Cohen: NBA Trade Proposals
April 29, 2013
Josh Cohen’s Analysis: Though the NBA is in the middle of the playoffs, it’s never too early to start brainstorming intriguing potential trades around the league. I have come up with four deals involving headline names that could be and, in my opinion, should be shopped this summer. Also note, these trade proposals all would be approved under trading guidelines. CLICK NEXT for details.
Portland trades LaMarcus Aldridge to Cleveland for Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao - CLICK NEXT for explanations on why this makes sense for both teams
WHY FOR CLE: If LeBron James were to seriously consider a return to his roots when he can become a free agent next year, the Cavaliers better have the components to attract the best player in the NBA. While Thompson started to show signs of his potential, he is still a work in progress. A Kyrie Irving-LaMarcus Aldridge tandem would likely propel Cleveland to the playoffs next season and, more importantly, be striking enough for LeBron to contemplate an implausible homecoming.
WHY FOR POR: Aldridge will be an unrestricted FA in 2015 and barring an unexpected long-term craving to remain in Portland he will be elsewhere shortly anyway. It would be more rational to partner Damian Lillard up with another budding young talent like Thompson. By the time they are both in their prime, the Blazers may be a worthy Western Conference contender.
Minnesota trades Kevin Love to Charlotte for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo, Tyrus Thomas, 2013 unprotected First Round pick and 2015 First Round pick with limited protection - CLICK NEXT for explanation on why this makes sense for both teams
WHY FOR CHA: Only one playoff appearance in franchise history and zero postseason wins. The Bobcats must act desperately and find an established superstar to partner with Kemba Walker. They have failed in practically every draft attempt (ex. Adam Morrison, Emeka Okafor, DJ Augustin, Sean May, etc.). It may be more advantageous for Charlotte to try and improve via the trade market.
WHY FOR MIN: It was apparent this past season that Love and Wolves management don’t see eye to eye. And with Love set to be a free agent in 2015, time is running out to repair this relationship and restore any sort of success in Minnesota. Though he was injured most of the season, Love still has enormous value. If the Wolves were serious about trading him, they should target a high draft pick either for this season or future seasons. That asset along with a potentially rewarding young talent like Gilchrist would give Minnesota some room for greater development.
Sacramento trades DeMarcus Cousins to Golden State for Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli - CLICK NEXT for explanation on why this makes sense for both teams
WHY FOR GSW: It’s still premature to conclude anything about the Warriors since they are on the cusp of advancing past the First Round of the playoffs. However, they won’t become a championship contender unless they secure more terrorization inside. Andrew Bogut will likely never again be his old self and Festus Ezeli doesn’t have an offensive identity. Mark Jackson is one of few coaches who can tame Cousins and his radical behavior.
WHY FOR SAC: It’s still undecided where the Kings will be playing next year and beyond, but it may be wise at this juncture to start over again. In addition to not re-signing Tyreke Evans this summer, why not remove the constant headache in Cousins and create a more peaceful locker room. Harrison Barnes has a chance to become a perennial NBA All-Star and the face of a franchise. In Golden State, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee have control.
In three team deal, Clippers get Paul Pierce & Enes Kanter, Jazz get Rajon Rondo and Celtics get Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors, DeAndre Jordan and Caron Butler - CLICK NEXT for explanation on why this makes sense for all three teams
WHY FOR BOS: It’s apparent it’s time to start a rebuild plan in Boston. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in the final stages of their careers and now Rajon Rondo has a road to recovery from a torn ACL injury. Any time a team is renovating, the goal is to attain young, budding and generally inexpensive talent. Eric Bledsoe and Derrick Favors can both eventually be among the elite in the East and DeAndre Jordan can have a substantial defensive impact.
WHY FOR UTA: The departure of Deron Williams a few years ago left the Jazz without a floor general. Most think Utah’s plan is to develop Favors and Kanter, but why not acquire one of the elite point guards when healthy like Rondo and try to re-sign free agents Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap? A Big Three of Rondo, Jefferson and Millsap would probably lift the Jazz to the upper echelon of the Western Conference.
WHY FOR LAC: Assuming Chris Paul re-signs with the Clippers and L.A. doesn’t advance past the second round of the playoffs this season, it may be worth going after Pierce while he still has enough value to help propel a team to a title. Paul is required to do too much right now without a dependable late-game scorer. Pierce would resolve that problem.