1. Phoenix Suns
Steve Nash is in the final year of his contract and next season he'll either retire or sign with a playoff contending team. Either way he won't be back in phoenix and their not in playoff contention right now so wouldn't it make sense to trade him for some value. I think so and I think they could find a playoff caliber team to take him on and send Grant Hill with him who's situation is the same as Nash's.
1. Pacers - Suns trade Steve Nash, Channing Frye, and josh Childress to the Pacers for George Hill, Tyle Hansbrough, and Dahntay Jones
Reasons For Indiana: The Pacers have been as high as the 3 seed in the East this year and right now they sit at 5. Getting a player like Steve Nash would have a positive impact for both the future and the present. In this trade they'd have to take on the contracts of Frye and Childress which isn't exactly a good thing but it's a small price to get Nash and not have to give up any picks. I have the Pacers sending Hansbrough and Jones and Childress and Frye would directly replace both players off the bench. As for Nash he would become the starting PG and become an upgrade for Collinson who would become the 6th man and get to both watch and play on the floor with Steve Nash. Collinson is still your pg for the future but it's not gonna hurt him to learn from Steve Nash who would also improve the game of everyone else on the team especially David West as him and Nash in pick and roll would be like West and CP3 all over again. It would also help Granger get better shots and get his FG% up.
Reasons For Phoenix: The Suns need a successor at PG and George Hill wouldn't be a bad replacement. As loaded as the upcoming draft is the one thing it lacks is an elite PG prospect and with the Suns a lock for a top 10 pick and no top 10 PG prospects that means they won't be able to fill that PG void in the draft. George Hill is more of a scoring PG than a pass first guy like Nash but he can play and would probably be better than anyone they could get in Free Agency this summer. The biggest reason to this trade for PHX is the fact they get to dump the contracts of Frye and Childress on the Pacers who have plenty of cap space anyway.
2. Hawks - Suns trade Steve Nash, Grant Hill, and Marcin Gortat to the Hawks for Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich, Jason Collins, and the Hawks 2012 1st round pick.
Reasons For Atlanta: Josh Smith has asked the team to trade him and frankly they need to. Al Horford isn't expected to return until the postseason at the earliest so that factors in but I think the Hawks have to think about the future. Whenever Horford does come back it would be nice to be able to play him at his natural PF position. He's had to play at C his whole career because of Josh Smith occupying the 4 spot. By getting Gortat in this deal they would have a true C and could move Horford to the 4 when he returned. Also Atlanta hasn't had a true impact PG in forever and have regretted passing on Chris Paul and Deron Williams ever since that draft. As we all know the Hawks offense is often stagnant and lacks ball movement, well if you bring in a Steve Nash that'll instantly change. Also Marvin Williams isn't a true SF or PF and is really better served coming off the bench as a combo forward which he would be able to do by getting Grant Hill in the deal who would come in and start at the 3 providing a veteran presence, more consistent shooting, and solid perimeter defense. Also Jeff Teague is really a combo scoring guard and I think would thrive in a 6th man roll which he'd be able to do by bringing in Nash.
Reasons For Phoenix: As I've already stated it would be nice if the Suns could get value for Nash and Hill who are on there way out the door and Josh Smith would be fantastic value. He's one of the best defensive players in the NBA and can play either forward spot and also guard multiple positions adding a much needed defensive presence to this Suns team. They'd also get Kirk Hinrich who's more than capable of running the PG position in the final stretch of the season and his contract expires which will be 8 million coming off the books. A big part of this deal would also be the Hawks 1st round pick. It won't be a lottery pick but this years draft class is really deep and a pick around 20 or so definitely has more value than normal this year. The
Suns could get a really good role player for cheap which they need with some of their bad contracts. Jason Collins is a small expiring contract that could come in and add some size in Gortat's absence.
3. Magic - Suns trade Steve Nash, Channing Frye, and Robin Lopez to the Magic for Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson, J.J. Redick, Daniel Orton, Orl 2012 & 2013 1st Round pick
Reasons For Orlando: The Magic really want to keep Dwight Howard by any means and right now reports are that their strategy is to just convince him to pick up his 18 million dollar option for next season and give them 1 more season to improve the team with the cap space they'll have in the 2013 offseason. If you ask me getting Steve Nash to play this season and next season in Orlando would definitely get Dwight seriously considering picking up that option and giving Orl one more season. Not only that right now the Magic are the 3 seed and if they add Steve Nash to this team they would have a chance to maybe pull a upset over the Bulls in the playoffs. Nash would make everyone on this team better including Dwight who thrives on easy buckets and who gets their teammates more easy buckets than Nash. They'd have to give up Ryan Anderson but in this trade that's not so bad since offensively Channing Frye can do what he does offensively. They'd be giving up 2 1st round picks but ultimately their both going to be really late picks anyway so it's worth it. Also Robin Lopez would finally give the Magic the quality back up C they've been missing since they traded Gortat which would allow them to not have to play Dwight so much.
