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I would think that they would want to have everything done by September 1 and not compete against the NFL and NCAA football.  The possibility seems to exist for a delay to those seasons if they can't get training camps going by August 1 though.  It sure doesn't seem like we will be seeing arenas full of people watching NBA games anytime soon.  
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Orlando Magic-
Projected Cap Space -$7M/+$14M
Free Agents-DJ Augustin, Michael Carter-Williams, Wes Iwundu, Gary Clark
Caveats-Evan Fournier-$17M player option, James Ennis-$2M player option, Melvin Frazier-$1.6M team option

Roster-
PG-Markelle Fultz
SG-Terrance Ross
SF-Jonathan Isaac
PF-Aaron Gordon, Al Farouq-Aminu
C-Nikola Vucevic, Mo Bamba, Khem Birch

Draft-Incoming-NONE, Outgoing-NONE

Breakdown-
The Magic continue down a treadmill path of perennial 8th seed.  They currently sit 6 games up on the 9th seed, .5 game back on the 7th seed, and 9 games back on the 6th seed.  There's clear separation between good teams and the Magic in the East.  They bought relatively low on Fultz with mixed results.  Some games he shows flashes of why he was the #1 pick, others he's a liability.  They fell hard to the injury bug when Isaac and Aminu went down with season ending injuries which hurt them, but it wasn't going to propel them up the rankings if they stayed healthy.  They have a lot of talent that is stacked behind each other.  While Bamba isn't ready to take a starting center job anywhere in the league, he's a high 1st round pick that's still relegated to 15 MPG.  They signed Aminu to a terrible 3/30 contract when they already had Isaac and Gordon solidified as their forwards.  They also overpaid to keep Terrance Ross who was a borderline role player who had a massive contract year and quickly fell back into his role player mode when he got his contract.  The upside for ORL is they have moves to make.  They own all of their 1st round picks and if Fournier and Ennis opt out of their contracts, they could have some cap room to work with.  But even with $15M in cap space, it's not going to be enough to make a big move.  They likely stay in the same treadmill unless they hit some serious luck somewhere, which doesn't seem to be in the cards.

Utah Jazz-
Projected Cap Space- -$3M
Free Agents-Jordan Clarkson, Emmanuel Mudiay
Caveats-Mike Conley-$34M player option, Georges Niang, Nigel Williams-Goss, Miye Oni, Rayjon Tucker-minimum NG deals

Roster-
PG-Mike Conley, Nigel Williams-Goss
SG-Donovan Mitchell, Mike Oni, Rayjon Tucker
SF-Joe Ingles, Georges Niang
PF-Bojan Bogdanovic
C-Rudy Gobert, Tony Bradley, Ed Davis

Draft-Incoming-NONE, Outgoing-1st rd pick to MEM (top 7, 15-30 protected), 2nd rd pick to GS

Breakdown-
The Jazz made some all in moves throughout the last 9 months acquiring Conley and Clarkson in an attempt to bolster their top end depth.  Conley has been horrible all year, minus some mild improvement late in the season.  Clarkson has been a solid scorer for them off the bench, but now he's expiring and likely going to command in the range of $12-15M per year long term if they want to keep them, pushing them closer to the luxury tax.  They sit comfortably 4th in the West, a good position, but they had higher expectations.  Next year, their depth is going to be even worse.  Conley still has a year left on a massive contract that isn't going to be moved for anything of positive value and Ingles is going to be 33.  Aside from their starters, they have a lot of no-name, non-guaranteed guys.  They're going to have to try to sell off Ed Davis final year of his contract at $5M which seems somewhat unlikely, especially with UTA having to owe MEM a 1st that likely doesn't convey until 2022 which makes moving 1st rd draft picks tough.  They likely re-sign Clarkson and try to fill in the gaps with minimum contracts and maybe one additional impact player for a mid-level exception, but they're about at their peak, around 3rd-5th in the West until they can get out from Conley's contract.  Then though, Mitchell's rookie contract will expire and they'll have to pay him max money.  They are locked into their core of Mitchell, Gobert, Bogdanovic, Ingles and Conley for the forseeable future.

Indiana Pacers-
Projected Cap Space -$9M
Free Agents-Justin Holiday, JaKarr Sampson, Alize Johnson
Caveats-TJ McConnell-$3.5M NG deal

Roster-
PG-Malcolm Brogdon, TJ McConnell, Aaron Holiday
SG-Victor Oladipo, Jeremy Lamb, Edmond Sumner
SF-TJ Warren, Doug McDermott
PF-Damantas Sabonis, TJ Leaf
C-Myles Turner, Goga Bitadze

Draft-Incoming-NONE, Outgoing-1st rd pick to MIL, 2nd rd pick to BKN (protected 45-60)

Breakdown-
The Pacers built a team that should last into next season for much of their core in large part because they haven't gotten to see a fully healthy roster.  Oladipo finally returned and was getting back into regular minutes, hovering around 30 MPG, but Brogdon consistently dealt with various injuries throughout the season, often carrying the load as a primary option, something he's not suited for.  IND is going to see this as a bit of a gap year due to all their injuries and they return all of their key players.  It still remains to be seen how IND deals with their front court.  Turner never fully developed as expected and took a bit of a downward swing after receiving an extension, but as a stretch big who can defend the rim, he's a good fit for today's NBA.  On the other side, Sabonis is a bruiser, a dominant paint scorer who can stretch the floor, but is limited defensively.  They should compliment each other, but they don't often pair well together.  Turner's name came up in trade conversation but nothing materialized.  It's possible IND looks to move him, but they'd need an effective front court player in return and 1 for 1 deals are so irregular.  With limited cap space and no 1st rd pick, they will just fill in around the edges and return next season hoping for a healthier roster.

Milwaukee Bucks-
Projected Cap Space -$10M
Free Agents-Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, Kyle Korver, Marvin Williams
Caveats-Ersan Ilyasova-$7M team option, Robin Lopez-$5M player option, Wes Matthews-$2.6M player option

Roster-
PG-Eric Bledsoe, George Hill
SG-Wes Matthews, Donte Divincenzo
SF-Khris Middleton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo
PF-Giannis Antetokounmpo, DJ Wilson
C-Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez

