So far, this offseason has been one to remember. We’ve had a lot of wild moves that a lot of people did not see coming and, long story short, it was awesome. We had Anthony Davis to the Lakers, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Nets, Mike Conley to the Jazz, Jimmy Butler to Miami, and the biggest shocker of them all, Kawhi and Paul George to the Clippers.
Certainly there have been a ton of changes, you get the idea, but there are still a lot of players out there who could see a change in scenery in the next few weeks. Let’s take a look at some of those.
Yes, I know, you can save your breath, I understand that Andre Iguodala was already traded once this summer, but there is still a big chance he could be traded again. Just this past week, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported,
“The Grizzlies do not plan to give Andre Iguodala a buyout and are actively exploring the trade market for the former NBA Champion…The Rockets and Mavs are among potential landing spots.”
I could see the Rockets making this move, but the only real player with a matching salary is Eric Gordon, and I think he fits better in Houston with James Harden than Iggy would. The better option would be the Mavericks trading someone along the lines of Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway Jr. has a higher usage than Iggy, which takes the ball away from Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. If you plugged Iggy in there, he would be the perfect piece for that team. Plus he’s a far better defender than Hardaway Jr. and I would like to think Iggy could brush off some wisdom for the young stars in Dallas.
The Washington Wizards finished below .500 last season and John Wall is expected to miss the majority of next season with an Achilles Tendon Rupture. That, on top of the fact that they didn’t do much of anything this offseason, and that it looks like this roster wouldn’t crack the playoffs next season, would lead me to believe that the one player in this lineup who has any sort of trade value would be brought up in trade talks.
This past week, Brian Windhorst reported that Beal was the only player of value to trade, but at this time the Wizards are resisting those talks as much as possible. I don’t buy it, I don’t think the Wizards are anywhere near a place where they could win a championship, and if that’s not your goal then it may be time to move on, acquire picks and young talent, and rebuild.
One team that comes to mind to me is the Denver Nuggets. Denver could give up a few of their young talents as well as some draft picks in order to snag Beal, but in the long run, it would be worth it to put out a lineup that consists of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Bradley Beal every night.
The obvious loser in this trade would be the Wizards, but like I said, the need to look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves if they really see themselves contenting. This type of trade could give them a lot of young talent that may be ready to play by the time John Wall returns.
Portland recently picked up Hassan Whiteside, who will certainly be moved once Jusuf Nurkic returns from his injury, and Whiteside’s contract matches well with Kevin Loves. Portland would definitely have to attach some younger talent or maybe even some draft picks because Kevin Love can contribute immediately, and I would be lying if I said it wouldn’t be a lot of fun to see him alongside Damian Lillard.
I am a giant Cavaliers fan, but we are in the middle of a giant rebuild, and though I love Collin Sexton, and I’m semi-happy with this recent draft, I still think this team isn’t going to content during the time Kevin Love’s contract keeps him in Cleveland. Cleveland owes a lot to Love mainly for his time here during the second LeBron era and beyond, but it may be in Cleveland’s best interest to move Love for some young talent. I am also completely on board with them keeping him and not doing anything (said the Cavs fan and romantic in me).
I have a few others in mind, but who would you like to see move and who do you think may be seeing a change in scenery? Comment below.