Unfinished Business: 4 NBA Offseason Trades That May Still Happen
As our NBA stars rest and recover, we contemplate all the trades during this offseason.
Let’s Have a Recap
Cameron Payne now plays for San Antonio Spurs.
On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns picked up Bol Manute Bol. The Suns agreed to a one-year deal with the player.
The Phoenix Suns announced another deal with Orlando Magic. The Suns get three second-round picks in the future from the player.
Payne, the 28-year-old shooting guard, has a 4 season history with the Suns.
Payne averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 assists in his tenure. Over the 174 games he played, Oklahoma City Thunder selected him as No.14 in the 2015 NBA draft.
NBA Trade Rumors: What Else Does the Future Hold?
As we approach the dull offseason, all deals are wrapping up.
The free agents have signed their deals. And the trade chatter is dying.
However, we still hold on to the possible NBA trades that may still happen.
The offseason is here, but fans do not have to despair. The major trades might have petered out.
But we still have some unfinished business to settle.
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Realistic Offseason Trade Ideas
We are a bit impatient. Therefore we ought to manifest the following hypothetical trades before the offseason ends.
However, we still think that these trades would be even better had they been done at the start of the season.
A new team and proper training alongside other players make a huge difference.
Nevertheless, let’s focus on the following off-season trades.
The Mavs Can Trade for Clint Capela to Back Their Center
Clint Capela is that missing piece on the field that Mavs want.
The NBA offseason quiets down, but Dallas wants to get a strong center.
The Atlanta Hawks center, Clint Capela, ranked high on the summer wish list by Mavs.
But this omission continues to bother Marc Stein.
On his radio show, The Saturday Stein Line, he showed hope to land Capela.
He states that he would love a chance to run a trade for Clint Capela.
Dallas already has Richaun Holmes and Dereck Lively II as its in-house centers.
In this case, Capela will be a difference-making upgrade for the two players.
However, there are certain arrangements that involve the Toronto Raptors and Pascal Siakam.
Suppose Atlanta Hawks believe that Onyeka Okongwu can take over the starting duties. They can move Capela in a controlled way to balance their roster and books.
Proposals for the Raptors Veteran Otto Porter Jr.
For now, three teams can trade for Otto Porter Jr.
These include the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Washington Wizards.
Suppose the Miami Heat gets Otto Porter Jr. and Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors. In that case, it will be a solid fallback plan, as the team is acquiring a key player right away.
The Damian Lillard trade with Portland Trail Blazers can make him a negative value asset for the team in 2025.
So Miami should focus its assets on bringing an ALL-NBA talent from the Raptors.
The trade can cost the Heat its very first. But the idea of inviting a basketball star is intriguing.
Toronto has no guarantee of re-signing Siakam. Coupled with the possibility of giving him a max contract. There are good chances that Miami would take the risk here.
However, the fan base expects Pat Riley and Co. to understand what it will take to keep Siakam on the team next year.
If Miami is reluctant to keep Siakam in the future, then this trade is better left unfinished.
Now or Never for James Harden and the Clippers
Harden wants out of Philadelphia. And he could make a possible championship for the Clippers if they finally make this trade.
Clippers are desperate for this last-gasp season. Due to this, this whole trade idea makes absolute sense.
James Harden can prove to be the perfect addition to this imperfect franchise.
Harden wants to leave Philadelphia and join the Clippers. This should be easy for him.
It is now time for both sides to take action. But most of all, the Clippers must realize that they have no other choice.
Daryl Morey keeps talking about the exorbitant return package. But we are not listening to him.
Harden has an MVP award on his list of achievements. But he is an aging star, and the Clippers will be taking a big risk here.
The roster already has two such players – Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
On the other hand, losing Terance Mann will make a significant impact on the team.
Another Knicks Trade Is in the Works
The deal to offload Evan Fournier can be a bold move or a no-brainer.
The San Antonio Spurs might acquire Evan Fournier. And the Knicks will prefer to make this move as they get closer to the deadline.
However, the deal between New York and Fournier has reached its expiry date, which means that the 30-year-old player should move out ASAP!
On the other hand, the Knicks are getting a better shooter in the form of Bullock. But Bullock is a slow starter. The head coach might use him for his superior perimeter defense.
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