Sheridan: Five Potential Trades That Make Sense

4. J.J. Redick from Orlando Magic to New York Knicks for Iman Shumpert and Steve Novak.

knicks small logoWhy It Makes Sense for New York: Redick can step into the starting 2-guard spot that Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, James White and Shumpert have split over the course of the season. They still keep an outside shooting threat to make up for the loss of Novak, whose minutes and productivity have both dropped since Amar’e Stoudemire returned to the lineup. They are in “win now” mode, and Redick is the best player in this deal. When a defensive 2-guard is needed, Brewer is still available.

magic small logoWhy It Makes Sense for Orlando: Teams in rebuilding modes have to sell off their older assets when their value is highest, and that is certainly the case with Redick. Shumpert gives them a shooting guard who is a better defender, Novak becomes Ryan Anderson 2.0, and the future looks all the more brighter — especially with the Magic being owed first-round picks from Denver/New York (the lesser of the two) in 2014, Philadelphia in 2015 and the Lakers in 2017.

Will it happen? Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld has been on top of this one. Go ask him. He has a nice column up today, BTW. To me, it makes a lot of sense.

5. Richard Hamilton from Chicago Bulls to Houston Rockets for a future second-round pick.

bulls small logoWhy it Makes Sense for the Bulls: They are nearly $4 million over the luxury tax threshold, and a salary dump of Hamilton allows Jerry Reinsdorf to maintain his perfect record of never having paid a penny in luxury tax – while also opening up more opportunities for Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli at the 2-guard spot. Makes sense if you are the pouch of leather known as Jerry’s wallet. Rip is not a luxury-tax worthy expense at this point in his career.

rockets small logoWhy it Makes Sense for the Rockets: They have the salary cap space to absorb a player making Hamilton’s salary, giving them a player who could ensure they hang onto their playoff spot – and make them an even more dangerous team when they get there. Hamilton becomes a trade asset next season when he is on an expiring contract.

Will it happen? Money talks, right? Plus, Rockets GM Daryl Morey would like to put together a team for the playoffs that can beat the Thunder, who would be their opponent in a 2-7 matchup. If Morey can parlay his possible leverage hold on Reinsdorf’s wallet into prying Nikola Mirotic away from Gar Forman, he will clinch Executive of the Year.

Chris Sheridan is publisher and editor-in-chief of Follow him on Twitter.


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  2. says

    That Lakers/Nets deal is the most ridiculous trade I’ve seen in quite a while. Whoever thinks that actually has a chance of happening are people who hope it ends up happening.

    What are the Lakers even getting out of that? Tyshawn Taylor playing behind Steve Nash? Who cares. What the hell is he going to be? And MarShon Brooks becoming another Jordan Crawford? I mean that trade scenario was so incomprehensible it’s comical.

    But yeah, I bet Jim Buss is rushing to the phones so he can acquire that stretch-four Teletovic.

    • Jon says

      Spot on… The thought that the Lakers who next year could be a player or two away from another title run would trade the “No. 1″ center in the league for a bunch of parts just good enough to keep you out of the playoffs for years to come is just silly. However, a multiteam multiplayer deal that would include Lopez and maybe Rondo (who Boston seems ready to move) and Brooklyn throwing in draft picks… Maybe something like this:

      All three teams seem motivated. None would have to swallow a poison pill to make it happen. All have indicated willingness to move these players. Lakers unload a max contract for to mid level contracts which is more precisely what they have said they want to do rather than what Sheridan seems to think they want. Lakers also still have an amnesty in their back pocket. Use that and resign Earl Clark and next season looks very bright.

      Brooklyn gets the man they have been after for two years. Lakers get a happy annulment of Dwight Howard. Boston replaces Ray Allen and makes one more run at a title while Pierce and Garnet still can. Works for me.

  3. BullySixChicago says

    A lot of speculation of these possible trades if one of them happens the author can say he had a great week if nothing happens who gives a sh*t. I am sure teams recieving the guys mention in trades would be happy as heck but Howard to Nets without Lopez wont happen, I dont think the Jazz are that stupid to trade Jefferson for the trash mention by the author, nor do I think the Thunder would trade anybody for will Bynum letalone a high draft pick. Some of these suggested trades will only work in fantasy basketball where someone has a limited amount of basketball knowledge

  4. FredJ says

    Chris, the ONLY way the Lakers trade Howard to Brooklyn is with Brook Lopez coming to the Lakers. Anything other scenario is absolutely ridiculous for the Lakers.

  5. BullySixChicago says

    I was with your Hamilton to Houston for the second round draft pick but if you think Reinsdorf, Paxton or Foreman woudl agree to sending Mirotic in a deal you are drinking something other than milk/coffee for breakfast.

