San Antonio Gets: Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler
Phoenix Gets: Evan Turner, Pau Gasol, Meyers Leonard, Noah Vonleh, Kyle Anderson, 15th Overall Pick
Portland Gets: Jared Dudley, Patty Mills, Leandro Barbosa
Why San Antonio Trades:
|Tyson Chandler||Dewayne Dedmon||Joel Anthony?|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||David Lee||29th Overall Pick|
|Kawhi Leonard||Davis Bertans||Bryn Forbes|
|Danny Green||Jonathon Simmons?||Manu Ginobili?|
|Brandon Knight||Tony Parker?||Dejounte Murray|
San Antonio takes a risk here, but it gives them a much better chance at competing against Golden State. Tyson Chandler is older, yes, but he is still very effective as a rim protector and pick and roll roll-man. He averaged 8.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on 67.6% shooting and had a 128 offensive rating and 109 defensive rating on the 8th worst offensive team and 2nd worst defensive team in the league. Brandon Knight’s fit is trickier. Knight thrived in the structure of the 2014-15 Milwaukee Bucks, and averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game there as the floor general before being shockingly traded to Phoenix. He has struggled since the trade, but is just 25; fresh as ever after being shut down midway through the season, and available to be bought low.
The future of the point guard position is uncertain in San Antonio with 35 year old Tony Parker declining and injured through January, Patty Mills a free agent, and Manu Ginobili very likely retiring. There’s no guarantee Pau Gasol re-signs, and if he does, Chandler is the better and cheaper option at center anyways, and Knight in peak form is considerably better than Patty Mills in his too. The loss of Kyle Anderson is not negligible, but he isn’t necessary on a Spurs team that is always very deep across the board.
Why Phoenix Trades:
|Alex Len?||Dragan Bender||Alan Williams?|
|Marquese Chriss||Meyers Leonard||Noah Vonleh|
|T.J. Warren||Evan Turner||Kyle Anderson|
|Devin Booker||3rd Overall Pick||Derrick Jones|
|Eric Bledsoe||Tyler Ulis||15th Overall Pick|
Phoenix might as well try to get something in exchange for their veterans. Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight, and Jared Dudley were all shut down midway through the season. Leandro Barbosa is 34 and doesn’t offer this team anything for the future. The guys they get back all offer potential.
Kyle Anderson is a two-time summer league MVP who has high potential as a point forward in the NBA. San Antonio hasn’t given him too many minutes, but he has been effective nonetheless. Noah Vonleh has gotten better every season. He shot 48.1% this season, up six percent from last season, and he averaged 11.0 rebounds per 36 minutes. The 21 year old has even more potential. Meyers Leonard offers value as a stretch big. None of the current Phoenix big men posses a three point shot, but Leonard is a career 37.1% marksman from deep on 4.1 attempts per 36 minutes.
Evan Turner didn’t have the best first season with Portland, but he does tend to play well on young teams. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game on 45.6% off the bench for Boston in 2015-16, and he averaged 17.4 points, and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2013-14 with Philadelphia. Pau Gasol will opt out of his deal if he gets traded here, which gives Phoenix the cap room they need to re-sign Alex Len and/or Alan Williams. They also get the solid potential that comes with the 15th Overall Pick in this year’s draft.
Why Portland Trades:
|Jusuf Nurkic||Festus Ezeli||20th Overall Pick|
|Al-Farouq Aminu||Ed Davis||26th Overall Pick|
|Jared Dudley||Maurice Harkless||Pat Connaughton|
|C.J. McCollum||Allen Crabbe||Leandro Barbosa|
|Damian Lillard||Patty Mills?||Shabazz Napier|
Portland gets two very good role players with Jared Dudley and Patty Mills. Those two are winners, and will thrive off the ball with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Dudley is a career 46.8% shooter and 39.7% from three. He would fit Portland very well.
Mills is coming off a season in which he got 5.1 win shares as Tony Parker’s back-up, and he actually outperformed the future hall of famer. He shot 39.5% from three for his career, and he shot 41.3% from behind the arc this season. Back-up point guard was a struggle for Portland this season; Evan Turner failed to fill the role, and Shabazz Napier was no better. Suddenly their weakness would become a strength with bench production, as long as he agrees to re-sign with Portland.