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Five trades we’d like to see (and we’re not talking ‘Melodrama)

Feb 16, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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It’s been quiet. Too quiet.

Serious trade chatter is down around the league. People are talking but there is less meaningful dialogue going on than in an Adam Sandler movie. Maybe it’s fear of the new CBA. Maybe it’s Carmelo Anthony creating a bottleneck. Maybe people are too busy playing Angry Birds.

Well, we are not a patient people. We want action, not empty words. So we’re just going to throw some trades out there. What follows are trades that work under the cap but are not things we’ve heard or things likely to happen. In fact, we’d be shocked if any did happen. Just consider this a list of things we’d like to see.

Knicks get Steve Nash; Suns get Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari. I know the Suns are not going to trade Nash until this summer, if ever. I know Nash doesn’t want to be traded. But by not moving him the Suns are only admitting going to be mediocre until they start the rebuilding process when he leaves. The window has closed, time to move on. Yes Knicks fans, Felton has been good, but he is no Nash and Chris Paul (more than ‘Melo or Dwight Howard) should be the ultimate target. Nash is the two-year stopover. The city loves him and he the city. The Knicks become much more of a threat (not a contender, a threat). The Suns get a good young point guard and a guy who can knock down the outside shot, guys that don’t fit the system. They don’t get much worse. Both Felton and Gallo have two-year deals so the Suns can move them again next season depending on their direction.

Orlando gets Troy Murphy and Johan Petro; New Jersey gets Jason Richardson. This works for both teams on some level. For the Nets they get more money off the books this summer to help with rebuilding and don’t give up any talent that is not replaceable in Petro. For Orlando, if Murphy is healthy and can play he is the kind of stretch four they miss along the front line. And his help defense rotations can’t be worse than Hedo Turkoglu, can they?

Chicago gets Anthony Parker; Cleveland get Omer Asik. I know, trading a young promising big for a steady but not spectacular wing is not usually a good move. But the Bulls are a threat this season and they need better play at the two spot, Parker will give them that. He is a veteran steady hand. The Cavs should not turn down anyone young with potential.

New York gets Joel Pryzbilla and Greg Oden; Portland gets Eddy Curry and Kelenna Azubuike. This has no chance of happening, but it’s a relatively harmless move for both sides because every deal is expiring. The Knicks need some more steady play in the paint without screwing up their cap, they get that with Pryzbilla. The Blazers certainly will try and may be ale to get more for Pryzbilla. But this gives them the chance to try out Azubuike and still clear out cap space at the end of the season. And they can still re-sign Oden. If they really want to.

New Orleans gets Chris Kaman; Los Angeles Clippers get Trevor Ariza, Marucs Banks, Marcus Thornton. We’re throwing this out there but frankly we’re not convinced we’d do it if we were the Hornets. New Orleans GM Dell Demps is working it hard right now to find some more help along the front line. Chris Kaman, when healthy, is a good NBA center. He can score, defend, makes smart plays. Chris Paul would like him. For the Clippers, they need to go with DeAndre Jordan at Center and this gives them some guys on the wing that would be a good fit with the current roster.

Okay, none of those are happening. But hopefully soon we can see something real to talk about.

  1. dirksimmons - Feb 16, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Hey, while were at it, why don’t we give New York Melo, Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Kobe, Dirk, and Paul!? Gosh, you guys aren’t bias, are you? The Knicks aren’t the only team in the NBA.

    • laterounddraftpick - Feb 16, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      U could have sworn the other four trades had no mention of the Knicks… but maybe i cant read that well?

      *heads to the library*
      *puts on some “hooked on phonics” tapes*
      *gets learn-ed*

      • jstrizzle - Feb 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        2 of the 5 involved the Knicks. Maybe you can’t read that well.

  2. progress2011 - Feb 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    I’d like to see Nash in a Heat uniform ! The only person that can distribute the ball currently is LBJ. Nash would be a great fit running point, with LBJ and Wade streaking on both wings !
    Since the Heat are only spending about $68 M, compared to the Lakers at a whopping $91 M, they can make the trade, make their money back when they win 4 consecutive Championships !

    • motherscratcher23 - Feb 16, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      Google Larry Coon. You obviously have no idea how the salary cap works.

      Also, you’re worse than Costanza.

    • hnirobert3 - Feb 17, 2011 at 7:40 AM

      I love my Heat, but they don’t need a distributor at PG. They need someone to stand there and shoot, like a Steve Kerr/John Paxon. Also, what could the Heat possibly offer to make the Suns consider this trade? They have 0 assets (other than Miller and Haslem who they need since the rest of the bench is ehhhhh).

  3. musilly - Feb 16, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Why would the Magic want to do Richardson for Murphy?

    At this point Anderson boards and shoots at Murphy’s level and isn’t quite as terrible defensively. And do the Magic really want to give 00 more minutes?

  4. zackd2 - Feb 16, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Gallo for Nash? You guys must be dying for some “Amare’s a product of Nash’s awesomeness” articles.

  5. MTArider - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Why would the Knicks trade Gallo and Felton for Nash? That is a massive over payment.

  6. bighurc89 - Feb 17, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Denver knows that if they trade Melo, Billups will opt out as well at end of year. They also know J.R. Smith won’t want to stick around to rebuild. Nene also has an opt-out at end of year, so they will probably try deal him in another trade to Houston or Orlando. Here is a trade that works salary cap-wise with Denver, Minnesota, & New York knicks:

    New York Gets:
    Carmelo Anthony – SF (from Denver)
    Chauncey Billups – PG (from Denver)

    Minnesota Gets:
    J.R. Smith – SG ( from Denver) —- Need to resign to multi-year deal if possible!
    Anthony Randolph – PF (from New York)
    Eddy Curry – C (from New York) — $11 Million expiring contract
    Roger Mason – SG (from New York) —- $1.4 Million expiring contract

    Denver Gets:
    1st rd. Pick – (from Minnesota) — probably Utah’s’ pick Minny has from A. Jefferson Deal. (Not #1 pick!)
    2nd rd. Pick – (from Minnesota) —-
    Raymond Felton – PG (from New York) — dependable backup to Ty Lawson
    Corey Brewer – SG (from Minnesota) — fiesty defensive backup to Afflolo
    Nikola Pechovic – C (from Minnesota) — coordination is slow but has been improving well (young!)
    Martell Webster – SF (from Minnesota) — possible starter for a few years in Denver, slow start this year
    Danilo Galinari – PF (from New York) —- another high potential guy that stretches the floor as a PF.

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