NBA Trade Speculation: One Deal Each Team Must Consider This Summer

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 16, 2011

NBA Trade Speculation: One Deal Each Team Must Consider This Summer

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first half while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2011 in Los Angeles,
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    Over the next few weeks, basketball fans are going to be hearing about nothing but scenarios, whether they be relevant to the draft, free agency, or trades.

    Today, I'll be focusing on trades, which are extremely vital to the success of a franchise. Some trades, most recently Pau Gasol heading to L.A., have changed the outlook and future success of a franchise.

    Whatever the case, I'll make up a scenario for every team and explain why it would help them out.

    Thanks for reading!

     

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Atlanta Hawks

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 08:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers is ejected from play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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    Atlanta receives: C Andrew Bynum, SF Ron Artest

    Los Angeles receives: SF Josh Smith, PG KIrk Hinrich

    This trade was suggested by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a month ago.

    Why not do it? It would absolutely benefit both teams. The Hawks would finally be able to place Al Horford full-time at his more natural power forward position.

    Smith's void would be filled immediately by Artest, too.

Boston Celtics

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 21:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during a break in the action against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 123-90. NOTE TO USER: User expre
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    Boston receives: C Andrea Bargnani

    Toronto receives: Avery Bradley, two future first-round picks

    If Andrea Bargnani wants to prove his worth at center, Boston might as well be his last chance.

    Other bigs in Beantown (Jeff Green, Kevin Garnett) are solid defenders and rebounders, and would pick up the slack for the former number one overall pick.

    It might be a risky pick, but the C's could use him.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Guard Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets takes a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Lou
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    Charlotte receives: PG Chris Paul, PF Aaron Gray

    New Orleans receives: PG D.J. Augustin, SG Stephen Jackson, C DeSagana Diop, 2012 and 2013 first-rounders

    This swap is one that I have garnered with the NBA Trade Machine.

    Rumors were afloat six weeks ago that Chris Paul was considering the Charlotte Bobcats, so why not go ahead and create a dream scenario for Michael Jordan's club?


Chicago Bulls

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Guard O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies takes a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City, O
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    Chicago receives: SG O.J. Mayo

    Memphis receives: SG Kyle Korver, 2012 first-round pick

    The Chicago Bulls' one glaring weakness this past season was hidden within the fact that they didn't possess a real shooting guard, someone who could do it all.

    I'm not sure who watched the postseason, but with previously unseen defensive intensity and heart, O.J. Mayo seems like a logical choice.

    Besides, the Pacers already proved it only takes a solid player and a first-rounder, right?

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the rim past Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat  during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011
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    Cleveland Cavaliers: SF Andre Iguodala

    Philadelphia 76ers: 2011 fourth overall pick

    Ah, I bet you didn't see this one coming.

    Andre Iguodala would prove to be the small forward that the Cavaliers so desire.

    And, to top it all off, they'd still have the number one pick.

    It's a win-win!

Dallas Mavericks

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    MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Mavericks won 105-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackn
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    It seems to the basketball blogosphere that the Dallas Mavericks aren't looking at wheeling and dealing this offseason.

    They are resigning every key part of the championship team, and I'm not entirely sure trades are within their plans for the upcoming offseason.

    The team is solid now, and there's no need to change it.

    If I had to predict one guy who would be heading out, I'd select Brendan Haywood. His worth diminished greatly as the postseason progressed. Tyson Chandler was just too much for the champions.

Denver Nuggets

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during play against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Lo
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    Denver receives: PG Steve Blake, SF Ron Artest, 2012 second-round pick

    Los Angeles receives: PG Raymond Felton

    In giving up Raymond Felton, the Denver Nuggets would still have Ty Lawson at the starting point guard slot.

    If this trade was processed, it'd be an incredible (but small) Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Artest, Wilson Chandler, and Nene starting lineup, with Danilo Gallinari and Kenyon Martin providing viable threats off the bench.

    If I'm Denver, I'm going to start jumping for joy now.

Detroit Pistons

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Jonny Flynn #10 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles past Lou Amundson #19 of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 14, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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    Detroit receives: Jonny Flynn, 2012 second-rounder

    Minnesota receives: Richard Hamilton

    This one is easy yet effective for the Detroit Pistons.

    Rip is aging, and the team is looking to get a solid player and a second-rounder in exchange for him. That's exactly what they get in this swap.

