NBA Trade Speculation – Fun Thoughts
There are tons of trade rumors and trade speculations out there along the interwebs suggesting one trade or the other is GUARANTEED to happen. This, of course, is complete and utter bull. The only thing we do know is that NBA teams are constantly leaking information at this time of the year in order to gain any sort of advantage they can muster.
Therefore, I won’t attempt to compete with those brave enough to attempt to predict the unpredictable nature of trades at this time of the year. Instead, I’m going to focus on a fun trade that will not happen but makes a whole lot of sense.
The basics of this trade is that it is between four teams and, while I have considered the money aspects of things, there might be a bit of financial workings that needs to take place in order to get everything to work out. However, from a 50,000 foot view, this trade works financially as well.
The other thing to consider is that this trade definitely will NOT happen. I know this, as should you so that we can go forward with the understanding that this is a fun concept based on team needs, rumors, and being a fan of trades.
We are starting off strong. The Phoenix Sun are that team you vaguely remember being surprisingly kind of good for one year, sparking the national talking heads to claim that they are the greatest example of how to rebuild a franchise.
Aaaaaannnnndddd then the Suns fell back to reality and have been a disappointment, if you bought into the hype before.
Well, the Suns, in my dumb strategy, are bringing in two players to the fold, Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington. While the Suns have Alex Len, he has proven over the past few years that he is an above average defensive player but not a complete player to build with. Okafor is a soon to be second year player who can dominate the low post and has the skills, although he needs to display them more consistently, to be an elite passer out of the post. Couple that skill with the sweet shooting abilities of Devin Booker, Brandon Knight, and Robert Covington, and you have a deadly, and young, offensive attack.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are pretty easy to read this offseason.
They are delusional about how good and how well positioned they are for the future, but they think that this is the offseason for them to acquire their superstar. The rumors about Demarcus Cousins being their target do seem to have some legs, and while I disagree that he is a superstar, I think it is a logical move for them.
Therefore, the Lakers bring in Boogie Cousins and Eric Bledsoe. While I think we are all familiar with Cousins’ skill set, Bledsoe may be a bit more unknown. He has been playing for the Suns the past few years and is a legit 20 and 6 point guard who has some chops as an outside shooter while he is also a legit athlete. Bledsoe immediately becomes the number two star to Cousins, and quickly gives the Lakers some serious talent. With this combo, the Lakers immediately become a player for Durant in another year, as I am banking on him going back to OKC to max out on his contract.
I know what you’re thinking, those are a couple of HUGE contracts for the Lakers to be taking back. However, just remember, they are losing Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert’s contracts. So, taking any type of money back is not going to be an issue for them.
The insane asylum is up next, as the Kings have been a laughingstock of the NBA ever since Chris Weber left their ranks. However, the Kings have been making some, key word there, good decisions. Willie Cauley-Stein is a good young athletic center, and would pair nicely with an athletic power forward like Julius Randle.
However, the thing the Kings really need is flexibility, as they have traded away so many first round picks over the next few years that they are quickly approaching Brooklyn Nets territory. Therefore, for giving up Cousins, the Kings also bring in the number 4 overall pick this year along with the Lakers’ top 3 protected pick for next year from the Sixers.
Suddenly, the Kings have flexibility, an infusion of young talent, and they have ridded themselves of a player who is a locker room cancer for them.
Ok, so I am not going to try and hide my love for the Sixers, but I really don’t think I am being crazy with what I am looking for the Sixers to bring back in this deal. The Sixers get Brandon Ingram (technically the number 2 overall pick this year) and D’Angelo Russell.
Now, this seems like a lot, but let’s face facts.
Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell would offer the Sixers exactly what they have been looking for over the past two years, outside scoring. Couple them with the playmaking ability of Ben Simmons, and this is suddenly a dangerously talented young team.
Let’s put this into context.
Phoenix Suns: Jahlil Okafor, Robert Covington
Los Angeles Lakers: Eric Bledsoe, Demarcus Cousins
Sacramento Kings: Julius Randle, Lakers top 3 Protected 2017 first rounder, Suns #4 2016 first rounder
Philadelphia 76ers: Lakers #2 2016 first rounder, D’Angelo Russell
Like I said, this trade will never happen, but my God does it make sense to me and also would be so fun to see.