The SportsCrew | NBA Trades For Every Team (Part 3 of 3)
What Will Your Team Do By The NBA Trade Deadline?
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Every NBA Team Makes A Trade (Part 3 of 3)

Every NBA Team Makes A Trade (Part 3 of 3)

Brooklyn Netsnets

Sending: Brook Lopez

Receiving: Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazzjazz

Sending: Rudy Gobert

Receiving: Brook Lopez

Reasoning: First of all, let’s start this by prefacing Brooklyn’s dire situation for the near future. In 2013, the Brooklyn Nets mortgaged their future on the hopes that 37-year-old Paul Pierce and 35-year-old Kevin Garnett could propel them to a title run. General manager Billy King brought the veteran Celtics, along with 34-year-old Jason Terry, to Brooklyn in exchange for a handful of role players and the Nets’ first-round draft pick in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The Celtics also received the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in 2017. The Nets are lauded as one of the worst, if not the worst roster currently in the NBA. The 2017 draft class is projected to be much stronger and deeper than the 2016 class, but the Nets will not be able to benefit from their terrible record pushing them into a lottery pick a la the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston on the other hand, will continue to reap the benefits from the 2013 trade that sent two-thirds of the original Big-Three to Brooklyn. The Celtics already have one of the younger more talented rosters in the NBA, and will be able to add another lottery pick by swapping with the Nets in next year’s draft. Apologies for going off on a tangent there, but it’s difficult to manufacture resemblance of a possible trade when a team has virtually no assets. That being said, the only shining pieces to this team in 2016 has been Brook Lopez and Sean Kilkpatrick. You could make the argument that the main reason Kilkpatrick has been playing a ton of minutes is due to the lack of talent and injuries to Brooklyn’s back-court. Lopez has struggled to stay healthy throughout his nine-year career, but when he is on the court he can be a very dangerous offensive weapon at the center position. While his offensive repertoire is among the top-ten for centers in the NBA, he is a defensive liability when he is on the court. It’s pretty well known that twin-brother Robin Lopez is a much more capable defender; nevertheless, it does not matter all that much because Brooklyn does not really play defense as a whole, ranking in the bottom three for a lot of defensive categories. In this deal, they flip Lopez for one of the best defensive centers in the league in Rudy Gobert. Gobert would dramatically help this defense, while being able to try and develop his offensive game more than he would be in Utah. The Jazz have players like Gordon Hayward, George Hill, and Rodney Hood that are relied on for scoring, so Gobert is utilized as a defensive stopper and rebounder. If he were to play in Brooklyn where their offense has significantly less offensive weapons, he would be relied on more to score the ball helping to develop his arsenal on offense at a faster pace. Lastly, the Jazz are similar to the Celtics in that they have a very young and talented roster. Adding Brook Lopez to the mix would give them a second or third option that they can feel confident going to when they need a basket.

San Antonio Spursspurs

Sending: LaMarcus Aldridge

Receiving: Victor Oladipo

Oklahoma City Thunderokc

Sending: Victor Oladipo

Receiving: LaMarcus Aldridge

Reasoning: Another trade that virtually would never happen in today’s NBA, as we very rarely see players of this caliber swapping teams. To the contrary, we did see one of the players in this deal (Oladipo) who was traded to another team (Thunder), in exchange for a player who was competent at a similar level (Ibaka). Nonetheless, the Thunder have been forced to start rookie Domantas Sabonis at the power forward position in the wake of Serge Ibaka via the Oladipo trade. While Sabonis has filled in admirably for a rookie, Oklahoma City really lacks scoring from their front court aside from sixth-man, Enes Kanter. Even though starting center, Steven Adams, has been developing his offensive game this season, he still can not be relied upon if a bucket was needed and Westbrook was being doubled or not on the court. That being said, Westbrook accounts for a ton of offense and does not need his shot to be falling to be effective as he can get to the rim as well as anybody in the league. Adding a player like Aldridge who can score from the low-post, and one of the best mid-range games in the NBA, would help alleviate all of the pressure that Westbrook handles on a nightly basis to score the ball. Lastly, Oladipo is not a great shooter and is known more for his play-making ability and getting to the rim. However, that is exactly Westbrook’s forte and having the highest usage rate in the league, would leave little play-making scenarios for Oladipo to thrive in.

Boston Celticsceltics

Sending: Jae Crowder

Receiving: Serge Ibaka

Orlando Magicmagic

Sending: Serge Ibaka

Receiving: Jae Crowder

Reasoning: The Boston Celtics are one of the youngest and most talented rosters in the NBA. They did make a solid move signing Al Horford away from Atlanta, which improved there lack of impact players in their front-court. Boston has a plethora of players who excel on the defensive end like Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and Jae Crowder. This will allow them to trade away one of their defensive studs in Crowder to acquire PF Serge Ibaka. This is a necessary move for Boston because even with the addition of Horford in the offseason, their big-men depth is suspect to say the least with players like Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Jordan Mickey, and Tyler Zeller. Bringing in Ibaka, who is a menace on the glass, would immediately improve the Celtics rebounding which ranks at 28th in the league, as well as giving them another scoring option who has range much like Horford being able to score from beyond the arc, mid-range, and from the low-post. In a juxtaposition of roster moves, we have the Orlando Magic, who in the offseason traded Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the rights to the 11th pick in this year’s draft in Domantas Sabonis. For a team that already made a move prior to bringing in Ibaka, when they signed the defensive minded big-man, Bismack Biyombo. We know that Magic center Nikola Vucevic is more capable on the offensive front, rather than the defensive side of the ball. Nevertheless, this was, and still is an offense that struggles to score the basketball at times. You could argue that it would have made much more sense having Oladipo (solid playmaker/scorer), Ilyasova (commendable scorer), and Sabonis who could turn out to be a solid power forward down the line, still on your roster. New HC Frank Vogel, has made many changes to their starting-five already this season, with Evan Fournier and Serge Ibaka being the only mainstay in the starting rotation. With Ibaka and his defensive prowess heading to Boston, they revamp their defense with bringing in the versatile Jae Crowder. Crowder is a guy much like Tony Allen, Iman Shumpert, or Kawhi Leonard that can defend about any position on the court. He can also provide you with some scoring when needed, but has not been relied upon to do so this season with Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Al Horford carrying the load offensively. In 2015, he played 73 games for Boston averaging 14.2 points (44.3 FG%, 33.6 3PT%), meanwhile this season his point production has dropped to 12.7 points per game, but his percentages have risen to 47.6 FG% and 42.3 3PT%. Last year’s leading scorer for the Magic was Vucevic (18.2 PPG), but he now has been relegated to a bench-role in Vogel’s rotation, and his scoring has dipped to 13 PPG. Orlando’s leading scorer this season currently is Evan Fournier (17.6 PPG), and with starting PG Elfrid Payton being much more of a playmaker than scorer, you could see a situation where Crowder would be asked to score more and could average near 18 points if need be.

