Unlike Major League Baseball, the NBA rarely has a great deal of activity prior to the trading deadline, but this year could be different. Many contending teams, especially the Boston Celtics and the New Orleans Hornets, need to make moves to bolster depth…TTT presents a breakdown of trade possibilities involving all 30 NBA teams. This is part one. Let’s get started…
Atlanta Hawks – The Hawks have a solid starting five but lack depth. Without many cards to deal, the Hawks will likely stand pat for this season. But with attendance on the increase, don’t rule out a move to acquire some depth, especially at center or point guard. Chris Wilcox and Earl Watson of the woeful Thunder would be good additions.
Boston Celtics-An injury to Rajon Rando or Paul Pierce would be a complete disaster given the C’s current roster, so something needs to happen. Last week ESPN reported that GM Danny Ainge has expressed interest in acquiring Stephon Marbury from the island of misfit point guards. Kevin Garnett despises Marbury and it will be interesting to see this story continue to develop. The Celtics might not need Starbury, but they certainly need some help in the backcourt with Eddie House and Tony Allen currently being the two best options of the bench.
Will Steph and KG be reunited in Boston? (EV - Cripes, KG is dark)
Charlotte Bobcats – The Bobcats got rid of Jason Richardson to acquire Boris Diaw and Raja Bell in December, and seem determined to move Raymond Felton. The proposed deal sending Felton to the Warriors for Brandon Wright seems to be dead, but Larry Stalin Brown will probably force a deal before seasons end. The Bobcats would love to move Adam Morrison and possibly Gerald Wallace as well. Morrison has no value whatsoever and Wallace has a big contract, so don’t count on a deal happening.
Chicago Bulls – The Bulls are a total mess. Larry Hughes, Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni, and Ben Gordon are probably on the block, but there are few takers. Nocioni could help the Celtics and the Spurs, and Gordon is a dynamic scorer who would help the Knicks. Hughes loves shooting and is not very good at it so he will be difficult to move. Nocioni also loves shooting and is no longer interested in playing with the hustle and defensive intensity that helped him break into the NBA, but should be moved sometime soon. Drew Gooden is in the final year of his contract and could help Atlanta, New Orleans, or Denver.
Cleveland Cavaliers – The Cavs don’t need to do much, but could use a big man with Big Z sidelined for up to four weeks. J.J. Hickson should be untouchable, but Sasha Pavlovic could be moved. He has been getting minutes recently even though he sucks, so the Cavs could be trying to showcase him. Good luck with that.
Dallas Mavericks – Josh Howard must be moved. He seems to have lost his mind since last summer, and also seems to have lost desire to do anything besides shoot. The Mavs are at a crossroads, and would be advised to part with Jason Kidd and Howard and look towards the future.
Denver Nuggets – The Nuggs look to be in pretty good shape after acquiring Chauncey Billups from Detroit earlier this season. With few chips to dangle, don’t expect Denver to be very active prior to the trading deadline.
Detroit Pistons – The Pistons have been playing well lately so they may be hesitant to make moves. A number of attractive young players could be moved to acquire a veteran big man to help out the aging Rasheed Wallace, including Aaron Afflalo, Amir Johnson and Jason Maxiell. Detroit would also like to move Tayshaun Prince, but that probably won’t happen.
Check back tomorrow for part 2 of 3 in Elliott Pohnl’s trade extravaganza.