Draft-Incoming-IND 1st rd pick, Outgoing-1st rd pick to BOS, 2nd rd pick to NOP
Breakdown-
It's hard to judge or predict exactly how Horst will handle Milwaukee's off-season without seeing how they produced in the playoffs.  If they fell short of expectations, there's a chance Bledsoe could be moved, but unlikely.  Ilyasova's contract will likely be declined, while Lopez and Matthews likely opt in.  They're going to be thin up front behind Giannis and in overall depth.  DJ Wilson has been in the dog house all year, even when starters were out, Bud opted for far less conventional rotations rather than plug DJ in, which leads me to believe DJ won't be seen as a primary player.  The Bucks won't have much cap room to work with, but they could use their MLE and biannual exception to round out their roster.  Connaughton, Brown and Korver are all free agents.  Size would certainly help on the perimeter, but Bud likes his small rotations.  They could split up the MLE to bring back Connaughton and Brown, Brown is restricted so he'll be limited in the contract he could receive and it's not likely somebody ponies up big enough.  He too has been out of the rotation except during injury situations, but he has a place on the roster when he has his head on straight.  MIL also owns IND's 1st round pick, slotted for around 19th.  Bud doesn't often play rookies, so they may be best suited to package the pick along with DJ Wilson (a fairly sizable rookie contract at $4.5M to net them a rotational player.  One issue to watch is Wes's player option decision.  He is on a player option for a rookie deal.  He could opt out looking for a 2 year deal around the same price or a little more.  He's a really good defender who shot 37% from 3 this season, a valuable commodity, but he'll be 34 at the start of next season.  I'm sure he won't squabble over a few hundred thousand dollars just to bolt for a lesser team considering this is home for him and he seems to really enjoy the team, but when money is an issue, anything can happen.  Divincenzo can certainly take on a larger load of minutes, but Wes's defense against opposing teams best perimeter players is a luxury the Bucks can't lose.
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Houston Rockets-
Projected Cap Space -$15M
Free Agents-DeMarre Carroll, Jeff Green, Thabo Sefalosha, Tyson Chandler, Bruno Cabocolo
Caveats-Austin Rivers-$2.3M player option, Ben McLemore-$2.2M NG deal, Isaiah Hartenstein-$1.6M NG deal, Chris Clemons-$1.5M NG deal

Roster-
PG-Russell Westbrook, Chris Clemons
SG-James Harden, Eric Gordon
SF-Daniel House, Ben McLemore
PF-Robert Covington
C-PJ Tucker, Isaiah Hartenstein

Draft-Incoming-MEM 2nd rd pick (protected 31-55), Outgoing-1st rd pick to DEN, 2nd rd pick to ATL

Breakdown-
The Rockets have tried to overturn previous contract mistakes over and over again and just continue to compile them.  It started with their trade of Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley and a 1st for Chris Paul.  Within a year, it was obvious Paul and Harden weren't going to work both on and off the floor, so they traded Paul and two 1sts and two 2nds for Russell Westbrook.  It's not to say it's been a bad trade, Westbrook had his best year in awhile last season, but in total they traded five picks including three 1st rounders to get to this point when in reality, Harden, Lou, Beverley and Harrell would be a much more complete group.  They've also made bad moves around the edges.  As good as Gordon can be as a 6th man/complimentary scorer, they ponied up and gave him a FOUR YEAR, $75M EXTENSION LAST YEAR!!!  They then flipped Capela for Covington, which is a pretty even trade, but left them without a center.  Covington is a perfect fit for the team, but they filled one hole and created another.  The ultra-small ball was good for about 5 games before it started getting picked apart and certainly won't last a full 82 game season.  They're now way over the cap, owe five of their next SIX 1st round picks (two being pick swaps) to other teams and are bound to fire their GM Darryl Morey and bring in a new GM to this mess.  It's hard to see how they fix the team unless they completely implode and trade Harden which is virtually zero chance.  The Rockets have been going backwards the last few years and will likely continue to do so with no way to improve their roster.

Boston Celtics-
Projected Cap Space -$25M
Free Agents-Brad Wanamaker
Caveats-Gordon Hayward-$34M player option, Daniel Theis-$5M NG deal, Enes Kanter-$5M player option, Semi Oeleye-$1.7M team option, Javonte Green-$1.7M NG deal

Roster-
PG-Kemba Walker, Carson Edwards
SG-Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Romeo Langford
SF-Gordon Hayward
PF-Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, 
C-Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, Vincent Poirier

Draft-Incoming-MEM 1st rd pick, MIL 1st rd pick, ATL 2nd rd pick, BKN 2nd rd pick Outgoing-2nd rd pick to CHA (protected 31-53)

Breakdown-
The Celtics seemed to be dead in the water after losing Kyrie and Horford with little front court to speak of, but it turns out, Theis strictly as a defender/screen setter/fair outside shooter was the only big they needed.  It helps that Kemba has been a much better fit as a team player and Tatum took a big step forward this season.  Even if they don't make the Finals or ECF and without any cap space, they have a lot to work with this summer.  Hayward and Kanter will accept their player options, and they'll keep Theis while likely declining Ojeleye and Green's contracts if for nothing else but to create roster spots.  The Celtics have three 1st rd picks and two 2nd rd picks to work with in the draft.  It's likely they sell off one or two of those picks for future picks and none of the 1sts will be lottery picks, but having picks 18, 26, 30, 34, and 46 is a lot to work with, in addition to being able to package Kanter's expiring and Langford and Robert Williams rookie contracts in a deal.  While Theis is a good fit for them, they could still upgrade there.  BOS is on the right track, it's just a matter of how Danny Ferry works his magic.  He has always been reluctant to make trades, especially those that aren't big time deals, but middle of the road roster improvements.  He'll have to do that this summer with so many draft picks and a need to improve depth.

Brooklyn Nets-
Projected Cap Space -$28M
Free Agents-Joe Harris, Wilson Chandler
Caveats-Garrett Temple-$5M team option, Theo Pinson-$1.7M team option, Timothe Luwawu-Cabbarot-$1.6M NG deal

Roster-
PG-Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie
SG-Caris LaVert
SF-Kevin Durant, Dzanan Musa
PF-Taurean Prince, Rodions Kurucs
C-DeAndre Jordan, Jarrett Allen, Nicolas Claxton

Draft-Incoming-PHI 1st rd pick, DEN 2nd rd pick, Outgoing-1st rd pick to MIN (top 14 protected), 2nd rd pick to BOS

Breakdown-
It was known all along when BKN signed Irving and Durant that this would be a bit of a gap year, but some still projected BKN pretty high with a pretty well rounded roster, but those projections were based off a feisty, team-oriented style based around D'Angelo Russell.  They traded away some parts, messed with their lineup and brought in Kyrie who, of course, didn't get off on the right foot with his teammates and when Kyrie was hurt, BKN was just as good, record-wise.  Next year will be the true test.  Irving and Durant splitting ball handling and scoring duties is going to be a soap opera.  Those are the two most enigmatic players in the league who are very outspoken on the court.  Rumor is, they want to bring in another star too.  BKN is going to dangle Dinwiddie, Allen and the 1st from PHI to try to make things happen.  Who that third star is a big unknown.  On paper, they have a well-rounded roster, but they extended Prince way too early (to the tune of $13M per year for 4 years) when he's just a role player.  BKN is going to look very different by the start of next season and they could be a tough out, but Durant coming off a brutal achilles injury and Kyrie battling a bad shoulder all year could be a bad sign for them after signing two max contracts for two guys with injury issues.  On top of that, they stunted the growth of Allen, a much cheaper and younger option similar to Jordan, but signing Jordan was the caveat to getting the other two.  I can't imagine Allen sticks aroud.  He's extension eligible this summer and they won't pay to bring him back for the money he wants just to backup DeAndre.  As for their roster, they're going to lose Joe Harris as he's going to make a ton of money in FA.  And he's the ultimate floor spacer they need for this team.  Temple is a buddy of Durant, so they may keep him, but he's a bit player at this point and $5M is a steep price just to keep a friend around.  

