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Trade Deadline Predictions

Friday, February 2, 2018


With the NBA trade deadline officially less than a week ago, it's time to make some bold predictons. Half the NBA is tanking and the other half is injured, so buckle your seatbelts and get ready for a wild deadline next Thursday. 


Jonas Nader (@JonasNader)

 

Magic Receive: Marcin Gortat, Tomas Satoransky, Washington’s 2018 1st-round pick. 

 

Wizards Receive: Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin.

 

I absolutely love this deal for both teams. Vucevic is on the books for $12.5M this season and $12.7M in 2018-19, far less than what they owe to Bismack Biyombo. He would give the Wizards some much-needed firepower up front and fits with their win-now mindset. The Magic desperately need to rebuild and I don’t see them re-signing Vucevic down the road anyways, so you might as well get a first-round pick while you can in addition to a sweetener in Tomas Satoransky. Adding Augustin to the deal gives them a reliable point guard to fill the void left by John Wall (knee) over the next 6-8 weeks, as Tim Frazier isn’t the answer.

 

As for Gortat, he already said he wants to retire in Orlando, and he would be a great veteran mentor for Biyombo and Khem Birch

 

 

Hornets receive: Willy Hernangomez, Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas, New York’s 2018 1st-round pick.

 

Knicks receive: Kemba Walker, Julyan Stone, Treveon Graham

 

The Hornets would like to shed some salary and are contemplating a rebuild, but some of their contracts are almost impossible to move. If they do decide to blow things up, Walker is their only hope of getting significant assets in return. Willy Hernangomez is in the doghouse in New York and could use a fresh start, and we know the talent is there. As for Frank Ntilikina, the Hornets could groom him to be their PG of the future and his defense could offset Malik Monk’s struggles on that end. 

 

Kristaps Porzingis said he was in favor of the Knicks adding a veteran at the deadline in pursuit of a playoff spot, and there’s not many moves that could move the needle as much as acquiring an All-Star point guard. Maybe the Knicks should wait to pursue Walker after his contract expires in 2018-19, but they aren’t exactly the most patient team and may see this as a shortcut. 

 

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Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer)

 

 

* The Celtics sign Greg Monroe and then trade a 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers in exchange for Lou Williams

Boston has an $8.4 million Disabled Player Exception due to the Gordon Hayward injury, which would allow them to take on Lou Williams’ salary. Lou Will has been brilliant this season, averaging 23.5 points and 5.2 assists. He’d supply much-needed offensive spark of the Boston bench. We know that Danny Ainge loves to hold on to his future picks, but he’s also shown he’s not afraid to pull the trigger when the right deal comes along. With the Cavs struggling mightily on both sides of the ball, it looks like this might finally be the year the team with LeBron James does not advance out of the Eastern Conference. Thus, the Celtics could be highly motivated to put themselves in the best position possible to dethrone the King of the East. 

 

* The Bulls do NOT trade Nikola Mirotic.

Chicago clearly would like to move Mirotic for a draft pick or a young player to help supplement their rebuilding process. However, Mirotic can effectively veto a deal if the team trading for him does not guarantee his $12.5 million team option for the 2018-19 season. This is why the trade between the Pelicans and the Bulls broke down. Thus, Chicago may choose to hold onto Mirotic if they do not get an offer they are comfortable with, and then pick up that team option for next season and look to trade him next year, when he has an expiring contract and has no say in the matter.

 

Editor’s Note: Beer made these predictions on Wednesday, so credit to him for getting the Monroe call right. As for Mirotic, expect some monster numbers from him in New Orleans' up-tempo offense.

 

* The Knicks trade Joakim Noah

Just kidding. I know we’re supposed to make bold predictions; however, in order to move Noah’s bloated contract, the Knicks would need to attach KP, a few first-round picks, Walt Clyde Frazier’s wardrobe and Patrick Ewing’s knee pads. It ain't happening.

 

 

 

Jared Johnson (@JaredJ831)

 

Hassan Whiteside heads to Milwaukee in a deal involving Jabari Parker

 

The Bucks have been linked to both Whiteside and DeAndre Jordan, as they've made it clear that they want to add a proven big man at the deadline, and including a guy like Parker could be enough to entice Miami to part ways with Lego Man. There would need to be more players involved on Milwaukee's end to make the numbers works, but I think Parker would need to be included in any framework of the deal. The Heat have won a lot of games this season with Whiteside watching from the sidelines during crunch time, and it's not that hard to make a case that head coach Erik Spoelstra and Whiteside don't always see eye-to-eye, so a departure from Miami would probably be a good thing for Hassan. 

 

If a Whiteside departure does indeed occur, that open up a lot of minutes of Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo, although I don't really see those guys putting up much more than late-round value even in an ideal situation.

 

As for Parker, he's got a lot of star potential, but I don't see him doing much this season regardless of the jersey considering he's coming off his second major knee surgery over a three-year span.

 

Memphis deals Tyreke Evans to Denver for a first-round pick.

 

I'll admit, this proposition does involve a bit of wishful thinking on my part as an Evans-owner, but hear me out. Evans has been linked to Denver, Philadelphia, Boston and New Orleans, but Memphis has made it clear that they want a first-round pick in any Evans deal. Boston has the most enticing draft pick (Lakers' 2018 pick), but Danny Ainge has been hesitant to deal those picks in the past and I'm not sure he views Evans (a one-year rental) worthy of unloading such a highly sought after draft pick. I think New Orleans is out given they unloaded a pick in the Nikola Mirotic deal, so that leaves us with Denver and Philly. The 76ers are no longer hoarding draft picks, but I feel it would make less sense for them to sacrifice a pick, as they're already likely to be a playoff team and I don't know how much adding Evans affects their overall win total (maybe a few more wins during Round 1). However, Denver's playoff chances are less certain, and I do think adding a guy like Evans could ensure they make the post-season; something the franchise is obviously going after. The Nuggets could get this deal done with Emmanuel Mudiay and a first-rounder, which would give Memphis the draft pick their looking for in addition to a young point guard who can't shoot, which is basically they're favorite thing ever. Evans will basically take a hit wherever he goes, but the drop in value wouldn't be a drastic in Denver.

 

Evans departure from Memphis would open up minutes for guys like Wayne Selden, Kobi Simmons and Ben McLemore, but I don't really see any of those guys being difference makers in fantasy hoops this season.

 

 

Ethan Norof (@Ethan_Norof)

 

BOLD Trade Deadline Predictions

 

Tyreke Evans is traded to the Boston Celtics: Now that the Green Team has acquired Greg Monroe's services, there is no reason to pull off the gas pedal with a vulnerable, beatable Cleveland Cavaliers lurking. Evans would be a perfect fit on a Celtics squad that needs a scoring punch off the bench and is capable of playing multiple positions. 

 

Kemba Walker is traded to the Phoenix Suns: Hey, we said bold, right? Charlotte is going nowhere, the Suns could have as many as three first-round picks in the 2018 draft, and Walker would look awfully good alongside Devin Booker

 

Julius Randle is traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal for Nerlens Noel: Nothing like a little home cooking, right? Randle is from Dallas, Noel desperately needs a new home, and the Lakers would be wise to gamble on the defensive-minded big man with a ton to prove before he hits unrestricted free agency.





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