NBA Trade Deadline Deals That Could Actually Happen
These deals could be made as we near the NBA Trade Deadline.
The NBA Trade Deadline (today at 3pm) is fast-approaching, and front office decision-makers across the league are scrambling to make last-minutes moves to help their respective teams. We have already seen one blockbuster deal go through between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers. The deal sent Blake Griffin to Detroit for pieces, including Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris. It will be interesting to see if any other major splashes transpire. One name who many thought would be on the move, Clippers guard Lou Williams, has signed an extension with the team. Besides him though, there are several names who could be on the move. Here are some trades that we think can happen before Thursday’s deadline.
Celtics Trade 1st Round Pick to Grizzlies for Tyreke Evans
Celtics Receive: SF Tyreke Evans
Grizzlies Receive: 1st round pick
Although the deal is not official yet, it looks like Greg Monroe will be a Boston Celtic. And if we know anything about Danny Ainge, we know he’s not done yet. Tyreke Evans’ name has come up quite a bit recently as a player the Celtics would be interested in. It certainly makes sense, as Evans is another guy who can create his own shot, but doesn’t always need to have the ball in his hands to be effective. If Boston can reel him in, this could be the move that put them over the top in the East. Giving up their first round pick would surely be worth it the way Evans has played this season.
Lakers Begin Prepping for 2019 Free Agency
Lakers Receive: C Nerlens Noel and PF Dwight Powell
Mavericks Receive: PF Julius Randle
Reports are coming out that the Los Angeles Lakers are shifting their focus to the free agent class of the summer of 2019. With LA being a prime location for free agents, they’ll be looking add some big names to compete with the best of the West. With that being said, they’ll need as much cap space as possible to do so. However, contracts like Luol Deng’s are sitting on the books through the 2019-2020 season. Julius Randle’s contract doesn’t make things much easier, as his rookie deal expires after next season. The Lakers have been trying to get rid of the horrendous Deng contract, but to no avail (for obvious reason). The Lakers will have to do something about their cap, and it starts with trading Randle and getting value in return, because he appears to not be in the long-term plans of the Lakers, so an extension after next season would not be something the Lakers would be looking to do. This also gives the Lakers from front-court depth, with Brook Lopez on an expiring contract.
Bucks Get Their Physical Big in DeAndre Jordan
Bucks Receive: C DeAndre Jordan
Clippers Receive: PF John Henson, C Thon Maker
The Bucks already made a splash this season by acquiring Eric Bledsoe earlier this season, but they may not be done. This is a young and talented team that is looking to climb the ranks in the Eastern Conference. This may be the way to do it. Think about it. They already have explosive shot-creators in Bledsoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. However, they’re lacking that tough big man to wreak havoc in the paint. That’s where DeAndre Jordan comes in. He gives them a consistent rim protector, a role that neither Thon Maker nor John Henson fill.
The Cavs Make a Run At The Title
Hornets Receive: C Tristan Thompson, SG Iman Shumpert, PG Isaiah Thomas, first-round pick (Cavaliers)
Cavaliers Receive: C Dwight Howard, PG Kemba Walker
I highly doubt this trade happens, but if I were the Cavaliers, I would be calling Charlotte about this trade. Isaiah Thomas clearly is not at 100 percent, and the Cavs aren’t in a position to wait much longer. I think it’s safe to say that trading your franchise point guard for Thomas, who was in the last year of his contract and coming off a season-ending injury last year, all while competing to win a title did not work in favor of the Cavaliers. While I think IT will get back full health, I just don’t see him being able to play at a high enough level this season to help lead them to a title. However, all of the Cavs’ woes this season are not his to blame. The team has struggled on defense all season. They need help at the guard position and at the rim, and the Hornets are one of the few teams that can offer both in the form of Howard and Walker. A draft pick will definitely have to be in play, but it may be worth it if it even gives them a shot at keeping LeBron in Cleveland this offseason.
Cavs Add Kyle O’Quinn for Rim Protection
Cavaliers Receive: C Kyle O’Quinn
Knicks Receive: C Ante Zizic, 1st round pick (Cavs)
It is highly unlikely that the Cavs are able to swing a deal for Jordan, especially because they haven’t been able to put together a package that is enticing enough. But, a more realistic deal would be for them to grab Kyle O’Quinn from the Knicks. He would bring a physical presence to a team that opposing teams have run roughshod over. He’s scrappy, he doesn’t take any nonsense and he doesn’t cost too much. This is an underrated, yet very sound move for Cleveland.
The Nuggets Add Some Better Fits
Nuggets Receive: SF Maurice Harkless and PF Al-Farouq Aminu
Clippers Receive: PF Kenneth Faried and PG Emmanuel Mudiay
It’s been clear for quite some time that Kenneth Faried does not fit the long-term plans of the Nuggets, and that the team has moved deferred in favor for guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris over Emmanuel Mudiay. With that being said, they it may be time to look for players that better fit their offensive game plan. Aminu can help stretch the floor, just like Paul Millsap when he returns from injury. Harkless can also play out on the wing and add depth at the forward position. Portland can use some guard depth, and Faried is still a great rebounder. This is a win for both teams.
Thunder Trade for Andre Roberson’s Replacement
Thunder Receive: SG Avery Bradley
Clippers Receive: PF Patrick Patterson
It’s no secret that Avery Bradley doesn’t belong on the Clippers. In fact, he’s better suited on a team like the Thunder. They so desperately need to fill the void left behind because of the injury to Andre Roberson. Roberson was a very solid perimeter defender, but Bradley would be a serious upgrade. Bradley may be an even better defender, but he’s at the same level at the very least. He can also go get a bucket when called upon, although he’s not all that effective. This is the type of move that could make the Thunder very dangerous come playoff time.