Philadelphia 76ers-
Projected Cap Space -$33M
Free Agents-Alec Burks, Raul Neto, Kyle O'Quinn, Norvel Pelle
Caveats-Glenn Robinson-$2M player option

Roster-
PG-Ben Simmons
SG-Josh Richardson, Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton, Zhaire Smith
SF-Tobias Harris, Furkan Korkmaz
PF-Al Horford, Mike Scott
C-Joel Embiid

Draft-Incoming-OKC 1st rd pick (top 20 protected), ATL 2nd rd pick, NYK 2nd rd pick, LAL 2nd rd pick, Outgoing-1st rd pick to BKN

Breakdown-
This was not quite the season PHI expected they'd have.  They expected to sit around the top of the East and get at least to the ECF, but the way the season was going, they were looking at a 1st or 2nd round exit.  This time off will probably benefit them the most, getting Embiid and Simmons healthy, but it still may not be enough.  One season of this lineup after such major changes shouldn't be enough to tear it back down, but it may be just that.  There's serious locker room issues.  Horford has been pulled in and out of the starting lineup and even after they acquired Glenn Robinson, he almost immediately complained about his place on the roster very publicly.  PHI will have some to work with, including a mid-to-late 1st and three 2nd round picks, including two very early ones.  The best situation would be to be able to get out from under Horford's contract without costing them assets and getting something valuable in return, but that seems highly unlikely.  They won't judge this roster in a negative light if the season is canceled or if they at least get to the 2nd round, but a 1st round exit could cause some serious turnover.  There could be some massive trade talk of an Embiid or Simmons trade if this doesn't work out well for them if the season resumes.  As for their roster, they don't have any cap space, but aren't losing anybody of real value except Burks who was likely going to be a rental all along.  They need to improve their depth in the front court and at backup PG, but they'll likely do so with their picks and with veteran minimum contracts.

Golden State Warriors-
Projected Cap Space -$33M
Free Agents-Dragan Bender
Caveats-Damion Lee, Marquese Chriss, Ky Bowman, Mychal Mulder, Juan Toscano-NG minimum deals

Roster-
PG-Steph Curry, Ky Bowman
SG-Klay Thompson, Damion Lee, Jordan Poole
SF-Andrew Wiggins
PF-Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, Alen Smailagic
C-Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss

Draft-Incoming-DAL and UTA 2nd rd picks, Outgoing-2nd rd pick to DAL

Breakdown-
After Klay went down late in the playoffs and Steph broke his hand, it was clearly a complete gap year for the Warriors.  They rested Draymond a lot, played a lot of rookies and undrafted players and found themselves with the worst record in the league.  Mid-year, they made the trade everyone expected sending D'Angelo Russell to MIN in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and MIN's 2021 1st and 2nd rd picks which is only top 3 protected.  The jury is still out on how Wiggins will produce for them.  He's going to play a significantly greater off-ball role when Steph and Klay come back which remains to be seen how he'll handle it.  As for their front line, Green, Paschall and Looney is a fine group, but could improve.  Green is aging pretty quick, but his defense, passing and IQ will stay with him, but it shows how little he impacts a game without star power around him.  Paschall was a really nice pick up for them as a backup 4, he can absolutely put the ball in the rim from all three levels.  Looney was hurt most of the year and is a bit of a replacement level player.  Smailagic is a nice project plyer GS has been developing for years and will serve formidably as their emergency big.  Where they really need to improve is at center and depth.  GS will hve the greatest chance at the top pick with a high likelihood of a top 3 pick.  Their window is now though and bringing in a rookie, especially someone like Anthony Edwards, a combo guard who likes the ball in his hands, or an unproven player like LaMelo Ball or James Wiesman may not fit GS's current positioning.  If they believe they can win with what they have, plus some minimum contracts and a rookie, they'll take one with the idea their future is in the hands of the top pick.  If not, they could maximize that pick, but their isn't likely to be any Anthony Davis's out there to swing for the fences.  The one that could have been appealing, Karl Anthony Towns, is now likely to stay in MIN after they acquired Russell.
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Most Available Players-

With a weak draft at the top, a very weak free agency class and the summer of 2021 being one of the highest touted FA classes in years, there is a recipe for a very active trade market this summer.  Some trades will come in the form of sign and trades, but there are some names out there on teams looking for a change.

Bradley Beal-
I would be extraordinarily skeptical there's a Beal trade out there.  First off, it'd cost the acquiring team an arm and a leg.  He's under contract for two years, plus a player option on a third year, he's coming off his best season by far, and is only 26 years old.  WAS isn't necessarily in a position to trade off and re-build considering the massive contract owed to John Wall is going to hamper their cap flexibility in the future, second, they won enough games this year they won't be in a position to get a top pick (unless lottery balls fall their way) and build around a top rookie.  The latter was how New Orleans was able to stomach an Anthony Davis trade.  They didn't have much of a roster, were slotted for the 7th pick and jumped to #1, then the Lakers went from 11 to 4.  That perfect storm allowed the Pelicans to nab Zion as well as the 4th pick in a package from the Lakers.  A Beal trade would have to fall under those similar parameters.  BUT, if there was a trade out there, here's a few options.

WAS trades Bradley Beal to ATL for John Collins, Cam Reddish, 2020 1st rd pick

For WAS-if there's a perfect package for WAS, it's a developed player, a high level prospect and a high pick and ATL is one of the only teams that can offer such a package.  WAS could re-build around Collins, Reddish and likely a top 4 pick while still having John Wall, Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr, Mo Wagner on their roster.  If their draft pick improved no more, they'd hold the 4th and 9th picks in the draft.  There's certainly a scenario where, say CLE stays at 2, they trade 4 and 9 for 2, and get Anthony Edwards or James Wiseman to round out their roster.  After next season, without spending a lot in the summer, they'd have in the range of $30-40M in cap space to work with as well.  It's far more appealing for WAS to continue to hold onto Beal, hope for a big jump from Hachimura and Wall returns healthy to get into a playoff spot, but this team has a ceiling.  Reddish came on a lot towards the end of the season looking like every bit the 2-way player he was expected to be and Collins is a virtual lock for 20 and 10 a night.