Reasons For Phoenix: When your in the rebuilding phase like PHX is 2 1st round picks are always valuable no matter how late they are. Also with Nash not being on the team next year their and the options at PG limited in the draft and free agency Jameer Nelson isn't the worst option in the world to take over at the 1 for just 1 year. Also Reddick will only have 1 more season on his deal and his sharp shooting would be well worth it. Also in this trade their basically going to be swapping back up Cs in Daniel Orton and Robin Lopez. Orton still has some potential and could develop the best thing about it though is that he still has 2 years left on a really low contract as opposed to Lopez who's in the final year of his deal and PHX could have lost.
2. Los Angles Lakers
Everyone is so sold on possibly trading Gasol and keeping Bynum but I think they both should be on the trading block and the team should take the offer that best helps the team become a championship contender. With Kobe's huge contract and no trade clause he's not movable and nobody else on this team has any real trade value so that means the Lakers have to trade one of their bigs. This team can't win a title and because they can't I have to ask what's the purpose of keeping it together. Kobe is 33 and not getting any younger. With as much money as he's taking up of the salary cap they've got to be in the business of being a championship contender.
1. Nets - Lakers trade Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, and 2 1st round draft picks for Deron Wiliiams, Deshawn Stevenson, and Kris Humpries
Reasons For New Jersey: The Nets are in a peculiar situation themselves as just like Dwight, Deron can opt out as well and go play elsewhere. Unless the Nets can get Dwight it doesn't look like they can and seeing how the only way they can really sign him as a free agent is to probablly give up the rights to Brook Lopez if a deal involving Lopez for Dwight would probably be in place now. Dwight has not yet officially told the Magic they don't have a chance to get him back which is why they haven't traded him yet and if he resigns with Orlando or picks his option up the Nets are screwed because Deron Williams isn't signing up for another year like this one. With this deal the Nets get the 2nd best C in the NBA and can move Lopez to PF and have close to what LA has now with Gasol and Bynum. With their lottery pick, Marshawn Brooks, and Bynum and Lopez on the front line the Nets would have a great young nucleus to build around moving forward and a team good enough to attract a crowd in their new building.
Reasons For LA: The Lakers have to do something and this is the best deal I think that's out there for them. We all know that PG is a major issue for the Lakers and getting Deron solves it instantly and it would definitely resign with the Lakers. But the Lakers also have huge perimeter defensive issues and getting both Deron Williams and Stevenson upgrade them in that area tremendously. Both players also help improve the Lakers poor 3 point shooting. Essentially my trade is really Bynum and Fisher for D-Will and Stevenson the other part of the deal where the Lakers get Humpries is where they have to use the 8.9 million dollar trade exception they got from trading Odom. Humpries salary is 8 million even so they can take him without having to give any other players up and the 2 1st round picks are more than enough to compensate NJ for giving him up and taking back a less talented player than D-Will in Bynum. The Lakers could finish games with D-Will, Kobe, Stevenson, Humpries, and Gasol on the floor which is way more dangerous than Fisher, Kobe, World Peace, Gasol, and Bynum.
2. Rockets - Lakers trade Pau Gasol, Derrick Fisher to Hou for Kyle Lowry, Louis Scola, Terrance Williams, and Samuel Dalembert
Reasons For Hou: The Rockets desperately want a skilled offensive post presence since losing Yao and Gasol is that. They already attempted to trade for Gasol in the CP3 trade that got voided by the league. They want Gasol and the Lakers need to make a move. They give up alot for him but Gasol is one of the top 5 offensive big men in the league and you can run your offense through him. When you pair Gasol and Kevin Martin it could be a good combination. Also there were reports in the offseason that the Rockets wanna start Patterson which they'd be free to do after moving Scola which is a contract I'd wanna move anyway. Losing Lowry hurts but you have to PGs that can play in Flynn and Dragic and you get Fisher back as well to help mentor them. Or you might can even buy Fisher out.
Reasons For LA: You lose a all star caliber player without getting one back but you fix alot of holes on your team with this trade. If you remember when the Lakers won their last 2 titles they did it with 2 all stars and quality role players. Bynum and Kobe are the 2 all stars and by giving up Gasol you get the role players. Lowry is one of the best defensive PGs in the league and he's a solid 3 point shooter so he fixes two issues for this team. Terrance Williams can come in and provide much needed athleticism off the bench and Dalembert provides a nice option for Coach Brown who could start him and bring Scola off the bench or bring him off the bench and play Gasol at the 5. Either way it improves their front line depth and their overall bench play. Between Lowry and Scola you more than make up for the offensive production you were getting from Gasol.
3. Boston Celtics
I Think the Celtics should definitely trade Pierce and I think they should listen to offers for Allen. Pierce needs to go and they should also try and get some value for Ray Allen as long as they can get back an expiring contract or a small contract.
