On the heels of the Lakers landing perhaps the biggest available fish in the pond that is the National Basketball Association (Anthony Davis), we here at 3CoSports have decided to theorize some more blockbuster trade concepts for this offseason. With the long awaited return of parity to the league, several teams should be jockeying for position this offseason in order to position themselves as contenders in 2020.
Wizards blow it up, Clippers reap the rewards
Clippers receive: SG Bradley Beal
Wizards receive: SF Nicholas Batum, PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SF Danilo Gallinari, SG Jerome Robinson, 2021 Miami Heat 1st rounder
Hornets receive: PG John Wall, protected 1st in 2023 from LA
Now here’s an absolute whammy! This trade seems like a win-win-win for everyone involved. The Clippers get an all-nba caliber player in Beal, who they can presumably pair with Kawhi Leonard, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams next season. Beal’s superstar ceiling and two-way value is well worth the large haul going back to Washington in the deal.
As for Washington, they get out from under the crippling contract of John Wall while being able to start fresh with a nice young point guard in SGA while adding a tantalizing asset in the 2021 Miami pick.
Lastly, we come to the Hornets. Without their involvement in this deal, Beal to LA is impossible. Factoring in the aimless direction of the team, as well as the high likelihood of Kemba Walker leaving in free agency, and it becomes clear that the team can afford to take on Wall’s bad contract. The absolute worst case scenario in this deal is that Wall takes on Batum’s role as the team’s designated terrible contract while they rebuild over the next four seasons. However, there exists a possibility that Wall returns to prominence, usurping Kemba Walker’s role as the team’s all-star point, giving the team a clear win in the trade as they turn a salary dump into a net positive (plus a future first).
A Holiday in the Desert
Suns receive: SG/PG Jrue Holiday
Pelicans receive: SF T.J Warren, SG Mikal Bridges, SF/PF Josh Jackson, 2019 1st round pick (6th)
If the Suns ever want to get serious about leaving the basement of the Western Conference then they need to take the necessary steps this offseason by adding proven veteran stars. This trade is one of the possibilities that has been discussed in recent weeks and makes sense for a variety of reasons. You can’t say enough about Holiday’s defensive and playmaking abilities, as he seamlessly blurs the line between the 1,2, and 3 in most systems. His true value lies in his experience and leadership, as he has the potential to become a steadying force for the Suns young phenoms DeAndre Ayton and Devin Booker.
While New Orleans is likely to hold onto Holiday so that he can provide for them what I just described, this is one of the few trade options that might turn out to be just too good to be true. In this deal the team acquires an adopt scoring forward in Warren, an energetic defensive ace in Jackson, a steady three-and-D guy in Bridges, and most importantly a third pick in this year’s lottery. With a young nucleus that now includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Zion Williamson (a virtual lock to go at number one) the Pelicans have a chance to build something truly special.
Out with Uncle Drew, in with CP3
Celtics receive: PG Chris Paul, C Clint Capela
Rockets receive: SG Marcus Smart, SF Gordon Hayward, C Aaron Baynes, 2019 1st round pick (20), 2019 1st round pick (22)
As a Celtics fan it really pains me to even suggest this trade, as I am a big fan of the three players involved. However, the concept of running a starting five that consists of Paul, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford (Editor’s Note: RIP Al Horford on the Celtics idea), and Capela is far too promising to pass up a trade like this. Whether you think he has lost a step or not, Paul remains the league’s best point guard from a mentality standpoint, as his playmaking abilities could maximize the off-ball scoring abilities of Brown and Tatum. Likewise, Paul’s ball stopping prowess should allow the team to return once more to its former defensive glory. Adding Capela will only help the team, as his rebounding and defense at the 5 has been something that the team has sorely needed these past few seasons.
The Rockets don’t get the best haul in this scenario, but they do receive a host of assets that could contribute to another solid playoff run. Adding Hayward gives the team a secondary scorer/playmaker who will not take the ball out of James Harden’s hands too much. Adding Smart to the equation gives the team a player who can fill the void left by Patrick Beverly, a lead guard with elite defensive skills and a fearless nature that allows him to take on much larger matchups. The addition of the two first round picks helps to alleviate the departure of talent in the trade, moreover, the chance to get out from under both Paul and Capela’s contracts is just too opportune to turn down.
Oklahoma City shakes it up
Thunder receive: PF Kevin Love
Cavaliers receive: C Steven Adams, SG Terrance Ferguson, 2024 lottery protected 1st round pick
The Thunder have been linked to Love for a while now. They end up paying a somewhat steep price for a rather mercurial talent, but the upside of a Westbrook-George-Love trio is simply higher than the upside of a Westbrook-George-Adams trio. In an ideal outcome, this move allows the team to consistently drop 70-80 points a night from their three stars alone, leading to a deep playoff run. As a team currently stuck in salary cap hell, this is one of the few moves they can make if the hope to improve.
When the team initially signed Love to his extension, I imagine they expected to receive a much sexier haul when they inevitably traded him. While this may not look like much on the surface, value lies deep in this package. While Adams has been inconsistent at best, he remains one of the better two-way centers in the league, and he is still only 25 years old. As for Ferguson, there was a good reason why he received so much buzz leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft. His elite athleticism and untapped offensive abilities still offer a lot of tantalizing upside for a team like Cleveland that can afford to let him get his shots up. The added allure of a future draft pick makes this trade even more intriguing, as nobody knows what the future has in store for the Thunder past 2022.
The 2019 NBA Offseason is in full swing and we’ve already seen craziness. These trades may be insane, but can you really say they 100% will not happen? Whatever the case one thing is for sure: It’s going to be a fun offseason!