All NBA teams are always looking to improve their current rosters while trying to pair their already all-star caliber players with other talented and top-notch ballers, regardless of if they’re already a winning franchise or they just want to turn things around.
On top of that, some players actually force their moves out of a team, either walking away at the end of their deals or demanding a trade because they’re tired of losing (yes, Paul George, we’re actually looking at you right now).
So, the possibility of seeing at least a couple of All-Stars balling together is always just around the corner, and with the Association keen to create more superteams to try and end the Golden State Warriors - Cleveland Cavaliers supremacy, it’s very likely that we see more blockbuster trades over the next few years.
And that’s exactly why today, we’re going to let you know about the 5 best duos we’d like to watch over the next 5 years.
5. Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson
Dame is a super-star talented player on the offensive end, but his defensive liabilities really take a toll on his overall performance and how people view him, constantly being snubbed from the All-Star selections despite being one of the league’s elite scorers.
So, even if we really dig the Lillard- McCollum backcourt, the Blazers would fare extremely better if they had Klay Thompson instead, as his outstanding backcourt defense would completely balance Lillard’s awful showings in that end of the court while also providing a reliable and consistent volume scorer from beyond the arc.
Trade Package For Klay Thompson: McCollum + 2nd round pick
4. Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo
We all know the Spurs are never letting Kawhi Leonard go, so in order to actually pull this move off, the Bucks would have to let Giannis go to San Antonio in one of the most interesting blockbuster deals we could ever imagine.
So, with the best defender in the world next to an MVP caliber talent with freaking athleticism and a wingspan that’s just unbelievable, the Spurs would be on the verge of a new legacy with perhaps the best defense in the entire NBA, and also a couple of guys that could easily put 27+ points each on the scoreboard on a nightly basis.
Trade Package For Giannis Antetokounmpo: LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons and future 1st round pick
3. Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis
Considering the fact that Curry just signed the most lucrative deal in NBA history, it’s pretty safe to state that he’s never leaving Golden State, so in order for this to happen, Anthony Davis would finally have to leave New Orleans to try and win a Championship.
With Davis as their center, the Warriors would just be unstoppable and freakily versatile, considering he’s even working on his touch from beyond the arc, and how could you double him on the low post if that means leaving Curry wide open from three-point territory?
Trade Package For Anthony Davis: Draymond Green and Klay Thompson
2. LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins
This was actually pretty close to happening this very last season, and who knows? Perhaps Boogie would’ve been the difference maker this team needed in order to defend their crown against the Golden State Warriors and win back to back titles.
Of course, Cousins isn’t exactly the easy going type and having him in your locker room is kind of a high risk - high reward move, but considering his determination to win a title and LeBron’s character, he’d be wise to remain tamed and ball as he knows, being probably the most talented center in the NBA at this point.
Trade Package For DeMarcus Cousins: Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson
1. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant
And last but not least, we got the homecoming of Kevin Durant, a guy that’s been called a traitor and a snake since leaving the Thunder to win his first championship alongside Curry, Green and Thompson, but that could also have a very warm welcome home like LeBron James had when he decided to return to the Q.
Besides, with Russell Westbrook sick and tired of losing despite playing the best ball of his career and considering how much of a chemistry they’ve developed over the years, a second run of this duo would pretty much make them instant title contenders once again, with both guys more mature and focused on their main goal.
Kevin Durant should join Oklahoma City Thunder when he become a free agent.