NBA Trades to Fix Struggling Teams (1/8)


Enough games have been played this NBA season to sense where teams stand relative to the rest of the NBA. Some NBA Teams have solidly established themselves as playoff contenders, whereas others have fallen outside of the playoff picture. It is early enough in the NBA season where the right trade could save a season for certain teams, and this eight-part series of trades could turn around each team involved with the right factors.

The Trade

New York Receives: Josh McRoberts

Miami Receives: Sasha Vujacic, Top-50 Protected 2nd Round Pick

Josh McRoberts is not currently contributing for the Miami Heat. He has only appeared in four games, and while he’s averaged a decent 12.0 minutes per game in those games, he has only averaged 1.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on 17.6% shooting.

A few seasons ago, McRoberts was crucial to the Charlotte Hornets making the playoffs as the passing big man for the isolation scorers like Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. He averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game that year, got 6.5 win shares, and had offensive and defensive ratings of 115 and 105.

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Robert Mayer / USA TODAY Sports

McRoberts thrived as being a team first player, always looking to pass the ball. The Knicks need more of those types of players, as the team is below average in assists, and they lack a traditional point guard.

McRoberts is still 30 years old, and he is young enough to play at a competitive level again. The Knicks have a lot of weapons for McRoberts to play off of like Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, and Kristaps Porzingis. This team is also lacking veterans in their front court depth, with rookies Willy Hernangomez, Maurice Ndour, Marshall Plumlee, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas all serving an active role on the team. McRoberts could be a very smart acquisition for this team.

Sasha Vujacic could play a similarly helpful role on Miami. The Knicks are using Vujacic for a very limited role; he’s only made eight appearances, and averaged 6.9 minutes in those games. Vujacic, however, could be of value for the right team. He’s a 36.9% career three point shooter on a cheap ($1.4 million) contract with valuable championship experience as someone who’s played in 65 career playoff games and three NBA Finals series.

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Jeremy Brevard / USA TODAY Sports

Miami is seriously lacking everything Vujacic brings to the table. They are just 22nd in three point percentage in the NBA and 27th in offense as a whole. After Goran Dragic, nobody in the Heat back court is older than 25, and Miami also gets that conditional 2nd round pick just for sending McRoberts, who they aren’t using anyways.

Here is what each team is left with:

Projected Miami Heat Depth
PG Goran Dragic Dion Waiters Rodney McGruder
SG Josh Richardson Sasha Vujacic Wayne Ellington
SF Justise Winslow Tyler Johnson Luke Babbitt
PF Derrick Williams James Johnson
C Hassan Whiteside Willie Reed Udonis Haslem
Projected New York Knicks Depth
PG Derrick Rose Brandon Jennings Ron Baker
SG Courtney Lee Justin Holiday Mindaugas Kuzminskas
SF Carmelo Anthony Lance Thomas Maurice Ndour
PF Kristaps Porzingis Josh McRoberts Marshall Plumlee
C Joakim Noah Kyle O’Quinn Willy Hernangomez

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