We’ve already seen NBA trades that will shake up the foundation of the league next season. It has been just over a day since the Association allowed teams to finalize trades ahead of the NBA Draft and free agency later this week.
From Chris Paul heading to the desert to the Milwaukee Bucks acquiring Jrue Holiday, a lot of these NBA trades have involved point guards. However, there’s other positions to check in on. Some more trades will also take place ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft and over the course of the next few days.
It’s in this that we look at what blockbuster NBA trades could be coming next.
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One of the biggest blockbuster NBA trades in history: James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets
We have heard countless rumors suggesting that Harden wants the Houston Rockets trade him to either these Nets or the Philadelphia 76ers. Short of Philly offering up Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, Brooklyn seems to have the best potential package to land the former NBA MVP.
James Harden trade scenario
- Rockets get: Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince and 2020 first-round pick
- Nets get: James Harden
This one makes too much sense on the surface. If Nets general manager Sean Marks is hellbent on adding Harden to the mix with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, this is the best he can offer.
As for the Rockets, they pick up three potential franchise cornerstones and a second first-round pick in Wednesday’s draft after having already traded Robert Covington.
More blockbuster NBA trades: Warriors move down, acquire Collin Sexton
There’s been rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers are already looking to trade Collin Sexton after just two seasons with the team. It’s somewhat surprising given that the former lottery pick averaged north of 20 points per game on 47% shooting from the field as a sophomore.
With that said, those within the NBA don’t view Sexton as much more than a bench piece on a good team. That’s great news for the Warriors, who need more depth in the back court behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Collin Sexton trade scenario
- Warriors get: Collin Sexton, fifth pick, protected 2021 first-round pick
- Cavaliers get: Kevon Looney, second pick
Cleveland has been linked to star guard LaMelo Ball leading up to the draft. They see him as a franchise cornerstone with Darius Garland. Moving Sexton and a highly protected 2021 first-round pick (top-10) for the right to draft Ball makes a ton of sense.
From Golden State’s perspective, it would still be able to take a player at a position of need at five or move down even further for more draft-pick compensation. Sexton would also fit right in as the team’s third guard and a scoring threat off the bench.
Russell Westbrook to the Charlotte Hornets
I am not 100% sure that trading for Westbrook makes sense given that Charlotte already has a strong backcourt in that of Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier. But I am not MJ.
Russell Westbrook trade scenario
- Hornets get: Russell Westbrook and P.J. Tucker
- Rockets get: Terry Rozier, Nicolas Batum, P.J. Washington and two 2020 second-round picks
By virtue of their trade of Robert Covington, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Rockets are looking to add draft pick compensation. They are not going to get the Hornets first-round pick (third overall) in this proposed trade. Rather, Houston adds Rozier to team up with Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie (see above-mentioned Harden trade). It would be a nice trio in the backcourt.
As for the Hornets, teaming Westbrook up with Graham could lead to a ton of matchup problems. They would still have the third pick (hopefully James Wiseman) and young forward Miles Bridges to build a strong big four.
DeMar DeRozan to the Atlanta Hawks
DeRozan’s decision to opt into his contract for next season can’t be seen as too much of a surprise. However, it will likely lead to the rebuilding San Antonio Spurs trading him at some point soon.
The 31-year-old guard would be a good get for pretty much any team in the NBA. The four-time All-Star is averaging 23.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 47% shooting since the start of the 2015-16 season.
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DeMar DeRozan trade scenario
- Hawks get: DeMar DeRozan, 11th pick
- Spurs get: Dewayne Dedmon, John Collins, sixth pick and 2021 first-round pick
The idea of teaming DeRozan up with stud guard Trae Young might be too hard for the Hawks to pass up on here. They’d still be able to pick in the lottery and would pretty much end the entire John Collins contract drama in the process. Meanwhile, this 2021 first-round pick would go to San Antonio via Oklahoma City from an earlier trade.
From a Spurs perspective, acquiring a potential franchise cornerstone in Collins while moving up to the top six would make sense for the rebuilding franchise. They’d also add draft pick assets in the move.