NBA Draft Night Trade Ideas for Every Team (4/13)

Detroit Gets: Ricky Rubio, Terrence Ross

Minnesota Gets: Elfrid Payton, C.J. Watson, Boban Marjanovic, 33rd overall pick, 2018 2nd Round Pick (Detroit)

Orlando Gets: Reggie Jackson, Zach LaVine

Why Detroit Trades:

Pistons Depth
Andre Drummond Aron Baynes Henry Ellenson
Jon Leuer Tobias Harris 12th Overall Pick
Marcus Morris Stanley Johnson Reggie Bullock?
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope? Terrence Ross Darrun Hilliard
Ricky Rubio Ish Smith Beno Udrih?

Reggie Jackson is coming off of a terrible season in which he was outperformed by his back-up: Ish Smith. The team doesn’t have a high level distributor, but it has plenty of players who can score the ball. Five players (other than Reggie Jackson) scored over 10 points per game, and the team had four 1000 point scorers on the year.

Ricky Rubio would be a prime candidate for getting these players in the right position to score. Tobias Harris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond, Marcus Morris, Jon Leuer, Stanley Johnson, and whoever they’re draft pick is this year (12th overall) would all benefit from Rubio’s playmaking ability. He’s coming off a season in which he had career highs in points (11.1) and assists (9.1) per game, and had a 115 offensive rating. Terrence Ross, would fit in well with this team as an off the ball weapon. He’s a career 37.4% shooter from three and can play either wing position. Rubio is an upgrade over Jackson, Ross is great, and Marjanovic is a luxury with Aron Baynes and Henry Ellenson off the bench.

Why Minnesota Trades:

Timberwolves Depth
Gorgui Dieng Boban Marjanovic Cole Aldrich
Karl-Anthony Towns Omri Casspi? Jordan Hill
Andrew Wiggins Shabazz Muhammad? Nemanja Bjelica
Kris Dunn 7th Overall Pick Brandon Rush?
Elfrid Payton Tyus Jones C.J. Watson


Tom Thibodeau needs a point guard with some defensive capabilities. Rubio just isn’t the athlete Elfrid Payton is. Payton also came on very strong towards the end of last season. In the 38 games he got at least 30 minutes of playing time, Payton averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals on 48.5% shooting in 34.1 minutes per game, and he was a +4.1 on/off player as well. The back-up point guard spot is important as well, and a current flaw of Minnesota’s. C.J. Watson is washed up with Orlando now, but he is a willing defender, and was decent as Thibodeau’s back point guard with Chicago.

In the front court, Boban Marjonovic offers high upside. The 7’3″ project has only been productive in his limited minutes; his .309 career win shares per 48 minutes is over triple the league average, and his 23.0 points and 16.5 rebounds per 36 minutes last year is excellent, if skewed from a lack of playing time. The 33rd overall pick can add depth anywhere Minnesota needs. Giving up LaVine might seem hard, but Minnesota was better with Brandon Rush in the starting line-up over him anyways. The return here is great with Payton and the other pieces.

Why Orlando Trades:

Magic Depth
Bismack Biyombo Nikola Vucevic Stephen Zimmerman
Aaron Gordon 6th Overall Pick Jeff Green?
Evan Fournier Mario Hezonja Damjan Rudez?
Zach LaVine Jodie Meeks? Marcus Georges-Hunt?
Reggie Jackson D.J. Augustin 25th Overall Pick

Giving up Elfrid Payton is tough. He showed a lot at the end of last season, but the chance to get two back court building blocks for the next five years at least is huge. Reggie Jackson is only one year removed from averaging 18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game with a 19.6 PER, and he is young enough to bounce back. LaVine is coming off a season in which he averaged 18.9 points per game on a .459/.387/.836 shooting line. The only other players to have those scoring and shooting numbers this season were Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Gordon Hayward, Klay Thompson, C.J. McCollum, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Stephen Curry. LaVine’s defense is a work in progress, but his talent is undeniable. His defense would likely improve in a more manageable role without so many minutes per game (37.2) under a defensively sound coach like Frank Vogel. 

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