cameroncrazies02
A lot of decent names being floated around the trade deadline.  However, this season there aren't nearly as many buyers as there are sellers.  There don't seem to be as many teams that are in the 5-8 seed range with the assets to sell off for a bigger name which may hamper the market.  

Buyers-

-Bucks
Needs-Interior defense/rebounding
Assets-Thon Maker, DJ Wilson, Rashad Vaughn, a few 2nd round picks

The Bucks are in a conundrum.  They are going to be getting back Jabari Parker soon.  That'll bump everyone back in the depth chart and should round out the rotation.  The problem is he doesn't fix the interior defense.  The Bucks have minimal assets to trade unless they traded a key cog (Middleton) to re-tool.  Jabari is also a trade asset, but his value is minimal compared to his potential return on investment as he'll be a free agent.  Mirza Teletovic is also a bit of an asset as it's unlikely he'll play again and his contract can be wiped off the books come next Nov.

-Cavaliers
Needs-Interior and perimeter defense, improved SG
Assets-BKN 2018' pick, own 2018 pick, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Cedi Osman, Channing Frye (exp)

The Cavs are also in a conundrum, however with greater risks and greater rewards.  They can either look long term or short term.  Short term, they sell off their major assets, something like the BKN pick, Cedi Osman and one of their contracts, could net them a huge gain.  But at what risk?  And at what position? Their biggest needs are center and SG.  Center is a bit of a dime a dozen market and they may have options post-deadline with buyouts and SG is a weak trade pool.  They could make some calls on some high end SG's with that package and someone may bite, but then you've sold off all your assets in hopes Lebron stays.  If they keep those assets and make a smaller move with equal or worse salaries, they are looking for short sighted to this season.  Lebron could leave in FA, the BKN pick could lose value if BKN keeps winning and suddenly CLE is bottom of the barrel.

-Philadelphia 76ers
Needs-shooting, PG?
Assets-lots of expiring contracts, picks

PHI could make a team in a dreadful salary situations dreams come true by offering up their expirings.  But PHI's major issue is their lack of a PG.  Do you trade for a higher end or at least starting caliber PG and risk the circus with the Fultz situation or do you wait him out, hope he comes back soon and is in decent shape?  PHI also has a lot of really good talent, any acquisition is going to push guys further back on the bench.

-Washington Wizards
Needs-depth, shooting, interior scoring
Assets-Kelly Oubre, picks

WAS is again in a similar revolving door position they've been in for awhile.  They're a few games above .500 with talent that's seemingly a bit lopsided.  Their bench is pretty horrific.  And they're paying their top 3 guys (Wall, Beal, Porter) max salaries.  Oubre has really come on strong this year and they won't be able to pay him when he comes a FA after next season.  He's at his highest trade value right now.

New Orleans Pelicans
Needs-wing scoring/production
Assets-almost none

The Pels really need to bolster their wing production.  They have a weird rotation of Holiday, Rondo and Moore starting relieved by Darius Miller and Ian Clark.  Their other bench options are Tony Allen, DeAndre Liggins, and Mike James.  Yuck.  But they have nothing to offer except a 1st round pick (early 20's).  They could make a mega deal with Demarcus Cousins, but again, he'll be a free agent and the return isn't great considering he's going to FA and could bolt.

Sellers---

Los Angeles Clippers
Assets-DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Pat Beverley

The Clips are currently 23-22 and 7-3 in their last 10 for the 8th seed.  But they should be selling high.  If they don't, they'll go to free agency potentially losing all 3 of those guys or worse, having to pay them big money.  The Clippers have some young players in Dekker, Jawun Evans, Sindarious Thornwell, Montrezl Harrell and Willie Reed, all who have produced this year and have shown promise.  They need to collect picks and re-build.

Orlando Magic
Assets-Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Mario Hezonja

The Magic are, somewhat surprisingly, tied for worst record in the league.  They have a roster chock full of young talent, but alas, as usual in Magic fashion, they've failed to put it together.  They don't really have a cornerstone player outside of Aaron Gordon who's played really well this season and some young players.  With John Hammond their new GM, it's likely they'll make some moves.

Charlotte Hornets
Assets-Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Frank Kaminsky

The Hornets had a leak that they are putting Kemba on the trade market and hope they can cut bait with some salary (Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist).  The Hornets are chock full of their own picks, so a re-build is fine.  The problem is, if they trade Kemba so they can get rid of a Batum, they have nothing left.  Howard has had a strong bounce back year and could help a contender as well.

