The NBA Trade Deadline is quickly approaching. It’s an opportunity for some teams to make their final push for the playoffs while other teams use the deadline to set up their future. If you’re the Knicks, you use the deadline to trade the best player in the history of your franchise for fucking cap space. The trade deadline is the ultimate choose your own adventure book.
Here is one player on every team that should be traded the the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline:
Atlanta Hawks: Dewayne Dedmon
Dewayne Dedmon is a versatile big man that can not only grab rebounds but can also step back behind the arc and hit 3’s. Anddd he’s in the way of John Collins who has an identical skill set but he’s way better and way younger and the best player on the Hawks. A playoff team like the Sixers could use the frontcourt depth and the Hawks could use the potential draft assets they’d receive.
Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving
Are we sure Kyrie Irving is re-signing in the offseason? Are we SURE? Earlier this week, Anthony Davis demanded a trade and all of a sudden, rumors spread that Kyrie wants to play with LeBron again. Kyrie lied to Boston’s face and said he was definitely re-signing. Trade him to Utah and punish him before he leaves on his own.
Brooklyn Nets: DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll had a big impact on the Mike Budenhozer coached Atlanta Hawks teams that used to win the East every year and then get swept in the first round. They walked so the Raptors could run.
But Carroll hasn’t really helped the Nets in any regard and financially, he’s just a mistake that Brooklyn should trade away for literally anything.
Charlotte Hornets: Willy Hernangomez
The easy answer here is Kemba Walker who is set to be a free agent at the end of the year but the Hornets are currently in the playoff race and I think their fans would riot if they traded the best player in franchise history away instead of going for the postseason.
Willz Hernangomez has enough make-believe potential to perhaps trade him away for a player that can help them in their misguided attempt at a short term playoff run that will end with the Toronto Raptors sweeping them and then they’ll lose Kemba in the summer and get no talent back in exchange. Go Bobcats.
Chicago Bulls: Jabari Parker
As much as the Bulls currently look like a dysfunctional franchise, they still have young potential stars in Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter and even Zach Levine and Kris Dunn. They could easily make themselves a home for someone like Anthony Davis is they are smart during this deadline.
Robin Lopez is the obivous choice here as a guy the Bulls should trade seeing as how he clearly hates everyone in the building but Jabari Parker can still trick people into thinking they’re getting a versitile bench scorer and he has a $20 million team option this summer which means yea, he’s going to be a free agent so that’s a decent expiring contract to trade off.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love
Unfortunately Kevin Love has been MIA pretty much all season with a toe injury so we haven’t gotten an opportunity to watch what he could have been post-LeBron.
I’m not certain a team would risk trading for a guy who won’t be in physical playing condition when he returns but I’m also pretty sure Cleveland has the worst front office in sports so all you need to do to get Kevin Love is say ‘please’ after your request and you’re good.
Detroit Pistons: Blake Griffin
Now, I don’t think the Pistons will actually trade Blake Griffin but I just hope they do. It would be absolutely hilarious if every single season, a franchise embraces Blake and tells him that he’s going to be the face of the organization. That he’s going to get his jersey retired there. And then they trade him at the deadline without any warning.
Indiana Pacers: Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans is a bucket-getter. There will always be room on NBA rosters for bucket-getters. The year is 3019 and Derrick Rose just scored 18 points with no assists.
With Oladipo out for the season and the Pacers sitting on a bunch of cap space, this is their chance to acquire a point guard better than Darren Collison with multiple years on their contract because free agents aren’t sprinting to Indiana. Get Mike Conley in the building asap.
Miami Heat: Hassan Whiteside
jkjk, the Miami Heat gave Hassan Whiteside $27 million a year and they’re stuck with him until the end of time.
Milwaukee Bucks: Thon Maker
Thon Maker requested a trade this week. I don’t think the Bucks should trade him but I do believe that a team like the Bucks are able to sustain their first place position almost entirely because of thier team chemistry and having just one guy in the locker room who doesn’t want to be there can throw everything off.
New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina
The New York Knicks made a pre-deadline deal this week that has me feeling a type of way so I won’t get into how insane it is that they traded their best player since Patrick Ewing in exchange for ANOTHER underwhelming point guard to join the ranks of Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina but since they did, there’s no sense of keeping Ntilikina on this team at all.
He stinks. He reguarly doesn’t even get into games because he stinks and if the Knicks were ready to punt on an All-Star like Porzingis, it makes zero sense for them to cling to a guy who is like, decent, at defending the perimeter.
Orlando Magic: Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross is averaging 13.9 points and shooting 37.5% from behind the arc. Now, he can’t play any defense and can’t create his own shot off the dribble but teams are desperate for 3-point shooting and it would shock me if playoff teams aren’t calling Orlando’s phone day and night to acquire Ross.
Philadelphia 76ers: Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler’s time in Philly so far has been very square peg in round hole. The Sixers needed an off-ball scorer to play alongside Embiid and Simmons and they got a guy who thinks he’s the only scorer on the team. I love Jimmy Butler but he’d be a great like, Orlando Magic, where he is very clearly the man.
