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Bold Trades that Would Have Everyone SHOOK

With the NBA Finals underway, many fans are beginning to speculate about the free agency destinations for superstars like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Kevin Durant among many others. An underrated way to build a team that is often overlooked is through the trade market. We hear every season about players who could be on the trading block. This year the “trade class” is quite strong. Highlighted by Chris Paul, Clint Capela, Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside, this offseason could prove to be an interesting one; especially with the high amount of draft picks being put on the trading block. Here’s a few trades I could see happening this offseason.

Conley Finds a New Home

Suns get: Mike Conley

Grizzlies get: Josh Jackson

(other pieces would be added to balance the trade, this is just the bulk of the deal)

With the Grizzlies looking at drafting Ja Morant with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, this leaves Mike Conley in a difficult situation. A situation that inevitably results in Conley being traded to the highest bidder. Conley fits exactly what the Suns need, he’s a veteran leader, all star caliber point guard, and will never hog the ball from Devin Booker. A Booker, Conley, and Ayton trio could be the Suns’ best chance at making the playoffs once again. For the Suns, trading their once praised SF who hasn’t turned out could be a great opportunity, but the Grizzlies could benefit as well. If anyone is going to be willing to take on Conley’s contract, it would be the Suns, who enter the offseason with a fairly high salary cap. The Suns are probably one of the only teams who wouldn’t see a trade for Conley as a cap dump, they will truly grow as a franchise by having him. The Grizzlies could also benefit from Josh Jackson, who showed great promise in college, but hasn’t been able to have an impact on the Suns yet. Jackson has also famously been arrested for trying to get into a VIP zone at a music festival, yet another reason the Suns will want to get rid of him. If Jackson grows as a player and as a leader for the Grizzlies, they could end up with a trio of Jaren Jackson Jr., Ja Morant, and a reborn Josh Jackson. This is a risk for both teams, as Conley and Jackson could both be nearing the end of their days, but both teams are in a position to pull the trigger on this deal.

Hassan to the Hornets

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Hornets get: Hassan Whiteside

Heat get: Malik Monk, Frank Kaminsky, Nic Batum

(other pieces would be added to balance the trade, this is just the bulk of the deal)

The Hornets have been stuck in mediocrity for the longest time, they lack a dominant center, after losing Dwight Howard who couldn’t seem to propel the Hornets high enough. The Heat are done with Whiteside, he plays no minutes, despite being the best player on the Heat. Whiteside’s work ethic is often questioned, leading to his often benching. At this point the Hornets can’t be worried about work ethic. Bringing Whiteside in is something the Hornets need to do, in order to give Kemba Walker a reason to come back. The Hornets would want to trade Malik Monk, Nic Batum and Frank Kaminsky. Perhaps more picks included. Batum has a bad contract and this is the best opportunity for the Hornets to move this dead money. The Hornets would have to give up Malik Monk, who had a somewhat silent couple of years to start his career. The Heat could be interested in bringing in Kaminsky and Monk, as they are both young players who could really contribute to a rebuild that Miami should pursue. This trade is a gamble for both teams, as Whiteside, Monk and Kaminsky could all potentially thrive or bust in a new system. If I’m Charlotte I’m doing whatever it takes to get Whiteside, but if I’m Miami, I’m betting on Malik Monk to rise up, become an elite scorer, and finally reach his potential.

Minnesota Trades Up

Timberwolves get: 8th overall pick

Hawks get: 11th overall pick, Robert Covington

(other pieces would be added to balance the trade, this is just the bulk of the deal)

We’ve heard lots of speculation that the Hawks want to trade up to the Knicks pick, but I can’t see it happening. Instead, I see the Timberwolves trading their 11th pick to Atlanta to snag the 8th pick. Speculation is that the Timberwolves have found their guy in Rui Hachimura, but Hachimura will certainly be someone teams like Chicago, Washington and Atlanta could be interested in with their picks. Most likely, I see the Wizards as a team that will want Hachimura with their 9th pick. Minnesota needs to trade up and assure that they will get Hachimura. If the Hawks agree to a deal like this, they would have 2 back to back picks, which is always very helpful when selecting prospects. The Hawks would also receive Robert Covington, someone that has always made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Covington has a couple years left on his contract, however the Timberwolves would be better off with Hachimura, who is just a better version of Covington anyways. Atlanta needs to ensure that they scoop up a few future picks in this ordeal, since the gap between 8th pick and 11th pick can’t be filled with just Robert Covington. Regardless this is an opportunity both teams need to explore in order to reach their respective goals as a franchise.

Boston Convinces Kyrie to Stay

Celtics get: Clint Capela

Rockets get: 14th overall pick, Marcus Smart

(other pieces would be added to balance the trade, this is just the bulk of the deal)

The Celtics are in an excellent position right now. They have three first round picks in the upcoming draft, one of them being a lottery pick and they already have a great team. The Celtics also have a few free agents this offseason, including Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Terry Rozier. In my opinion, they should bring back Kyrie, and hope Horford declines his option. The Celtics have no need for three first round picks. They do however, have a need for another solid piece like Clint Capela. Even if Horford comes back, the Celtics could end up with a lineup of Kyrie, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Capela with Gordon Hayward coming off the bench, or if he bounces back, starting over Brown. The Celtics would have to give up some key pieces to get Capela however. This could include Marcus Smart, whose role on the team is diminishing very slowly. This will also be a deal that needs to include draft picks. Whatever the Rockets decide to do with these picks, maybe draft a player like Bol Bol or dare I say Tacko Fall to fill the gap in the middle, or if they decide to ship them off somewhere like Detroit to get Drummond. Regardless, the Rockets could end up with a lottery pick and Marcus Smart, which I feel would be an acceptable return for their borderline star in Clint Capela.

LeGM Trades His Pick

Lakers get: Andre Drummond, 15th pick, Luke Kennard

Pistons get: Lonzo Ball, 4th pick

(other pieces would be added to balance the trade, this is just the bulk of the deal)

It doesn’t make too much sense for the Lakers to keep their pick. They have LeBron, and now they want to contend. With the young core they already have, the Lakers seem like they haven’t really found their guy with the 4th pick. The big men of this draft class are limited, which is what LA should seek this offseason. Instead, I propose that the Lakers make the fourth overall pick available for trade. In my opinion many teams will jump at the opportunity. Personally, Detroit seems like the team who would make the most sense in seeking this pick. Andre Drummond really hasn’t been able to get the Pistons anywhere, and now Blake Griffin has proven to be the Pistons savior, boosting them to the playoffs. The Pistons may want to explore a trade for Andre Drummond in order to bounce into the lottery. What better destination than the Los Angeles Lakers, who are in the Western Conference, seeking a big man, and want to get LeBron another title. The Lakers would likely enjoy having Drummond in LA, as he still has upside, and remains one of the best rebounders and defenders in the league. I also feel like the Lakers should add Lonzo Ball to this deal. LA has been talking about moving Ball for a while now, and this could be an opportunity to squeeze a little more out of the Pistons. I feel this trade could benefit both teams, obviously Detroit would be taking a gamble, but it could turn out really well for them.

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My name is Ricky and I’m an author for NBA Alerts. I love Basketball, as we all do. One thing I think I bring that’s unique is a new perspective on players that aren’t talked about enough, as well as teams. I look forward to getting involved in this community!!!

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