The NBA is back and with it brings about the always fun game of making up trades and trying to get the internet to pick them up and report them as true. One of my goals with this blog (let’s be serious, my only goal) is to one day see a trade I made up reported on ESPN as a “unnamed source” with me and my keyboard being said source.
are fake NBA trades so much better as opposed to baseball, football, or
soccer? Trades in football rarely happen and generally in-season
trades have little to no impact on the teams involved. Baseball trades
can be somewhat fun, but they’re diminished a little due to the fact
that a single baseball player really isn’t worth all that much (damn you
advance statistics), and of course in soccer players are just sold or
bought like assets which makes transfer windows about as fun as a visit
to the NYSE without getting the ungodly Christmas bonus. With that said
here’s three fake trades that should happen.
Kevin Durrant, Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Cole Adlrich, and 1st
round pick to Magic fro Dwight Howard, JJ Redick, Ryan Anderson, and
For the Thunder:
Kevin Durrant is a great player but the Thunder now have two alpha dog
scorers and only one ball. Getting back Howard and being able to
surround him and Westbrooke with shooters would make the Thunder a
better offensive team and inserting Howard into a lineup with Ibaka,
Sefolosha, and company would create a historically great defense.
Harden should be able to replace 75% of the offense on wing that
Durrant gives them, and he seems like an after though when he shares the
court with Durant and Westbrook now.
Redick and Ryan Anderson would help to give the Thunder an outstanding
bench and Redick’s contract expires in two years and by getting rid of
Perkins big contract the Thunder might be better equipped to keep Ibaka
and Harden to go along with two max contract players in Howard and
Westbrook. As is they’ll probably have to choose between Ibaka and
Harden in a few years since they’re paying Perkins almost 10 million
per. The Thunder could keep Turkoglu this year or amnesty waive him now
or next year to get his contract off the books.
After the trade the Thunder should try pursue a sweet shooting swing man like Aaron Affalo or Shane Battie.
PG: Westbrook, Maynor
SG: Harden, Redick
SF: Battie, Safalosha
PF: Ibakia, Anderson
C: Howard, Collison
This team is surely the favorites for the title next year and beyond.
For the Magic: Howard
doesn’t look to be staying and getting back they’re not going to do
better than getting back another top five player. After cutting
Gilbert, they should be able to find a contender who needs Perkins and
possibly Nelson. They would then have a tremendous amount of cap room
to a FA friendly destination and a top player in Durant signed for
another five years after this.
2. Spurs Trades Tony Parker to Boston for Rajon Rondo
For the Celtics:
The Celtics want to make a last run before completely rebuilding and
they need another player who can create their own shoot to go along with
Pierce since Allen and Garnett need most of their offense created for
them. The Celtics would be propping their window open for one more year
and with Allen and KG’s contract expiring soon they could potentially
trade Pierce and Parker in a few years time and completely rebuild for a
For the Spurs: The
Spurs are not going to win any more titles with their current core and
Rondo wouldn’t change that but this would be a move that would maintain
their playoff status as a team and give them a building block once
Duncan and Ginobili retire. A Rondo, Leonard, Splitter along with a
scoring wing could maintain the Spurs long run of making the playoffs.
3. Suns Trade Steve Nash, Marcin Gortat, and Channing Fyre to Grizzles for Marc Gasol (sign and trade) and a 1st round pick.
For the Grizzles:
The Grizzles are going to be hard pressed to be able to pay Randolph,
Gay, and Gasol at max or near max salaries to go along with Conley’s 10
million per year contract. Replacing Gasol, who figures to make 13-15
million per this off-season with the much cheaper Gortat (around 7
million) gives the Grizzles a great low cost alternate.
would improve the offense with his shooting and passing skills and with
Conley as a backup Nash could play a friendlier amount of minutes per
game in this year’s compressed schedule. Having both PGs also allows
the Grizzles to remain flexible at the trade deadline as they could
trade one of the two if needed due to injury. Channing Frye is a nice
4th big for the Griz and could provide some spacing skills when teams
are collapsing the paint.
Nash’s expiring contract, and the ability to amnesty Fry in a year or
two the Griz would be able to keep a competitive core of Gortat,
Randolph, Gay, and Conely without over extending themselves financially.
For the Suns: Nash
is leaving in a year, and Gortat is an underrated player and a nice
piece to have as a contending team, but the Suns won’t be good enough to
utilize Gortat’s undervalued contract.
trade would also do right by one of the franchises most popular
players, as not many contending teams have the need or assets to trade
course the biggest gain for the Suns would be getting back a top five
center and a player who might be under used in Memphis. The Suns would
also receive salary cap relief by ridding themselves of the Channing Fry
contract and then using their amnesty on Josh Childress.