Rumors are running rampant right now in the NBA, with the Heat, Lakers, and Knicks all being talked about as buyers. Below are some trades that I have been pushing for a while and could maybe see some variation come to fruition.
1) The Lakers trade Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, Max Christie and two 2nd Round Picks to the Raptors for Gary Trent Jr. and Juancho Hernangomez
With Anthony Davis about to return to the Lakers, it should be time for them to try to make a move to surround LeBron and AD with spacing. Acquiring a shooter in the mold of Gary Trent Jr. should be priority #1. For the Raptors, I don’t know if this is a trade they would make, as maybe trading FVV is a better option. But getting back a young player in Max Christie, 18 million in expiring contracts, and picks could be a good haul in a retooling period for Toronto.
2) The Heat trade Duncan Robinson, Nikola Jovic, Dewayne Dedmon and a 2023 1st Round Pick to the Utah Jazz for Kelly Olynyk and Malik Beasley
I’ve been pushing for the Heat to target Kelly Olynyk for a while now. According to NBA Twitter, it looks like this could be in the works. Having a 6’11 stretch big next to Bam is ideal and turns the Miami offense to a new level. For the Jazz, I’ve heard from fans that it would take a lot to bring on Robinson’s contract – so does Jovic and a 1st round pick work? That remains to be seen. I would almost consider throwing in Strus if I’m the Heat, especially if your getting Malik Beasley in return.
3) The Knicks trade Cam Reddish to the Pacers for Goga Bitadze and a 2nd Round Pick
I really like this trade for both teams. For the Knicks, they get rid of Reddish, who was never given time to develop, and get Bitadze in return. With Bitadze they could play him off the bench as a stretch big, something they don’t have at the 5 spot right now. Goga is young enough that maybe a change of scenery is good for him. For the Pacers, they get back a Reddish who could pair nicely with Haliburton and Mathurin as young wings. Maybe, finally, Reddish would thrive in a smaller market.