Chicago Bulls
Assets-Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez

Two veterans that could help any playoff team are available from the Bulls.  Mirotic is a sweet shooting 4 with a bit of an ego and strong, off-putting personality.  The Bulls are likely to not a top 10 pick in this coming draft and may hope to worsen their position with a trade and adding another asset in return.

Atlanta Hawks
Assets-Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova

The Hawks are bad, with a bad roster and some bad contracts, but they went into this year knowing that and added Belinelli and Ilyasova as veterans who were always likely to be on the market.  Their asking price is a good 2nd round pick for either player.  The Hawks have a long way to go before their contenders again, but shrewd moves like this help.

Sacramento Kings
Assets-Zach Randolph, George Hill

The Kings will probably sell just about anyone for the right price, but have made it very public they're going to start sitting their veterans in hopes they can get their young guys to produce.  A bit of a shock, I was way wrong on this team, I thought they'd fight for a playoff team, but they continue to bottom out.

LA Lakers
Assets-Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Brook Lopez

The Lakers will carefully survey the trade market with their eyes on free agency next year and in 2019.  They've done a masterful job managing their cap with a load of money next summer, but the market may get slim and with little talent to surround any signing FA, they may have sold so low on their team that they have become hard to sign with.  I wouldn't be shocked to hear Lonzo's name on the block considering Lavar Ball may make it hard for any FA to want to sign their, but I'd bet unless someone offered them a pot of gold for him (doubtful) they wouldn't trade him.
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Some fake trades-

CLE incoming-DeAndre Jordan, Avery Bradley, Lou Williams
CLE outgoing-Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson, Cedi Osman, Channing Frye, 2018 BKN 1st rd pick, 2018 CLE 1st rd pk

DET incoming-Amir Johnson, PHI 2018 1st, 2018 CLE 1st rd pk
DET outgoing-Avery Bradley

LAC incoming-Cedi Osman, Trevor Booker, Channing Frye, Jerryd Bayless, 2018 BKN 1st rd pick
LAC outgoing-DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams

PHI incoming-Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson
PHI outgoing-Trevor Booker, Jerryd Bayless, PHI 2018 1st

Why for CLE-ALL IN BABY.  Rose, Bradley, Lebron, Love, Jordan with Lou, Wade, Green off the bench.  This would probably hve to include an additional deal where they trade JR, Shumpert, or Korver for another center for depths purposes, but that could be done.  Also, all of those contracts are expiring so not only are they adding talent, they've gotten rid of the Thompson contract to open up more cap space for next summer to sign/re-sign who they want.

Why for DET-DET really, really wants someone to take their package of Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson and their 2018 1st round pick, but nobody wants severely underperforming talent and a middle teen pick for their star.  DET may be relegated to asset collection and re-engage this summer when they market may be more fruitful.  In this deal, they send out Bradley, who has been a bit of a disappointment (yet still a great trade for them) and who is going to be a FA, match his contract to Johnson (also expiring-no penalty) and add two 1st round picks.

Why for LAC-complete re-build.  The contracts are all relatively even.  They'll take back Osman's rookie deal and Bayless's contract next year which pays him about $9M, but they add the BKN pick, completely bottom out and could end up with two top 10 picks in this stacked draft.

Why for PHI-this may be the hardest bargain to drive, but in reality, they'd add a lot of talent for very little.  PHI still either will get the Laker pick this year or the Kings pick in 2019 depending how the lottery plays out, so they're not out much.  Thomas is a great answer in the short term while Fultz heals.  The problem is, you kind of have two bum PG's now, but they've managed without Fultz for now.  Any added scoring, playmaking and shooting IT adds is a bonus.  The 76ers have been looking for some grit and grind down low when Simmons or Embiid aren't on the court.  Saric and Thompson would be a great pairing off the bench.  IT, Redick, Covington, Simmons, Embiid with Saric, Thompson, and a few of their bench guards is suddenly very fun and competitive in the East.  They also have Richaun Holmes.  Acquiring Thompson would allow them to trade Holmes for depth at SG/SF.
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On the lists Cameron - the only ones that would help the Bucks are DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard.  Both come with concerns and high end salaries.  The Lopez brothers have size, but for me, they are just guys - not difference makers.  

With the Cavs having their struggles, this may be the year to go after the Eastern Conference and shoot for the sky and go for it.  I am not a big Khris Middleton fan and I believe that parting with him would not hurt this team with Parker coming back.  A lineup of Bledsoe, Brogdan, Snell, Giannis, and Howard/Jordan puts this team in a great position.  

