NBA Offseason Trade Ideas
As the NBA Finals are winding down and the NBA offseason is on its way, MSFT will take a look at a couple of potential trade ideas that could go down and benefit both teams.
Celtics receive: Paul George
Pacers receive: Picks No. 3, 23, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson
Why Boston does it:
The Celtics will be giving up a lot for George, but at the end will be getting a Top-10 superstar that they are in dire need of. George will also give the C’s an extra edge in attracting another star in free agency (Kevin Durant? Al Horford?) to form a big three along with Isaiah Thomas. This would make the Celtics into a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference and title contenders immediately.
Why Indiana does it:
With Paul George coming off a stellar season, and Pacers announcing they are not going to trade their All-Star, Larry Bird would be foolish not to listen to offers. Enter Danny Ainge, who has an abundance of assets will make it difficult for Larry Bird to turn down this offer. The Pacers will be getting a haul, acquiring the No. 3 & 23 pick to go along with their 20th pick, Crowder a two-way star entering his prime. Marcus Smart who is just 22 years old, and could become their point guard of the future. As well as Amir Johnson, another serviceable big that they can use who will be on a reasonable 1-year, $12 million contract, and insurance if Ian Mahinmi leaves via free agency. This deal would keep the Pacers relevant in the East, as well as having three picks in the first round.
Bulls receive: No. 7, 19, Will Barton, Wilson Chandler, Nikola Jokic
Nuggets receive: Jimmy Butler
Why Chicago does it:
“We’ve got to explore all options and I don’t think there’s anything that’s off the table when you have a disappointing year like this.” Stated by Bulls GM Gar Forman commenting on trade rumors regarding their star guard Jimmy Butler. In this case, Forman pulls the trigger to bring in a haul of young players with potential in Will Barton (25) you have a guy who would replace Butler. And with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol set to hit free agency, Jokic (21) a young big who had a productive season for the Nuggets averaging 10.0 PPG, and 7.0 RPG in under 22 minutes could slide in alongside Bobby Portis. The Bulls will also receive Wilson Chandler (29), who when healthy, can play at an All-Star level. The Bulls will also receive two first round draft picks at No. 7 and 19 to go along with their No. 14 election, giving them a total of three picks in the Top 20. This would be a great haul for the Bulls, receiving established players, while also getting younger.
Why Denver does it:
This time the Denver Nuggets swing for the fences, and using all the valuable assets they have at their disposal to make a deal for All-Star Jimmy Butler. The Nuggets will give up quite a bit centered around Wilson Chandler and two of their Top 20 picks, but will replace Barton for Butler in the lineup. Also along with three bigs on their roster with Jusuf Nurkic, Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets may view one of them expendable. In this case, the Nuggets ship Jokic to the Bulls who are in need of another big in the scenario they can’t retain Noah or Gasol. But with a young core, the Nuggets can afford to make this deal, while staying young and getting a two-way All-Star and giving Denver a potential road back to the postseason.
76ers receive: Ricky Rubio
Timberwolves receive: Pick, Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington
Why Philadelphia does it:
The 76ers have a boatload of big men in Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric who is believed to come over for the 2016-17 NBA season. Therefore making one or both Noel and Okafor available via trade seems like a smart idea. In this case, the 76ers trade Nerlens Noel and fill an area of need at the point guard position in acquiring Ricky Rubio. Rubio who is just 25 (26 at the start of the season), is signed through the 2018-19 season at a reasonable $42.3 million, and will give the 76ers their point guard of the future
Why Minnesota does it:
With rumors reporting that Rubio wants out if the Timberwolves don’t make the playoffs, and previous reports of the Timberwolves shopping Rubio over the NBA season make his wish come true and ship him out to Philadelphia. In return the Timberwolves will receive a defensive stud in Nerlens Noel to pair along with Karl Anthony-Towns. Along with Noel, the T-Wolves receive Robert Covington who can replace Tayshaun Prince and bring shooting to their lineup that they desperately need.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/nba-offseason-trade-ideas/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/a-40.jpg?fit=500%2C281&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/a-40.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1BasketballBoston CelticsChicago BullsDenver NuggetsIndiana PacersMinnesota TimberwolvesNBAPhiladelphia 76ersRecent PostsBoston Celtics,Chicago Bulls,Denver Nuggets,Indiana Pacers,Minnesota Timberwolves,NBA,NBA Trades,Philadelphia 76ers,trade ideasAs the NBA Finals are winding down and the NBA offseason is on its way, MSFT will take a look at a couple of potential trade ideas that could go down and benefit both teams. Celtics receive: Paul George Pacers receive: Picks No. 3, 23, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson Why...Christian MenaChristian MenaChristianmena96@gmail.comAuthorChristian Mena is a sports enthusiast who is currently majoring in Sports Management who resides in Connecticut. He is a die hard fan of the Yankees, Patriots and Lakers, and specializes in the NBA, NFL and MLB. You can follow him on Twitter @Christian_Mena3MyFantasySportsTalk