For ATL-they have a ton of young talent, and have built a formidable group of Young, Collins, Capela, Hunter, Reddish and Huerter, but by next year they're going to have to start talking extensions and locking up their young guys long term.  They should be as aggressive as possible to lock up a core now while they hold a high pick and their rookie contracts are still of high value.  This trade would still offer them a core of Young, Beal, Hunter, Capela and Huerter and still have a ton of cap room to work with this summer.  Young and Beal would be devastating offensively, defensively is another story, but Klay Thompson wasn't a high level defender coming into the league, has developed himself as one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and they are smart with their rotations.  ATL could prop themselves up in a similar fashion.

Brooklyn trades Caris LaVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, PHI's 2020 1st, BKN 2022 1st, pick swaps in 2021 and 2023 for Bradley Beal

For WAS-this is more of a package deal for WAS.  There's major upside and downside.  Dinwiddie was a near all-star this year and plays well in a team oriented system in both backcourt positions.  LaVert, prior to a leg injury, was putting up 20 a game on high efficiency and playing both ends of the floor and returned to form late in the season.  Allen is a menace on the interior blocking shots and grabbing rebounds.  Those three alone don't net Beal, which is why BKN would have to add a lot of pick value.  PHI's 1st is going to be a low 20's pick, they'd then have to offer up a full unprotected 22' 1st and who knows where Kyrie and Durant will be in their career after two more full regular seasons.  They'd also sweeten the deal by offering two pick swaps, the 21' swap not likely conveying as BKN should be far more competitive next season than WAS, but 23' would be a huge deal if WAS re-builds properly and BKN could be anywhere in 3 years.  Dinwiddie is in the final year of a contract (he has a player option for 21', but likely to decline for a far more lucrative offer) and LaVert has a $17.5M extension that kicks in, for 3 years, starting next season.  Allen will need an extension soon, which is where this deal becomes tough.  To be profitable, WAS would have to extend Dinwiddie and Allen next summer, tying up their cap space and putting a lid on their roster around Wall, Dinwiddie, LaVert, Allen and Hachimura, but the picks could swing a deal.

For BKN-they reportedly want to bring in a third star.  I don't know how they divvy up the share of the rock between Kyrie, Durant and Beal, but together, they'd be a nightmare to try to defend.  If this is the way they want to go, they'd have to give up a ton.  They'd be left still with some decent role players surrounding those three, but I'm sure BKN fans have flashbacks to the KG/Pierce trade that completely rocked their franchise sending them into a tailspin for years.

DEN trades Michael Porter Jr, Gary Harris, HOU's 20' 1st rd pick, DEN's 2022 1st rd pick

For DEN-Porter Jr is probably one of the highest trade value players on a rookie contract that is tradeable.  He finally came back healthy and was an absolute bucket-getter.  He looked like a cross between Durant and Giannis, but the question is his health.  Can he stay healthy enough to warrant upending your franchise for?  Harris too has major health issues, and he's been unsteady offensively when he has battled through and played, but there's a reason he got a $17M per year extension two years ago, he's an excellent two way player when he's rigt.  DEN would have to throw in HOU's 1st (in the 20's) and a future 1st to get WAS to bite, but a grouping of Beal, Jokic and Murray could be devastating together.

For WAS-As stated, the big win is Porter.  Porter and Hachimura could turn a new leaf for WAS with Wall leading the way.  Those three would be really tough to defend.  Add in Harris as the SG and upgrading at center to Okongwu in the draft at 9 would be a huge win.

Rudy Gobert-news reports today said Gobert seems to be on the outs in Utah.  Seemingly, his Coronavirus issue was the final straw for them.  Gobert reportedly has a lot of diva issues and the way he was so care free about Coronavirus, then testing positive for it caused a lot of strife.  Leaks came out that Gobert has not had any contact with his teammates and the relationship between him and Donovan Mitchell seems completely broken.  How Utah re-builds after they built a team around Gobert seems like a giant step.  They signed and re-signed a bunch of guys who can play defense on the perimeter, relying on Gobert's back-end defense to make up for it, so a Gobert trade would change the dynamics of their team.  On top of that, they have a ton of money invested in Conley, Bogdanovic, Ingles and Royce O'Neale, making any acquisition tough unless they do a center for center trade which is incredibly rare.

 UTA trades Rudy Gobert to BOS for Jaylen Brown-

For UTA-nabbing another top end scorer is key for Utah.  Mitchell has the ability to take over games, but you always need a second guy.  Brown is a perfect fit in that position.  He would compliment their roster well.  But again, it'd leave a gaping hole at center without a backup plan.  They also have Clarkson entering free agency who they seem set on re-signing which would send them well over the cap.  Brown is entering a 4 year extension, making him that much more appealing.  They'd have a core of Mitchell, Brown, Bogdanovic, Conley.  Gobert is in the final year of his contract, making this a bit of a tough sell for BOS, so UTA might actually have to throw something else in.

For BOS-while BOS has been uber successful this season rotating Theis and Kanter at center, acquiring Gobert around Kemba and Tatum would be incredible.  Again, the tough sell is sending out Brown, locked up for 4 years, and getting back Gobert who only has 1 year left.  But it's the start of a deal.  BOS loves their draft picks and could acquire some future ones from UTA and throw in some salary fillers to get back guys like O'Neale or Ingles.  Ingles would be a great fit for them and if they did a Gobert and Ingles for Brown and Kanter, BOS would have a lineup of Kemba, Smart, Ingles, Tatu, Gobert with Hayward, Langford off the bench and whatever BOS chooses to do with their three 1st round picks this summer.

Chris Paul-
-The Thunder weren't expected to be much this year after trading Westbrook and George in the off-season, acquiring draft picks and vets, but they stunned everyone and currently sit 5th in the West.  We may never get to see how that plays out this season and OKC may look to maximize what they can get for him now.  After a rough time in HOU, he had a pretty decent comeback year in OKC and was the man running the show there.  He's still owed a lot of money, averaging $43M the next 2 seasons, but if he continues his output, coupled with his leadership, a team on the cusp could be interested in his services.  

OKC in-Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner, Gordon Hayward
OKC out-Chris Paul, Steven Adams

IND in-Chris Paul
IND out-Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner

BOS out-Gordon Hayward
BOS in-Steven Adams

For OKC-this would be a pretty transformative trade for OKC which provides them some stability and balances out their roster.  Their weak in depth and Gallinari is a free agent.  If OKC looks to move on from Paul, they likely won't bring back Gllo at the price point he wants.  Bringing in Brogdon and Turner are two guys who underperformed a year ago, Brogdon mainly because he was asked to be "the guy" for a large part of the season, something he struggled with.  And Turner had a tough time finding his footing of late, especially with the development of Sabonis.  OKC also would pick up the final year of Hayward's contract while sending out Adams.  Those are two great team guys going out, so this would be a tough trade to make, but if they could re-sign Gallinari with this group, they'd have Gilgeous-Alexander, Brogdon, Hayward, Gallinari and Turner.  It certainly isn't top end, but all of them are on decent contracts that still provide them leverage for the future.

