The NBA trade deadline is upon us and every season the days leading up to the deadline are some of the craziest in sports. It seems that every year more moves are made within 48 hours of the deadline and with Thursday’s deadline fast approaching fans are hoping that their team will pull the trigger and go get a superstar. While it is highly unlikely that a superstar will be traded by Thursday, you can still keep the dream alive thanks to ESPN’s trade machine. While it is a great tool for matching contracts, it fails to take into consideration a player’s value. This can lead to fans coming up with some crazy ideas that are normally reserved for the MyGM mode in 2K16 so I took the liberty of putting together some crazy trades that could happen.
Portland Gets a Re-do:
If you live or work in Portland and haven’t had the office know-it-all drag you to his desktop to take a look at this trade get ready. A lot of people have been and always will be down on the Portland Trail Blazers selecting Greg Oden with the first overall pick in the 2007 draft instead of going with future MVP Kevin Durant but did you know that can all be fixed by simply trading Cliff Alexander?! Sounds like the deal of the century and the perfect way to mend those still broken hearts. My favorite part of this trade is that ESPN projects that the Blazers would lose one projected win by dropping Alexander for KD.
*disclaimer: I am a huge fan of the Greg Oden pick. If he didn’t suffer from so many injuries we would be talking about him as best center in the league.
Fixing the biggest mistake of the KHAAAAAAN era
Since I am in the mood to right some draft wrongs, the next one on my list should be obvious. When the Timberwolves took Jonny Flynn one pick before Golden State selected Stephen Curry it helped set a chain of events that would doom the team for years to come. Yes, Curry came from a mid-major school and Flynn was coming from a great career at Syracuse — but the signs were there! David Khan was notorious for drafting poorly, and managing poorly, and did every other aspect of the job poorly. As a survivor of the Khan years I can admit things are much brighter now, but I’d sell the farm for Curry. At least I can rest easy knowing I can swap an injured big for the best player in the planet.
Let’s fix the Knicks
Things have been pretty rough in the Big Apple. That Melo trade yielded a superstar but hasn’t paid off, so how about trading for a superstar and a young up and comer? For only Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez, and Kevin Seraphin the Knicks could land themselves Chris Paul and Jahlil Okafor. This gives them the point guard that they are missing and a perfect complement to grow with the future destroyer of worlds, Kristaps Porzingis.
Un-doing Harden to Houston
Man, that 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder team that featured Durant, Westbrook, and James Harden were fun to watch. What if I told you that the band could get back together and get Dwight Howard? Well, for the price of Enes Kanter, Dion Waiters, and some role players this could be yours Oklahoma City! Oklahoma City gets Harden back and the Rockets get Dion — WHO SAYS NO?!
Taking their talents to Beantown
Danny Angie is one of the most active and creative General Managers in the league and his craftiness was showcased in this one. By shipping David Lee and Jonas Jerebko to OKC and Amir Johnson to Cleveland he can get LeBron James and Russel Westbrook. The thought of LeBron and Westbrook under one of the best coaches in the league is enough to make any Celtics fan salivate. Lets just hope LeBron doesn’t run Brad Stevens out-of-town for Jerome Allen. The most perplexing part of this trade is how losing LeBron for Amir Johnson somehow only makes the Cavs two games worse.
The Brow gets some help in New Orleans
Going into this season almost everyone, including myself, had Anthony Davis on their shortlist for MVP and the Pelicans definitely making the playoffs but after a season filled with injuries and disappointment New Orleans is in need of getting some legit star talent around their young franchise player. By sending Eric Gordon to the Sacramento Kings and some bench players to the Chicago Bulls the Pelicans could afford Jimmy Butler and DeMarcus Cousins. Boogie, Buckets, and the Brow — talk about a big three!
Setting up Minnesota to win not two, not three, not four…
It is no secret that the Timberwolves are in a place to be Oklahoma City 2.0. With young talent just about everywhere on the court it is only a matter of time until they are a perennial post-season threat, so why not make them a juggernaut? Adding the best shooting guard in basketball and a future top five player in basketball would make sure of that. Moving Kevin Martin to the Knicks and Nikola Pekovic and Cleanthony Early to the Warriors for Klay Thompson and Kristaps Porzingis would surely upset the balance of power in the West for years to come.
KD takes the Big Apple, Melo goes west
This trade is by far the most realistic of these insane trades. New York flips an aging Carmelo Anthony for Durant in his prime, the Clippers move Blake Griffin to Oklahoma City before he uses his only working hand to punch the ballboy, and the Clippers add reliable scoring on the wing. The Knicks also get a reliable shooting guard who would be highly motivated thanks to moving to his home city in Lance Stephenson, Oklahoma City gets a solid backup point guard in Pablo Prigioni, and the Clippers get someone else to throw alley-oops to in Williams. Who says no? Probably Oklahoma City.
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