This offseason is shaping up to be one of the busiest in recent memory, and Fadeaway World has got you covered. In this article, we will take a look at 5 of the hottest trade rumors from around the league.
Jimmy Butler To The Rockets
The Houston Rockets already have the 5th best NBA player in the league in James Harden, plus the point god, Chris Paul. Yet they’ve twice been eliminated by the Golden State Warriors. No wonder the Rockets are making a play for Jimmy Butler, through sign-and-trade. The Philadelphia 76ers seem to be willing trade partners, lest they lose Butler for nothing via free agency. The Rockets, however, will need to find a team willing to part with a first round pick for either Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, or PJ Tucker. They can then send the pick to the Sixers for the Butler deal to work under salary cap rules.
Clint Capela To The Celtics
We recently reported that the Boston Celtics were interested in Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams. The Cs are likely to lose Al Horford to free agency, and might already be looking for a replacement. Adams would be a good fit, and so would the aforementioned Capela. The Rockets and Celtics, in fact, seem to have had preliminary talks about trade. But nothing has come out of these talks — at least for now. At the moment, Capela seems the better option for Boston, as he is owed less money and was more productive last year than Adams. Not to mention, the Rockets might actually be willing to part with Capela so that they can lure Butler to Houston.
Kevin Love To The Blazers
The Blazers inquired about Kevin Love last summer, and are inquiring about him this summer, too. Given the Cleveland Cavaliers’ youth movement, it seems Love could actually be signed. Portland has reportedly offered Maurice Harkless, Myers Leonard, and a future draft pick to the Cavs already, though it is unclear if that package would be enough. Should the Blazers get Love, he’ll slot in perfectly, either as a stretch 4 or as the fulcrum of the team’s highly efficient and explosive offense.
Andrew Wiggins To The Nets
Minnesota Timberwolves all-star Karl-Anthony Towns wants his good friend and free agent guard D’Angelo Russell in Minny. The Timberwolves want to make that happen, and they have engaged the Brooklyn Nets for a possible sign-and-trade deal involving Russell. Minnesota’s initial overtures were reportedly rebuffed, which isn’t surprising since the Nets are said to be frontrunners to land Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But if the Nets miss out on Durant and Irving, Wiggins to Brooklyn might be back in play.
Kevin Durant To The Knicks
Kevin Durant and the Warriors seem to be looking for a win-win situation. Bleacher Report explains that a sign-and-trade is being worked out, one where Durant signs the five-year supermax he deserves and gets traded to the Knicks (or some other team). In return, the Warriors get back some assets, which would allow them to rebuild post-Durant. Golden State was in the process of building a dynasty with core superstars Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. In bwin Basketball’s NBA Finals prediction article, they reported that the Warriors were looking for a hat trick of titles, and a fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy in five years. Instead, Durant missed all but 12 minutes of the Finals, and the Warriors dynasty ended with a crushing defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.
With the once mighty Warriors looking not so mighty anymore, expect teams to go all in as they try to build some interesting, title-winning teams. The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz have already made their moves, trading Anthony Davis and Mike Conley, respectively. So, keep an eye on these five trades, as they may actually push through, and change the NBA landscape even more.