With the NBA trade deadline less than 24 hours away, things will start heating up. Already, countless rumors have been flying about stars getting traded to some pretty interesting teams. Let’s look at some players who have been rumored to be on the move, and assess the likelihood of their different scenarios:
Derrick Rose To The Minnesota Timberwolves
It’s been a pretty bad season for the Knicks, who had high expectations to start the year. Add that to the D-Rose drama, and it’s no wonder why Rose has found himself heading for the door. Minnesota is interested and can offer Ricky Rubio and a second round draft pick for the New York point guard.
Wilson Chandler To The Oklahoma City Thunder
It’s no secret that the Thunder have had their eye on Chandler for a while. It’s also no secret that the Nuggets have bene looking to trade him. This could work for both sides. The Thunder could offer Nick Collison, Anthony Morrow, and Cameron Payne for Wilson Chandler and Malik Beasley.
Brook Lopez To The Chicago Bulls
The Bulls need a quality and reliable big. Brook would be a nice fit, but it would cost a lot to get him. The Nets would need at least two draft picks, and the Bulls would likely have to part ways with Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, and Michael Carter-Williams. The Bulls probably wouldn't give that much away, which is why the chances for this are so low.
Carmelo Anthony To The Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs seem to be looking at all options. With K-Love down, they might think about trading him for Carmelo Anthony, if they are serious about beating the Warriors. A straight up Love for Melo trade would give each team something that they need.
Carmelo Anthony To The Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers need a Small Forward and Carmelo would be an ideal fit for them. With Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, they could create a "Big Four" and only Warriors have a better starting lineup in the Western Conference.
Austin Rivers plus Brandon Bass and Luc Mbah a Moute are enough for Melo and New York Knicks.
Andre Drummond To The Boston Celtics
The Pistons have been listening to trade offers for Drummond. Boston may be the only team with enough pieces to actually get him. The Celtics could offer a pick to go alongside Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder, and Jaylen Brown. With that trade, Detroit would be rebuilding, and Boston would have an elite frontcourt.
Deron Williams To The Utah Jazz
Could D-Will be on his way back to Utah? If it’s true, the trade could benefit both sides. The Dallas Mavs could get the young sharp shooter Alec Burks, and the Jazz would get their dear old friend Deron Williams back.
Jimmy Butler To The Boston Celtics
The Celtics are due to make a big splash soon, and this could very well be it. This trade would no doubt be huge for Boston, but it would come at a price. The Celtics would likely have to give up guys like Tyler Zeller, Jae Crowder, and Jaylen Brown. The Celtics have enough pieces to pull this off. The only question now is what their willing to give up.
Jahlil Okafor To The Indiana Pacers
The weird thing here is that both the Sixers and the Pacers have a lot of bigs. So in order to get Okafor, Indiana would have to give up some guards. Monta Ellis might be a good start, to help the young guys in Philly grow while adding some talent to Philly’s backcourt. A Jahlil and Monta swap could work for both sides.
How exciting would it be to see these trades come to life? Not only would it benefit each ball club, but it would provide a nice spark to the second half of the season. With the deadline fast approaching, who will be next to be moved?
Nick Young To The Washington Wizards
Chance: 10% (Update: Bojan Bogdanovic)
The Wizards are desperate for a wing player who can shoot the rock. With Lou gone, and the market open, anything is possible. With Magic taking the reigns of the Laker organization, it is much more likely that the Lakers trade away some vets for some draft picks or young players. The Wiz could offer Oubre Jr and Tomas Satoranskyin return for Nick Young.
Update: Nets are sending Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Wizards for Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick.
Now, we give only 10% that Wizards will trade for Nick Young. Maybe as the 6th man, only that make sense.