1. Pacers - Celtics trade Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Keyon Dooling for George Hill, Danny Granger, and 2012 1st round pick
Reasons For Indiana: The Pacers should do this because if they do they become better than the Bulls and would have a legit chance to beat the Heat. Pierce is an upgrade from Granger and Ray Allen is one of the best shooters ever and Dooling can replace Hill's role as back up PG. Also you move George to the bench and let him play both wing spots off the bench. You don't want Allen and Pierce playing to many minutes so you can still get George close to 30 minutes off the bench so that doesn't hurt his production or development and he can learn from both Pierce and Allen.
Reasons For Boston: Granger is younger than Pierce and cheaper and can play the 3 for a couple years while you figure the rest out. Also George Hill is a nice young piece especially if you move Rondo to. And of course as I've stated already teams that are rebuilding need draft picks. Hill is no Allen but at least he'll probably be there next season and I don't think anybody is expecting Granger to be washed up next season which could potentially happen to Pierce.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are 29th out of 30 teams in terms of team value as far as how much a NBA franchise is worth. There one of the smallest market teams in the league and the team as constructed is a 2nd round birth at best. Also if they keep the roster as is they'll owe a little over 600k in luxury tax. That's not alot of money at all but the bigger issue is they won't get a split from the teams that are over the luxury tax. I think they should trade Rudy Gay. With Randolph, Gay, Gasol, and Conley all signed long term there's no room to resign Mayo either. So if they don't at least move Mayo their gonna lose him for nothing. I think they should trade Gay and get back young players and draft picks if they can. This team proved last year they don't need Gay if Randolph is healthy which he will be as he's closed to returning from injury. I say if you can get some cheap role players or talented young players and or a pick that's more than enough value for Gay and you get some of that 15 million off the books.
1. Sixers - Grizzlies trade Rudy Gay and Donte Cunningham to Phi for Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, Craig Brackins and 2012 1st round pick
Reasons For Philadelphia: The Sixers leading scorer comes off the bench that's not really a good thing. They need a true scorer and number 1 offensive option for their team and Rudy Gay could do that. Iguodala and Gay both on the wings would make the Sixers even better defensively as well. They won't miss Young and Turner much with Gay's production and the sharp shooting Jodie Meeks moving to the bench where he's probably better suited anyway.
Reasons For Memphis: Aside from the financial reasons I stated above this deal makes sense personnel wise as well. Thaddeus Young would be able to fill in for Gay right at the 3 and Turner could fill the 6th man role and continue to develop off the bench into a player potentially on Gay's level or better. Turner can play all 3 positions on the perimeter 1-3 which would also benefit Memphis because they could use a better back up PG. Most importantly of all you can't tell me that after making this trade this team still couldn't get to the 2nd round which is the best they could do anyway. They don't get much worse they save money and pick up a 1st round pick its perfect for them. Oh and did I mention they save a little over 3 mill on the deal putting them nicely under the luxury tax threshold.
2. Cavilers - Mem trades O.J. Mayo to Cle for Ramon Sessions and 2013 top 10 protected 1st round pick
Reasons for Cle: The Cavilers need a quality 2 guard instead of using the undersized PGs Sessions and Gibson full time at the 2 or the old Anthony Parker. getting Mayo would give them a legit SG and another scoring option to help out Kyrie who some nights has to score alot of points.
Reasons for Mem: Memphis has been bringing Mayo off the bench as a 6th man for scoring purposes all year and Sessions could continue in that role and give them more as a back up PG as well as it's his more natural position. But more importantly than any of that they can actually keep him next year because he has another year on a good contract that will only have him making a little over 4 mill. So they still have a similar type player replacing Mayo, and pick up a potential lottery pick if it's outside the top 10 in 2013. They also get under the luxury tax which is vital for a low market team like Memphis.
5. New York Knicks
The Knicks need to just get rid of this guy. He's owed more than 60 mill over the next 3 years and they don't even utilize him anymore. If he's not gonna get you 20+ and at least 8 boards he's just not worth that for this franchise anymore. Also the Knicks just need to unload some of their players they have to much depth.
1. Nets - Knicks trade Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike Bibby, Iman Shrumpert, Jerome Jordan and Tony Douglas to the Nets for Deron Williams, Kris Humpries, and Jonathan Petro
Reasons For New Jersey: If your the Nets this deal is perfect. There's talk that the Nets are afraid to trade D-Will because they need a guy to sell tickets well who better to sell tickets than Jeremy Lin. Also you'd get Amare which might not mean what it used to but I think in a new system away from Mello both Lin and Amare could thrive together. Also the Nets would be getting some nice young pieces in Shrumpert and Douglas and would get to dump Petro's contract on the Knicks and take back Bibby and Jordan who they could dump right away because they wouldn't have the roster spots anyway.
Reasons For New York: Deron Williams and that's really all I should have to say. In an offense like Dantoni's the knicks would thrive with Deron at PG. He'd resign instantly. His numbers would be way up because they don't run alot of set plays but instead just let the PG handle the ball and make all the decisions. They'd have to take back Petro but who cares you got D-Will put Petro on the bench for the remainder of this year and next and he'll be a forgotten nuisance in no time. Also you get Kris Humpries to fill Amare spot in the lineup, which is an instant upgrade in effort and rebounding for less than half the price.