Golden State Warriors

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks off the floor during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida.
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    Golden State receives: SF Andre Iguodala

    Philadelphia receives: SG Monta Ellis

    This is the trade that everyone is talking about, and to be completely honest with you, it does in fact benefit both teams.

    The Warriors improve immensely on the defensive end, and the Sixers get that definitive scorer that they so long for.

    It just makes sense.

Houston Rockets

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 21:  Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics  on January 21, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    Houston receives: PF Al Jefferson, 2012 first-round pick, SG C.J. Miles

    Utah receives: SG Kevin Martin, PF Luis Scola

    Now this would be a blockbuster trade.

    Both teams exchange their franchise players, and the Rockets improve at power forward while acquiring a first-round pick in the process.

Indiana Pacers

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz looks to against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 118-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Indiana receives: PF Al Jefferson, 2011 12th overall pick

    Utah receives: SF Danny Granger, SG Dahntay Jones

    Al Jefferson has struggled to find a niche in Salt Lake City while playing with a plethora of other useful bigs.

    His talents would be much more appreciated in Indiana, where he would start at center from the moment he walked onto the Pacer hardwood.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the rim past Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat  during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011
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    Los Angeles receives: SF Andre Iguodala

    Philadelphia receives: C Chris Kaman, SF Al-Faroq Aminu

    This trade is one that has been reported by columnists and junkies alike.

    In making this trade, the Clippers address their one glaring need—a legitimate small forward. Let's face it: Ryan Gomes and Aminu didn't do the job this season, and they have to make this trade in order to compete with the best in the West.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  Raymond Felton #20 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates late in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in
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    Los Angeles receives: PG Raymond Felton

    Denver receives: PG Steve Blake, SF Ron Artest, 2012 second-round pick

    The Lakers absolutely need a budding point guard. They can't keep relying on the liabilities that are Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.

    This trade is a simple yet risky one for the Nuggets, and I'm not entirely sure they'd have the guts to deny this, as so much is thrown at them and they already are insisting at having Ty Lawson as their starting point.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls reacts against in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Memphis receives: SG Kyle Korver, 2012 first-round pick

    Chicago receives: SG O.J. Mayo

    As bold as it is to admit, this trade would benefit the Grizzlies.

    They already have a couple solid wing players in Sam Young and Tony Allen, both of which are great defenders and have proved to be good enough to go on without Mayo.

    Korver provides Mayo's shooting ability, and who's going to turn down that first-round pick in a great upcoming draft class?

Miami Heat

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 23:  Thabo Sefolosha #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 23
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    Miami receives: SF Thabo Sefolosha

    Oklahoma City receives: SG Mike Miller

    Why in the world would the Heat trade one of their best shooters for Thabo Sefolosha?

    It's simple, really. The Heatles lacked defensive intensity in their depth on the wings. Sefolosha would provide instant relief as a backup to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, both tremendous defenders themselves.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks brings the ball up court against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York
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    Milwaukee receives: PG Toney Douglas, 2011 first-rounder

    New York receives: PG Brandon Jennings

    This one is so effective, and yet it works. In receiving the 17th pick overall and a young point guard in exchange for the ego that is Jennings, the trade works out for both teams.

    If I were Milwaukee come draft time, I'd then use the pick on Klay Thompson if he was still available.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 25: Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena on March 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
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    Minnesota receives: SG Monta Ellis

    Golden State receives: PG Jonny Flynn, SF Michael Beasley, 2011 second overall pick

    This trade would set up one heck of a starting lineup in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

    Just imagine a Ricky Rubio/Ellis/Anthony Randolph/Kevin Love/Darko Milicic starting lineup.

    Sounds pretty solid, huh?

New Jersey Nets

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    New Jersey receives: PG Luke Ridnour, C Nikola Pekovic

    Minnesota receives: SF Damion James

    I'm not sure the Nets are entirely devoted to this offseason, but if they decide to make any moves this would be a wise one.

    Ridnour is a veteran who would prove to be a legitimate backup for Deron Williams in Jersey.

New Orleans Hornets

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12:  Eric Gordon #10 of the Los Angeles Clippers scores on a layup against the Miami Heat at Staples Center on January 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadin
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    New Orleans receives: SG Eric Gordon, SF Al-Faroq Aminu

    Los Angeles receives: SG Marco Belinelli, SF Trevor Ariza, 2012 first-round pick

    Here's a trade that could help keep Chris Paul in New Orleans.