What would a trade for Howard or Jordan look like?
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First, the Lopez twins...Brook Lopez has reduced himself to shooting 3's and rebounding even less than usual.  The Lakers aren't taking back any salary beyond this year as well, so he's out.  Robin Lopez, one would think, would be a good fit.  But every advanced stat says he has been bad...albeit, for the Bulls.

As for the Bucks salary situation, they are in a conundrum.  Any deal they receive couldn't be drastically more than what they have on the books for this year plus the next two.  They'll have Jabari as a FA this summer and Brogdon and Middleton as FA's next summer.  So if they acquire a center that's paid $20M next year, we better hope they're sending out an equal amount of salary for next season, if not less.

Acquiring both would be tough, salary wise.  For the Hornets and Dwight Howard, they want to attach bad contracts to any good player to lower their cap.  It is very well known the Hornets would love to shed Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd Gilchrist and, to a lesser extent, Cody Zeller.  They have dangled Kemba walker for that.  The problem for the Hornets is that say you want to trade for Kemba and have to take back Batum.  That's about $35M worth of salary to match.  There are very few expiring contracts this year, so their goal is unrealistic.  As for Dwight, mums the word on whether they'd shed him for lesser salary/better young prospects.  Dwight is owed $24M this year and next, so the contract isn't debilitating by any means.  The problem for the Bucks is they don't have any expiring contracts to offer, so they'd have to offer up one of their youngsters.

DeAndre Jordan's situation is similar but different.  He'd be a harder get from LAC because a) he's expiring, b) LAC is doing well.  So to get him, you'd have to offer a matched salary, a pick and a young prospect.

In both deals, the only realistic option is for the Bucks to offer Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic.  Mirza's contract situation is interesting.  He's out indefinitely due to, I believe, blood clotting issues.  He may never play again.  If a doctor can say Mirza's health issue would cause him to never play again and he retires, the Bucks can waive him 1 year from the date he last played and his contract is voided from the books.  That is a very big benefit for any team next year, because you can take him on knowing you're going to void him and reduce $11M from your cap before years' end getting under the luxury tax.  The problem is, there isn't any way to know all those chips fall into place.  And Gery Woelful reported 2 weeks ago he could come back before seasons' end which complicates things worse.  So any deal the Bucks made would be Middleton going to a 3rd team and giving LAC/CHA something they want.

There are lesser centers out there for the Bucks to go after that would cost them loss.  It's encouraging to see the Bucks bring in Marshall Plumlee and immediately give him minutes.  It means they know there's an issue at center and it needs addressing.  Some other centers that could be available are-Tyson Chandler, Nerlens Noel, Dewayne Dedmon, Richaun Holmes, Kyle O'Quinn.  

Quite frankly, next year may be the better time to be buying into a team selling their stars.  There aren't many available and any that are, are very difficult to get.  I wouldn't mind a 2nd rounder and Vaughn/Wilson/Terry for a center to take over Thon's minutes.  But any big deal I'm deathly afraid of what we're sending out and what we'd be getting back and the cap ramifications.
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Some major injuries could cause a big shake up at the trade deadline.

-Demarcus Cousins is out for the season after tearing his Achilles.  The Pelicans were fighting strong in the West even with a severe lack of bench and wing production.  The Pels were going to be buyers regardless and weren't likely to trade Cousins or Davis, but now they're going to have to try to find production in the middle as well.

-Thunder's Andre Roberson went down with a torn patellar tendon and is also done for the year.  He was the Thunder's lead defensive wing player alongside Paul George and Steven Adams.  Although Roberson is a completely offensive inept player, his defense was what propelled them.  It will be hard to find a replacement as the Thunder have very little to offer.  IMO, they should keep their assets (they don't have a pick to trade anyway) and allow Abrines and Ferguson to take over the G/F responsibilities.  Ferguson has already cracked the rotation at about 20 MPG and has been terrific.  Neither are known for their defense, so everyone else would just have to pick up the pieces.

-Grizzlies PG Mike Conley is done for the year after opting for surgery to repair a bone spur in his heel.  The Grizzlies should've tanked the season and began a re-build.  Instead, they opted to fire Dave Fizzdale to keep Marc Gasol happy.  The fall out has been a record of 17-31....and that was before this Conley injury.  I'd be shocked to see them keep everything in tact.  