For IND-IND is going to be stuck in this constant flux of 5th seed or bust unless they make a move.  Oladipo missed most of the season and is in the final year of his contract, but aside from him, they have a two-year window with this roster when Warren and Lamb expire.  Paul's contract fits in line with this grouping.  It'd give them two years to make a run at it with Paul, Oladipo, Warren, Sabonis, Bitadze with Lamb, McDermott among others manning the bench.

For BOS-Hayward hasn't consistently found his footing in OKC and with Tatum and Brown's development, his scoring isn't needed.  Adams would be a great get for them not only as a teammate, but as a force inside to defend guys like Embiid, Giannis and TOR's onslaught on the interior.  He, too, is expiring after next season, in line with Hayward, so they're not giving up financial flexibility, or short term gain.  

OKC trades Chris Paul to DAL for Tim Hardaway Jr, Maxi Kleber, Boban Marjanovic, 2020 1st, GS's 2020 2nd, 2025 1st 

For OKC-while this doesn't nab them top end talent, this might be a more realistic trade for OKC.  Making contracts match to get to a Paul trade is going to be difficult.  They need to get to around $32M in contracts to absorb to make a deal work.  A sign and trade is very possible for someone like Miami, but if this is a straight up deal, OKC may have to take back two contracts, expiring or not, to get a deal done.  Hardaway Jr is a bucket getter, and OKC hasn't had wing scoring in awhile.  He can be hot and cold, but he's still only 28 and is in a contract year.  Kleber is a very unique player who is a 6'11" 3+D guy.  He can spread the floor on pick and pops, sets good screens, blocks shots and can defend out to the perimeter.  He's developed really nicely and would be a tough loss for DAL as he's their lone versatile big aside from Porzingis.  Kleber is also on a pretty friendly deal, 3 more years at $8M per year.  Boban is expiring and to make the deal work, they'd have to take him back.  He's a fan favorite wherever he goes, but he'd have to be in as I don't see DAL trading Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith, the only two contracts that can get close to this deal.  To level out not getting a good young prospect, DAL would have to give up some draft capital.  This is where the deal is tricky.  DAL owes a 2021 1st to NYK so they can't necessarily trade their 2020 1st until after the draft pick is made, so this would be a draft day, or day after draft deal.  GS's 2nd is going to be 31, a very valuable pick.  DAL also owes a 2023 1st to NYK which has protections, so the earliest a deal could be made is 2025.  I'd bet the deal is closer at just the 2020 2nd and a future 1st rather than including the 2020 1st, but these parameters are close.  

For DAL-they have a pretty friendly window to work with.  Doncic is only in the 2nd year of his rookie contract, they should have his rights for 5 more years.  Porzingis just signed a 5 year max, so they have him for 4 more years, so there's no rush to do this deal which is why they'd stick their foot in the ground when it came to giving up real assets.  They'll also have some serious cap room in 2021 which Chris Paul would eat all of it up, another possible deal breaker for them.  But the influx of the league, DAL could make a run at it next year adding Paul.  A roster of Paul, Wright, Doncic, Porzingis, Powell with Seth Curry, Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson would be a pretty big upgrade for them.

Zach LaVine-
-After an absolutely miserable year in CHI, it wouldn't surprise me to see LaVine ask for a trade.  But CHI just up-ended their front office, tearing it all the way down, bringing in a top exec from DEN, a rising GM from NOP and more moves to come.  Nobody will be safe on the roster, but their cap-strapped this year no matter what.  They're unlikely to get out from Otto Porter's $28M contract this season, same for Thad Young's who's owed $13.5M next year and has a NG deal the year after, but has $6M guaranteed that season.  But with Porter's expiring, Young's potential team option declined and Felicio's expiring, CHI will have about $50M in cap space in 2021 when they still have LaVine, Carter Jr, Coby White and potentially Markkanen under contract.  So a complete overhaul of the roster is unlikely, but their coach will play a huge factor.  Jim Boylen is still their coach as of now and he completely lost the team.  Firing him should be the first order of business, but they're also paying their previous coach, so paying two coaches to not coach the team may not be the most financially viable, especially if they want to bring in someone else who has a higher profile.  If they put LaVine on the market, it could spell a pretty big turnover of the roster.  They'd likely want productive young players and picks as LaVine still has 2 years under contract and was nearly an all-star this year if not for CHI's putrid record.

CHI trades Zach LaVine, Tomas Satoransky, 2020 1st (#7), 2022 1st, 2021 2nd to PHI for Ben Simmons, ATL 2020 2nd, NYK 2021 2nd

For CHI-if they really wanted to make a splash early on, here it is.  While Simmons may or may not be available this summer, inquiring about his availability is a must.  CHI has a much better fit in their system for Simmons, and trading for him means you get him for the full 5 years when his max kicks in this summer.  While CHI has some semblance of a roster, they don't have true cornerstones to build around yet, and they could get that here.  Matching Simmons with Coby White, Markkanen and Carter Jr could transform the East, and even doing so, they'd still have some cap room, in the range of $20-25M next summer in free agency.  They'd have to give up at least two 1sts.  The first would be this years 1st which seems like an odd move for a brand new GM to not make a pick of his own, but to get Simmons it'd be worth it.  CHI owns all of its future 1sts, so giving up two 1sts, without any long lasting protections wouldn't be the end of the world, especially since the core of their team would all be 23 years old and under.  In this deal, they'd get back two 2nds.  All of these picks are negotiable.  CHI could use some additional 2nds, they only owe two in the future, but those early 2nds PHI owns could be valuable in the future.

