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The deadline for NBA trades is not until the 25th. March, but that doesn’t mean one or two blockbusters can’t happen sooner. We’ve already seen the Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets shock the world with their four-wheel blockbuster starring James Harden. With almost two months to go before the deadline, it’s not a bad thing that some ideas are thrown out.
Still, we have five ideas for arrangements that can be made from there. We are aware that the five agreements will not all come to fruition, but in reality they are. All of these teams would love to have the missing piece on their team to compete for the NBA Championship.
5. Andre Drummond with scissorsfrom Los Angeles
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Riders: Pat Beverly, Lou Williams, Ivica Zubac…
Lawn mowers have: André Drummond
Drummond should be on his way out by now, shouldn’t he? The Riders rushed and were able to get Jarrett Allen back for almost nothing. Allen has closed games with the Nets and has the potential to double up every night. It will be their starting point in the future. This sets the tone for an exchange with the current NBA leader playing like a faded All-Star. Drummond is averaging 14.6 points and 13.9 rebounds this season and is worth a first-round pick, even if he is on loan.
Drummond brings to the Clippers franchises that they don’t have with their current situation at center with Zubac and Serge Ibaka. If Drummond can’t keep up with Anthony Davis, he can keep the ball in. Drummond lowered the potential by 15 rebounds a night, neutralizing each team’s hopes for second chance points. As for Ibaka, he is versatile and can also play up front, so Drummond and Ibaka can both play at the same time. The Cavaliers get a solid defense in Beverly, a contract that expires in Williams, and a cross that Allen can match for minutes.
4. Victor Oladipo in Philadelphia 76ers
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The missiles have: Danny Green, Shake Milton, first round draft pick 2021.
76 people are welcome: Victor Oladipo
At some point, the Rockets will realize that this core is not good enough to be competitive, so they will have to make the most of all their assets. The Rockets managed to turn James Harden into four first round picks and Victor Oladipo into four first round picks. The Rockets are expected to make Oladipo, which still has a one-year contract, a major investment project. Houston is No. 14 in the Western Conference, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are the only team among them. It’s time to start selling.
No one is talking about the quality of Shake Milton’s play this season. Milton is averaging 16.9 points per game and shooting 50.4% from the field. The Rockets get a quality guarantee with Green and a contract that expires. The 76ers will have to make a pick in the first round, but it will be worth it as they need a push if they want to compete with the three-headed monster from Brooklyn. Oladipo brings the defense into the game and gives the 76ers points with Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey. That would be the best depth in the league.
3. Aaron Gordon Warriors of Golden State
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Magic trick: Kelly Oubre, Jordan Poole, Alain Smailajic, first round pick 2022 (from Toronto), future second round pick.
Get warriors: Aaron Gordon.
The Aaron Gordon saga in Orlando is over. Gordon needs a fresh start. The Warriors need someone who can provide a high-flying presence on the inside, for power, and Gordon could do it. Draymond Green is better suited to the small forward position on this team, so he would generally win a few positions. Green has battled injuries this season and doesn’t look like the image he usually has of the All-Stars on offense or defense. It would be better if he changed his position.
This season, Gordon averaged 14.9 points and 7.0 rebounds. Oubre is playing well this year and will give Magic a shooter that will associate well with Evan Fournier. With the absence of Markelle Fultz, the team has lost some of its speed and is relying too much on the presence of Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. In today’s NBA, which is not going to win a championship. For the Warriors, with Curry, Wiggins, Green and Gordon at the core, it will be a competitive team.
2. Blake Griffin to Memphis Grizzlies
Pistons: George Deng, Justise Winslow, 2021 Utah, first round draft pick.
Grizzlies get it: Blake Griffin.
No one is talking about the 7-6 Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are in the playoffs despite injuries to Jarrett Jackson and Ja Morant. The trio of Jackson, Morant and Griffin would be a solid trio. Griffin can be used as a striker, allowing Jackson to get in the middle. Jonas Valanciunas was able to come off the bench. Griffin would give Grizzlies more height and someone who brings double the potential every night.
It would be a dream come true for the Pistons. The Pistons can get rid of the $38 million they owe Griffin next season and turn a profit. George Deng’s $17 million expires this year, as does Justice Winslow’s $13 million. A first round pick would be beneficial if the Pistons try to complete a rebuild. The Pistons will take a pay cut and the Grizzlies will do better in the playoffs. In this scenario, everyone wins and everyone makes better deals. Also, Griffin is a good player who is best remembered for his poor play in Detroit. Memphis gave him a fresh start as he entered the final years of his career.
1. Bradley Beal to Miami Heat.
Wizards get: Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa, Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk, Kendrick Nunn, a future second round pick.
Thermal reception : Bradley Beale.
That’s all Beal has to offer. Iguodala and Olynyk have expiring contracts and the Heat won’t give up in the first round. Tyler Herro has the potential to be a future regular, but you miss a championship because of What If? The Heat couldn’t beat the Lakers last year with this group and need an upgrade. Guerro is a fundamental element that allows for compromise in the field. Achiuwa is enjoying a solid rookie season and shows potential as a future starter in the league.
The Heat had a rough start to the season after reaching the NBA Finals. One way to fix this is to add a shooting goalie who averages 34.9 points per game. The Heat like to shoot from three-point range, so Beal is a good fit for this team. Finally, the combination of Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Beal could be deadly. The Heat are up against Duncan Robinson, and they are two of the best perimeter shooters in the league. It would be nice to see the Heat lift the championship trophy in 2021.
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