NBA Trade Scenarios: 10 Mega Trades That Should Happen

Eitan Katz@@EitanKatzAnalyst IIJuly 4, 2011

NBA Trade Scenarios: 10 Mega Trades That Should Happen

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    The lockout has started, but that doesn't mean the ESPN Trade Machine doesn't work.

    Players like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Steve Nash and Monta Ellis could all be on the move, and NBA fans are desperate for some trade talk. Obviously none of these trades can happen until the lockout is lifted, but I did make sure that they were all plausible, money-wise.

    With an entire summer ahead of us, and only a small window between when the lockout (eventually) gets lifted until the NBA season starts, there could be a flurry of monster trades that go down in just a short period of time.

    Here are 10 trades that not only work but make sense for all of the teams involved.

    Enjoy!

    **All draft pick information was taken from here**

10. Philadelphia 76ers Trade Andre Iguodala to Los Angeles Clippers

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    Philadelphia 76ers receive:

    Chris Kaman (one year, $11.8 million)

    Al-Farouq Aminu (three years, $2.536 million)

    Los Angeles Clippers' first-round draft pick (next available)

    Los Angeles Clippers receive:

    Andre Iguodala (three years, $12.345 million)

     

    Analysis:

    Philadelphia gets rid of Iguodala and receives a gigantic expiring contract in return (Kaman). The Sixers aren't built to win right now anyway, so building through the draft makes more sense than trading Iguodala for another mediocre star.

    Kaman can actually help out with Nikola Vucevic's development, and Aminu gives Philly someone to back up Thaddeus Young.

    For LA, this is a no-brainer. You are getting an extremely athletic, talented small forward who would immediately make your lineup one of the most explosive in the NBA.

    Your starting five becomes Mo Williams-Eric Gordon-Andre Iguodala-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan. That is a very solid, young lineup that could remain good for a long time.

9. San Antonio Spurs Trade Tony Parker to Utah Jazz

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    San Antonio Spurs receive:

    Devin Harris (two years, $8.981 million)

    Paul Millsap (two years, $7.6 million)

    Utah's 2012 first-round draft pick (from Golden State—it is top-seven protected)

    Utah Jazz receive:

    Tony Parker (four years, $13.5 million)

     

    Analysis:

    San Antonio gets just enough in return for their star point guard. Devin Harris is a spectacular offensive player, but he needs to stay healthy and learn how to play defense. I think a couple of weeks with Tim Duncan will get him in shape.

    Millsap is a statisticians dream; he shoots above 50 percent from the field, barely turns the ball over and he rebounds like his life depends on it.

    Also, he's only 25, and he's just entering his prime. He could be a solid replacement for Duncan somewhere down the road. The draft pick could possibly be a solid value as well.

    For Utah, they immediately become playoff material. Losing the draft pick isn't ideal, but Parker gives Utah a terrific core of young players. Parker, Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter and Derick Favors form an extremely tough offensive squad which could surprise people much like Memphis surprised people this season.

    I really like this trade for Utah because Millsap is the best player they are giving up, but their frontcourt is so crowded that his loss doesn't really hurt.

8. Golden State Warriors Trade Monta Ellis to Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Golden State receives:

    Michael Beasley (one year, $4.962 million)

    Anthony Randolph (one year, $1.965 million)

    Nikola Pekovic (two years, $4.275 million)

    Minnesota receives:

    Monta Ellis (three years, $11 million)

    Golden State's 2012 second-round pick (from NJ Nets—it is top-14 protected)

     

    Analysis:

    Golden State gets a similar volume shooter in Michael Beasley, and they get back talented power forward Anthony Randolph.

    Randolph was solid in his time in Golden State, but he didn't mesh with head coach Don Nelson. Now that Nelson is retired, Randolph should fit right into G-State's high flying offensive attack.

    Pekovic isn't good, but he's only 25, he's a monster and he actually showed glimpses as a potential solid backup center.

    Beasley, obviously the big piece in the deal for the Warriors, would slip into the power forward position in Golden State. The Warriors offense would remain ridiculously explosive if this deal went through, but they would also clear cap space for the future.

    Minnesota gets a top-10 scorer in Ellis, who also happened to be the NBA leader in minutes per game in 2010-2011.

    Along with Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, Kevin Love and Darko Milicic, Minnesota will be extremely set up for the future. Ellis' scoring ability should be a magical tandem with Rubio's passing and Love's rebounding.

7. Los Angeles Lakers Trade Lamar Odom to Detroit Pistons

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    Los Angeles Lakers receive:

    Rodney Stuckey (Restricted Free Agent)

    Jason Maxiell (one year, $5 million)

    Terrico White (one year, $470k)

    Detroit Pistons receive:

    Lamar Odom (two years, $8.2 million)

    Matt Barnes (one year, $1.765 million)

     

    Analysis:

    Honestly, I think this trade is perfect for both teams. 