For PHI-it's clear somethings not working here and no matter how the season ends, they can't go into next summer with the same roster.  They need a perimeter playmaker/scorer and LaVine fits their profile perfectly as a ballhandler/pick and roll guy.  LaVine would obviously be the star of this deal, but Satoransky is a pretty valuable combo guard who's a steady playmaker and would finally get a chance to show his perimeter skills and playmaking ability with talented big men.  The 2020 1st doesn't necessarily move the needle for them, they own OKC's 1st as well, but they could use that ammo to get out from Horford's contract, package it with Harris to gain another star, or use them for depth.  PHI has done well drafting in mid to late rounds picking up Thybulle and Korkmaz in recent years.  At 7, they could pick up another PG their like Haliburton-a hard nosed, big, defensive PG, or Isaac Okoro, a unique 6'6" SF who scores with high efficiency on the inside and plays strong defense.  They could also use their two 1sts (7 and 22) along with their plethora of high value 2nd round picks to trade up and nab LaMelo Ball or Deni Avdija, both dream fits in PHI.  
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GSW 2020 1st rd pick-
Of the most intriguing assets available, Golden State potentially being open to trading their 1st round pick is going to be something to watch.  For one, trading down is a possibility.  There are some players in the top 10 that would intrigue Golden State if they could trade down and acquire assets.  The issue is there isn't a consensus #1, so trading the potentially 1st overall pick wouldn't net GS as much as it might in other years.  Second, GS has a relatively shorter window than some contenders.  While they aren't in danger of losing any free agents, Steph is 32, Klay is 30 and coming off a torn ACL, and Draymond Green is 30 and aging quickly.  It's highly improbable GS acquires a big contract or max level guy because it'd cost them one of their top 4 contracts in Steph, Klay, Green or Wiggins.  The only possibility is Wiggins and that seems like a stretch.  They acquired him and a 1st and 2nd rd pick for D'Angelo Russell, so they could flip Wiggins again, in a package including their 2020 1st, but it's bad practice to continually flip players previously traded for.  So that makes this deal complicated.  If anything, they'd acquire more assets, and young players to build around, but then the argument is, why not keep the top pick and build around that prospect for the future?  Of course, this is a rudimentary exercise until the lottery plays out.

GSW trade #1 to ATL for #4, Kevin Huerter-

For GSW-adding an additional wing and depth on the perimeter, especially a young shooter like Huerter, would be a big win for them.  Huerter found himself struggling to shoot a bit in his Sophomore season, but his talent is there.  He's not a good defender, but he's passable and can pass as well.  With the #4 pick, they'd target LaMelo Ball or Killian Hayes.  Giving them another ballhandler would be key.  They haven't had a good backup PG in a long time and it'd take a lot of stress of Steph who's getting older and sat most of last season.  If they could swing a trade that'd net them Huerter and Ball to give them a 1-3 rotation of Steph, Klay, Wiggins, Ball and Huerter off the bench, they'd be stacked and ready for the now and future.  The question is whether Ball would be ok with taking a bench role.  

For ATL-they'd added young players and assets for years.  They only sit 4th currently where they could get a good talent, but if they moved up to #1 and got Anthony Edwards, he'd provide them a perfect complimentary player to Trae Young.  He's a bulldozer driving to the lane, a master of scoring off the drive and while he struggled a bit shooting pull ups and with shot selection, it should improve with better spacing.  Huerter might find himself a bit of the odd man out soon with the development of Reddish and DeAndre Hunter.  They'd have a solid lineup of Young, Edwards, Hunter, Collins and Capela with Reddish off the bench.

GSW trade #1, Kevon Looney to DET for #5, Luke Kennard-

For GS-in similar fashion to the ATL trade above, they'd add a deadly outside shooter who'd likely come off the bench, but they'd never have less than two lethal scorers in their backcourt on the floor at the same time.  At #5, and after trading Looney, they'd need to add to their frontcourt where they could target Obi Toppin or Onyeka Okungwu.  Toppin would be a great fit offensively, looking for lobs, and as a pick and pop shooter, but his defense on the other hand would be minimal, a tough ask for a team not flush with interior defensive players.  Okungwu would be an athletic, rim protecting and rebounding menace on the interior, but a permanent frontcourt of Green and Okungwu opens up another host of issues where there's no shooting from either and they can collapse to other shooters.  Bringing in Toppin and moving him to a 6th man role playing alongside Draymond or Paschall would be ideal.

For DET-they have to go big soon and get something to build around.  At 5, they're likely adding a player that's inheritantly flawed.  If they got the #1 pick, I'd think they'd target Wiseman.  While Griffin is still around, they could potentially look to trade him if it meant adding Wiseman and re-signing Christian Wood.  But if Wood leaves for a better offer or situation, Wiseman would immediately take the starting center spot and give them a foundation to build around.  Edwards would also be a possibility to improve their backcourt scoring and ballhandling.

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-Andre Drummond expected to opt IN
A bit of a surprise for me.  Drummond has a $28M player option for next season and while he may not draw that same amount in again on a yearly basis, I expected an opt out to look for a long term contract with financial stability.  He'll be 27 in August, meaning he'll be 28 by the time he's wrapping up unrestricted free agency next year.  He'd probably get one more good chunk contract unless he somehow learned how to shoot which isn't likely.  Opting out now and taking something like a 3/60-70 would put him at 30 for his next contract where he could get similar.  A 31 year old free agent center seems far older than a 30 year old one.  He also is banking on the salary cap not taking a massive hit for 2021.  Free agency MIGHT end up being more lucrative this summer than next when teams are going to be far more strapped than anticipated and with a FAR superior free agency class. 

As for Cleveland, it's somewhat of a win for them.  They traded basically nothing (Knight, Henson and a 23' 2nd rd pick) to give Drummond a tryout.  It wasn't great in the 8 games he did play, but CLE was playing for nothing, now they'll get a full year of him.  But then what do they do if Anthony Edwards goes #1?  Do they take Wiseman?  Do they bench their #2 overall pick for a center that's going to command 30-33 minutes per night?  Or do they trade the pick?  Or go off the radar and take LaMelo or Avdija?
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-Andre Drummond expected to opt IN
A bit of a surprise for me.  Drummond has a $28M player option for next season and while he may not draw that same amount in again on a yearly basis, I expected an opt out to look for a long term contract with financial stability.  He'll be 27 in August, meaning he'll be 28 by the time he's wrapping up unrestricted free agency next year.  He'd probably get one more good chunk contract unless he somehow learned how to shoot which isn't likely.  Opting out now and taking something like a 3/60-70 would put him at 30 for his next contract where he could get similar.  A 31 year old free agent center seems far older than a 30 year old one.  He also is banking on the salary cap not taking a massive hit for 2021.  Free agency MIGHT end up being more lucrative this summer than next when teams are going to be far more strapped than anticipated and with a FAR superior free agency class. 

As for Cleveland, it's somewhat of a win for them.  They traded basically nothing (Knight, Henson and a 23' 2nd rd pick) to give Drummond a tryout.  It wasn't great in the 8 games he did play, but CLE was playing for nothing, now they'll get a full year of him.  But then what do they do if Anthony Edwards goes #1?  Do they take Wiseman?  Do they bench their #2 overall pick for a center that's going to command 30-33 minutes per night?  Or do they trade the pick?  Or go off the radar and take LaMelo or Avdija?


Looks like it's all but official.

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Re: Drummond

After all the pandemic stuff and the salary cap situation being murky, its no longer surprising.  Drummond wasn't going to fetch $25M+ in free agency on a multi year deal, so he's better off waiting another year for potential cap smoothing or a better outlook in free agency.

