Posted February 17, 2014

Trade deadline: Five deals we want to see

Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Rob Mahoney, Thaddeus Young
Minnesota is desperate for a backup point guard, and Orlando's Jameer Nelson is very much available. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota is desperate for a competent backup point guard, and Orlando’s Jameer Nelson is very much available. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

4. Wolves add veteran point guard

Wolves acquire: Jameer Nelson
Magic acquire: Shabazz Muhammad and J.J. Barea

With Wolves coach Rick Adelman weirdly insistent on playing Barea for long stretches (often at Ricky Rubio’s expense), we’re forced to take matters into our own hands. There may be no rotation need in the NBA more obvious than Minnesota’s back-up point guard slot, which Barea has filled this season to irritating and awful effect. Few NBA regulars over-shoot their welcome quite like Barea has this year; it’s not uncommon to see the dribble-pounding point guard ignore several options for better offense on his single-minded drives, which in part explains why the Timberwolves have scored 10.2 fewer points per 100 possessions whenever Rubio has checked out of the game.

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That’s a problem worth addressing directly, particularly if Adelman isn’t comfortable trusting Rubio in certain situations. The targeted quality is competence. Minnesota doesn’t need a point guard of the future so much as a useful stopgap in the interim, which they can find easily by raiding the roster of the lottery-bound magic. It’s been a spell since Jameer Nelson was all that relevant on the national NBA landscape, though he’s still plenty capable of helping a team in Minnesota’s position. If the Wolves are going to trust a back-up point guard in tough spots, after all, why not move to acquire one who can do so without upsetting the larger offensive balance?

Nelson wouldn’t be a knockout acquisition by any means, but that’s precisely why he’s attainable. Orlando is moving in a direction that leaves little need for a decent 31-year-old point guard, and thus could wind up waiving Nelson after the season as to save on the unguaranteed portion of his 2014-15 salary. That puts something of a clock on any effort to redeem value for Nelson via trade, which in this case could lead the Magic to accept Barea and 2014 lottery pick Shabazz Muhammad in exchange. Picks or lesser players could be added to move the needle on either side of this deal, but ultimately this is a compromise from Orlando’s expressed interest in netting a future first round pick for Nelson; he may not be worth that, but he could land a recent first-round selection if the Magic are willing to take on the final year of Barea’s contract.

Supposing Orlando likes Muhammad, I don’t see why they wouldn’t. Cap space is only a pressing concern for those teams looking to make use of it, and I’m not sure the Magic are quite to the point where Barea’s $4.5 million hit would present all that much of a problem.

5. Bobcats go all-in on playoff chase

Bobcats acquire: Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes
76ers acquire: Ben Gordon, Jeff Taylor, Portland’s top-12 protected first round pick, Charlotte’s own 2014 second round pick

It’s another trade rumor coming to fruition, albeit at a lesser price than the Sixers have reportedly been asking. Getting first round picks in exchange for both Turner and Hawes is a tough sell; the former might be able to pull a first rounder in light of his terrific offensive showing this season, but Turner’s impending free agency isn’t all that friendly to potential suitors. Should a team angle to trade for Turner and keep him beyond this season, they’d need to pony up an $8.7 million qualifying offer — a ridiculous sum for a player of Turner’s limited abilities. That nearly prohibitive cost needs to then be accounted for in any kind of trade package, as looking for a team to give up a first round pick for the right to overpay Turner might be expecting too much.

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Charlotte does seem to have taken a liking to Turner, though, and while I don’t love the fit I’m willing to play along provided we can bring Hawes to Charlotte to be a stretched-out, souped-up version of Josh McRoberts. He’s the better value and the better player of the two, and the real reason why the Bobcats would theoretically be willing to part with a first rounder in a potential deal.

Nabbing Turner will demand something worth the Sixers’ time, though, which is where Jeff Taylor and the Bobcats’ 2014 second rounder come in. I’m not really convinced that Philadelphia could do all that much better for Turner under these particular salary conditions; he is not an efficient shot creator, not yet a useful defender, and at the moment not of any kind of cap value. For a player bearing that many asterisks, Turner returning a potential rotation player (when healthy) and a second round pick isn’t too bad.

Add Gordon’s contract to make the salary-matching math work, and voila: Charlotte gets its man, Hawes finds a new home, and the Sixers get a few more picks to play around with.

Worth a note: Trades 2, 3, and 5 on this list can actually be collapsed into a four-team, nine-player transaction.


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19 comments
MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I Would love to see THADDUES YOUNG be Traded to SACRAMENTO for say JIMMER/JASON THOMPSON an a Protected Draft Picks plus some other Non Protected Picks as long as he signs a Extension. My KINGS NEEEEED that Good Defensive Minded, Rebound Grabbing Blocking Machine to play Opposite COUSINS who aside from KEVIN LOVE is the Best Offensive Center in the WEST.

