NBA trade rumors are still going strong even if the season is currently suspended. After all, teams are always on the lookout for improving their roster and eventually creating a championship team. Even top contenders for the NBA championship are looking for ways to improve their rosters.
The hottest trade rumors that have been in the news surround both the Eastern and Western Conference and involve a mix of All-Star talent and some talented young players.
Here are the top trades that fans want to see this summer.
10. Draymond Green – Los Angeles Clippers
This is a trade that could happen since the Clippers are hungry for all the top defensive talent that is out there in the league. In order to compete with the Lakers and Bucks, they need strong defenders to relieve the pressure off Paul George and especially Kawhi Leonard, who must be the main options on offense along with Lou Williams.
Draymond Green is probably one of the most versatile defensive players in recent history, and can actually space the floor and run the offense as well. Draymond will add some depth and defense to the Clippers and give them an extremely formidable defense.
Clippers Receive: Draymond Green
Warriors Receive: Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Landry Shamet
9. C.J. McCollum – Philadelphia 76ers
In a bid to catch up with the likes of the Bucks in the East, the Sixers are hoping to strike gold and acquire C.J. McCollum. McCollum is a beast on the offensive end, and can literally be the number one option on offense on any given night. C.J. can average 20 PPG in his sleep, and he was the main reason why the Blazers reached the WCF last year.
C.J. fits absolutely perfectly next to Simmons and Embiid, who will have a third threat on an offense that can light it up from all areas of the court. The trio of Simmons, McCollum, and Embiid gives them a perfect mix of playmaking, shooting, and inside game. If the Sixers can pull this off, they are right back in the mix.
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Al Horford, Matisse Thybulle, 2020 second-round pick (via New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets)
Philadelphia 76ers receive: CJ McCollum
8. Rudy Gobert – Indiana Pacers
It’s no secret that Gobert seems to have rubbed the franchise star Donovan Mitchell the wrong way with his antics during the coronavirus.
While the Jazz swear to have squashed any beef, they might be willing to move on from Gobert if it means keeping Mitchell happy. Gobert is a defensive All-Star and seems motivated and happy dominating the game on the defensive end.
For an Indiana Pacer team, they could use another All-Star to pair with Victor Oladipo and give them a combination of size and defensive prowess. Both stars of the team would then dominate the game defensively, as Oladipo is a lockdown defender when healthy. For Indiana to climb up the Eastern Conference rankings, they need more stars, and Gobert gives them that.
Pacers Receive: Rudy Gobert
Jazz Receive: Myles Turner, Doug McDermott
7. Kevin Love – Portland Trail Blazers
Kevin Love has been a talking point of trade discussions since the start of the season. After all, he does not fit with the rebuilding Cavs and is wasting away the remaining prime years of his career. The team most often linked with him has been the Portland Trail Blazers, who have been willing to add him to their roster. Without a doubt, seeing Kevin Love in a Blazer uniform alongside Lillard would be very fun to watch.
Love is still a double-double machine, who is one of the best shooting big men in the entire NBA. Love would also fit nicely alongside Jusuf Nurkic, who will focus this effort on being dominant defensively while Love knocks down shots.
Portland seems to be fighting for a playoff spot this year, and adding a former All-Star in Kevin Love would only boost their chances of surprising everyone in the playoffs. It will be a shame if Love continues playing for a bad team, so he will enjoy playing next to All-Star caliber players once again.
Trail Blazers Receive: Kevin Love
Cavaliers Receive: Hassan Whiteside (sign and trade), Trevor Ariza
6. Donovan Mitchell – Denver Nuggets
Mitchell has been a talking point of the season since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. He was clearly unnerved that he was infected with the virus and the fact that his own teammate did not take extra caution during the outbreak. Even if any beef is squashed, the Jazz might not have a good enough team to compete with the big dogs in the league including the Lakers and Clippers.
Mitchell is a very good two-way player, who is one of the best young players in the entire NBA. Mitchell with Jokic and Murray would be extremely fun to watch and would give the Nuggets a big three that would rival the elite of the West.
