The NBA Trade Deadline is February 7th in the afternoon and up until then teams are free to trade players in an attempt to make their team better. There have already been some big deals including Tobias Harris to the 76ers and Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks. Both of these trades provided their unique amount of shock. We were all surprised that the 76ers went all-in to give up 2 first round picks for a player who is a free agent in 5 months, and we were especially shocked the Knicks traded their best draft pick since Patrick Ewing for salary cap space.
I’m here to predict the next 4 trades that will shock NBA twitter. Stay tuned for Woj tweets, but I’ll try to break them first. Take a look at Toronto upgrading the PG position, Brooklyn making a playoff push and
- Toronto Raptors trade Kyle Lowry and second rounder to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley
These trade rumors have been floating a plenty. This allows a Kyle Lowry-Memphis Grizzlies reunion (he was drafted by them to start his career), and allows Toronto an upgrade at point guard to a player in Conley who’s having a career year. The Raptors add a second round pick to sweeten the deal for the Grizzlies who have a tough time justifying the move as they’re out of the playoffs, and Conley is playing his best ball. This feels more like a change of scenery trade more than anything else, as the Raptors continue their playoff push and the Grizzlies look for quicker path to cap space (Lowry is a free agent 1 year earlier than Conley.)
- Brooklyn Trades Demarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and a 2nd round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Lou Williams and Avery Bradley
Brooklyn is at 28-27, a current 6th seed in the Eastern Conference – somehow. No one expected them to win this year as they finally own their own first round pick. Instead, D’Angelo Russell has played all-star level basketball, Caris Levert looked like a breakout star before the injury and Jarett Allen looks like he has potential for a top-8 NBA center. The issues: Spencer Dinwiddie is out on injury, and Levert is too. The team has been forced to play Demarre Carroll 26 minutes a game when he should not be playing that much. This gives the Nets some much needed wing defense in Avery Bradley, and an experienced closer in Williams to teach Russell the ropes of leading a team. Los Angeles, on the other hand, just traded Tobias Harris and are looking to shed even more salary to dip their toes in the Kawhi sweepstakes this summer. Trading Lou/Avery frees up $20M of salary to take on Carroll’s expiring. They also get a great look at a cheaper wing in RHJ who’s shown promise but lost his footing in Brooklyn.
- San Antonio trades Davis Bertans, Jakob Poetl, Derrick White, a 2019 first round pick and a lottery-protected 2021 first round pick (top 5 protected 2022) to the Orlando Magic for Nikola Vucevic
San Antonio is currently at a 6th spot in the West, as they’ve made quite the impressive push to get where they’re at currently. However, they’re the only team in the Western Conference playoffs right now without a bona fide center. (GSW: Cousins, Den: Jokic, OKC: Adams, POR: Nurkic, Hou: Capela, Utah: Gobert) They need someone in the middle to help them out, and move Aldridge back to his original PF spot. Vucevic is an expiring contract, who might leave the Magic for nothing this summer, so getting 2 first-round picks back in the process is an essential move. Plus, this allows the Magic to clear out some space for their developing bigs: Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba. Did you know the Magic are starting 2 PFs this year every game? The league is going small and somehow they’re getting bigger. Derrick White is also a nice piece to add onto the team as a point guard who can shoot and handle the ball. I’d be fine with them taking Bryn Forbes instead of White, but I doubt the Spurs would trade Dejounte Murray.
Let me know what you guys think of the trades, and hopefully one of them happens!