NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Deals That Should Happen Post-Lockout
If you've kept up to date on the NFL free agency mayhem as of late, you know deep down you wish it was the NBA that had these events occurring instead.
Nonetheless, I've thought out five trade scenarios that make complete sense. These trades should definitely be considered, as they would help out both teams.
With that in mind, let's get to it, starting with an intriguing swap that involves Lamar Odom, the pictured Andrew Bynum, Al Horford and Josh Smith.
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Lakers receive: Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich, Al Horford, 2013 second-rounder
Hawks receive: Andrew Bynum, Steve Blake, Lamar Odom
This would be a fabulous trade for both teams.
The Lakers would add Smith, Hinrich and Horford all to their starting lineup alongside Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant. In turn, the Hawks would possess a Jeff Teague/Joe Johnson/Odom/Marvin Williams/Bynum starting five.
It just makes too much sense, but at the same time it's awfully complicated.
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Magic receive: Robin Lopez
Suns receive: J.J. Redick
In executing this trade, the Magic would then have a solid center if Dwight Howard indeed leaves in 2012. At the same time, however, the Suns would still be set with Marcin Gortat as their center. Gortat has proved to be to a viable center, and he would relish the idea of being a one-man show in the paint.
J.J. Redick is exactly what Phoenix needs—a young, offensive-orientated shooting guard.
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76ers receive: Monta Ellis
Warriors receive: Andre Iguodala
I'm sure you're just absolutely sick of hearing these rumors (and so am I, honestly), but in all honesty it just makes perfect sense.
Ellis would be a great scorer down the stretch for the Sixers, a team that really doesn't have a No. 1 scoring option. Iggy wasn't really a guy you'd want with the game on the line. Ellis, on the other hand, is someone who lusts for that moment.
Iguodala, a poor man's Scottie Pippen, would bring his astounding defensive abilities to Oakland. It's hard to believe that Stephen Curry and Ellis, both liabilities on defense, can coexist much longer in the same backcourt.
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Knicks receive: Chris Paul, Marco Belinelli
Hornets receive: Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, 2012 first and second-round picks
This would be an absolutely huge trade that would benefit both teams.
The Knickerbockers would complete the NYC version of a superteam. In addition to Paul being an obvious upgrade, Belinelli would provide a safe option at the shooting guard spot in replacing Fields.
The Hornets would receive a huge boost for the future. Fields and Douglas would be inserted into the first five almost immediately.
Not to mention they'd get two picks next year.
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Heat receive: PG Baron Davis, SF Alonzo Gee
Cavaliers receive: SF Mike Miller, 2012 first-round pick
If the Heat still think they need to upgrade at the point guard position, this would be an excellent trade for them.
In receiving Davis and Gee, the 2011 runners-up would receive much needed depth at the one and the three.
The Cavs would in turn grab a solid small forward who wasn't exactly fitting in around South Beach because of the supernaturals that are LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. They also snag a first-rounder for next season. The Heat might also give up a point guard like Mario Chalmers or Mike Bibby, depending on the situation of course.