The upcoming NBA offseason might prove to be one of the most significant periods in recent NBA history. With stars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony able to opt out of their current contracts, Kevin Love wanting out of Minnesota, and an extremely highly-anticipated NBA Draft class all in the works, a few fireworks are poised to happen. Here are five offseason NBA trades that make sense for both teams. Screenshots of ESPN’s Trade Machine, found here, are displayed for each trade, showing that each move makes perfect financial sense. Also, John Hollinger’s analysis on each trade shows the number of wins or losses that each team would gain or lose for each trade.
1.Timberwolves trade Kevin Love to Celtics for Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, No. 6 overall pick
It’s fairly obvious that Love wants out of Minnesota and he has been quoted saying that he will not re-sign in the Twin Cities. After soaking in some time in Boston recently, and even meeting up with Rajon Rondo, the Celtics emerged as a possible landing spot for Love— however no analyst mentioned what the Celtics would have to give up in order to acquire the All-Star. In order to create an appropriate financial situation, the Celtics would have to send Jeff Green and Brandon Bass packing, and also trade away their No. 6 overall pick, which is a coveted spot for any team outside the top 10 in this year’s draft because of the depth of the class.
As you can see, John Hollinger’s analysis shows that this trade would result in seven less wins for the T-Wolves, and seven more for the Celtics, but it doesn’t take into account that Minnesota would also be gaining that No. 6 pick as well, most likely gaining another starter in the process, thus bumping their negative win amount towards a positive amount. This move would give the Celtics a skilled big man to work in unison with Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and other budding young talent on the team.
Kevin Love was spotted in Boston with Rondo & Gronk. Big Papi also tweeted him some friendly advice. pic.twitter.com/AIudpiMszd
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) June 2, 2014
2. Indiana Pacers trade Roy Hibbert to Bulls for Carlos Boozer
Pacers fans are begging for Hibbert’s $14,283,844 salary over the next three seasons to be wiped off of their team’s books, and this might be the only deal that could possibly make this happen. As the season progressed, Carlos Boozer played less-and-less minutes for the Bulls, with Coach Thib choosing to go with Taj Gibson late in games down the stretch, mostly for his athleticism. Leading into next season, Gibson, by all accounts, will be the starter at power forward for the team.
Boozer is due to earn $15.3 million over next two seasons. The Bulls could use Hibbert off the bench, and his presence defensively could set them apart from the bottom of the competition in the East, especially since Derek Rose will be returning. It appears as though Hibbert needs a change in scenery. Before the All-Star Game, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. After the All-Star Game, he put up 8.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per contest.
The Pacers, who didn’t use Hibbert as much as expected in the postseason (due in part to his performance and in part due to matchups), would gain a proven scorer in Boozer, and while he’s on the decline in his career, the Pacers would only be locked into him for the next two seasons and not the next three as they currently are with Hibbert.
John Hollinger’s analysis shows that this trade would result in one more win for the Pacers and wouldn’t affect the Bulls in terms of wins and losses, but I expect that each team would benefit greatly from this move.
Roy Hibbert would reportedly be open to a trade from the Indiana Pacers http://t.co/ikEQjFuGV9
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 31, 2014
3. Cavaliers trade Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett to Magic for Aaron Afflalo, Nicola Vucevic
Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving don’t like each other and Anthony Bennett has the potential to be the worst No. 1 pick since Kwame Brown based on his massive struggles during his rookie season. A change in scenery for those two guys, while doing everything to keep star point guard Kyrie Irving, should be a focus for the Cavs. They would gain Afflalo, who put together one of the best seasons of his career last season, but struggled down the stretch, and Vucevic, a skilled big-man, thus filling major needs. If the Cavs did this trade and drafted Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick, their lineup going into next season would be PG: Irving, SG: Wiggins, SF: Afflalo, PF: Thompson, C: Vucevic, which would immediately contend, in my point of view.
This deal would also benefit the Magic, who would add Waiters and Bennett to a starting lineup that features Victor Olidipo, and most likely a rookie like Dante Exum with the fourth overall pick with a ton of potential. They wouldn’t win right away, but they would build toward the future, which is the direction the team should be in.
4. Nets trade Brook Lopez to Warriors for David Lee, Festus Ezeli
Brook Lopez has been injured for much of the past two seasons, but when he’s healthy, he’s one of the best centers in the NBA. He would be the type of player that Steve Kerr would love to have on his Warriors squad, especially if he runs a type of triangle offense, if his relationship to Phil Jackson results in him employing that offensive philosophy.
Lopez and Andrew Bogut could join Curry, Thompson, and either Iguodala or Barnes in the starting lineup and continue their winning ways in the Western Conference.
David Lee, who is owed just less than Lopez over the next three seasons, would add athleticism and a scoring threat down low to a Brooklyn roster that needs a scorer in the post. While he is more of a finesse player than a banger on the block, Mason Plumlee and him can be one of the more athletic combinations in the NBA in the post moving forward. He’s also used to playing in New York, as he played for the Knicks earlier in his career. Ezeli is a big body who would be a nice addition to the deal for the Nets, as Jason Kidd was forced to use a ridiculously small lineup in the playoffs because of a lack of size down low.
5. Suns trade Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, No. 14 overall pick to Pistons for Greg Monroe
The Suns have proven that they are more skilled than people give them credit for, finishing above .500 last season and almost gaining a playoff berth. Their major pain point came down low, and Monroe would be the perfect fit. He currently has one year left on his current contract and with Stan Van Gundy now in the Pistons’ front office, he may be looking to rebuild. Two pieces that would give the Pistons two projects would be Alex Len and Archie Goodwin, who have potential, but have not proven themselves yet.
Trading the No. 14 overall pick to the Pistons would also give the Suns a chance to land the talented big man Monroe and make a run at contention next season. The Pistons, meanwhile, would be able to add two young players and also make a selection with the No. 14 pick, as they currently don’t have a first-round pick. The Suns have the No. 14, No. 18, and No. 27 picks in the draft and wouldn’t be hesitant to get rid of one or two of them in the right deal.