Denver are very good, but they seem to be lacking that true perimeter scorer who can get it done consistently. Mitchell gives them exactly what they need to be one of the major favorites, so they need to make this happen.
Denver Receive: Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neal
Jazz Receive: Will Barton, Michael Porter, Monte Morris, two future first-round picks
5. Devin Booker – Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves are simply not a good team. They need more firepower, and cannot afford to lose KAT in the future. They have already made a big move in acquiring D’Angelo Russell from the Warriors, and just need one more star to complete a young big three for the future.
The Wolves would welcome Booker with open arms, adding someone who can be a dominant scorer and shooter alongside Russell and Towns, and also give the team three guys who will love playing alongside one another. Booker would be a clear upgrade for this team, even if they move on from an assortment of young exciting players they would have to give up to grab Booker from the Suns.
Timberwolves Receive: Devin Booker
Suns Receive: Two first-round picks, Jarrett Culver, Josh Okogie, Malik Beasley, James Johnson (player option)
4. Zach LaVine – Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have been the best team in the West since the start of the season. They have shown consistency on offense, a willingness to out-rebound and dominate the game defensively, and let LeBron James and Anthony Davis carry the load. But they do need a third scorer to relieve pressure off the two stars, especially during the grueling playoffs that will feature strong teams in the West.
LaVine is a great shooter, scorer and attacker of the basketball. He is also young with plenty of time to develop into a bonafide All-Star while playing alongside LeBron. LaVine would also fit nicely alongside Anthony Davis, who will have an extra consistent scorer to pair with him. Kyle Kuzma, in all honesty, has not been getting it done and it might be time to move on.
Lakers Receive: Zach LaVine
Bulls Receive: Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso
3. Chris Paul – New York Knicks
New York are once again fighting to get out the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and adding an All-Star and Hall of Fame point guard in Chris Paul would change their franchise for good. The Knicks have an awful image right now and need a player of Paul’s class and quality to even gain them notoriety for being a decent team again.
Paul would give the Knicks a leader and a tone-setter for the rest of the young players, including R.J. Barrett to learn from. Perhaps most importantly, they need a face for the franchise and an All-Star to at least get the fans excited about Knicks games and not simply watching the opposition play. The franchise has an outstanding venue, and they just need more top-quality players playing at a high level.
Knicks Receive: Chris Paul
Thunder Receive: Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, Reggie Bullock
2. Joel Embiid – Miami Heat
Embiid is a double-double machine, and the best big man in the game when he is playing at his highest level. Unfortunately for him, he has dealt with countless injuries and does not seem to be able to keep healthy for the entire season and playoffs. This might be the time for the Sixers to capitalize on him and trade him for young assets and replacements.
The Sixers have Adebayo who was an All-Star this year, and Herro who is one of the best players in this year’s draft. Adebayo would replace Embiid’s defense and also give the Sixers playmaking capabilities as well, while Herro gives Philly a much-needed shooter. Even Robinson can shoot the lights out and the Sixers could finally get some spacing on their team.
Philly has not had the best season this year, and there are questions if they can win with Simmons and Embiid as their core. It might be time to make a change.
Heat Receive: Joel Embiid
Sixers Receive: Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Golden State Warriors
Finally, the trade we all want to see. Giannis Antetokounmpo joining the Warriors would send shockwaves throughout the entire NBA. The Warriors just finished their historic 3 NBA titles in 4 years and might want to continue winning more titles as long as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are in their primes.
Giannis, Steph, and Klay would be a monster trio that would certainly win NBA titles even if they play in the West. Even if this goes against Giannis’ desire to stay and win in Milwaukee, supposedly, there is little doubt that he would love to play in California surrounded by the two best shooters in modern history.
If this trade goes through, the Warriors would be back on top of the league for the foreseeable future.
Warriors Receive: Giannis Antetokounmpo, George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, D.J. Wilson
Bucks Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, 1st Overall Pick, Eric Paschall