Predictions for NBA Trade Deadline

Posted: 02/20/2013 by levcohen in Basketball

The deadline is tomorrow, and there are rumors swirling. There are sure to be some impact players traded, but who, and where to?

Eric Bledsoe is traded to the Jazz for a package headlined by Paul Millsap: This trade just makes so much sense that it has to happen. The Jazz have a good problem to have: They have too many big men. A trade of Millsap would open up playing time for Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Bledsoe would give them a real starting point guard. For a team starting Jamaal Tinsley and Randy Foye, that’s a good thing. As for the Clippers, they are trading a bench player (their 7th or 8th man) for a starter who would help their rebounding deficiencies and give them much more flexibility. This trade makes both likely playoff teams much more dangerous.

J.J. Redick is traded to the Bulls for Richard Hamilton, Marquis Teague and a pick: Another trade that makes perfect sense. The Bulls get a shooter who just makes their team more well rounded and lethal. The Magic continue to rebuild by picking up young players (Teague could be a future starter) and draft picks.

Josh Smith is dealt to the Bucks or Mavericks: If it’s to the Bucks, it will be for either a Monta Ellis centered deal or a deal with a young player (maybe Larry Sanders) and a Beno Udrih type expiring contract. As for the Mavericks, Darren Collison, Shawn Marion and a few young guys might do the trick. I wouldn’t want my team to trade for Smith, though, because he’ll want a max contract and he doesn’t really deserve one.

Jordan Crawford is dealt: I don’t know who to, but it seems pretty obvious to me that the dynamic two guard will be traded before the deadline. He isn’t happy with his bench role, and Washington doesn’t really need him as they have an emerging Bradley Beal. I would guess he goes to Memphis– they need a scorer.

The Suns will blow their “team” up: The Suns are a mess. They are going to blow it all up and tank for the #1 pick.

Lakers hold pat: The Lakers are in a tough position. Pau Gasol looked like a prime trade candidate, but now he is injured and out indefinitely. If I were them, I might dangle Dwight Howard and see what I could get, but that might be admitting defeat. Plus, they still want to re-sign Dwight. Steve Nash could be traded, but I doubt it. The most likely scenario involves the Lakers just holding their players and praying for a late season run.


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