NBA Trade Rumors: Top 20 Moves That Could Be Made This Week
Kyrie Irving Was Drafted With A Pick That Was Exchanged On Deadline Day
On trade deadline day in 2011, the Los Angeles Clippers got rid of Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting Mo Williams and Jamario Moon in return. To even out the deal the Clippers sent a first round pick to the Cavaliers.
That first round pick turned into all-star point guard Kyrie Irving. It proves that every single deal on deadline day should be viewed on all sides before actually pulling the trigger. Every piece in the NBA is important and the slightest misstep could cost your franchise their future.
Most teams in the playoff hunt are willing to give up draft picks to acquire quick fixes and immediate veteran help. Most of these trades never pan out for that playoff team but general managers continue to think of trade deadline day as their be all and end all. One thing is for certain it could be the end of their careers.
The following are 20 moves that could occur before Thursday's trade deadline.
Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger
Danny Granger hasn't played the entire season and the Indiana Pacers realize they can win without him. Even when injured Granger will bring back assets in return. Rumors have it that the Los Angeles Lakers are willing to part ways with Steve Nash to acquire Granger.
Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer has been on his way from the Chicago Bulls for the entire season. Look for the Bulls to make a multi-team deal to acquire a back-up point guard and outside shooting. Sound like the Toronto Raptors might be one of those trade partners with Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III going to the windy city.
Milwaukee Bucks: Monta Ellis
Monta Ellis hasn't made good impressions with either the Golden State Warriors or the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks will move him again and it looks like Ellis will be a great scorer on week teams for his entire career. Look for the Phoenix Suns to make a move for him.
Charlotte Bobcats: Ben Gordon
It's been well documented that Ben Gordon wants out and away from the Charlotte Bobcats. He believe he is still a starter but look for him to land with a playoff team if he can accept coming off the bench. The Toronto Raptors although out of the playoffs for now, might be that team.
Phoenix Suns: Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal wanted one last chance at a championship and hoped his play with the Phoenix Suns would entice a playoff team to acquire his services. A team may not want him but his argument with general manager Lance Blanks might force a trade away from the desert.
Los Angeles Lakers: Mike D'Antoni
The trade of Dwight Howard isn't the only major change that will happen this week. Coach Mike D'Antoni is on the way out and a fresh new/old face might be on his way back. Does Phil Jackson's name ring a bell.
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