5 NBA Trades Before The 2019 Deadline
Detroit: Mike Conley and Marc Gasol
Memphis: Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, and Jon Leuer
- In my first trade, Conley and Gasol finally move on from Memphis. Now, Detroit isn’t exactly a contender but after getting Blake Griffin, their goal is to make the playoffs. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol would form a trio with Blake Griffin and they get to dump Reggie Jackson’s awful contract. As for Memphis, they move into a new era starting with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Andre Drummond as center pieces.
Charlotte: Jabari Parker and Robin Lopez
Chicago: Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller
- The Bulls are looking to move on from Jabari Parker and Charlotte is looking for scoring. If Parker can get his act together, he’d easily be the Hornets 2nd option on offense behind Kemba Walker. Chicago isn’t going to pick up Parker’s option next year so if they can turn him into two veterans to can help their young core, that’s a no lose situation.
Philadelphia: T.J. Warren
Phoenix: Markelle Fultz and 2019 1st Round Pick
- At this point, Markelle Fultz appears to be a lost cause in Philly. If you’re able to flip him for anything at this point, you do it. With the Suns in full tank mode and looking for a point guard, Fultz will get minutes to show what he’s got in a no pressure situation. As for the 76ers, Warren as a good scorer and isn’t in the Suns’ future plans as they continue to build around Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. He’s shooting a career high 43% from three and the 76ers NEED another shooter.
Milwaukee: E’Twaun Moore
New York: Thon Maker and Jason Smith
- This trade won’t turn heads but it helps the best team in the East get better. With the Pelicans going into full rebuild, they’re looking for 2 things: young players and expiring contracts. Maker and Smith fill those voids for New Orleans while the Bucks continue to add to their bench. Moore is excellent shooter to add next to the Greek Freak.
Boston: D.J. Augustin, Terrence Ross, and Timofey Mozgov
Orlando: Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier, and Jabari Bird
- I’d be utterly shocked if this actually happens but hear me out first. The Knicks just traded Krisptaps Porzingis basically to get rid of Courtney Lee’s and Tim Hardaway Jr.’s contracts. The Celtics could do a similar thing here. We’re getting to the point that Gordon Hayward may never be the same player he was in Utah and Boston is paying him $31 million a year. By trading him and Rozier to Orlando, the Magic will allow them to get more playing time and more defined roles. As for Boston, Augustin and Ross can do what Hayward and Rozier do for them but at a MUCH cheaper rate. Then they can focus on paying Kyrie, Tatum, and Brown. It’s a win-win for both teams.
Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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