
This trade must be made by two younger teams that are looking to move forward as franchises.
2: Stephen Jackson for Chris Kaman
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Stephen Jackson averaged 18.5 PPG in 2010-2011, and would give the Clippers the much needed point production they have been looking for out of the small forward spot.
Chris Kaman is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, evidenced by his 12.4 points per game, 7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
This contract makes sense in that both teams would be filling large needs, but the Charlotte Bobcats will need to throw in another player to make the salaries work.
Jackson makes around $8.5 million per year, while Kaman makes almost $12 million.
3: O.J. Mayo for Corey Maggette and Carlos Delfino
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The Memphis Grizzlies tried to trade O.J. Mayo at the trade deadline to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts, but they turned in their paperwork a few minutes too late. Maybe the Grizzlies should trade Mayo for a new secretary.
Mayo is still a tremendous talent (former first-team all-rookie) that has averaged 16 points per game over his career. He has obviously worn out his welcome in Memphis, but one man's trash is another man's treasure.
A starting five in Milwaukee of Brandon Jennings, O.J. Mayo, John Salmons, Luc Mbah a Moute and Andrew Bogut would instantly be one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Adding Corey Maggette and Carlos Delfino would certainly be an upgrade from Josh McRoberts, no offense.
4: Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas for Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom
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Reports have come out that Andrew Bynum is "untouchable," but this trade makes sense on so many levels.
The Lakers would be getting the dominant player they need to return to NBA glory, and the Magic would be getting a prized young center who will keep them in contention, while being under contract for another three years.
It doesn't hurt that the Magic will be dumping one of the worst contracts in the NBA in Gilbert Arenas, while picking up one of the league's most underrated players in Lamar Odom.
A starting five of Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol and Howard could be potentially dominant for the Lakers and would immediately make them favorites again in the West.
A starting five of Nelson, Richardson, Turkoglu , Odom and Bynum would still give the Magic one of the most talented lineups in the entire NBA.
5: Josh Smith for Rip Hamilton
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Basketballtraderumors.com has been buzzing lately with a possible Josh Smith for Rip Hamilton trade. This is another trade that could benefit both parties.
The thinking here is that the Hawks have huge contracts on the books with Joe Johnson (six years, $124 million) and Al Horford (five years, $60 million), and will they be able to keep Smith's hefty contract as well?
Smith is still under contract for three years and $37 million, but he is the one chip that the Atlanta Hawks would be able to move for some cap relief. The Pistons were one of a number of suitors who were interested in Smith when he was a restricted free-agent in 2008.
Rip Hamilton would bring another shooter to the Hawks, but he would be welcomed by Atlanta more for his expiring contract.
6: Steve Nash for Chris Kaman
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The move was a pure salary dump by L.A., as they got out of the nearly $30 million still owed to Baron Davis over the next two years.
The Clippers would obviously love to have the top pick in the draft, but they still will be able to get a terrific point-guard to go alongside Blake Griffin.
The Clippers have been rumored in a myriad of deals involving Chris Kaman, but would they want an aging Steve Nash in return? Many rumors have stated that Phoenix is openly looking to trade Steve Nash so they can rebuild.
The addition of Nash would instantly make the Clippers a team to watch in the Western Conference.
Nash, Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin would be a pretty scary combination for years to come.