    Stuckey would be an amazing fit in LA, as he would slide directly into the starting lineup, taking over for the aging Derek Fisher.

    Maxiell would back up Pau Gasol and bring the Lakers a much needed injection of toughness. He has had his shares of trouble in Detroit, but maybe a fresh start with Kobe and the Lakers is what he needs.

    White is just a throw-in (but he can do this).

    For Detroit, they get a super talented big man who may be able to shine now that he is out of Los Angeles. Last year was his most efficient year, shooting wise, so there is no reason to suspect that age is wearing him out.

    He is 31, but he is a very nice complement to the tough Greg Monroe/Ben Wallace combo in Detroit. 

    Barnes is who I really think makes the deal. His toughness and all-out style has been missing in a place where aggressiveness is usually second nature. Folks in the Motor City will love this tough guy.

6. Atlanta Hawks Trade Josh Smith to New Jersey Nets

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    Atlanta Haws receive:

    Brook Lopez (one year, $2.413 million)

    New Jersey Nets receive:

    Josh Smith (two years, $11.7 million)

     

    Analysis:

    Pretty simple trade.

    The Nets are moving pieces around to keep Deron Williams around, while simultaneously pushing hard for Dwight Howard. If the Nets go for Howard, then Lopez has no value because he can't play power forward.

    Smith and Howard down low would be ridiculous. If you add Deron, guess what you have? That's right, a new Big Three! What a surprise!

    Here, the Hawks would be moving a huge contract for an expiring contract (worth $10 million less). Plus, they would finally be able to put Al Horford into his natural power forward position.

    Atlanta is sort of in a rebuilding mode right now.

    They can't win with their current core, and they are paying Joe Johnson too much money to make any big moves. This trade is the perfect solution.

    The Hawks would get a young, talented big man who turned it on in the second half last year: 22.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 53 percent FG.

    The rebounding numbers aren't that great, but Horford and Zaza Pachulia should take care of that.

5. Miami Heat Trade Chris Bosh to San Antonio Spurs in Three-Team Deal

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    Miami Heat receive:

    Tony Parker (four years, $13.5 million)

    Jason Maxiell (one year, $5 million)

    San Antonio Spurs receive:

    Chris Bosh (five years, $14.5 million)

    Will Bynum (two years, $3.3 million)

    Detroit Pistons' first-round draft pick in 2012 (top-eight protected)

    Detroit Pistons receive:

    James Jones (one year, $1.1 million)

    Matt Bonner (three years, $3.1 million)

    DeJuan Blair (two years, $218k)

     

    Analysis:

    San Antonio and Miami both make huge changes, but they are both for the better.

    The Heat need a point guard badly, especially with the impending loss of starting point guard Mario Chalmers (who will most likely sign elsewhere as a restricted free agent). Parker would clearly fill that need.

    Haslem would slide into the starting lineup, and Maxiell would bring immense toughness off of the bench. I like Maxiell in Miami—he really adds to their ridiculous athleticism and defensive intensity.

    San Antonio loses one of their Big Three but gain one of Miami's. Bosh would either play power forward to Duncan's center, or Duncan would move onto the bench (gasp!).

    Bynum is an extremely underrated point guard, and between he and Gary Neal, San Antonio will make due.

    Obviously the other big catch here is the draft pick from Detroit. It will certainly be high, and Detroit will probably fall into the 10 to 14 range next season.

    Duncan is on his way out, but San Antonio is still reloading. What a terrific organization. They never cease to amaze.

    As for Detroit, they pick up three terrific role players. With Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey playing the guard positions for the foreseeable future, Detroit is going to have a tough time stretching the floor.

    Both Bonner and Jones will help with that.

    Blair will play the role that Maxiell would have played if he could have ever reached his potential. He is less athletic than Jason, but DeJuan is a lot bigger and more rugged underneath.

    I like his fit in Detroit as Ben Wallace's successor.

4. Los Angeles Lakers Trade Pau Gasol to Atlanta Hawks

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    Los Angeles Lakers receive:

    Josh Smith (two years, $11.7 million)

    Kirk Hinrich (one year, $9.1 million)

    Atlanta Hawks' 2012 second-round draft pick/cash considerations

    Atlanta Hawks receive:

    Pau Gasol (three years, $17.823 million)

     

    Analysis:

    I love this trade.

    The Lake-Show gets a lot younger and more athletic in the power forward position by adding Josh Smith. "J-Smoove" will bring a second shot blocking presence inside next to Andrew Bynum and will be extremely effective on the fast break.

    He has a lot more mobility than Pau, which will help LA guard other more talented offensive players like Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki.

    Hinrich is a fantastic addition as well. His toughness will be key for LA as he can not only hit threes, but he can guard almost any point guard in the game. The draft pick is basically inconsequential.