Some fake trades-----

ATL receives-Alexis Ajinca, 2018 NOP 1st rd pick
NOP receives-Dewayne Dedmon

Dedmon has been on a tear in ATL as a defensive and rebounding presence.  He opted for a 2/12 deal with a player option for year 2, a smart move as he's moving towards a big day after he surely opts out this summer.  In this deal, ATL will take back Ajinca, a bit player and his 2 year, $4.5M per deal and get back NOP's 1st round pick.  NOP can't spare picks even though they own all of their future picks because of their lack of youth and cap space, but if they want to make a push, Dedmon would be a great add next to Davis as the defensive presence.  They won't be able to make up Cousins' offensive production, but here they at least get some defense.

MEM incoming-Greg Monroe, Dragan Bender, Cedi Osman, 2018 CLE 1st rd pick, 2018 MIL 1st rd pick
MEM outgoing-Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans

CLE incoming-Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans
CLE outgoing-Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, own 2018 1st rd pick

PHX incoming-Kevin Love
PHX outgoing-Greg Monroe, Dragan Bender, 2018 MIL 1st rd pick

Why for MEM-a quick re-build.  They clear a bunch of cap in this deal and get two 1st rd picks.  Bender and Osman haven't had great opportunities where they're at.  Bender has had his development hampered by other young players around him in Len and Chriss, plus the signing of Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley.  He still has some promise, he's got a nice 3P stroke and some length.  Osman is still only 20 or 21 and would be a great add for MEM who doesn't have a lot of young talent on the wing.  The MIL pick is protected, but likely to convey this year as they are bound to make the playoffs.  The picks would be in the 20-25 range, but if they do this deal, they move down the ladder pretty quickly.  Right now, they'd be slated for the 6th pick.  They could get into the top 3 as they're only 3 games ahead of the worst record.  Gasol and Conley out would likely propel them to that.  They still have that horrible Chandler Parsons contract they're stuck with.  They'd have some cap room to work with as they don't have any impending FA's they need to bring back.

Why for CLE-a pretty simple deal if I'm CLE.  This won't necessarily help their defense, but it gives them a true center, something they're lacking badly.  They could also add on top of this deal as they still have Frye's expiring and Shumpert, JR Smith, and Tristan Thompson to dangle.    What's key is they keep the Brooklyn pick in this deal.  

Why for PHX-apparently they're looking at veterans this summer in FA.  Their track record isn't superb in the FA market, so they might be better off trading for vets.  They have a surplus of young players, expiring contracts and picks, the perfect way to add one.  They need more help than just what Love can offer but it's a start, and a pretty mild price.  Bender's played more lately, but hasn't been all that productive, Monroe is leaving anyway and with such a massive expiring contract, they need to take advantage of a team looking to cut cap.  PHX most of all needs a PG.  Collin Sexton would be a great add for them in the draft.  He'd probably be available right around their pick.  Add Love, pick Sexton and you have a good start.


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LAC trades Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson to DET for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, 2018 1st rd pick, 2019 2nd rd pick

For DET-this is what you get when you have a coach/GM, something that grew in popularity over the last 7 years and has since died a very bloody death.  Stan Van Gundy took that role as a, "well, if you want me to coach, I want personnel control as well."  This is where it hurts you.  SVG sees his Pistons on a massive skid, in any other scenario, the first pin to drop would be coach fired, so what does he do?  He protects himself by making a blockbuster deal that hurts you long term to sacrifice himself in the short term.  While DET will bolster one of the best frontcourts in the league in Griffin and Drummond, it bolsters one of the worst 1-3 in the league with Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson.  SVG took over the team and immediately spent all of their cap space on Jon Leuer, Langston Galloway, Boban Marjanovic.  The Pistons will now be paying Drummond and Griffin over half of their cap next year and almost 2/3 of their cap space in 2020-21.  The protections on their pick are nominal as well, the protection for the 1st rounder is top 4 until 2021 where it becomes unprotected.  The pick will likely convey this year.  

PG-Jackson, Ish Smith
SG-Kennard, Galloway
SF-Johnson, Bullock
PF-Griffin, Tolliver, Moreland, Ellenson, Johnson
C-Drummond, Reed

The Pistons weren't going to have cap room this summer anyway, but now they won't have a pick or any tradeable assets.

For LAC-Well, the first cookie that crumbled was one of the last players you'd expect LAC to trade.  Griffin had one of the most untradeable contracts in the league.  In one year, Griffin, Dwight Howard and Miles Plumlee were all traded.  This league is insane.  You have to hand it to LAC that they acquired talent that won't necessarily kill them in the short term, but also won't prevent them from being competitive and also acquired picks.  The Clips have a few routes to go.  Blow it up, trade Drummond and Lou, acquire as many young players and picks as possible and move on, extend those two and see what you have now, or do what they did here, deal them for younger players and assets while staying competitive.  They made out like bandits IMO.  But it will be predicated on what they do from here.  They still aren't in a cap friendly situation, but will have almost no cap hits on their books after next season.

