Fans love remodeling a roster even more than GM’s do. Here are some thought-provoking, blockbuster NBA trades that make sense for both parties involved. Feel free to hit me up with your own versions or completely different ones on Twitter @miketuck1080.
Warriors trade PF David Lee, SG Klay Thompson, and a future #1 draft pick to Timberwolves for PF Kevin Love and SG Kevin Martin
Golden State will realize parting with Thompson is necessary to get Love. Barnes or Martin could start filling out an incredible lineup for the Warriors. Minnesota gets a young player and a solid contributer and a future pick.
Pelicans trade SG Eric Gordon to Thunder for C Kendrick Perkins, G/F Jeremy Lamb, and draft pick #21
OKC is just a player or two away and fill a need spot. They improve by ridding themselves of Perkins to free up more minutes for Adams while landing a knock-down shooter to compliment Westbrook and Durant. They still have another first round pick as well. New Orleans gets rid of a headache and solves the Evans-Gordon problem. On top of it they land a big man to protect Anthony Davis, a young wing player, and a pick.
Pistons sign and trade PF/C Greg Monroe to Celtics for F Jeff Green, F/C Jared Sullinger, and draft pick #17
Detroit doesn’t have to move on from Monroe, but they probably should. In doing so they get a small forward who is a hard-worker with shooting range, a young big, and another piece to the rebuilding puzzle in the draft. Boston lands a young, scoring big-guy to help compliment Rondo and whoever they take with the #6 pick.
Nuggets trade PF Kenneth Faried to Suns for draft pick #18
Denver is in a bit of limbo, unsure to go up or down. Faried is a nice player, but just a role player. Perhaps they can find a cheaper, more high potential player with the pick. Phoenix lands a player who could help them be a playoff team.
Magic trade SG Aaron Afflalo and draft pick #12 to Lakers for draft pick #7
Orlando is best off selling high on Afflalo and playing more of their youth, and by moving up to the 7th pick they could be able to land a power forward to better fill out the roster. LA needs bodies, and gets a starting wing (affordable salary and short contract) and another solid player just by sliding down a few picks.
Jazz trade C Enes Kanter to Sixers for F Thaddeus Young and draft pick #32
Follow me here…Utah has to think big. Philly gets a young big guy who can allow for Noel to play power forward and come along slowly while trimming more payroll. The Jazz land a versatile forward who can play both spots much like…
Bucks trade C Larry Sanders, SG OJ Mayo, and #2 draft pick to Jazz for PF/C Derrick Favors, SG Alec Burks, and the #5 draft pick
Jabari Parker, who they trade up for to be the Mormon hero in Salt Lake City. The Jazz take on the risk of Larry Sanders, and OJ Mayo’s bad contract to make it happen, but they get an intriguing lineup of Burke, Hayward (resigning him of course), Parker, Young, and Sanders. Why does Milwaukee move down? Perhaps they land Exum (who they love) if the Magic take anyone else, or they take Vonleh or Randle while ridding themselves of two mistakes. A Bucks lineup of Knight, Burks, the Greek Freak, Vonleh/Randle, and Favors sounds very interesting and full of potential.
Clippers trade SF Jared Dudley and draft pick #28 to Bucks for C Zaza Pachulia
LA needs size, and gets it. Milwaukee absorbs a poor, but not terrible deal so they can draft another piece to the puzzle.
Rockets trade C Omer Asik and F Terrance Jones to Hawks for PF Al Horford
Houston needs another star, and gets a very good player in Horford while jettisoning the unhappy Asik. Asik gives the Hawks the center they’ve been lacking for years and Jones serves a nice player off the bench behind Milsap. Houston looks more like a title contender while the Hawks might be a top 4 team in the East with a move like this.
Bulls trade PF Carlos Boozer, SF Tony Snell, and draft pick #16 to Knicks for SF Carmelo Anthony and PG Raymond Felton
NY only does this if Melo opts and says he is leaving, forcing the Knicks to try to get something back in the rebuilding process. Chicago saves money by not having to amnesty Boozer and do a bad deal to clear space. NY gets rid of Felton and perhaps drafts his replacement with the pick. Bulls become top team in the East if Rose is healthy.
Kings trade PF Jason Thompson to Knicks for SG JR Smith
NY rebuild continues shipping off the unhappy Smith to Kings looking to get rid of unhappy Thompson. A change scenery good for both sides.
Pacers sign and trade SG Lance Stephenson to Cavs for G Dion Waiters and PG Jarrett Jack
Doesn’t seem like Pacers chemistry should remain the same so I present a backup point guard (and maybe an equal to George Hill) in Jack and Stephenson’s replacement. If Indiana isn’t better, they are at least different with a chance to be better. Cavs break-up Waiters/Irving cluster and land a better compliment into the starting lineup.