I also don’t suspect Butler will re-sign in Philly so it would behoove the Sixers to trade his expiring contract and get back the depth they lost when they acquired him.
Toronto Raptors: Paskal Siakam
All Lakers rumors aside, the Toronto Raptors can and very well could trade for Anthony Davis at the deadline and it wouldn’t and shouldn’t shock anyone after the move they made to land Kawhi in the offseason. The Raptors aren’t fucking around anymore. LeBron is in the Western Conference now so there’s nothing stopping Toronto from murdering everyone.
Paskal Siakam is the Raptors best prospect and fuck it, throw OG Anunoby in there with all future first round draft picks. Just get Anthony Davis and run the West.
Washington Wizards: John Wall
Lol at any team dumb enough to acquire John Wall but after the Clippers signed Blake to the Super Max and still found a team dumb enough to trade for him, the Wizards can very well do the same with Wall. John Wall for Blake Griffin straight up…who says no? Whom?
Dallas Mavericks: Dorian Finney Smith
I don’t know, man. Fuck the Mavs.
Denver Nuggets: Paul Millsap
I don’t live in a world where 34-year old Paul Millsap averaging 12 points per game deserves his $30 MILLION
Golden State Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins is making minimum wage and returning from an achilles injury. He looks like he’s better than he ever was scoring effieciently and making a massive impact on the defensive side of the ball.
Perfect time to flip him for draft picks, especially knowing that Kevin Durant is most likely leaving after the year. Here’s what people forget about the Warriors: they have the best training staff in the league who pretty much made Steph Curry new ankle out of paper machete and Instagram stock. Of course Boogie looks healthy as hell.
The second they trade him to like, Charlotte, Boogie’s heel is going to burst into flames and the Warriors get a lottery pick. All apart of the master plan.
Houston Rockets: Brandon Knight
At this point in his career, Brandon Knight isn’t even a basketball player anymore. He exclusively exists so to make the money match in trades. Knight makes $14 which is the perfect medium sized contract to move for an actual basketball player. I mean shit, he almost brought Jimmy Butler to the Rockets just because he makes the same amount of money as him. The perfect trade chip.
I couldn’t even find a photo of this man in a Rockets jersey.
Los Angeles Clippers: Milos Teodosic
Milos is one of the funnest basketball players in the league to watch with his crazy court vision and passing ability and he’s buried on the bench behind Shai Gilgeouis Alexander, Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams.
Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram
Remember when Ingram was drafted and everyone compared him to Kevin Durant because they were both tall and skinny and for no other reason? That was dumb.
Brandon Ingram is supposed to be this ‘scorer’ and his career high is 32 points which was the only time he has ever scored more than 30 points. Andrew Wiggins has no idea where he’s supposed to be standing on a basketball court and even he scores 30 points at least like, once a week.
The Lakers made Ingram untouchable last summer and now they’re out of the playoffs as of right now because they didn’t realize than Ingram hit his head on his own ceiling already and it turns out, he stinks.
Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol
Jaren Jackson Jr is the only player on this team that should be on the team next season. But let’s start with Marc Gasol who got a coach fired last season and now Memphis is 14th in the West. That’s some Dwight Howard in Orlando type shit.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Rose
Bejing Ducks could use a point guard off the bench.
New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis
Ignore the Lakers deal. That’s not happening. Not in the middle of the season anyway. The Lakers can’t trade like, 5 guys for Anthony Davis right now. But look at the Kawhi, Jimmy Butler and Paul George trades.
Minnesota got Covington and Saric, Indiana got Oladipo and Sabonis, San Antonio got DeMar DeRozan. It is very that a team comes out of the clouds at the deadline and offers Pelicans actual good rotation players/All-Stars as well as draft picks instead of like, Josh Hart.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Patrick Patterson
I’m not sure what Patrick Patterson actually provides for this team. OKC struggles to score so having Patterson shooting 38% from the field does absolutely nothing for them. But he can shoot the 3 ball so he’ll always have trade value.
Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson
Sooo the Phoenix Suns wasted the 4th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. His minutes have gone up in the past month but that’s pretty much just Phoenix trying to raise his trade value but he still can’t shoot and his defense isn’t as great as we previously believed it would be.
Portland Trailblazers: Evan Turner
Evan Turner makes $17 million this season and next. And the Portland Trailblazers can find a way to move that stupid contract, they might finally be able to participate in free agency for the first time since ya know, when they signed Evan Turner to that stupid contract.
Sacramento Kings: Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph is a LEGEND who currently plays zero minutes every night because he’s a
San Antonio Spurs: Pau Gasol
Everything I just said about Zach Randolph minus the weed. Or not? I don’t know what Pau does in his free time.
Utah Jazz: Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio is one of my favorite players in the NBA and incredibly underrated. He’s also a
He’s also on a expiring deal and I don’t think Utah plans on re-signing him plus, Donovan Mitchell handles the ball more often to flip Rubio for more depth on the roster so you can beat OKC in the first round of the playoffs again as is destiny.
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