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The NBA trade season has officially begun, and Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks marks its first major offseason deal.
With draft week now here, there should be a lot more movement as all 30 teams are now eligible to trade for the first time since early February.
As teams attempt to get into the draft or part ways with veteran talent for additional picks, the following five trades could happen based on recent rumours.
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Get Miami Heat: G/F Eric Gordon, 2024 second round election
Houston Rockets received: No. 27 overall selection, F Duncan Robinson
After trading Christian Wood with the Dallas Mavericks in a deal overwritten by the No. 26 overall pick, the Rockets are apparently not done buying veterans.
Bleacher Reports Jak Fischer notes that Houston is seeking a first-rounder for Eric Gordon, who is having a strong season at the age of 33.
A team that could use Gordon’s instant attack ability? Miami.
The Heat own a late first-round player Houston is looking for (No. 27 overall) and have a match-pay play in Robinson. While Robinson looked like a core member after signing a five-year, $90 million contract last offseason, he averaged just 5.6 points in 12.3 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Trading for Gordon (13.4 points, 2.7 assists, 41.2 percent shooting for three) while also giving up Robinson’s contract and picking up a future second would help the Heat both now and in the future.
For the Rockets, the trade gives them four first-round picks (Nos. 3, 17, 26, and 27) so they can look to move up the draft or fill in the rest of a young roster led by Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun.
Robinson struggled last season but can still be one of the NBA’s best three-pointers and a perfect ground spacer to bypass the team’s ball-dominant guards.
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Atlanta Hawks received: No. 6 overall, F/C Isaiah Jackson, PG TJ McConnell
Indiana Pacers receive: No. 16 overall, F/C John Collins
The Hawks already have number 16 in the draft, but apparently want to move up.
As Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer writes, “League sources say the Hawks are looking to add a lottery pick either by trading directly with John Collins or by including that pick as well.”
The Pacers make sense as a trading partner because Collins would fit alongside Myles Turner as a starting force for an Indiana team likely looking to return to the playoffs as soon as possible.
Simply giving up No. 6 overall for Collins would be too much, but to go down 10 spots and still retain a quality pick at No. 16 seems about right.
The Hawks are better off giving up Collins and the number 16 for a good return. The move up to sixth overall fulfills the team’s reported desire to add a lottery pick where Atlanta could snag a player like Dyson Daniels, Shaedon Sharpe or Keegan Murray.
Getting Jackson helps make up for the loss of Collins, and McConnell gives the Hawks another much-needed playmaker, particularly with Delon Wright set to become an unrestricted free agent as a backup point guard.
If the Hawks are looking to move up the draft and are looking for teams interested in Collins, Indiana seems like a perfect fit.
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Minnesota Timberwolves receive: F. Jerami Grant
Detroit Pistons received: SG Malik Beasley, C Naz Reid, No. 40 overall pick (via Washington Wizards)
Grant, one of the top names in the trading market, is “generally expected to be on the road this summer,” according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
The 28-year-old would ideally fit into a Timberwolves team that needs a two-way striker to slip between Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Grant can be a defensive stopper who can protect multiple positions while carrying the offensive load for stretches.
For a Minnesota team looking to gain momentum after an exciting first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies, the addition of Grant to a nucleus of Towns, Edwards, D’Angelo Russell, Patrick Beverley, Jaden McDaniels, Jarred Vanderbilt and others could help the Wolves play for a top 4 seed in the West next season.
Detroit could really use an outside threat like Beasley, as the Pistons finished 26th overall in threes per game (11.3) and 29th in three-point accuracy (32.6 percent). The 25-year-old shooting guard made the fifth most three-pointers of any player (240) with an accuracy of 37.7 percent last season and had the lowest turnover rate (4.7 percent) in the NBA.
Reid, 22, has developed into one of the better backup centers in the league, and Detroit picks an extra second-rounder in this draft as well.
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Portland Trail Blazers received: No. 12 overall selection, F Lu Dort
Oklahoma City Thunder Obtained: No. 7 overall, SG Keon Johnson
This trade idea comes from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, who writes, “There has been increasing talk of Portland potentially trading the seventh pick to Oklahoma City for No. 12 and a package that could include Lu Dort.”
As the Blazers look to rebuild the roster around Damian Lillard, they will need some significant defensive additions after finishing 29th last season (116.3 rating).
Dort is just 6ft 3 inches tall but has enough muscle on his 215-pound frame to defend everyone from point guard to power forward glass and makes an excellent addition to Portland’s perimeter. The 23-year-old scored in also posted a career-high 17.2 points per game for OKC last season.
Agreeing to drop five spots is worth it for the Blazers if it means bringing Dort on board, especially when a player like Jalen Duren, Jeremy Sochan or Mark Williams is still available.
Stepping up in this trade gives the Thunder two of the top seven picks to add to a core of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. It also gives OKC a chance against players like Keegan Murray, Shaedon Sharpe and/or Dyson Daniels, all of whom will almost certainly be gone on the 12th pick.
While giving up Dort hurts defense, the Thunders don’t have to worry about prolonging it. And Johnson, the 21st pick overall in 2021, adds another young wing with upside potential to the rotation.
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New York Knicks receive: No. 4 overall pick, C Richaun Holmes
Sacramento Kings receive: #11 Overall Winner, 2023 First Round Winner (via Dallas Mavericks), G/F Alec Burks, SG Quentin Grimes
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there are a number of teams trying to move up to No. 4 to select Purdue guard Jaden Ivey. One of the teams he mentioned, the Knicks, have the resources and a glaring need for the point guard position.
Ivey would be an instant starter with the Knicks, joining RJ Barrett in an exciting young backcourt that offers plenty of offensive firepower. Though not a true point guard, Ivey made a huge leap as a playmaker from his freshman to sophomore seasons and would have players like Barrett, Julius Randle and Derrick Rose to direct the offense.
The Holmes pick-up gives New York some reassurance at the center position should Mitchell Robinson, an unrestricted free agent, decide to sign elsewhere.
For a Kings team that already has De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell on guard and benched Holmes in favor of Domantas Sabonis after the trade deadline, moving back seven spots in the draft is well worth the extra goodies they got will pick up.
Sacramento will get an additional first-round pick via the Mavs, a 2023 pick that’s only 1-10 protected and will almost certainly carry over next year. Filling in the wing is a must for the kings, who have Burks and Grimes as shotmakers and defenders on the rim.