It’s safe to say that this year’s Free Agency has been more wild than any other in recent memory, with the star-studded class as well as the salary cap going up, earning a lot of players contracts that have left many fans scratching their heads. Just as this exciting period has started to cool down, Alex Kennedy, a very well-connected reporter from Basketball Insiders, says that we should expect a “a lot of trades in the next week”. So this got me thinking, what are 5 realistic trades that could happen which would benefit all teams involved?
- Sixers get their Point Guard
Sixers trade: Jahlil Okafor, 2017 2nd round pick
Suns trade: Eric Bledsoe
The Sixers need to trade either Okafor or Nerlens Noel, and Okafor is the one who should go. He is more valuable to other teams, and isn’t as good of a fit with the roster as Noel. Philly desperately needs a Point Guard, and Bledsoe would be an outstanding player for them. Phoenix desperately needs a low post scorer, and they need to move either Bledsoe or Brandon Knight to make room for Devin Booker to stand out.
- Celtics add a shooter
Celtics trade: 2018 1st Round pick, Terry Rozier, RJ Hunter
Bulls trade: Doug McDermott
The Celtics need another backup wing, and desperately need a shooter. McDermott fills both of these roles, and Chicago would be willing to give him up after the acquisition of Dwyane Wade if they get back good value.
- Nets (finally) start going for picks
Nets trade: Brook Lopez
Bucks trade: Greg Monroe, 2017 1st round pick
Monroe has been involved in trade rumors all offseason, and the less talked about Lopez has always been available to other teams, even if Brooklyn isn’t necessarily “shopping” him. The Nets need draft picks, and they need them badly, this is a good start.
- Pelicans offer the Brow some help
Pelicans trade: Tyreke Evans, 2017 1st round pick
Kings trade: Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos
Both teams would definitely benefit from this trade. New Orleans gets a go-to scorer to play alongside their star in Anthony Davis, and Sacramento gets another pick in a year where they aren’t going to come close to being a playoff team.
- Memphis adds a scorer
Grizzlies trade: Jordan Adams, 2017 Top 10 protected 1st round pick
Pacers trade: Monta Ellis
Ellis would be a great fit in Memphis as the second ball-handler, and whether he starts or comes off of the bench, he’s going to be a great fit for the Grizzlies, as it seems his services in Indy are no longer needed.
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