    • Erik Blurr says

      Yeah, there’s no way we’re sending Mirotic to Houston unless they’re sending us James Harden back. Just doesn’t make sense.

  6. Ody P. says

    Splitter, De Colo, and Lorbek are all key pieces to the Spurs’ rebuilding. Splitter has done great progress in his 2,5 seasons, De Colo has already displayed good playmaking abilities and will find his place in the rotation, Lorbek is a big man with nice post moves, can shoot the three-ball and is a good insurance policy for Tim Duncan’s age. Can’t see the Spurs trading these guys for Jefferson, who may not resign with them. Plus, they need each and any 1st round pick they can have, to further rebuild. Parker was the 28th pick in the draft, Ginobilli was the 57th I think. They will never get a pick near the lottery to draft the next Duncan or Robinson, so they need each and any good youngster they can fish. And their draft picks are usually pretty solid.

  7. Gwydion says

    I’ve seen this Al Jefferson to the Spurs trade mentioned a number of places and I can’t think the Spurs front office would ever do anything this one-sided. They are a much better team before that trade than after. Jefferson can score, but seriously, he is not capable of playing defense the way the Spurs do. Splitter may not score the way Al does, but he does everything else much better and still looks to be improving. I’d do Blair and de Colo plus filler, but as written, this is a trade that doesn’t work for either team.

    Plus, speaking as a longtime Warriors fan, the idea of Stephen Jackson in Utah is laughable and I’m sure the Jazz know that would be a disaster. They’d cut him before the plane took off.

    • Letters: jkfldsankvczx says

      You mean one sided for the Jazz right?

      Jefferson is a top 5 Center and one of the few Centers in the league with a back-to-the-basket game. There’s not a single team in the NBA that would take Splitter over Jefferson. And how do you think that Jefferson wouldn’t be able to defend the way the Spurs do? You think that everyone that has been drafted by the Spurs can automatically play great defense? They learned it which is exactly what anyone could do under Pop.

      If you think that Splitter for Jefferson is anything but one-sided for Jazz then you’re either a really biased Spurs fan or need to watch basketball more.

      • Gwydion says

        Nah, I’ve just seen enough of Jefferson to know he’s not that good at it. Understand, I’m not saying Splitter is a better center. It’s that the damages this deal does to the Spurs bench should be a huge red flag. Anyway, we’ll see what happens at the deadline. I’d be really surprised to see this go through. More likely they go after him in free agency as a replacement for Duncan.

  8. jerry25 says

    Nets like Lopez better than Howard right now.

    Nets are busy trying to get Josh Smith.
    Not wasting time thinking about Howard, who probably won’t finish out the season.

  9. Dallas says

    Eric Maynor and a guaranteed lottery pick for Will Bynum? You realize if Toronto makes playoffs they keep their pick and if the land in lottery (in all but protected top positions) the pick goes to OKC. Maybe you had the pick stuff right, but the way it was worded through me off. Regardless, I don’t see Presti giving up a young player and a lottery pick for Will Bynum.

  10. says

    Chris, in the words of Chris Berman, “Come on man!”

    1.) If you think the Laker would trade D12 to the Nets for a package tht doesn’t feature Brook Lopez and/or Deron Williams you are certifiably insane! Perhaps they are also thinking of trading Kobe to the Nets for Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace … come on man!

    If the Lakers deal with the Nets it would be more along the lines of D12, Nash and Duhon for Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Marshon Brooks or a the very least D12 for Brook, Marshon and Andray Blatche, period..

    2.) If you think the Thunder would even cosider trading Mayno AND a lottery pick for Will Bynum you have absolutely lost your marbles my good chap. For goodness sakes the lotto pick is worth far, far more than Wll Bynum!

    3.) I actually think you missed the boat on the Thunder. While I agree they may be looking t moe Maynor and may want an upgrade at the backup PG spot, they SHOULD be trying to land a legit post-scorer. I still believe they would have won the Finals last season had they had even one player they could throw the ball in the post to for some easy buckets. This aid, what the Thunder SHOULD be doing is trading Kevin Martin at the Raps pick for Al Jefferson and getting ready to win their first title this season!

    • Brian says

      Are you out of your mind !! U think the nets would trade Lopez AND deron williams, you are clearly un-educated and on some type of heavy drugs

        • SPGCPA says

          at this point, if I’m the Nets, I’m not certain I would trade Lopez for Howard straight up…..and at no point would I trade anything more than Lopez for him…..Lakers got Howard for Bynum….this year’s Lopez is a better player than Bynum has ever dreamed of being ….so Lakers are already getting a better player than they traded for Howard in the first place…


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