I heard somewhere the other day that every player with a player option is expected to opt-in.  A list of those players:

Gordon Hayward-$32M
Demar Derozan-$28M
Otto Porter-$27M
Andre Drummond-$27M
Anthony Davis-$26M
Nicolas Batum-$24M
Tim Hardaway Jr-$18M
Evan Fournier-$17M
James Johnson-$15M
Kelly Olynyk-$12.5M
Tony Snell-$11.5M
Jerami Grant-$9M
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope-$8.5M
Jabari Parker-$6.5M
Rodney Hood-$5.8M
Enes Kanter-$6M
JaVale McGee-$4.1M
Wes Matthews-$2.6M
Willie Cauley-Stein-$2.2M

I think it's far fetched to say every one will opt in.  

Anthony Davis-it doesn't make sense for Davis to opt-in, he's going to get the supermax no matter what happens, he'll opt out, immediately get offered the supermax by LAL and re-sign.

Jabari Parker-his $6.5M seems a bit on the low end of what he could get in FA.  And with the way his injury history has gone, he may want to seek out longer term money.  In his situation, a better cap situation in 2021 isn't necessarily going to help him.  That means that many more players will be free agents to take up available money.  He's the one situation he may bet on this FA class being incredibly weak and get at least the full MLE, probably in the range of $9M per year for at least 3 years.

Wes Matthews-it's tough to predict what Wes will do.  He is 35, but he started every game he was available in Milwaukee, his shooting was as good as it has been and he was a top-end defender.  He may want an additional year of security, fully guaranteed, so something in the range of 2 yrs, $6M to ensure he gets 1 more year paid so he doesn't go into FA as a 36 year old in 2021.

Willie Cauley-Stein-WCS is another tough call.  He got a minimum, 2 year contract with GS last summer, then was traded to Dallas.  With Dwight Powell tearing his achilles in January, he won't be ready for the beginning of next season.  That leaves Dallas with just Porinzgis and Maxi Kleber as real rotational bigs.  He barely played for Dallas, but is serviceable and could AT LEAST get that minimum contract again somewhere, if not in Dallas.  He probably opts out, searches around knowing DAL probably gives him the same contract he already has as a fall back plan.
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Trade Candidates-

With the season inching closer to a finish line, some big name targets have come up in the trade world.  With a weak draft class and the weakest free agency class in a very long time, the trade market is going to be very active.  Here are some recent names and break down.

PG-Chris Paul-Oklahoma City Thunder
Contract-2 yrs, $85.5M-player option for year 2
-The Thunder parted ways with head coach Billy Donovan which signals a likely shift in their future plans.  OKC exceeded expectations this year with a rag tag group and Paul rehabbed his trade value.  Paul is 35 and will turn 36 next May, so that contract is VERY scary to take on for his age, but he's still playing at a high level.  He averaged 17.6 PPG, 5 RPG, 6.7 APG and 1.6 SPG on 49/36/90 shooting.  He showed he still has it and was healthy for a full season for the first time in a long time.  The difficulty in acquiring him will be the contract.  Acquiring a player via trade who makes $42M is going to be very difficult for any team to put a trade together.  OKC's asking price is likely going to be high, but they're ultimately going to have to settle.
Suitors-Milwaukee, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, LA Lakers
Trade Scenarios-
Milwaukee-any trade for CP3 is going to be extremely difficult.  The Bucks would have to trade minimum 4 contracts to get it done which would be Bledsoe, Hill, Ilyasova and some combination of DJ Wilson or Donte Divincenzo.  Add in the fact the Bucks have 3 others entering FA not including Wes Matthews, that's 7 contracts going out in the deal or in FA and acquiring 1 player in return.  A 4 for 1 is a big ask to overcome and the Bucks would put themselves in a huge hole in FA barely allowing much room to sign other FA's which leaves me ultra-skeptical a deal could happen.  On top of that, the Bucks have little to offer OKC except IND's 2020 1st rd pick and Donte Divincenzo.  Bledsoe and Hill would likely have to go to a third or fourth team in a deal to garner any interest from OKC.

Miami-MIA had significant interest in Paul before the season started but a deal never gained traction, in large part because MIA didn't have a lot of assets to offer at the time.  MIA still doesn't have much in the form of draft capital and they're not likely, or at all likely to part with Herro or Duncan Robinson in a deal.  MIA can take on Paul's contract though as they'll have some cap space in FA which would offer OKC a trade exception.  But it depends entirely on how MIA finishes the season and their mindset for next year.  They'll have two max salary slots in the summer of 2021 so taking on Paul's deal would blow that up almost entirely.  If they don't win the championship this season and are eager to do so, they could swing the Paul trade to get them over the hump next season.  My guess though is they wait on their big spending in 2021.

New York-I don't think CP3 would ever want to go to NY and OKC isn't going to force a trade on a guy of his caliber and namesake to a dying franchise he doesn't want to go to.  It'd be a bad omen for them in the future.  NY can absolutely get a deal done though.  They can offer a host of expiring contracts-Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington and give OKC their 8th pick in this draft.  But again, not very likely they force Paul to go there unless for some reason he wanted to.

Philadelphia-this is an interesting one.  I don't know how CP3 and Simmons would work together, they'd run a fantastic pick and roll game, but with Joel Embiid there, it'd be quite the jam in the middle with Simmons as the role man and Embiid clogging the paint.  But PHI hasn't shied away from awkward roster make up in the past.  PHI has the contracts to make a deal work, most notably Tobias Harris.  But if OKC goes full re-build, I'm not sure they want to take on Harris's max contract, at age 28, into their rebuild clogging up their cap space. 

LA Lakers-the Lakers could sort of get a deal done-they'd have to trade probably 5 players though and none of them are all that appealing.  It'd be something like Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.  LAL also doesn't have a pick to trade until like 2024 either.  I don't know how anyone in Laker land is throwing a CP3 deal around.  But they certainly feel their pipedream is possible.