PG-Teodosic, Beverley, Evans
SG-Bradley, Lou Williams, Rivers, Thornwell
SF-Gallinari, Dekker
PF-Harris, Harrell
C-Jordan, Marjanovic

You can't find enough minutes for all those guards.  It'd be great for them to be able to trade Rivers for something of value, but that's not likely.  Teodosic is on a cap friendly deal and could help a playoff team, and obviously so could Jordan and Lou.  The question will be, can they get enough for the latter two to make the deal enticing enough for them, while the receiving team gives up enough while still feeling good about their chances of re-signing those two.
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Bulls trade Nikola Mirotic, Quincy Pondexter and future 2nd rd pick to Pelicans for Omer Asik, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson and 2018 1st rd pick

After balking at the deal for a day, the Pelicans completed the trade and will guarantee Mirotics contract next season. 

For Bulls-its all about asset collection right now. They got a mid round pick for Mirotic opening up room for Bobby Portis and Markkanen. They took on Asiks contract which runs for 2 more years beyond this one but has only $3M guaranteed in the season after next. They will waive Allen but keep Nelson for now. A pretty good deal for the Bulls. They acquired a pick for a potential future package. With Markkanen breaking out they could package Portis and the Pels 1st rd pick to move up. The downside is they'll be paying Lopez, Asik and Felico $34M next season, none of which are high level starters. They've done a good job restarting the franchise. Lavine will be a FA though and he's been bad since coming back. If they empty their pockets for him this summer, the rebuild may be put to a stop.

For Pelicans-the Pels only had their pick to use in trades. They managed to use it to get Mirotic and get rid of Asiks contract, the price is keeping Mirotic next season but Davis, a resigned Cousins and Mirotic next season is a tantalizing rotation. If they lose Cousins to FA, Mirotic is the backup plan for next season. They'll have to make shrewd moves to fill out their roster this summer.
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The trade deadline is 4 days away.  A lot of storylines still coming in.

-The Cavaliers are terrible.  The whole team is completely out of sync, nobody is trying.  They got absolutely blown out by the Rockets tonight, which could led to a complete blow up.  The Cavs are in such a weird position.  They have to try to do something that helps Lebron out now, but also doesn't completely screw them for the future.  I still think they hold onto the Brooklyn pick unless they get a player that helps them now and later if Lebron leaves.  Picks have become very valuable and even though BKN's may not be top 3, it still holds a lot of water.

-The Thunder are rumored in every deal for a wing player right now that can help them in the short term while Andre Roberson is out.  Roberson is likely to be back for next season, but they need wing defensive help now.  Avery Bradley is very available after being traded from DET to LAC and would be a good fit for them as long as they don't have to give up a lot.  Bradley's deal is expiring and he's not likely to be re-signed if he's traded to OKC.  A 2nd round pick and a filler could get the deal done.

-Boston signs Greg Monroe-after a whole host of teams fighting for Monroe's services, he decided to sign in BOS for 1 yr, $5M.  He was rumored to be going to the Pelicans which would've been a great fit after Cousins went down, but they could only offer him a minimum deal.  Money probably had a lot to do with the deal as he's going to be in a reserve role in BOS where he could've started in New Orleans.  

-Joakim Noah is away from the Knicks as he nearly fought Coach Hornacek.  The Knicks are also trying to trade him in the mean time, but that is no easy task as he's owed around $18M for this year plus 2 more.  I still think Noah could be useful to a team, but not at that number.  With the Knicks 7 games under .500, they're not likely to trade their 2018 1st round pick just to unload Noah.
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Bucks trade Rashad Vaughn, 2nd round pick to Nets for Tyler Zeller-

The Bucks 2nd round pick conveys in 2018 if it falls between picks 31-47, if not conveyed, then it defaults to an unprotected 2020 2nd rd pick.  For weeks, the Bucks have been openly shopping Vaughn.  His contract is essentially expiring as his team option wasn't picked up and he has played the least amount of any player.  Unfortunately for Rashad, between the glut of guards in Brooklyn, it's not likely he'll see the floor in BKN either. 