    For Atlanta, it gives them one more chance to make a run with this group of guys. Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Pau Gasol will make life extremely hard for opposing defenses.

    Atlanta won't have much money to sign free agents, even with the loss of Jamal Crawford. But, if they can get someone like Mario Chalmers or Delonte West to play point, they are going to be tougher this year than they were in the past few years.

3. Phoenix Suns Trade Steve Nash to Miami Heat

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    Phoenix Suns receive:

    Chris Bosh (five years, $14.5 million)

    James Jones (one year, $1.146 million)

    Miami Heat receive:

    Steve Nash (one year, $10.130 million)

    Channing Frye (four years, $5.2 million)

    Robin Lopez (one year, $1.867 million)

     

    Analysis:

    Huge trade. Fantastic for both teams. Sounds good, right?

    Miami gets rid of Bosh (great player, shies away from big moments) and gets Nash (great player, shines in big moments). Phoenix loses its favorite son, but they get an extremely talented, much younger player to replace the two-time MVP.

    Listen, Steve Nash is old. But he isn't dying.

    I've seen so many people say that this deal can't work out because Nash only has one year left in him. Well, when was the last time you actually watched Nash play?

    The dude is ageless. Nash lost his favorite target (Amar'e), and he still led the league in assists. Putting him with LeBron and Wade? That's basically unfair.

    Don't underestimate Frye or Lopez either. Frye is a sniper, and Lopez can bang with the best of them. Both can contribute now, and in the post-Nash Miami future. The Heat immediately become overwhelming title favorites for 2011-2012.

    For Phoenix, this deal isn't amazing, but getting a top-20 player in his prime is pretty good for trading away a 37-year-old. Bosh will play well in Phoenix too.

    Why? The same reasons he played well in Toronto—no pressure whatsoever. He will be totally out of the spotlight, just like he likes it.

2. New Orleans Hornets Trade Chris Paul to Golden State Warriors

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    New Orleans Hornets receive:

    Stephen Curry (two years, $2.913 million)

    Charlie Bell (one year, $4.447 million)

    Louis Amundson (one year, $2.225 million)

    Golden State's first-round draft pick in 2013 (top-three protected) and 2015 (unprotected)

    Golden State Warriors receive:

    Chris Paul (two years, $14.940 million)

     

    Analysis:

    This one is a beauty. A total shocker. But tell me why it doesn't work?

    New Orleans is controlled by the NBA, so they are trying to shed payroll and accumulate draft picks. Golden State is in love with Stephen Curry, but you absolutely trade him for Chris Paul.

    Bell and Amundson are throw-ins, but they are also expiring contracts.

    If this trade happens, New Orleans has four players on their team after next season: Emeka Okefor, Trevor Ariza, Stephen Curry and Quincy Pondexter.

    Forgetting Pondexter, isn't that a potential nucleus? If you add one superstar through the draft/free agency, doesn't that team become a very good playoff team? Okefor and Ariza are both defensive stalwarts, and Curry is a scoring savant.

    Also, Hornets fans can't complain that you are dumping CP3 because Curry is one of the most exciting players in the NBA.

    For Golden State, you all the sudden have a top-five team in the Western Conference. Monta Ellis probably stays, and you have one of the best players in the NBA.

    It's a win-win.

1. Orlando Magic Trade Dwight Howard to New Jersey Nets

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    Orlando Magic receive:

    Brook Lopez (one year, $2.413 million)

    New Jersey Nets' two first-round draft picks in 2012 (one is Houston's—top-14 protected), New Jersey Nets' first-round draft pick in 2014 (unprotected) and New Jersey Nets' first-round draft pick in 2016 (unprotected)

    New Jersey Nets receive:

    Dwight Howard (two years, $16.647 million)

     

    Analysis:

    Boom.

    How do you trade for the best big man in the NBA while he is in his absolute prime? You trade away four first round draft picks in the next five years.

    For New Jersey, this is a no-brainer. You have been clearing all of this cap-space for this exact moment. The price is heavy, but it is well worth it.

    With Howard and Deron Williams, you will immediately become a title contender in the Eastern Conference. Plus, New Jersey has some extra cap room to sign some role players (Miami, we are all staring at you).

    Orlando fans, I'm sorry.

    You are going to lose him anyway, and it's not like you are winning a title in the next two years. You might as well get the biggest shipment of first-round draft picks in NBA history while you can.

    Because of the "Stepien Rule," teams can't trade first-round draft picks in consecutive years, which would seem to make it impossible for Orlando to get four picks in five years.

    The trick?

    New Jersey has Houston's first-round pick this season (top-14 protected), and that does not count in the rule. I wonder how Russian billionaire (and New Jersey Nets owner) Mikhail Prokhorov will celebrate this victory?

     

    So there you have it, 10 mind-blowing trades. I hope you enjoyed.

    Please let me know what you think in the comments section below!