With the NBA trade deadline looming this Thursday teams are looking to add players who can help, dump high priced contracts, or position themselves for next season’s free agent market. Is your team looking to make a move? Let’s start with trades that have already happened.
Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards: The Dallas Mavericks made a great trade here. Dropping the dead weight of Josh Howard and Drew Gooden and picking up Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. The Mavericks decided to make a move that will help them NOW. Caron Butler adds instant offense (which was lacking in Howard) and beefed up their front line with Haywood. Haywood also covers a need down low for the future with Erik Dampier’s contract ending this summer. Washington was basically looking to clean house and get the high priced contracts of Butler and Haywood off their books in order to improve their salary cap position for this summer.
Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Clippers: Blazers acquire Marcus Camby and Clippers get Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw. This is a trade that I think addresses only one thing….the Blazers front court. With Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla suffering season ending injuries and the Blazers still in the playoff hunt, Camby gives the Blazers a physical inside presence next to LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers want to maintain their momentum in order to get their young stars some playoff experience. Camby’s contract is also in its final season so there are no long term implications if the trade doesn’t work out for the Blazers. On the Clipper front, both Blake and Outlaw are in the final years of their contracts. Expect the Clippers to use the cap space created by these expiring contracts to try and be a major player in this summer’s free agency bonanza. We said try, not succeed.
Amare Stoudemire: Early word was that Cleveland wanted to acquire Stoudemire to bolster their front line. One problem, there isn’t anything wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Why fix something that isn’t broken. At the end of the day, I don’t think this happens.
The Philadelphia 76ers were also interested in Stoudemire, but the Suns only want to talk if they are offering Andre Iguodola in return. Personally the 76ers should just get out of the way. Iguodala is too valuable to let go.
The Miami Heat, in my opinion, is the best fit. With Dwayne Wade becoming a free agent this summer the Miami Heat want to prove that they are willing to surround him with quality players in order to get Wade signed to a long term deal. Another bonus, Stoudemire has told his agent that he would enjoy playing in Miami. I would expect Miami to offer Jermain O’Neal and I hope the Suns laugh. If I were the Suns I would try and get Michael Beasley.
San Antonio Spurs- What are they supposed to do? Their offseason acquisition of Richard Jefferson has been nothing but a BUST. But, do the jump ship so soon? The Spurs have reportedly been shopping RJ for weeks now and haven’t found a taker. So they may be stuck with the underachieving forward. However, they may be able to move Roger Mason who is a scorer with an expiring contract. Mason has said he would like to finish his career in SA, but would be open to a trade that would net him more playing time. Spurs could possibly make a move with Miami in exhange for Adonis Haslem. Haslem’s contract expired this summer as well so the long term risk would be minimal. In return they would get a power forward who is averaging 10 pts and 7 rebs/game. This would make since because the Spurs don’t need anymore scoring options and could use some interior defenders.
Chicago Bulls: look to be shopping Luol Deng and Tyrus Thomas. Reports claim that the Bulls want Minnesota Timberwolves Al Jefferson, but the Wolves have stated that Jefferson is going nowhere. One intriguing deal could be Deng and Thomas to the Toronto Raptors for Jose Calderon and another player. Toronto looks like they’ve turned the corner and are desperate to keep Chris Bosh long term. A deal like this could prove to Bosh that the Raptors want to surround him with talent and invest in his future.
We’ll keep you updated as rumors and trades continue to transpire…….