For Milwaukee-I'm not thrilled about the pick.  If it didn't switch to a 2020 and instead was only the "lottery" of the 2nd round, I would've been thrilled, but it's nit picking.  I'm much happier with this deal than I would've been in a deal where we sent Jabari and a bunch of contracts for DeAndre Jordan.  John Henson has played above his contract value this year and has really found his place in the offense.  Any big shake up, especially at center, would have a lot of semantics to work out and how that center would have to adjust his game.  This likely spells the end of the Thon Maker era in Milwaukee for this season.  I don't think they're completely out on him, but it pushes him to 3rd center and Plumlee back down to the Herd, barring injury, permanently.  Zeller was a late free agent addition by Brooklyn to fill out the roster on a minimum deal.  He has battled for minutes with Mozgov, Jarrett Allen and now Jahlil Okafor.  He's a good rebounder, much better than Thon, and has developed his shot to extend to 3P range this season.  That's all we need in a back up center.  Thon couldn't rebound or play even average defense.  The uptick, however slight, Zeller brings, will be hugely impactful for the 2nd unit.  Zeller's contract is a minimum deal with a team option for next season, so a very friendly cap deal.

For Brooklyn-BKN is trying to re-up their draft pick stash.  They made a good move earlier this season by acquiring Demarre Carroll and TOR's 18' 1st and 2nd rd picks for essentially nothing so they could re-sign Lowry and Ibaka.  Now they've made this move to add another pick at no expense.  This is becoming status quo for teams who are re-building and looking to acquire assets.  Zeller out now means a full time rotation of Allen and Okafor, a positive for them to see what they have.  Allen is still only 19 years old and is likely going to be very good once he has a better understanding for the game.  As I said, Vaughn isn't likely to see the court as he's behind Russell, Dinwiddie, Hollis-Jefferson, Lavert, Joe Harris and Nik Stauskas.  But maybe he gets some run late in the season to see what he can bring.  

I liked Rashad.  He must have been really lazy or a bad practice guy to never get ANY burn.  Jason Terry and Dellavedova have been playing more SG to experiment rather than putting Vaughn out their who has a known commodity in his shooting which says everything you need to know about him.  I hope he gets another chance somewhere, I'm positive he gets a chance this summer at least in summer league.  He was a 1st round pick that was buried on the bench and has only played for 1 team.  Those kind of guys get a 2nd chance.
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It is most definitely the quiet before the storm.  A few notes:

-Clippers and G Lou Williams are close to an extension-this is such a strange move IMO.  Lou is having a great season, borderline all-star.  But he's 31 years old, is having by far the best year of his career, and is still shooting about average percentages.  I'd imagine if they're close to a contract, it's going to be something a bit outrageous.  Jamal Crawford saw the same thing happen to him.  He signed a massive extension from the Clippers coincidentally and immediately became almost untradeable where the Clippers then had to send him along with a 1st round pick out and get back a sign and traded Danilo Gallinari who's on a massively overpaid contract now.  I would've sold him off for picks and prospects since the Clippers are in a bit of a re-building/re-tooling mode.

-Cavaliers still very active-they've been rumored with almost every player thus far that's on the market and they're in complete shambles.  They need to sell off every part they have to re-tool this team for a run.  But the BKN pick is almost untouchable per Cavs.  They're apparently still pushing hard for George Hill which blows my mind.  If you get him and Lebron leaves, you're stuck paying him almost $20M per year for the next two years beyond this one.

-Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL tonight and will probably be out until the trade deadline next year which puts the Knicks in a full, blow it up and gain every asset possible.  Enes Kanter is probably their biggest trade piece because not only is he a very good player, he's on a massive expiring contract.  They may be looking to bring him back, but their interior defense with him and Porzingis is poor.  They could take back bad salary in the mean time and collect picks to do so.

-Orlando is very active-with GM John Hammond at the helm, trades are bound to happen.  And almost every player has been thrown out there as a rumor-Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Mario Hezonja and Evan Fournier have all been mentioned.  They're going to have some cap room this summer, but Gordon, Payton and Hezonja are all FA's leaving holes at each position.  They killed themselves signing middling contracts-Bismack Biyombo at $17M per for this yr plus 2 more, Terrance Ross at $10M this yr and next, DJ Augustin at $7.25 for this yr plus 2 more, Jonathan Simmons and Shelvin Mack at $6M per for next year and Simmons for the year after.  They are another team that needs to tear it down and start over.  They're currently tied for the worst record in the league with 4 other teams.  Vucevic is on a very cap friendly deal ($12.5M this yr and next) and they could get a middle round pick back for him.
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Tomorrow afternoon is the trade deadline.  It is definitely going to be a down years for trades, but there still should be some movement.