    Gordon and Aminu would start immediately if this trade were to go through, and they'd only have to downgrade at one position (small forward) and give up one first-rounder for a potential superstar.

New York Knicks

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    New York receives: PG Brandon Jennings

    Milwaukee receives: PG Toney Douglas, 2011 first-rounder

    In making this trade, the Knicks also might be able to then swap Chauncey Billups to someone else for a first-rounder.

    The Knickerbockers also find the long-term point they have been looking for after the execution of the deal.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the second quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 2011 in
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    At the moment, the Oklahoma City Thunder might be the only team besides the Dallas Mavericks that are not in need of a trade.

    I'd say they could use some young talent, but that's what the makeup of the majority of the crew is already.

Orlando Magic

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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13:  Robin Lopez #15 of the Phoenix Suns slam dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA game at US Airways Center on April 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by d
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    Orlando receives: C Robin Lopez

    Phoenix receives: SG J.J. Redick

    All season long, the Orlando Magic played the majority of their minutes with Dwight Howard as their center.

    However, there was no one on the depth chart behind him. No one!

    Robin Lopez is a decent center who could get better under Superman's wing.

Philadelphia 76ers

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 25:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena on March 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using thi
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    Philadelphia receives: SG Monta Ellis

    Golden State receives: SF Andre Iguodala

    This is a trade that has been talked about for hours on end.

    Why would this trade help the Sixers?

    They need a scorer, and Ellis' lack of good one-on-one defense would be complimented by the superb skills of point guard Jrue Holiday.


Phoenix Suns

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    Phoenix receives: SG J.J. Redick

    Orlando receives: C Robin Lopez

    The Phoenix Suns are absolutely looking for depth as their time clock continually ticks.

    Vince Carter, Steve Nash, and Grant Hill are all nearing the conclusions of their respective careers, so why not give up one of your most worthless players for a spot-on shooter?

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Portland receives: Brandon Jennings

    Milwaukee receives: Nicolas Batum

    This trade is an interesting one because it sets the tone of the Portland Trail Blazers' future.

    In relinquishing Nicolas Batum, a key member of their plans for this decade, they receive a young star at point guard, something they'll need because incumbent Andre Miller is at a tender 35 years old.

Sacramento Kings

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03:  Raymond Felton #20 of the Denver Nuggets reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downlo
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    Sacramento receives: PG Raymond Felton, 2012 second-rounder

    Denver receives: SG Marcus Thornton

    This deal makes a lot of sense for both of these franchises.

    Raymond Felton has proven he is a legitimate point guard in this league, and Thornton's upside might be enough to land the UNC product and a second-rounder.

San Antonio Spurs

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 3: Chris Kaman #35 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 107-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    San Antonio receives: C Chris Kaman, SF Ryan Gomes

    Los Angeles receives: SF Richard Jefferson, 2012 first-rounder

    Another trade, another mention of Chris Kaman.

    This trade would benefit both clubs, as the Clips would receive a much-needed small forward while keeping incumbent center DeAndre Jordan a part of the starting five.

    The Spurs would grab hold of Kaman, a solid low-post scorer in his prime.

Toronto Raptors

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23:  Luc Mbah a Moute #12 of the Milwaukee Bucks goes up to the basket against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downlo
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    Toronto receives: SF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF Larry Sanders, 2011 second-round pick

    Milwaukee receives: PF Andrea Bargnani, 2012 second-round pick

    This trade seems out of the blue, doesn't it?

    The Raptors would receive one of the league's best defenders in Mbah a Moute and an up-and-coming power forward in Larry Sanders.

    I think it looks solid, at least.


Utah Jazz

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket past Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2011 in Chicago
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    Utah receives: SF Danny Granger, SG Dahntay Jones

    Indiana receives: PF Al Jefferson, 2011 12th overall pick

    In executing this trade, both teams would benefit completely.

    Danny Granger would take his talents out west to Utah, where a small forward is needed, unless the Jazz re-sign Andrei Kirilenko.

Washington Wizards

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a rebound against Jamal Coombs-McDaniel #4 and Charles Okwandu #35 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at
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    Washington receives: 2011 second overall pick

    Minnesota receives: C JaVale McGee

    This trade is one that junkies have blabbered on and on about, but hey-- it makes sense for both teams, doesn't it?

    The Wizards are looking at trading up to get Derrick Williams, and this is probably their most realistic option.