NBA Trade Talk: Outlandish Deals Every Team Would Love to Make
We're approaching one full month into the 2011 NBA lockout and it's starting to get difficult to find things for us basketball fans to talk about.
We can speculate about every single star player going overseas until we're blue in the face. We can talk about players rumored to be on the trading block. We can analyze the top free agents available.
Thing is, none of it really matters until this lockout is resolved. So while we're in the midst of this mess, let's go a little crazy. Here are some outlandish deals for each team in the league...
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Boston Gets: Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza
New Orleans Gets: Ray Allen and Jermaine O'Neal
Boston desperately needs a center and Okafor's defense-first style would fit in with the current Celtics team. Trevor Ariza is athletic enough to play shooting guard in place of Ray Allen.
For New Orleans, they'd get out from under Okafor's huge contract in exchange for two expiring deals.
Chicago Gets: Matt Carroll
Charlotte Gets: Ronnie Brewer
Chicago needs a shooting guard more than any team needs a player at any position.
Matt Carroll is vastly underrated and would comfortably average double digits if anyone would let him play again (he averaged 12 points a game during his only season as a starter).
Chicago Gets: Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick
Orlando Gets: Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Omer Asik and Taj Gibson
This would devastate Chicago's current depth, but it would be worth it in the long run. A duo of Howard and Rose would compete for titles for years.
Plus, Redick and Anderson would both be upgrades over current Chicago starters at shooting guard and power forward.
For Orlando, they wouldn't get too many offers better than this for Howard.
Cleveland Gets: Terrence Williams
Houston Gets: Daniel Gibson
Cleveland needs to make room in the backcourt for Kyrie Irving and they're also very weak on the wings. Terrence Williams still has the potential to be a solid NBA player.
Dallas Mavericks: Ray Allen
Boston Gets: Brendan Haywood and Rudy Fernandez
This deal would free up a lot of money for Dallas and would give them a legitimate starting shooting guard (something they haven't had for a while).
Boston needs a center and Fernandez could start in place of Allen.
Denver Gets: Antawn Jamison
Cleveland Gets: Al Harrington
If Denver could get this deal, they would take it, run away and hide.
Jamison is on an expiring contract and Denver would have some wiggle room next summer when Dwight Howard is a free agent.
Detroit Gets: James Posey
Indiana Gets: Richard Hamilton
Indiana wanted a shooting guard last season when they tried to trade for O.J. Mayo. Hamilton could be a decent fit here.
Since he's on an expiring contract, Posey wouldn't hurt Detroit's rebuilding much.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State Gets: Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick
Orlando Gets: Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh, Klay Thompson, Jeremy Tyler and draft picks
This would be a lot for Golden State to give up, but Howard and Stephen Curry could develop into the best duo in the league in a few years.
Houston Gets: Brendan Haywood
Dallas Gets: Luis Scola
Houston hasn't had a legitimate center since Yao Ming's career fell apart due to injuries and the Mavericks could use a backup forward if they lose Brian Cardinal and Peja Stojakovic.
Indiana Gets: Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia
Atlanta Gets: Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert
Josh Smith and Tyler Hansbrough would make a nice small forward/power forward combo and Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert could join Al Horford to form a solid frontcourt in Atlanta.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Gets: Andre Iguodala
Philadelphia Gets: Chris Kaman
Andre Iguodala is the second best point forward in the NBA (behind LeBron James). He would be a perfect fit in Los Angeles with two great finishers in front of him (Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) and two great shooters behind him (Mo Williams and Eric Gordon).
I guarantee the Clippers would make the playoffs if this trade went down.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Gets: Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas
Orlando Gets: Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Luke Walton
Dwight Howard would put the Lakers right back into a legitimate title hunt and keep them there for years.
Memphis Gets: Anthony Randolph
Minnesota Gets: O.J. Mayo
Memphis tried to trade Mayo for Josh McRoberts last season. Randolph is a better player and the Timberwolves have a wealth of power forwards and a void at shooting guard.
Miami Gets: Jimmer Fredette, Samuel Dalembert and Jason Thompson
Sacramento Gets: Chris Bosh
Miami would be the perfect NBA fit for Jimmer. He'd get tons of open looks playing off Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Milwaukee Gets: Richard Jefferson
San Antonio Gets: Beno Udrih
Milwaukee has two solid point guards in Brandon Jennings and Shaun Livingston and San Antonio could use Udrih to beef up their wings. Jefferson and Stephen Jackson would be a good combo.
Minnesota Gets: Steve Nash
Phoenix Gets: Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and Nikola Pekovic
Steve Nash would be the perfect mentor for Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams would be an instant fan favorite in his home state of Arizona.
New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Gets: Mike Miller
Miami Gets: Jordan Farmar
New Jersey has a significant hole at small forward. Miami has a significant hole at point guard. The players in this deal look like good fits for both teams.
New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Gets: Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Devin Ebanks
Los Angeles Gets: Chris Paul and Emeka Okafor
Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant would be the best backcourt in the NBA and New Orleans would get a solid package for their All-Star point guard.
Bynum could be a franchise centerpiece for years to come.
New York Knicks
New York Gets: Chris Paul
New Orleans Gets: Chauncey Billups and Landry Fields
This one is truly outlandish as it's simply not enough to pry Paul away. If New York does somehow get CP3, they'll be better than Miami.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Gets: Mike Miller
Miami Gets: Nate Robinson
Oklahoma City needs someone who can back up Kevin Durant and Mike Miller could fill that role.
Miami needs a point guard. Everyone seems intent on either sitting or trading Nate Robinson, but he's actually quite productive when he gets some minutes.
Orlando Gets: LeBron James
Miami Gets: Dwight Howard
This deal would make Miami invincible. Neither side would pull the trigger though.
Philadelphia Gets: Monta Ellis
Golden State Gets: Andre Iguodala
This is a great deal for both sides.
Iguodala gives Golden State the big perimeter defender they need while Ellis fills Philly's need for a go-to scorer down the stretch.
Phoenix Gets: Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson
Orlando Gets: Steve Nash
Orlando gets a point guard who would make Dwight Howard an offensive juggernaut.
Phoenix would get a former All-Star at point guard and arguably the most underrated player in the NBA in Ryan Anderson.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Gets: Chris Kaman
Los Angeles Gets: Marcus Camby and Luke Babbitt
Portland could get a little younger at center and Kaman is eight years younger than Camby. Babbitt has the potential to fill the Clippers' hole at small forward as well.
Sacramento Gets: Ronnie Brewer
Chicago Gets: Francisco Garcia
Garcia could be a high-risk, high-reward option for Chicago's shooting guard problem.
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Gets: Chauncey Billups and Landry Fields
New York Gets: Tony Parker
With his speed and quickness, Parker could average a ton of assists in D'Antoni's system.
Toronto Gets: Monta Ellis
Golden State Gets: Andrea Bargnani, Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza
Ellis could be the point guard of the future for Toronto. He and DeMar DeRozan would be an extremely exciting backcourt.
Bargnani has the potential to be great and Golden State could use an upgrade at center.
Utah Gets: Steve Nash
Phoenix Gets: Al Jefferson and Alec Burks
Please remember that the title of this slideshow contained the word "outlandish." But wouldn't Steve Nash seem like a perfect fit in Utah?
And you have to believe that the Jazz will trade at least one of their big men after the lockout ends.
Washington Gets: Ryan Anderson and Chris Duhon
Orlando Gets: Andray Blatche
The Wizards may have a hard time finding anyone who's willing to take on Blatche, but he and Howard would be an interesting front court combo.