3 blockbuster trades that would shake up the NBA Trade Deadline
It’s that time of the year again when NBA fans keep refreshing their social media feeds for the latest and hottest “Woj bombs” out there. We’re talking about the NBA trade deadline set this upcoming Thursday, February 6.
NBA contenders will once again look to shore up their rosters in a bid for a strong playoff push. Struggling franchises, meanwhile, will simply seek to maximize what they can get from their players with expiring contracts.
The first half of the 2019-20 NBA regular season was not without its fair share of dramatic story lines. With the amount of talent reportedly available out there on the trading block, expect more pandemonium around the association in the coming days.
Here are three potential deals that would certainly send shockwaves to the entire league:
Lakers acquire Derrick Rose from Pistons in exchange for Kyle Kuzma
With the amount of hype surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers, any deal involving them would pretty much be significant at this point.
The team still holds the best record in the stacked Western Conference at 37-11 and is reportedly looking to add another veteran ball-handler to alleviate LeBron James’ playmaking duties.
Enter the surging Derrick Rose, who is having an outstanding season for the floundering Detroit Pistons. The youngest MVP in NBA history appears to be fully recovered from a series of what many believed were career-ending injuries.
He is notching 18.5 points, 2.5 assists, and 5.8 rebounds for a Pistons franchise that looks to be pressing the reset button on a possible rebuild. Detroit is reportedly asking for a lottery pick in any deal for the floor general.
The Lakers are reportedly willing to part ways with Kyle Kuzma, who just happens to be a Flint, Michigan native. Kuz proved that he can still put up points in bunches, currently the third-best scorer for the Purple in Gold with averages of 13.0 points on 43.2 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from deep.
But as far as overall fit goes, it appears that the 24-year-old forward might not be a Laker for much longer, considering his struggles with his new role with the current LA ensemble.
Celtics land Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond is still one of the best centers in the league today, with whopping averages of 17.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.7 blocks.
Despite his outstanding play, it doesn’t make sense for Detroit to keep him around considering he has one-year left on his massive $127 million contract.
The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, are one of the best teams in the league today. The Brad Stevens-mentored squad is stacked at every position — except the center spot.
Landing a player of Drummond’s caliber will surely come with a hefty price. Celtics GM Danny Ainge has been reluctant with trading away his prized draft picks in the past, but he might consider that for a chance to land the 6-foot-10 behemoth. Moreover, a deep playoff run could possibly entice Drummond to stick around with Beantown in the offseason.
Clippers bring back Chris Paul
At 34 years old, most pundits thought that Chris Paul’s best days are behind him. That has not been the case this season, as the 10-time All-Star is one of the biggest reasons why the Oklahoma City Thunder has overachieved so far.
In 49 games for OKC, Paul is averaging 17.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.6 steals while taking the promising Shai Gilgeous-Alexander under his wing.
Paul has been rumored with a possible homecoming with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played for six seasons from 2011 to 2017. His superb playmaking skills would allow superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George more room to operate.
The Clips, however, could take a hit on defense since the rumored deal is reportedly centered around their scrappy point guard Patrick Beverley and serviceable wing Moe Harkless.