Now that the NBA Finals are over, and the Evil Emperor has defeated the Evil Empire, NBA teams are already jockeying for position to make inventive trades to make a run at the 2012 NBA title. What follows are some moves I think are both intriguing basketball-wise and viable salary cap-wise. And the most obvious first trade is…
…had you going didn’t I?
Do you really think he wants to stay in Orlando? The Magic’s window for an NBA title seems to be slamming shut. A package deal of Howard and Gilbert Arenas to Portland for Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews would help both teams, especially if Roy is completely healthy.
Ellis improved greatly last year, but the Warriors’ small backcourt, coupled with a gaping hole at the center position, lends itself to many possibilities. How about Ellis for Nene? The Warriors would get an agile big man, and Denver would land a bona fide 25-point per game scorer.
Igoudala is a dynamic player on offense and a surprisingly good defender, but Philly needs some size. An Igoudala for Chris Kaman trade would fill a need in Philly, and can you imagine an Igoudala-Blake Griffin-Eric Gordon showtime in Los Angeles? Talk about living life in the fast lane.
Nene is in the last year of his contract and is looking for a big money long-term deal. Boston regretted trading Kendrick Perkins and lost some needed toughness inside. How about Nene and Arron Afflalo to Boston for Paul PierceBoston would get younger and bigger, and Denver would get a proven veteran scorer and leader.
Gasol underperformed during the playoffs for some unknown reason…not quite as career-threatening as Charlie Sheen, but relationships can be so volatile. Perhaps a change of scenery would do him good, and a team that could Really use a gifted center is Miami. It's time to break up the Heat as we now know them, so Chris Bosh, welcome to the Lakers!
Lamar Odom to Utah for Devin Harris. It might not make much basketball sense, but think of their reality show hijinks from Salt Lake City…