Unlike the NHL trade deadline which is typically a day long snooze-fest of calm, in the NBA, a storm is the norm and this year won’t be any different. Huge names like Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Al Horford, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony are swirling in the trade winds and it won’t surprise anyone if a truly big name player changes teams by Thursday at 3 pm.
Plus, there are a boatload of very good NBA players who will be waiting on a trade deadline phone call as well. A sample of the names being tossed around includes:
- Hawks Jeff Teague, Thabo Sefolsha, and everyone else in Atlanta,
- Nets Thad Young and unlikely but possible Brook Lopez,
- Hornets Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson,
- Bulls Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol,
- Cavaliers Timofey Mosgov,
- Nuggets Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried,
- Rockets Ty Lawson,
- Pacers George Hill,
- Clippers Lance Stephenson,
- Lakers Brandon Bass and just about everyone else,
- Grizzlies have already traded Courtney Lee,
- Heat Chris Anderson traded, Hassan Whiteside available, plus someone else to get below the luxury tax line
- Bucks Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams,
- Timberwolves Kevin Martin, plus someone please take Nikola Pekovic
- Pelicans Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson,
- Knicks Jose Calderon,
- Magic already dumped Tobias Harris’ contract, Channing Frye is still in play,
- Suns Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker,
- Kings Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufas, Ben McLemore and more,
- Spurs Danny Green (those rumors have to be some kind of joke?),
- Raptors Patrick Patterson,
- Jazz Trey Burke
It’s getting hard to keep up and it’s about to get worse. Most of the names being bandied about will never come close to being traded, but as past deadlines prove, more than enough big deals will happen to keep trade deadline day very interesting indeed.
- Nets trade Kevin Garnett for Thaddeus Young
- Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo and JaVale McGee and got Will Barton
- Pistons in a multi-team multi-player deal turned Kyle Singler into Reggie Jackson
- Heat in a multi-player deal traded two first-round picks for Goran Dragic
- Bucks traded Brandon Knight for Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee.
- Thunder turned Reggie Jackson into Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler
It was a wild and woolly NBA trade deadline last year. It’s is going to be just as exciting this time around.
For teams that are underachieving, deals motivated by money become a very real possibility. The luxury tax provisions of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement are enough to give any general manager reason to pause. It has to be worth it to pay the tax.