Welcome to the NBA’s version of a GSN marathon of Lets Make a Deal. The NBA Draft is now just hours away, and NBA GMs across the country are putting their cell phone provider’s unlimited minutes policy to the test.
Just this morning the Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets made a deal that has me baffled, and rumors are swirling that this draft night and subsequent off season will be a whirlwind of moves and head scratchers. While with the Lakers Mitch Kuphcak inked Mozgov to this led weight anchor of a contract, and apparently now wants to hitch his wagon to the Russian Clydesdale again.
This is a terrific move by the Nets. They now have the ability to clear space for 2 max contracts next off season, an off season in which they’ll finally have their own first round draft pick, and will still be in New York City, which some consider to be a fairly large market.
That deal was the hors d’oeuvres, lets take a look at some of the other courses that fans could be feasting on in the next few days.
RAPTORS GETS: GEORGE HILL, KYLE KORVER, #8 PICK
CAVALIERS GETS: KYLE LOWRY, 2019 1st ROUNDER
The Cavaliers make a last ditch effort to keep Lebron, moving the Nets pick acquired last off season for an all star caliber player, offering the chance to see the makings of a Cleveland Big 3 (Lowry, Love, Lebron), while also offering the opportunity for Lebron to play off the ball more, which is his stated goal (which is absolutely bull poo poo, he will always require the ball in his hands). The Cavs justifying putting off a rebuild even if Lebron leaves by pointing to still having 2 all stars.
The Raptors clearly have recognized that they’ve topped out with the current cast of characters, emphasized by the firing of coach Dwayne Casey. By sending out Lowry for the lotto pick, they move DeRozan into the roll of elder statesman, and look to add his new side kick, while acquiring a solid piece in Hill who simply didn’t perform as hoped in Cleveland after being acquired at the trade deadline.
CLIPPERS GET: TERRY ROZIER, 27th PICK
CELTICS GET: 12th PICK
Is it feasible for Boston to retain Terry Rozier long term? Not likely, assuming the Celtics intend to keep Kyrie Irving (which BY ALL MEANS NEEDS TO BE THE CASE). So if you’re the Celtics are you looking at pushing all your chips forward to win a championship this year? An argument can be made to do so, but that has not been Danny Ainge’s M.O. As such, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to believe that Rozier could be moved this off season, at the peak of his value (following his late season exploits) before receiving nothing next year.
The Clippers have 2 late lotto picks, the looming cap space to sign Rozier long term without issue, a decent sized need to inject offensive talent at the ball handler position, and an existing relationship with Danny Ainge. They can walk away still having 2 first rounders this year (13 + 27) while also acquiring a talented young vet.
The added bonus for the Celtics is that the future Clippers draft pick the Celtics already own has protections on it. The Clippers having the young vet Rozier instead of a guy who should still be in college, increases the chances of the pick conveying as a first rather than as a future 2nd rounder.
MAVERICKS GET: IAN MAHIMI, 15th PICK
WIZARDS GET: MAX KLEBER, 54th PICK
This is a case of a team attaching an asset (in this case the 15th pick) to a poor contract (Mahimi) to get another team to bite. The Mavericks are in rebuild mode and could use the pick, while also having the cap room to take on Mahimi without issue.
There has been a lot of talk of these types of trades happening this year. Maybe not so much trading completely out of the first, but certainly trading down.
SUNS GET: KAWHI LEONARD, 18th PICK
SPURS GET: JOSH JACKSON, DRAGAN BENDER, 1st PICK
The Spurs get the pieces to begin a rebuild, 3 of them to be exact. Bender thus far has been a disappointment, but screams to be a post hype explosion under Popovich. Jackson actually has a lot of the traits of a young Leonard, and of course the number one pick.
The Suns get…. Kawhi Leonard. Obviously the question is, for how long.
SUNS GET: CHANDLER PARSONS, #4 PICK
GRIZZLIES GET: TYSON CHANDLER, #16 PICK
Another situation where a team is jettisoning a poor contract by attaching an asset. This is a PREMIUM asset though. But the Grizzlies are motivated to move Parsons, and the cost just may be moving down 12 spots.
Chandler has an expiring contract, but should be kept around as Gasol insurance (as opposed to being bought out) as the Grizzlies believe they’re a play off contender.
For the Suns, they recoup a high draft pick, to try and couple that pick, with Booker to form the foundation to entice Leonard to stay. And hey, maybe they get the Mavs/Rockets version of Parsons, in which case, its a HUGE win.
NUGGETS GET: #19 Pick
HAWKS GET: KENNETH FARIED, MALIK BEASLEY, #14 PICK
The Nuggets are looking to get off Faried’s contract. The Hawks have cap space, and a need to assets. By taking on Faried’s contact, they move up 5 spots in the draft, and also add Beasley, someone who could develop out of the shadow of Harris, Murray, and Barton.
- By Jason Sullivan
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