We all know how crazy of a week it’s been for the NBA and it’s 30 teams. Trades and trade rumors are swirling around our heads like we just walked into a wasps nest. But this at least, is somewhat enjoyable.
There have been a few rumors surrounding possible blockbuster trades that could take place ahead of tomorrow’s draft, and only a select number of them are actually worth paying attention to.
1. Some of the biggest news/drama in the NBA over the past week has been about Kristaps Porzingis and his “feud” with Phil Jackson. Phil has reportedly been shopping the future all-star after Porzingis has failed to be in contact with anyone in the front office after quite some time.
So now, the Knicks are reportedly looking to move Porzingis for a top-4 pick in tomorrow’s draft. Phil’s sights are set on stand-out Kansas guard Josh Jackson, and shipping Porzingis might be the only way he snags him. One team that could be intrigued by Phil’s offering is the Boston Celtics. Currently sitting at #3 in this year’s draft, the Celtics could definitely use Porzingis as a way to challenge the Cavs in the East. The Knicks would probably hope to acquire not only the #3 pick, but also a player capable of entering the starting lineup immediately. My first thoughts go toward Jae Crowder, but there are many other players Phil could ask for, such as Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown, or both.
Keep your eye on this. As I was writing this, news broke of Phil Jackson saying “As much as we love him, we have to do what’s best for the club.” Now this definitely makes it sound like a trade could be on it’s way.
2. Another big name player that could be shipped is DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers have reportedly been in talks with the Suns, who hold the #4 pick, about a possible trade. The Clippers, who could also lose both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in free agency this off season, are most likely looking to press the restart button. A recurring number of failed season with their “big 3” has left the franchise with little to no options left. Keep an eye out for DeAndre being shipped for at least a top-10 pick before the draft.
3. We also cannot forget about Paul George in the mix of all of this other drama. George has told the Pacers that he intends to leave in free agency next summer and sign with the Lakers. What a bummer for Indiana. However, the Lakers don’t want to wait. And the fed up Pacers do not either. Both teams have reportedly been in talks about moving PG13 for the Lakers newly acquired drafts picks (from trading Mozgov and Russell). There’s a very good chance the sides come to an agreement.
4. The San Antonio Spurs have also been reportedly taking calls about LaMarcus Aldridge. After performing poorly during this past season’s playoffs, the Spurs seem like they are looking to free up some cap space and move Aldridge for a top-15 pick. Sources say he is also eager to leave San Antonio. This would leave the Spurs with the option to target some other big name players this summer such as Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry. LaMarcus, who could still be a valuable asset to any team, is likely to get moved, however the Spurs might have to settle for a lesser offer if they intend to do so.
5. Lastly, Jimmy Butler could be on the move after talks have reportedly heightened between the Bulls and teams such as the Timberwolves and the Celtics. Butler, who had told team officials that he would prefer to stay with the Bulls while the Cavaliers made a push for him, is definitely not an untouchable player. Watch for a potential Jimmy Butler trade on draft night.