Who’s the Next Star to be Traded?

Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Sixers, which means it’s time to turn our attention to the next star on the move.  Let’s take a look at the top candidates:

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Anthony Davis

Davis has been the crown jewel of trade targets for a few years now.  The Pelicans have failed to truly take the next step and AD has acknowledged that he wants to win.  Davis is signed through the 2020 season with a player option for the 2021 season.  However, the Pelicans will struggle to put more pieces around him going forward.  They already have $87 million in salary committed for the 2019-2020 season and that does not include re-signing or replacing Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic.  As tough as it is to lose a superstar, it might be the best basketball decision to trade Davis and replenish the lineup with young assets.

Possible Trade Partners: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

Out of the Box Trade Proposal:

Chicago Bulls acquire Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans acquire Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Omer Asik, and a 2019 top-3 protected first-round pick.

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Damian Lillard

The Trail Blazers are in a similar position as the Pelicans.  They are capped out through the 2019-2020 season and they seem to have realized their ceiling.  Their only real move would be to break up their dynamic backcourt duo of Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Lillard would most likely fetch a higher return and makes a little more money than McCollum so trading Damian would most likely set the Blazers up better going forward.

Possible Trade Partners: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat

Out of the Box Trade Proposal:

Denver Nuggets acquire Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers acquire Gary Harris, Will Barton, and a unprotected 2019 first-round pick

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John Wall 

Since drafting John Wall in 2010, the Wizards have made the playoffs four times and have failed to get past the second round in each playoff appearance.  It now appears the Wizards have been lapped by several up-and-coming contenders in Philly, Milwaukee, and Indiana.  A 3-9 start to this season has Washington in sheer panic mode.  Trading John Wall or Bradley Beal feels likely with Wall being the more desirable asset (barely as he stands to earn $46 million in 2022).  Wall’s new super-max deal will kick in next season so the Wizards are under pressure to move him this season while they maintain financial flexibility.

Possible Trade Partners: Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets,

Out of the Box Trade Proposal:

Orlando Magic acquire John Wall

Washington Wizards acquire Nikola Vucevic, Jonathan Isaac, and a 2019 lottery-protected first-round pick

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Kevin Love

Kevin Love is a much better player than people remember.  During the LeBron years, he was relegated to a spot-up three point shooter role.  However, this was a criminal misuse of Love’s talents.  We forget that Love averaged 26 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in his final season in Minnesota.  Only six other players have hit that threshold in a season and all six players are hall of famers.  Love got off to a solid start this season as the lone banana in Cleveland.  He averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists in four games before requiring surgery on his left toe that will keep him out for extended time.  With the Cavs racing to the bottom of the standings, they have little incentive to keep Kevin Love.  Expect a trade closer to the deadline once Love has returned and proven he is healthy.

Trade Partners: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat

Out of the Box Trade Proposal:

Utah Jazz acquire Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Derrick Favors, Dante Exum, and a 2021 lottery-protected first-round pick

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