I don’t know how regular of a feature this will be here, but I thought it would be cool for every once in awhile to take a look at ESPN’s NBA trade machine and try to make some trades. Some of these will be way out there and without a chance of ever happening, whereas some will make total sense. If you have any fun ones to suggest, toss them in the comments.
Trade 1: Cleveland trades LeBron James and two future #1 picks to OKC for Kevin Durant and Etan Thomas
Getting it started in a big way, eh? Obviously there’s no way either team would do this deal because there’s no way LeBron signs with OKC after the season, and there’s no way the Thunder are trading Durant. But it’s at least fun to talk about. With LeBron there OKC would be a team that at least had a chance to win the title, and Cleveland would be so bad that those two future #1 picks would actually be worth something. Still, this is more a fun hypothetical than anything else.
Trade 2: Chicago trades Kirk Hinrich to Lakers for Adam Morrison, Shannon Brown and Josh Powell
It’s no secret the Bulls are going to go after Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in the summer of 2010. It’s also no secret that the Lakers need a combo guard who can defend. Morrison, Brown and Powell are all expiring contracts and while the Bulls really wouldn’t be getting anything back for Hinrich, they would be shedding his salary (9.5 mil for three years) for tons of cap room, plus they would be in good lottery tank mode for perhaps a Xavier Henry.
The Lakers meanwhile are obviously in total going for it mode, but this is likely Derek Fisher’s last year, and I don’t know a soul who thinks Jordan Farmar is a starting PG in the league. Hinrich shot 41% from three last year and is a really good perimeter defender. I think this one works.
Trade 3: New York trades Danilo Gallinari and Jared Jeffries to Portland for Steve Blake and Juwan Howard
The Kings of prepping for 2010 are the Knicks. Blake and Howard are two expiring contracts who in Blake’s case at least can provide some present value. They also get rid of Jeffries’s contract. Hell, with Portland’s big man problems maybe they can convince them to take Curry’s contract, but I highly doubt it.
Portland on the other hand gets Jeffries, who doesn’t have a great contract but not a terrible one either. He could be a third big man on a title team, and he’s actually good for Portland because they need a big man, and next year he could play minutes when Oden is out with foul trouble. Gallinari meanwhile has been a pretty good shooter over the course of his NBA career, shooting 40% this season.
As we get closer to the trading deadline we will know a lot more about what needs the contenders have, and thus it will be a lot easier to come up with trades. And again, feel free to suggest yours in the comments.