The 2018 NBA offseason is underway and it is the time for teams to re-tool before they battle it out again in the new season. As each club assesses its own strengths and weaknesses, the upcoming draft and free agency, and its available trade assets, fans can expect nothing less than an exciting and eventful summer.
Many big names have recently landed in the rumor mill, while some of them have been there since last season. This is anticipated to be the time when one or a few of them would finally move on from their respective squads.
In this list, we rank the top 5 NBA trades that we think should happen before the 2018-2019 season. Without further ado, let us begin.
5. Hassan Whiteside
Trade: Hassan Whiteside to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi
Speculations of a Hassan Whiteside trade became louder after the Miami Heat lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs.
Analysts believed that Whiteside’s public rant after the series have diminished his trade value. But HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky suggested that a deal with the Washington Wizards for centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi could be possible.
Both the Heat and Wizards could swap disgruntled players, and the new environment might become a breath of fresh air for everyone involved. Adding Mahinmi would match salaries, but the Frenchman has underwhelmed so far in two seasons with Washington.
4. Dennis Schroder
Trade: Dennis Schroder to the Phoenix Suns for Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis
The German point guard is under contract with the Atlanta Hawks until 2021. Like Whiteside, Dennis Schroder also made it clear that he was unhappy with a rebuilding squad like the Hawks.
According to Sports Illustrated, Atlanta is interested in drafting Oklahoma standout Trae Young with its third pick, and that has made Schroder “available in trade talks.”
One potential trade partner for the Hawks should be the Phoenix Suns, who are currently looking for a starting point guard. The Suns should be open to give up Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis without hesitation for Schroder. But is Atlanta willing to?
3. Marc Gasol
Trade: Marc Gasol to the Milwaukee Bucks for Thon Maker, John Henson and future 2nd round
After finishing the regular season almost dead last in the West standings, the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to blow up their current roster and move on. The team’s best trade asset remain to be its top star in Marc Gasol.
The Bucks have long been looking for a starting center that would also match well with Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Gasol could be it. Meanwhile, Thon Maker will become a starting center for the Grizzlies and John Henson will come from the bench.
2. Carmelo Anthony
Trade: Carmelo Anthony to the Denver Nuggets for multiple players and picks
A Denver-Melo reunion is perhaps the best thing that could happen for both sides at this point. Carmelo Anthony had a disappointing first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder as his Big Three experiment with Russell Westbrook and Paul George failed in a lot of measures.
Anthony has an Early-Termination Option (ETO) and a No-Trade Clause in his contract, so dealing him would be all up to himself. Melo is unlikely to opt out of the remaining $28 million in his contract, so going back to the Nuggets would mean he has to agree moving there via a trade.
1. C.J. McCollum
Trade: C.J. McCollum to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan
A one-on-one swap between the Portland Trail Blazers and Clippers involving C.J. McCollum and DeAndre Jordan is another trade that should happen this summer. However, Jordan would have to opt into the final year of his contract for this to happen.
The Blazers are looking to balance out their roster, and pairing Jordan with Damian Lillard would definitely do it for head coach Terry Stotts’ squad. Meanwhile, McCollum would be the centerpiece of the Clippers’ rebuild as the franchise tries to completely move on from the Lob City era.