Every year, the NBA trade deadline brings some greater or lesser amount of movement among the rosters of teams hoping for the lottery and chasing the playoffs. We decided to tackle a few of the more interesting trade scenarios, even though they probably won't happen, but speculation is great fun.
Tyler - Los Angeles Clippers
All these players wit bad attitudes gotta go.
Trade number one is obviously perfect :
This trade machine lets me do anything, look:
How to beat the warriors:
Daniel - Chicago Bulls
This team needs a huge change up. The old guard of Thibs is still in the mix and they aren't coping well with the change from task master who plays guys for 40+ minutes and doesn't play young guys to coach who is trying to engage the bench and run a more sophisticated offense. So, tear it all down. And you need to move A LOT of pieces.
So, Rose is a shell of himself, but he has shown big improvement since the beginning of the season. All the turmoil and idiocy of Byron Scott trying to destroy the future of Russell in LA has made him the mild rumor of trade negotiations. The Lakers are patient, but not THAT patient. Also, Gasol clearly is opting out at the end of this season and won't be in Chicago next year. He means something to the Lakers and they will have the chance to let Kobe ride off into the sunset alongside the player he last won a championship with. Hibbert is awful, but expiring while Nance and Huertas are just filler that are awful. Still doesn't seem like a real deal? Maybe not, at all. But, the Bulls will also throw in the Sacramento pick (top 10 protected this year and next year).
Alright, I've thrown all logic completely out the window already, but I'm completely okay with that. Cousins has been the cause or casualty of an endless stream of coaching changes in Sacramento. He has a hard time reining himself in and the Kings are going nowhere anytime soon. The Kings get an expiring in Noah and two cheap years of Snell. He could definitely benefit from playing in an open offense of run and gun. Or not at all. Either way, he's on the cheap and is easily worth his cheap contract. Don't worry, the Bulls also include their own 2016 and 2017 first round picks for this to get done. And even in the slighly meh East, they are on a heavy downward trajectory so their draft pick will like turn into something worthwhile so the Kings would would add a pick that projects to fall somewhere between 10-20 depending on how the rest of the season goes for Chicago.
You're probably thinking this is insane. It is. Mirotic would be so good in a Morey system if Harden would let him touch the ball. He could get a lot of looks and it would be in a system that encourages gunning from deep. Remember: the Bulls did a good thing in getting Bobby Portis and took in Nance to go with Bairstow and Felicio as players to develop. Lots and lots and lots of development here. Dekker isn't ready, but Dunleavy isn't getting younger and McDaniels could thrive behind Butler in games and against Butler in practice.
And we've reached the end. Gibson has been fantastic for the Bulls in the varied, but extremely limited role they've given him over the last several seasons. He's wanted more, been promised more and nothing has come of any of it. He could be a great addition to the Blazers if the price is right. Kaman seems like the right price on an expiring as the Bulls will prop him up sparingly when the ghost of Roy Hibbert isn't standing still in the middle of the paint remembering fondly his former athleticism and elite rim protection.
So the Bulls move Gasol, Rose, Gibson, Mirotic and Noah. They get back Russell, McDaniels, Dekker, Cousins. They lose all of their draft picks over the next two years, but have an expiring of both backup centers and don't need to get into the race to pay the most in a trade for Horford. Russell is better than any guard that would be available to them in the mid to late first round this coming year so that is also a win. Imagine a starting five of D'Angelo Russell, Jimmy Butler, K.J. McDaniels, Bobby Portis and DeMarcus Cousins. Bench of McDermott, Dekker, Nance and company. Plus, so much room under the cap with a host of big names and big dollars off the books. The free agent pool for 2016 might be a little shallow, but they will be in prime position to offer big money to anybody they want.
Zach - Milwaukee Bucks
We aren't trading Jabari or Giannis so:
Greg Monroe, Michael Carter-Williams and O.J. Mayo's expiring contract to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and Nene Hilario.
My hope is the Wizards double down on Randy Wittman and not Johnny Wall, who has started talking about leaving having signed his extension at the wrong time. Bucks give him whatever money he wants and he gets to learn from Kidd. Also, never happening no matter what pick Bucks add in.
With Gasol breaking his foot, could Memphis tank? How about Mike Conley for MCW + Monroe? To make salaries work, send Zach Randolph back to Milwaukee. Memphis gets younger and still avoids getting the outside shooting they need.
I doubt that would happen either, in fact, I doubt the Bucks make a move. If they do, a Jeff Teague for O.J. Mayo + 2 2nds ( New Orleans & Milwaukee) makes some sense. Hawks matched Bucks RFA offer on him, but Schrooooeder is taking over. Even that seems unlikely, and I don't see the Bucks trading away any of their young core of Jabari, Giannis, Middleton & Henson. With players peaking between the ages of 26 and 30 (depending on IQ), seeing what this core could do at that age with that much experience playing together makes rushing the process ill advised. The new arena isn't built yet....