A couple of weeks ago, we finally had our first trade of the 2019-20 NBA season. Jordan Clarkson was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dante Exum and 2 second-round picks and this trade looks to be a win-win for both sides. Clarkson wasn’t in the plans for the Cleveland Cavaliers and they would have let him walk in free agency.
This trade allowed them to get a player in Exum that could turn his career around with a change of scenery as well as added draft capital and the Jazz was able to add a spark plug off the bench in Clarkson. With the trade deadline coming up in a little over the month, we will look at blockbuster trades that we want to see happen this season.
Kevin Love To The Portland Trail Blazers
Cleveland Cavaliers Get: Hassan Whiteside, Anfernee Simmons, First Round Pick
Portland Trail Blazers Get: Kevin Love
The Blazers were a team that many looked at as contenders in the Western Conference. This has not been the case as the Blazers have struggled early on and are currently the 9th seed. They had a poor offseason as they let valuable players in Seth Curry and Al-Farouq Aminu walk in free agency as well as trading away Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard. The Blazers have also dealt with many injuries to key players in Rodney Hood and Jusuf Nurkic.
The Cavaliers have made it known that they are looking to move Kevin Love and the Trail Blazers would be an ideal fit. On the Blazers, Love would become the 3rd All-Star/Star player that they are looking for and would open up the offense more. Love would be able to play the power forward or the center position on this team and would form a formidable duo alongside Nurkic when he returns from injury.
This move would then move Melo to the bench where his game could improve as he would get more shots and Love would be returning to Oregon, where he grew up.
DeMar DeRozan To The Orlando Magic
San Antonio Spurs Get: Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic Get: DeMar DeRozan
The Orlando Magic have dealt with mediocrity for a long time. After making the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season, they opted to go all-in rather than focusing on youth as they resigned Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross as well as signing Al-Farouq Aminu. The Magic have been putrid on offense this season and it doesn’t look like it will get better.
DeRozan would be a last-ditch effort to restore this offense and he should do wonders on this team. DeMar is a pure bucket-getter and would give this team instant offense. Adding a 20-point per game scorer would do wonders for this team and he should find better success on the Magic than the Spurs as the Magic have more shooting in their starting lineup with Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic.
Also, this trade would have DeRozan playing the small forward position so Jonathan Isaac can move back to his natural position as a power forward.
Karl-Anthony Towns To The Boston Celtics
Minnesota Timberwolves Get: Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, First Round Picks (from Memphis and Boston)
Boston Celtics Get: Karl-Anthony Towns
KAT has voiced his frustrations with the Minnesota Timberwolves as they have unable to surround him with the talent needed to compete in the Western Conference. Looking at the Wolves as a team, they started off the season hot but have fizzled out and are looking like a team in prime position to draft high this year.
A potential blockbuster trade would be Karl-Anthony Towns in exchange for Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, the 2020 First-Round Pick from the Memphis Grizzlies and Boston’s first-round picks in 2020 and 2022.
This trade would allow the Timberwolves to hit a full reset. Jayson Tatum is a star in the making and would be able to improve his game on the Wolves. Currently, he is averaging 21.2 points and 7 rebounds per game as the 2nd/3rd option on the Celtics. The Wolves could pair him alongside Wiggins or look to ship him for more assets. This trade would give the Wolves a franchise player in Tatum and potentially multiple top-10 picks in this year’s draft with their own and Memphis’s pick if it is outside of the top 6.
Marcus Smart would be an amazing 3-D player and even if he isn’t in your future plans, you could still flip him for a young player and draft capital. Speaking of draft capital, this trade would give the Wolves multiple picks in 4 out of the next 7 drafts, including this year. Having this much draft capital, along with a franchise player in Tatum could be enough to lure big-name free agents to Minnesota.
The Boston Celtics could go from a potential 2nd-round exit to championship aspirations with this trade. KAT is averaging 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game on 51.4% from the field and 41.8% from the three-point line. He is arguably one of the most offensively skilled centers we have ever seen in the NBA and would drastically improve an already great offense. Putting KAT on a winning team could improve his game even further as it would lessen the offensive burden on him.
On the Celtics, KAT would flourish alongside Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown. He would join a team that is consistently great and could potentially turn them into title contenders.
J.J. Redick To The Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Pelicans Get: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, First Round Pick
Los Angeles Lakers Get: JJ Redick
Redick is one of the few players in the league that has made the playoffs in every single season of his career but, this record is will be coming to an end this season unless he is traded. The Pelicans have a great offseason as they were able to get a great haul for Anthony Davis as well as drafted Zion Williamson with the first overall pick. Things went south quickly when Zion had surgery due to a lower-body injury and they have been one of the worst teams in the NBA.
If Redick is on the market, the Lakers should jump on this opportunity. Redick would be the ideal 3rd option for the Lakers as his elite shooting would make an already great offense even better.
Chris Paul to the Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Get: Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova
Milwaukee Bucks Get: Chris Paul
After a short stint with the Rockets, Houston decided to ship Chris Paul off to the OKC Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. CP3 has had a great year with the Thunder and has been a vital part of their surprising start this year as they are currently the 7th seed in the Western Conference.
On the Bucks, CP3 would be an immediate upgrade over Eric Bledsoe. Defensively, they are around the same tier but offensively is where Paul is leaps and bounds ahead of Bledsoe. Paul is an improved shooter and could be the playmaker that this team is missing. He would become the 2nd/3rd option on this roster and his veteran presence and basketball IQ should alleviate the offensive pressure from Giannis and Khris Middleton as well as improve the flow of the offense.
Andre Drummond To The Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons Get: Courtney Lee, Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson, First Round Pick
Dallas Mavericks Get: Andre Drummond
The Mavericks have been one of the most surprising teams this season. After a very conservative offseason, many people looked at this team as a fringe playoff contender. Now, with the historic play of Luka Doncic, this team sits as the 5th seed in the Western Conference and is just 2 games out of the 2nd seed. This team looks to be a few years away from title contention but, Drummond could help speed up that process.
On the Mavericks, Drummond’s combination of scoring and rebounding would improve an already great offense. His presence would help to get Kristaps more open shots and the two would form a formidable frontcourt. Now, the Mavs more than likely wouldn’t be able to acquire Drummond due to their lack of assets but, if they make the right moves, they could sign him in free agency.