-There are a glut of players teams want to trade in the final year of their contract.  Aaron Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Rodney Hood, Marcus Smart are all players that have been heavily rumored to be on the block.  All of them are on the final year of their contracts, however.  This makes trading for them that much less enticing when you're bound to re-sign them for a much greater pricetag than what they are at right now.  That's why, when you're a team like the Magic, you need to jump at the chance of extending a players value if he's not a long term fit.  

-Lou Williams contract is actually really good-nothing had come out about salary last night when his 3 yr extension was first reported.  It is a 3 yr, $24M contract with the third year only guaranteed for $1M.  This is a phenomenal contract for LAC and a sign that Lou wants to stay somewhere long term after bouncing around a bit in recent years.  It also signals to free agents, don't expect a giant spending spree like you saw the last two summers (*cough*DellavedovaSnellTeletovic).  

-Wizards locker room is in a word of hurt-John Wall went down with an injury and was expected out for 6 weeks.  Since he went out, they beat the Raptors and Thunder and were the best passing team in the last week.  C Marcin Gortat publicly commented that it was a team win, not a 1-man show which irked John Wall so badly he went on ESPN and commented that he shouldn't be talking, because all he does is get gimme baskets around the rim.  They're sitting at 31-23 and 3rd in the East.  But now what do they do with a chemistry issue?  Wall can't be traded until this summer since he signed an extension last summer.  And since Wall went down, the Wizards have been shopping Gortat.  A rumor came out today of a Gortat and Oubre Jr for DeAndre Jordan deal.  That deal doesn't work straight up, so other salary would have to be worked in.  But it's a real possibility.  And IMO, would hurt the Wizards considering Oubre is one of their best bench players on an already weak bench.  
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Do you see the Bucks making a move for a back-up PG? 
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Crazy. Cavs could be setting up to contend this year or for the future sans LeBron.
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Crazy. Cavs could be setting up to contend this year or for the future sans LeBron.

What difference-makers do they have if LeBron leaves though? Granted, I don't follow the NBA that closely, but are any of the guys they got even close to All-Stars, let alone superstars?
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LA Lakers trade Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr to CLE for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, CLE 2018 1ST rd pick-

For CLE-CLE really messed this trade up.  I like the acquisitions for them, both are very good defenders at multiple positions.  That's what they need.  But the logistics of it are crazy.  The Cavs took one extended salary (Clarkson at $12.5M next yr, and $13.4M in 19-20), gave the Lakers back expirings AND a pick.  The Lakers wanted to dump Clarkson long ago.  He was the lone salary (outside of Deng) that was moveable, but it was going to come at a price.  Instead, they got the Cavs to clear their books almost entirely and received a 1st out of it.  I'm a bit surprised they didn't take back Randle in the deal instead.  I get that he's a FA and Nance has an additional year at a near minimum contract, but Randle would be much more impactful this year.

For LA-it's got to be a bit of a party over there based on this deal.  The Lakers cleared space for two max contracts and received a 1st out of it getting back into this draft, albeit in the 20's.  The Clarkson deal was a bit befuddling from the start, when they have D'Angelo Russell.  They chose Clarkson over Russell and now Russell has been thriving in Brooklyn.  The mess IT is going to bring will be worth the cap space they'll have.
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CLE incoming-Rodney Hood, George Hill
CLE outgoing-Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert

UTA incoming-Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose
UTA outgoing-Rodney Hood

SAC incoming-Iman Shumpert, Joe Johnson, MIA 2020 2nd rd pick (heavily protected), $3M
SAC outgoing-George Hill

For CLE-this was a much better deal for them.  They sent out a few players who have been less than impactful for them and take back Hood, who's still on the verge of breaking out and Hill, a coveted player for them.  Hood is a FA this summer, so they'll have the first kick at the cat of re-signing him.  Hill's contract is this year and next year at about $19M per and the 19-20' season, he's only guaranteed $1M so he's essentially expiring next year.  Both are likely to start for the Cavs for the remainder of the season while Rose was often absent, Crowder bounced in and out of the lineup and Shumpert was completely out of the rotation.

For UTA-I have no idea why they did this deal.  Hood and Johnson were both, in essence, expiring contracts.  They're reportedly going to release Rose and keep Crowder.  They took on salary at $7M+ per season for this yr and two more.  They already have Ingles, Sefolosha, Favors and Jerebko all capable of playing the 4.  UTA, at this point, has some cap space to work with next summer and almost a full roster, but Favors is expiring.  By not trading him, I'm guessing they're going to try to keep him.  Re-signing him puts them over the cap.  They can still work that deal in and use the remaining approximately $10M in cap space to sign other free agents, but it's just confusing to me why they'd add another player who plays the 3/4 that they're the deepest at already.

