The Golden State Warriors have one of the most dominant sports dynasties in history going right now. Their juggernaut has other teams in the league scrambling for answers. What possible trades could push a team over the Dubs?
1. Houston-New Orleans-Portland
Rockets Receive: Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins
Pelicans Receive: Evan Turner, Eric Gordon, Meyers Leonard, 2018 1st round pick (Blazers), 2020 1st round pick (Blazers), 2019 1st round pick (Rockets), 2021 1st round pick (Rockets), 2023 1st round pick (Rockets), cash considerations (Rockets).
Blazers Receive: Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza
It’s HIGHLY unlikely the Pels accept this trade. If things go sour in New Orleans to start the season, we could see them move Boogie Cousins, but this kind of blockbuster deal would be stunning. The Blazers get a fantastic return in this trade, keeping their star duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, while the Pelicans can stock up draft picks and receive solid role players back for their two superstars. The Rockets would obviously be the real winners here. With a 4-headed monster of Paul-Harden-Davis-Cousins, they would become the title favorite in all likelihood.
Trade possibility: 2%
2. Denver-Cleveland-New York
Nuggets Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Willy Hernangomez
Cavs Receive: Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Emmanuel Mudiay
Knicks Receive: Iman Shumpert, Darrell Arthur, Jamal Murray, 2019 1st round pick (Nuggets), 2020 second round pick (Nuggets), 2021 2nd round pick (Nuggets).
Again, the chances this trade happens are incredibly slim. In this deal, Cleveland would rid of it’s unhappy star guard Kyrie Irving and bring in solid frontcourt players and a young talented PG in Emmanuel Mudiay from Denver to help out LeBron James. The Knicks would lose Melo, assuming he allows the trade, and the SF would head back to his old stomping grounds in Denver where he began his career. In return, New York would attain future picks and young talented guard Jamal Murray, most importantly. The Nuggets win this trade no doubt, stealing two All-NBA talents and creating a lineup consisting of Irving, Anthony, Millsap, and Jokic.
Trade Possibility: 9 %
3. Portland-New Orleans
Blazers Receive: Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Jordan Crawford, Quincy Pondexter
Pelicans Receive: Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Noah Vonleh, Zach Collins, 2018 1st round pick (Blazers), 2020 1st round pick (Blazers), 2021 2nd round pick (Blazers), 2021 2nd round pick (Heat), 2022 1st round pick (Blazers), 2022 2nd round pick (Blazers), 2023 2nd round pick (Blazers), 2024 1st round pick (Blazers), 2024 2nd round pick (Blazers), cash considerations (Blazers).
In this trade, the Pelicans give up their two big men superstars to Portland for nearly every guaranteed pick the Blazers have in their pocket. New Orleans also receive all-around swingman Evan Turner and young frontcourt players, Noah Vonleh and Zach Collins. Portland obviously wins the trade by attaining the two former Kentucky stars to put with their amazing backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Trail Blazers could beat the Warriors with that foursome, though depth would be an issue.
Trade Possibility: 3%
4. Oklahoma City-New York
Thunder Receive: Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah, Frank Ntilikina
Knicks Receive: Enes Kanter, Semaj Christon, Doug McDermott, 2019 1st round pick (Thunder), 2019 2nd round pick (Thunder), 2020 2nd round pick (Thunder), 2021 1st round pick (Thunder), cash considerations (Thunder).
Here, New York is able to dump Joakim Noah’s awful contract, though at the cost of giving up two of their prized young players. They do however get several future picks from OKC as compensation. The Thunder get Porzingis to slot at the power forward position and put with Westbrook, George, and Adams. Ntilikina provides guard depth off the bench at either the 1 or 2. This team would definitely challenge Golden State, though I think the Dubs would still come out victorious in a 7 game series.
Trade Possibility: 7%
5. Minnesota-New York
Timberwolves Receive: Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O’Quinn, Frank Ntilikina
Knicks Receive: Gorgui Dieng, Justin Patton, 2020 1st round pick (Timberwolves), 2020 2nd round pick (Timberwolves), 2022 1st round pick (Timberwolves), 2023 2nd round pick (Timberwolves), cash considerations (Timberwolves).
The Knicks would again lose their two biggest young talents in this trade, making it very unlikely. They would however get a good stretch/defensive PF in his prime and a young center with massive potential along with several future draft picks. Porzingis seems to be in an odd situation internally with the Knicks right now, and if we see him moved in the next 5 years or so, now would really be the most likely time. New York may just clean out and start fresh, though thats very unlikely considering the talent the unicorn possesses. Minnesota on the other hand would get a stretch 4 to place beside Towns and get a backup guard with great size and defense, something they’ll need to compete with Golden State.
Trade Possibility: 6%
*The reason a year is in between every first round pick in the trades is due to the NBA rule that a team cannot trade their own 1st round pick two years in a row.*