Realistic Trades We Could See During 2022 NBA Draft Week

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRFeatured Columnist IVJune 20, 2022

Realistic Trades We Could See During 2022 NBA Draft Week

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    NBA trade season has officially begun, with Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks marking the first big offseason deal to go down.

    With draft week now here, there should be plenty more movement as all 30 teams are now eligible to complete trades for the first time since early February.

    As teams look to move up into the draft or part with veteran talent to acquire additional picks, the following five trades based on recent rumors could take place.

Eric Gordon Lands in South Beach

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    Miami Heat Receive: G/F Eric Gordon, 2024 second-round pick

    Houston Rockets Receive: No. 27 overall pick, F Duncan Robinson

    After trading Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal headlined by the No. 26 overall pick, the Rockets apparently aren't done shopping veterans.

    Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer notes that Houston is seeking a first-rounder for Eric Gordon, who's coming off a strong season at age 33.

    One team that could use Gordon's instant-offense ability? Miami.

    The Heat own a late first-rounder that Houston seeks (No. 27 overall) and have a salary-matching piece in Robinson. While Robinson looked like a core member after signing a five-year, $90 million deal last offseason, he averaged just 5.6 points in 12.3 minutes per game off the bench during the playoffs.

    Trading for Gordon (13.4 points, 2.7 assists, 41.2 percent shooting for three) while also moving off Robinson's contract and picking up a future second would help the Heat both now and in the future.

    For the Rockets, the trade gives them four first-round picks (Nos. 3, 17, 26 and 27), allowing them to try to move up in the draft or fill out the rest of a young roster led by Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun.

    Robinson struggled last season but can still be one of the NBA's best three-point shooters and a perfect floor-spacer to put around the team's ball-dominant guards.

Hawks Move into the Lottery, Pacers Land John Collins

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    Atlanta Hawks Receive: No. 6 overall pick, F/C Isaiah Jackson, PG TJ McConnell

    Indiana Pacers Receive: No. 16 overall pick, F/C John Collins

    The Hawks already have the No. 16 overall pick in the draft but apparently want to move up.

    As Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer writes, "League sources say the Hawks are looking to add a lottery pick either by outright trading John Collins or also including this selection."

    The Pacers make sense as a trade partner, as Collins would fit as a starting power forward next to Myles Turner for an Indiana team likely looking to return to the playoffs as quickly as possible.

    Simply giving up the No. 6 overall pick for Collins would be too much, but moving back 10 spots and still keeping a quality pick at No. 16 seems about right.

    For the Hawks, giving up Collins and the No. 16 overall pick better net a good return. Moving up to sixth overall satisfies the team's reported desire to add a lottery pick, where Atlanta could nab a player such as Dyson Daniels, Shaedon Sharpe or Keegan Murray.

    Getting Jackson helps make up for the loss of Collins, and McConnell gives the Hawks another much-needed playmaker, especially with backup point guard Delon Wright set to become an unrestricted free agent.

    If the Hawks want to move up in the draft and are looking for teams that would be interested in Collins, Indiana seems like a perfect fit.

Jerami Grant Joins the Timberwolves

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: F Jerami Grant

    Detroit Pistons Receive: SG Malik Beasley, C Naz Reid, No. 40 overall pick (via Washington Wizards)

    Grant, one of the top names on the trade market, is "widely expected to be on the move this summer," according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

    The 28-year-old would be an ideal fit on a Timberwolves team in need of two-way forwards to slide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Grant can be a defensive stopper who can guard multiple positions while also carrying the offensive load for stretches.

    For a Minnesota team looking to build momentum after a thrilling first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, adding Grant to a core of Towns, Edwards, D'Angelo Russell, Patrick Beverley, Jaden McDaniels, Jarred Vanderbilt and others could have the Wolves playing for a top-four seed in the West next season.

    Detroit could really use an outside threat like Beasley, as the Pistons ranked 26th overall in made threes per game (11.3) and 29th in three-point accuracy (32.6 percent). The 25-year-old shooting guard made the fifth-most three-pointers of any player last season (240) on 37.7 percent accuracy and had the lowest turnover rate (4.7 percent) in the NBA.

    Reid, 22, has become one of the better backup centers in the league, and Detroit picks up an additional second-rounder in this draft as well.

Blazers Trade back, Pick Up Lu Dort from Thunder

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    Portland Trail Blazers Receive: No. 12 overall pick, F Lu Dort

    Oklahoma City Thunder Receive: No. 7 overall pick, SG Keon Johnson

    This trade idea comes courtesy of Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, who writes, "There has been increasing talk about Portland potentially trading the seventh selection to Oklahoma City for No. 12 and a package that could include Lu Dort."

    As the Blazers look to rebuild the roster around Damian Lillard, they'll need some significant defensive additions after ranking 29th last season (116.3 rating).

    Dort is just 6'3" but has enough muscle packed on his 215-pound frame to defend everyone from point guards to power forwards. He ranked in the 70th percentile or higher the past two seasons in defensive on/off rating, per Cleaning the Glass, and would be a terrific addition to Portland's perimeter. The 23-year-old also averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game this past season for OKC.

    Agreeing to move back five spots is well worth it for the Blazers if it means bringing Dort on board, especially if a player such as Jalen Duren, Jeremy Sochan or Mark Williams is still available.

    Moving up in this trade gives the Thunder two of the top seven overall picks to add to a core of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. It also allows OKC a chance at players such as Keegan Murray, Shaedon Sharpe and/or Dyson Daniels, all of whom will almost certainly be gone by the 12th pick.

    While giving up Dort hurts the defense, the Thunder don't have to worry about extending him. And getting Johnson, the 21st overall pick in 2021, adds another young wing with upside to the rotation.

Knicks Move Up to No. 4, Win Jaden Ivey Sweepstakes

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    New York Knicks Receive: No. 4 overall pick, C Richaun Holmes

    Sacramento Kings Receive: No. 11 overall pick, 2023 first-round pick (via Dallas Mavericks), G/F Alec Burks, SG Quentin Grimes

    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there are a number of teams trying to move up to the No. 4 spot to select Purdue guard Jaden Ivey. One of the teams he mentioned, the Knicks, has the assets to do so and has a glaring need at the point guard position.

    Ivey would be an immediate starter with the Knicks, joining RJ Barrett in an exciting, young backcourt that packs a ton of offensive firepower. While not a true point guard, Ivey made a huge leap as a playmaker from his freshman to sophomore season and would have players such as Barrett, Julius Randle and Derrick Rose to help run the offense.

    Picking up Holmes gives New York some insurance at the center position if Mitchell Robinson, an unrestricted free agent, decides to sign elsewhere.

    For a Kings team that already has De'Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell at the guard positions and benched Holmes in favor of Domantas Sabonis after the trade deadline, moving back seven spots in the draft is worth the extra goodies they'll pick up.

    Sacramento gets an extra first-round pick in the process via the Mavs, a 2023 selection that's only protected 1-10 and will almost certainly convey next year. Filling out the wing is a must for the Kings, who get Burks and Grimes as shot-makers and defenders on the perimeter.


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