For SAC- SAC's plan to play vets with their young guys didn't work.  So Hill was a likely trade candidate, but they got nothing for him except about $8M in cap space this summer.  The MIA pick won't convey as it's protected 31-55 in 2020.  Johnson is going to be released as well.  It's a bit of a neutral deal if they are really counting on cap space.  They are projected to have about $25M in cap space this summer, up from $18M before this deal which is great, but they are such a mess as far as signing FA's, I can't imagine they're going to draw in any big name free agents.  They'll be a team to watch for in trades where they acquire salary and get back assets.

CLE trades Dwyane Wade to MIA for heavily protected 2020 2nd rd pick (since traded in Hood/Hill deal)-

I, as well as every NBA fan, was surprised by this deal.  Wade is nothing like he was a few years ago, but he could still be impactful.  I guess acquiring Hill, Clarkson and Hood, Wade didn't have much of a place on the roster.  My guess is he worked it out where he could be released/traded and got to handpick where he wanted to go, which was back to Miami.  If that's the case, a good faith deal all around.
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NYK incoming-Emmanuel Mudiay, POR 2018 2nd rd pick (via DEN)
NYK outgoing-Doug McDermott

DAL incoming-Doug McDermott
DAL outgoing-Devin Harris

DEN incoming-Devin Harris, LAC 2018 2nd rd pick (via NYK)
DEN outgoing-Emmanuel Mudiay

For NYK-a kick at the cat at Mudiay since they're bringing Ntilikina along slowly.  They've tried with different PG's including Jarrett Jack and Trey Burke.  With the tank in full effect, they'll give Mudiay a run in a different environment after struggling through his rookie contract in DEN.  They are swapping their rights to LAC's 18' pick for POR's which is about the same.

For DAL-a very lateral move for them.  Harris is 34 yrs old and they have younger PG's to give a run too.

For DEN-They wanted a more competent, veteran savvy PG since Mudiay has just not been good for them.  
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ORL trades PG Elfrid Payton to PHX for 2018 2nd round pick-

For ORL-oof.  Payton was rumored in big deals in deadlines in the past, but never came about.  He can fill up a stat sheet, but his impact on the floor doesn't match.  His percentages have went up almost every year, but ORL clearly didn't have a use for him in the future and instead tried to get as much out of it as possible.  They'll receive PHX's 2018 2nd round pick which will likely be top 5.  That's almost as good as a late 1st rounder considering some talent always falls to the 2nd round.

For PHX-they have a need for PG as they've tried out many different PG's this year.  They'll give Payton a run at the spot.  He's a good perimeter defender that can get steals which is something PHX desperately needs.  Giving up such a high 2nd rounder can hurt, but they have acquired a number of future 2nds over the years.
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BKN trades Rashad Vaughn to NOP for Dante Cunningham-a very even trade.  NOP desperately needs depth and shooting at SG.  Vaughn may actually get some burn the rest of the season, something he's never seen in his career.  BKN is so bad at the 4 that Quincy Acy has been playing large minutes.  Neither player has any future cap ramifications.
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POR trades Noah Vonleh and cash to CHI for rights to a foreign player-
This was a straight salary dump for POR.  They were over the luxury tax line and with this deal, got below it without it costing them any picks.  Since CHI traded Mirotic, they have a need for depth at the 4.  Vonleh has shown promise at times over the years but has been buried on the bench and wasn't always productive.  He'll get another chance with real backup minutes in CHI.  The big thing in this deal is POR avoids repeater luxury tax penalties, that is, they weren't over the luxury tax line in consecutive years which would raise their luxury tax amount owed exponentially.
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There were a host of other small deals.  None of which were impactful at all.  A lot of roster fill out.  What was notable was during Bucks practice today, GM Jon Horst was seen at practice joking with players and never on his cell phone.  There was some sort of talk from him that they were very confident in their roster and that kind of shows it.  I'm happy we didn't make any other moves today.  We could be buy out candidate suitors but what would cost us Jason Terry or Sean Kilpatrick.  For his loyalty and veteran leadership to the team, it is highly unlikely Terry gets released for a barely-impactful FA.  Kilpatrick can also play the off-guard position in a PG-less lineup.
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