February's just around the corner and with it, the trade deadline is quickly approaching, with teams on the phone night in and night out to try and get the most of the assets they currently own looking ahead to their future.
Some teams want to enter win-now mode, while others are well aware that are ages away from contending, and would just try to get some young players and assets like picks to plan for the mid and long term, sending their lone valuable assets away despite their fans’ deepest desires.
A lot of rumors have been coming and going ever since day one of the offseason, with several stars stuck on lousy teams, and with several takers willing to do whatever it takes to land them and make a playoff run that could take them the distance.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 trades that most fans would love to see happen before the deadline, all of them with a very realistic shot at happening before our very eyes. Enjoy!
5. Hassan Whiteside to the Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks already shook things up a bit while trading for want away point guard Eric Bledsoe, and even though things have vastly improved for the Deers, they’re still a bit steps behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics in the reinforced Eastern Conference, especially when it comes to rim protection.
So, the Bucks could try and snub Whiteside out of the Heat. Miami proved that’s used to play without the injury prone center, and coach Spoelstra’s seems to really trust his rookie Bam Adebayo. Besides, he’d be a major upgrade over Henson and the young and rough Maker. In order to land him, the Bucks would send Jabari Parker, Thon Maker and a couple of future picks to South Beach.
4. DeAndre Jordan to the Cavs
Is no secret at all that DeAndre Jordan is going to be traded, so the question is not if he’s going away but when is it going to happen. Following the Chris Paul era for the Clippers, Jordan’s pretty much likely to walk away for free at the end of the campaign, so they need to find a deal for him and they need to do it quickly.
Also, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling mightily at the defensive end of the floor and they’ve been needing an old fashioned rim protector like Jordan for years now, so expect them to try and grab him while they’re still desperate, offering that valuable Brooklyn Nets pick as well as Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert.
3. Marc Gasol to the Celtics
Regardless of whatever the team’s front office says, everybody knows the Grit and Grind era at Memphis is far behind them, with Mike Conley struggling with an achilles injury, and Tony Allen, Vince Carter and Zach Randolph walking away from a team that left Marc Gasol as their lone valuable asset at this point.
Gasol is still one of the best two way big men in the league, and is a terrific passer that can stretch the floor and create a very dynamic front-court besides Al Horford, and considering his age it’s pretty obvious that his value’s never going to be as high as it is right now. So, the Grizzlies should just deal with the fact that they need to trade him, and they could get Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis and future picks in return for the Spaniard.
2. Paul George to the Lakers
It’s been rumored for over a year now that Paul George’s desire is to be dressed in purple and gold and carry Kobe Bryant’s torch, as the California native grew up as a diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan, with the league even issuing several reports about the Lakers tampering and trying to make him force his move out of the Indiana Pacers.
Tampering or not, it’s pretty likely that George winds up in the Lakers, and the Thunder has to be aware of it. With Oklahoma at huge risk of watching Paul George walk away after giving up so much to get him, they might as well try and speed things up, dealing him to the Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr and even Julius Randle.
1. DeMarcus Cousins to the Cavs
And if the DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland trade talks just stall, the Cavs should try and pursue another top tier big man that could fix the mayhem they’re going through right now, although another tough character might not be precisely what this team needs at the moment in the locker room.
Still, DeMarcus Cousins is determined to make the playoffs and compete, and he wants to win more than anything. Having said that, he could look with great eyes to make a move to the weaker Eastern Conference and play besides LeBron James. For that matter, they’d trade away Tristan Thompson and the Brooklyn Nets pick.