Indiana Pacerspace

Sending: Monta Ellis

Receiving: Kenneth Faried

Denver Nuggetsnugs

Sending: Kenneth Faried

Receiving: Monta Ellis

Reasoning: Kenneth Faried has been dangled by the Nuggets over the last two seasons, but nothing has yet come to fruition. Denver’s HC Mike Malone has opted to start the talented and younger Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic in the front-court, which leaves Faried coming off of the bench playing less than he has in his career. The Nuggets as a whole have been rumored to be looking to make several moves either in an attempt to deal in either team-building direction, or go full rebuild by flipping their established veterans for more picks. Since we are dealing with just hypotheticals here, Faried will be dealt for another guy who has seen his role decrease this year in Monta Ellis. This trade makes logical sense as Denver has little in the way of play-makers as Emmanuel Mudiay is still adjusting to becoming an NBA caliber point guard. Gary Harris is a solid SG on both sides of the floor, but leaves little to be desired as a secondary play-maker. Will Barton is probably their best all-around offensive player, but his minutes are volatile coming off of the bench. Bringing in Ellis would give the Nugs an established ball-handler, passer, and scorer who has done so for a couple different franchises. Furthermore, his veteran presence could help bring along the games of the young back-court Denver rolls out in Mudiay, Harris, and rookies Malik Beasley and Jamal Murray. You could see him thrive in an up-tempo offense in Denver, rather than a slower-paced team in Indiana. Conversely, the moves that Indiana made this offseason were stellar. They brought in a Jeff Teague who offers equal offensive skills to former PG George Hill, and has a much cleaner bill-of-health throughout his career. Thaddeus Young was brought in as well, who offers a well-rounded game at the PF position. Myles Turner has already paid dividends for where he was taken in this year’s draft, proving to be an offensive weapon while showing significant upside as a defender once he matures that part of his game. Faried would likely assume the same bench role in Indiana, but would give them reinforcements on the glass helping to improve their 23rd ranked rebounding statistic. At the moment, Turner leads the Pacers in rebounds with 7.6 per game, and Young is second on the team with 6.3 per game. Both of those big-mean are averaging right near 30 minutes per game, while Faried averages 8.0 boards per game playing about nine less minutes. These two teams are likely headed in opposite directions, so the only snag could be Denver’s want and need to get younger, and receiving a 31-year-old Ellis does not quite fulfill those ideas.

Portland Trailblazerstbs

Sending: Maurice Harkless

Receiving: Markieff Morris

Washington Wizardswiz

Sending: Markieff Morris

Receiving: Maurice Harkless

Reasoning: Now when you are devising a plan to have every team in the league make a trade, the going gets tough when you get down to the last few teams. Trying to figure out team-needs and possible fits from the other remaining teams becomes more daunting. Being left with Portland and Washington was certainly not the ideal match-makers dream to say the least. There has been much talk around Portland looking to upgrade their front-court with names like Nerlens Noel and Tyson Chandler to name a few. Kieff has had a solid seven-year career to this point, but some may say he has underachieved his draft status coming out of Kansas with twin-brother Marcus. Portland has found themselves an everyday center in Mason Plumlee, but have struggled to get any other production from the likes of Noah Vonleh, Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis, and the injured Festus Ezeli. Bringing in Morris would give them steady production as a third-option to Lillard and McCollum from a scoring stand-point as he has averaged 13.2 PPG over the last five seasons. He does not offer huge upside as a rebounder, but gives you about six a game while providing 1.5 assists and 1.5 STOCKS (steals and blocks per game). So while he is not a game-breaker as a PF, he would provide Portland with consistent production that they lack up front. When we look at Washington, they are similar as their front-line scorers come from the guard positions with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Otto Porter has steadily improved throughout his young career, as has Maurice Harkless ever since leaving Orlando and getting the starting-gig in Portland. With the hole left by Morris at the PF position, the combination of Porter/Harkless/Oubre Jr. would have to pick up some minutes at the power forward position as Jason Smith is the only other PF on Washington’s roster. All three of whom while certainly are under-sized for a PF, can log minutes sparingly at the four and be somewhat effective. Portland’s lineup shuffle in attempt to find a capable power-forward did have Harkless play the position while injuries mounted to guys like Aminu, Leonard, and Ezeli who has yet to play this season. While Harkless has had his best year as a pro, the hole left behind would not seem significant with guys like Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe viable starters at the SF. Again, this trade is not ideal for both teams involved, but when 28 teams are completed it gives you little to work with.

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