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

I'd imagine if the T-WOLVES actually had a Good SG and SF plus a Healthy Center they'd be a lot Better but there's No Way Kevin Love Stays after his Deal is over & can u blame him? He stayed for what almost 7 Years at least? HE'LL BE A LAKER an I HATE SAYING this But LeBron should Bail on the HEAT, he gave them what they wanted 2 NBA TITLES in 3 Tries so Far but the Whole Team is just...Old, Team him with KEVIN LOVE & the VASTLY IMPROVED PG KENDALL MARSHALL that's not a Bad Start. 

casualumberjack
casualumberjack

Finally someone points out the core reason for Minnesota's dud of a season! But maybe the solution isn't trading Barea, but rather trading Adelman. :-/

KD35Russ0
KD35Russ0

Monroe to the Thunder is a decent idea, but the actual layout of the trade shows clear misunderstanding of a) how trades work in the NBA, b) the current trade landscape of the NBA and c) the Thunder's organizational model. It basically looks like a let's throw a bunch of young guys together for Monroe and make the salaries work. This wouldn't happen. IF a deal like this were to go down another team would be involved and far fewer young assets would be leaving the Thunder. Something like Thunder get Monroe, Philly takes on Perk contract, Dallas pick that OKC owns, Roberson/PJIII, Detroit gets Evan Turner and a pick makes much more sense

Pierre1
Pierre1

The Bobcats are really blowing it when it comes to the future of the franchise. They should have been a team unloading parts in preperation for the 2014 draft. Instead they are going potentially be a 8 seed, get destroyed by IND or MIA in the first round and end up with a mid-first round pick.


And more mediocrity.

hapbarb
hapbarb

An absolutely awful (and preposterous) idea for OKC to even consider such a deal. 

Lamb is a key component of one of the league's deepest benches, and Adams has provided productive minutes with size.


 The Thunder have too smart of a front office to give this a nanosecond of thought.

NelsonP
NelsonP

I wouldn't mind seeing some but as a Atlanta fan I don't want to see Korver leave, I'm also a Duke fan and I liked Henderson, especially when he busted what was his name... oh yeah in the nose, but why would the Hawks want to do this trade? Makes no sense.

jaytheadviceman
jaytheadviceman

I would NOT want to see that OKC/Detroit trade. As a Pistons fan, I'd be disappointed. I could deal with Monroe being swapped if it's for a nice piece, but don't throw Singler and Stuckey into the mix.

Sam L.
Sam L.

They are insane!!!!  These are the same experts that said that when OKC drafted Steven Adams that he would never make it in the NBA and that he was a project.  They are also saying that OKC will trade Westbrook  to the Knicks.  One of the stupidest trade possibilities is Durant to the Lakers for money,because everyone wants to play in LA.  The experts say that OKC is too small for a NBA Championship, just like San Antonio is too small also. 

blakojohn
blakojohn

Why would the thunder make this trade? They have the best record in the nba, with out westbrook! They don't nw to change anything, except getting him back playing. This would be an absolutely terrible trade.

jdb95
jdb95

Have you seen Lamb, Adams, Jones play for OKC?  With the exception of Jones who needs major development, these are budding stars.  Even if you hate Perk, no offense, but your trade suggestion is a bit crazy-talk.

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

And every trade deadline is silent . Always ends with a wimper . The only thing loud is the rumors that never happen .

yummypeaches
yummypeaches

Kyle Korver is perfect for the Hawks , 3 and D , type of play . Why would the Hawks want to make this trade ? Gerald Williams isn't lighting it up and no one really showed much interest in him last season . Evan Turner I might see for the Hawks , Gerald Henderson not at all .

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

@HectorRamirez  That'd be a GREAT Deal for the HEAT but not so sure about the LAKERS since BOSH is Not even close to the Player he used to be, if the HEAT want to keep LeBron they'll need to start shipping out Contracts. since D-WADE isn't getting younger or better.

Y2Jin99
Y2Jin99

@Sam L.  Never heard anyone talking about Durant to the Lakers.  If that happens its only in 2016-17 when he becomes an UFA

blakojohn
blakojohn

@jdb95  but even Jones had had some huge plays, and he did a good job guarding LeBron after perk came out of the Miami game

salvaje50
salvaje50

@jdb95 Adams looked OK early on in the year but recently has been not getting as many minutes.  Maybe I'm wrong.  I don't see Adams or Lamb as budding stars, I see their ceiling as solid starters.