NBA Trade Rumors: Deals That Could Happen After the Lockout
The NBA lockout has given us an extended offseason, and has given teams around the league time to assess the future of their franchise going forward.
There are several players who were rumored last season to be on the outs with their current clubs, and it will be very interesting to see how the trade market develops in a truncated season.
With a flurry of moves expected to be made and a plethora of sizable names who may be available, it's going to be excellent to watch all of the action unfold.
Kirk Hinrich, PG Atlanta
Despite getting dealt to Atlanta from Washington last season, it would not be surprising to see him change zip codes once again.
Atlanta saw Jeff Teague explode in the postseason, and with the team needing to develop a point guard of the future, the Hawks should very well be open to listening to offers on the veteran.
With an $8 million expiring contract set to come off of the books at season’s conclusion, he could help a competitive team win now as well as provide financial relief for the future.
Potentially interested teams: Lakers, Heat, Magic
Antawn Jamison, PF Cleveland
Jamison is clearly not the same player he was once in his career, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help the right club.
While he’s certainly not a long-term solution, he’s another guy operating on an expiring contract, and his value is definitely higher than it otherwise would be with his $15 million coming off the books at the conclusion of the season.
It makes no sense for the Cavs to keep him as a rebuilding franchise, but he should garner enough interest on the market to bring something (however minimal it may be) in return.
Potentially interested teams: Hawks, Warriors, Bobcats
Ramon Sessions, PG Cleveland
Sessions was drawing interest on the open market prior to the draft, and there’s no reason to believe that it would suddenly cool.
Buried on the depth chart behind both Kyrie Irving and Baron Davis, there’s no place for Sessions on the Cavs, and with an affordable contract, he could yield a fair return for Cleveland.
Any team looking for an upgrade at point guard should be targeting Sessions, who has illustrated that he can be a good player when given the opportunity.
Potentially interested teams: Lakers, Knicks, Heat
O.J. Mayo, SG, Memphis
Mayo is very much on the trade block, and he would’ve been dealt to the Pacers last season had the agreement not been submitted just after the deadline to do so.
He could really benefit from a change of scenery, and he showed intriguing promise as a scorer during his first two seasons in the league.
He’d be a phenomenal fit as a starting shooting guard in the right lineup, or he could serve as a sixth man for a club that’s looking to play its main reserve around 30 minutes per game.
Potentially interested teams: Spurs, Hawks, Celtics
Mickael Pietrus, G/F, Phoenix
Pietrus fell out of favor with the Suns last season, and after making comments that both the Celtics and Lakers wanted him aboard, there’s no way he’s a piece of the long-term plans for the Suns.
Regardless of wherever he lands up next, Pietrus has the ability to add value to a competitive team’s second unit as a sniper who can stretch the defense.
Will he be a difference-maker? No. However, he does do enough where his presence off the bench could prove to be of importance on the road to a title run.
Potentially interested teams: Celtics, Lakers, Spurs
Josh Smith, F, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks were gauging interest in Smith prior to the draft, and the team will likely remain open to dealing him for the right offer.
He’s already identified his preferred destinations as Houston, Boston, Orlando and New Jersey, but with the Celtics already showing no interest, he may not get his wish if traded.
Smith’s elite athleticism paired with his relatively young age make him a seriously attractive target for any team with a void in the front court.
Potentially interested teams: Magic, Rockets, Nets
Monta Ellis, SG, Golden State
It certainly seems as if Ellis is looking likely to stay with the Warriors with new head coach Mark Jackson wanting to keep him, but it’s still possible he’s dealt if the Steph Curry and Ellis pairing doesn’t work out as desired.
Ellis would instantly become one of the most interesting targets available if he hit the market, as his stock around the league his highly volatile and almost every team values him differently.
With several competitors having a hole in the backcourt, Ellis would make for an emphatic addition to the fold.
Potentially interested teams: Bulls, Suns, Spurs
Courtney Lee, SG, Houston
Lee was a popular target for teams looking to upgrade at shooting guard last season, and as he clearly doesn’t have a large hole in Houston, it would be hard to imagine the team not considering a potential deal.
His stock has dropped considerably since he infamously missed a layup in the Finals during his time with the Magic, but he’s still extraordinarily young and deserves a chance to contribute.
He’s not going to cost much to bring into the fold, and a shrewd General Manager should be bold enough to pull the trigger on a deal to bring him aboard.
Potentially interested teams: Sixers, Raptors, Bulls
Marcus Camby, C, Portland
Camby certainly shouldn’t be counted on to play an entire season, and nearing the end of his career, he’s nothing more than a Band-Aid for a team looking to bridge the gap at a position.
Having said that, he does still contribute both on the glass and on the defensive end, and it would be foolish for a team looking to compete now as well as clear cap space in 2012 to not at least investigate the possibility.
He drew some interest from the Knicks previously, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see New York renew that interest now.
Potentially interested teams: Knicks, Mavericks, Celtics
Anderson Varejao, PF/C, Cleveland
Mike Brown would love to have Varejao on the Los Angeles roster, but with a salary that grows to almost $10 million annually by 2014-15, that makes absolutely no sense.
Additionally, his presence on the rebuilding Cleveland roster makes no sense logically. While he’s proven to be a serviceable player for the team, there’s simply no justification for the team to be paying him at such a high rate going forward.
He could certainly appeal to a team that has the right pieces around him, but his salary will definitely detract from his value.
Potentially interested teams: Bobcats, Pacers, Sixers
Raja Bell, SG, Utah
Bell surprised some people when he decided to sign with the Jazz prior to last season, and it was clear his role became increasingly less important to the team as the season went on.
He still offers some value as a veteran defender, but he doesn’t do much in terms of offensive production, and that really limits his appeal.
With less than $7 million owed to him over the course of the next two seasons, it shouldn’t take much to acquire him, even if it’s just for insurance purposes at the end of the bench.
Potentially interested teams: Lakers, Celtics, Knicks