Joel Embiid-
Contract-3 yrs, $94M
After going absolutely all in this past year re-signing Tobias Harris to the max and bringing in Al Horford for an albatross of a contract, it was a pretty epic failure for PHI.  Despite the injuries, they 76ers ended up as the 6th seed and got a swift exit from the playoffs.  It's clear something has to change, there's no way they can go into next season with the same roster makeup and expect anything to have changed.  Horford's contract is virtually untradeable and Harris's is almost untradeable unless they took on a lot of bad contracts in return leaving them with trading Simmons or Embiid to make a quick re-tool of their roster.  IMO, Embiid would be the one to go.  He's a phenomenal player, but his health and stamina are always a massive question.  Simmons has a higher ceiling long term and there's a roadmap to a championship team with him on the roster.
Suitors-
Golden State, Houston, LA Clippers, Sacramento, Charlotte, Chicago-none of these have been rumored, these are just teams that would be a good fit that could offer enough in return for Embiid
Golden State-GS is the most popular team to throw around in a Giannis trade which isn't happening, but Embiid could fit the parameters too.  GS has a massive $17.5M trade exception to use.  I don't know if they can use it in combination with other contracts to acquire one larger than the exception, but if they could, the exception would be useful to PHI to clear out some cap space while giving them an opportunity to acquire a larger contract later.  Wiggins plus the #2 pick could be an interesting scenario.  Wiggins is fatally flawed, but in a wide open system, it'd give Wiggins room to operate as a wing scorer and with the #2 pick, they could nab Anthony Edwards or Deni Avdija.  It's not the most fruitful of assets for PHI, but it works.
Houston-the only way this deal could get done is if HOU traded Harden.  Westbrook has very little trade value after bouncing from OKC to HOU and really struggling here late in the playoffs.  I thought he played really well throughout the season and was much more controlled, but PHI isn't taking back Westbrook.  And to boot, HOU isn't trading Harden.  But wouldn't Embiid, Josh Richardson, #21, #34 for Harden be an epic trade of the decade?  Harden and Simmons, Embiid and Westbrook?  The storylines!!!
LA Clippers-regardless of how this playoffs plays out, LAC has to improve their roster and has little financial flexibility to do so.  The Clippers could swing a Montrezl Harrell sign and trade plus Lou Williams and Landry Shamet would be close.  LAC can't offer a 1st round pick until something like 2028 because of the picks they sent out in the Paul George trade so this package is a little light.  Plus Harrell is a front court player where Harris and Horford already stand and is a relative strength for PHI as opposed to their weak guard play.
Sacramento-sending Embiid to SAC would almost be cruel, but they might have the best trade package to offer.  Buddy Hield, Nemanja Bjelica and #12 for Embiid would be enticing.  Hield is a pure shooter and scorer in the backcourt that would be the perfect partner next to Simmons.  Bjelica would offer them another big who can shoot the lights out and they'd pick up the #12 pick.  PHI would then have 12, 21, 34, 36, 49 and 58 in the draft to maneuver with.
Charlotte-like SAC, it'd be brutal to send Embiid here, but CHA has big expirings in Nicolas Batum and Cody Zeller to contractually make it work, and some decent young players in Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges, Malik Monk or PJ Washington, plus the #3 pick in the draft.  Something like Graham, Batum and #3 for Batum works.  It'd still leave CHA with Rozier, Monk, Bridges, Washington and Embiid.  PHI would end up with a shooter in Graham running as a backcourt partner to Simmons, still have their wing rotation in Richardson, Milton and Thybulle with their front court of Harris and Horford.  At #3, they could pick up Avdija, Hayes or Wiseman/Okungwu.
Chicago-it's entirely unlikely a new front office makes a huge swing by offering up a huge trade to bring in Embiid.  But they can make it work with the assets.  Zach LaVine and Wendell Carter would be the cornerstones of a deal.  

Russell Westbrook-
Contract-3 yrs, $130M
The Westbrook trade to the Rockets was stunning when it happened.  There was a lot of skeptics about how it would work between he and Harden sharing the ball.  Stunningly, in the regular season, Westbrook had a higher FG% and eFG% than he's had ever in his career.  His weak point has always been his outside shooting and lack of consistency at the FT line.  You would've thought small ball offense with spacing would be Westbrook's bread and butter, and it was, but he was far too often in a position to ball watch.  When he's not active with the ball in his hands, he was a pedestrian ball watcher which is 85% of the time when you're stacked next to James Harden.  Westbrook needs a spread offense around him where everyone else can shoot and defend and a 2nd star who can space the floor, but also isn't ball dominant.  That's a tough package to find.  On top of that, Westbrook is going to be 32 in November, is just a step slower than he once was and he's starting to deal with soft tissue injuries, a scary concern for someone who plays at his frenetic pace and relies on his athleticism.  That contract is an albatross to boot.

Suitors-New York, Charlotte, Detroit
New York-Russell Westbrook to NY for Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson and Elfrid Payton-
NY is in the market for a PG and while Westbrook doesn't fit their timeline, he would be a big name that only the Knicks could salivate over his name and selling it on the biggest stage.  It seems unlikely they'd try to swing a deal, but it'd be the Westbrook show in NY.  Portis, Gibson and Payton will be expiring next year, giving HOU some hope for talent acquired now and financial flexibility for the future.  As for NY, trading off those parts would make sense.  They still have Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson in the front court and Westbrook would take Payton's spot at PG.  The roster makeup in NY would be a mess though.  Westbrook, Barrett, Robinson would be their three key players, not including their 2020 draft picks, and none of them offer a lick of floor spacing.  This would be a bet for NY, that they're fine next year, and they have cap space in 2021 if they relinquish Julius Randle's non-guaranteed deal.  But then they'd only have Westbrook, Robinson and whatever they could pull out of their hat in the draft in 2020 and 2021.  As for HOU, it's not a bad deal.  They do more with less here.  Portis and Gibson give them versatile bigs.  Portis can play both front court positions, shoot and rebound while Gibson, even at his age, is still a good defender and a solid veteran.  

Charlotte-Westbrook to CHA for Terry Rozier, Nicolas Batum
What a fall from grace this would be for HOU.  They would've traded Chris Paul, two 1sts and two 2nds for Rozier and Batum.  But at this point, HOU needs to lessen the damage on the future, because right now they're stuck.  Rozier is a competent PG, he can make shots and is a good defender.  He wouldn't have to be a primary scorer.  Batum would be in the deal to make contracts work.  HOU rehabilitated Jeff Green and maybe could get something out of Batum.  They'd cut $24M off their books in 2021 and 2022.
As for CHA, probably not as good of a deal.  Now they'd have Westbrook and Graham, neither are plus 1 on 1 defenders, but play PG and they're woefully short on talent elsewhere.  They do have an incoming #3 pick where Deni Avdija would be an excellent addition to their group.  I'm not saying I like this deal for CHA, they're stuck in re-tread mode and would continue down a path of mediocrity while Westbrook is there, but MJ loves to make a splash.

Detroit-Russell Westbrook for Blake Griffin
Houston-an interesting trade here.  Griffin is set to make $36M and $38M the next two seasons.  They'd cut the final year out of Westbrook's contract and Griffin makes $5M less per year than Westbrook, but Griffin hasn't been able to stay healthy.  But Griffin is an excellent pick and roll partner for Harden.  He'd give them a legitimate inside and lob threat.  HOU isn't going to be able to do much better than this.
Detroit-while DET is trying to get into a re-build, they're going to have a tough time doing so with Griffin on their books, so instead they double down on that money.  If DET can re-sign Christian Wood, they'd have plenty of floor spacing around Westbrook in Luke Kennard and Wood.  They also have the #8 pick where they could nab Obi Toppin or Devin Vassel, but excellent shooters.
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