Part 2 of rumors, ideas and all out uncertainty on my end as teams approach the Thursday deadline.
With the All-Star break done, the focus of the NBA world is now shifting to the Trade Deadline. Who’s moving? Who’s teams are going to make a shakeup?
As with Part 1, we’ll delve in into the hottest rumors, teams that would need a move, and a few other trade ideas coming from wherever.
CHANNING FRYE COULD HELP YOUR FLOOR SPACING:
Orlando Magic C/F Channing Frye could easily help in any team’s shooting and spacing. Hoopshype.com has reported that multiple teams have inquired about the shooting big man, and for good reasons. The Magic, have a young nucleus to build around, and could go away with their veterans for the right price to help their rebuild.
Several teams could use Frye’s ability to stretch the floor. The Los Angeles Clippers, being one who could really be beneficial. The Milwaukee Bucks could be another team that could use more shooting and floor spacing.
The dilemma continues. Hassan Whiteside has been a revelation, and is due for a big payday that the Miami Heat may not be able to afford. It has also been proven that the Heat can go really well without him.
Miami could certainly be well moving Whiteside now, than lose him in Free Agency for nothing. Little problem here, Hassan is making very little money, which means it’s tough to trade him straight up, but they could easily use him along with contracts they want to move to free money and get some assets back. Another problem is that which teams can use him?
There’s really not a ton of teams remaining that could use a Center who can block shots but clogs the lanes. Portland could be one team who can upgrade their Center position, but would probably not give up assets as they could be in position to just sign him outright via free agency. Other teams doesn’t seem to have the need to trade for him right now, or have any use for him.
The Lakers are a very intriguing prospect for Hassan as well. While they are saving up money for a potential Kevin Durant signing (who knows), Hassan could be an easy Plan B to Los Angeles in case everything falls through. Still young, he would easily fit the young nucleus that the Lakers are going to sport once Kobe retires. They have a big expiring contract in Roy Hibbert as an asset, and while Miami can’t take Hibbert’s contract outright, he could certainly be moved to a third team and get assets along with him. Philadelphia and Portland can take the money and could give away some picks or players in return that the Heat could use.
In any case, the Heat have until Thursday to figure this out, but expect Hassan to stay due to lack of trade partners, and then leave Miami in the summer.
CAN DAVID LEE STILL BE USEFUL?
David Lee has been relegated to the bench in Boston, as the young Celtics preferred to develop young talent. But his per 36 numbers are as close to his yearly averages, suggesting that he can still be an offensive option. Are there teams who could use him?
Portland, as with most cases, have the cap room to swallow his big contract. Lee could fit right in and be their starting PF or play off the bench, and be a veteran presence to lead the locker room as they make a Playoff push. The Blazers don’t need to give a big salary coming back, and also may not need to give a big asset to do the trade.
The Washington Wizards could be an interesting place for Lee. Nene has seen better days, and while Lee and Nene has shown similar numbers, David is more healthier and is able to play games than the Brazilian Forward has. Their salaries match, so a straight swap would work, but Boston would probably ask for something more in return. A second round pick could certainly be enough for the Celtics to pull the trigger here. As for the Wizards, another able body to help their post season push should be worth giving up a 2nd rounder.
And the final piece goes to Los Angeles Clippers F Blake Griffin, whom the media is suggesting is very much available.
The core of Chris Paul – Blake Griffin – DeAndre Jordan has run for a good 4 years, and it failed to reach the Conference Finals in each of them. The Clippers has shown great results without Blake Griffin, so it’s not improbable to suggest that moving Blake could put the put the Clippers in a position to gain valuable assets, and other players to bolster their god awful bench.
Griffin has been the issue of behavior problems as of late, but he’s a proven All-Star, a definite franchise player and is still young to build around. Denver has been rumored to be interested in Blake at one point, and it makes sense for Clippers to at least consider. Something where they would get a 1st rounder or two, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler could start the talks. Gallo can play PF, and could easily stretch the floor, something the Clips are at a desperate need, and while Chandler is out for this year, he boosts their SF spot the next for another title run, while being able to play minutes at the 4 to match up small lineups.
The Clippers and Doc Rivers would be absolutely nuts not opening any talks in any Blake Griffin interests. Griffin is indeed a top tier talent, but a chance to compete for a championship could still be in hand with even if he’s traded, seeming as it can upgrade their bench and can still compete with Chris Paul leading the charge, as they have been before the All – Star break.
Which reminds me…
WHO SAYS NO TRADE IDEA:
2016 1st round pick (via Dallas), 2018 1st round pick (Boston), 2 2nd round picks (one each year from 16-17), David Lee’s expiring contract, Jae Crowder, Jared Sullinger
Los Angeles trades:
Blake Griffin, a filler to match salaries
The Brooklyn pick could be negotiable, but let’s start the talking here.
This is a very good package. What this does is help Los Angeles still be in win-now mode, while gaining assets they could use to bolster their 2nd unit or use a trade chips to get another player of quality.
Jae Crowder, I hate to let you go, as you are among the finest of hard working players who could do anything on the court. He fits well with the Clippers, EASILY addresses their needs for the SF spot, and can play small ball 4. Sully provides PF depth, can start, and in a way, can actually space the floor with his streaky, yet capable 3PT shooting. Lee’s contract expires next year, clearing up about $15 million in the books for the Clips to have at least some money to sign free agents that are not veteran minimum guys.
The Celtics get their franchise player, the one guy they’ve been collecting all this assets for.
Who says no?
In any case, we got a few more days of rumors, sources and tweets. Will we see fireworks? One can hope.