Los Angeles Receives: Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris, DeAndre Liggins
Dallas Receives: Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Wesley Johnson, Paul Pierce, Brice Johnson, 2018 1st Round Pick, 2018 2nd Round Pick
Why Los Angeles Trades:
|DeAndre Jordan||Diamond Stone|
|Blake Griffin||Marreese Speights||Brandon Bass?|
|Harrison Barnes||Luc Mbah a Moute|
|Wesley Matthews||DeAndre Liggins||Alan Anderson?|
|Chris Paul||Devin Harris||Raymond Felton?|
Los Angeles trades because this is their last shot. Chris Paul’s time as a hall of fame level player is numbered, so too is Blake Griffin’s as a perennial all-star; the five-time all-star has missed 83 games over the last three seasons to injury. Even DeAndre Jordan is already 28, and he will be leaving his prime soon. Outside of their big three, many role players on this team are over 30 as well: Luc Mbah a Moute (30,) Brandon Bass (31,) Raymond Felton (32,) J.J. Redick (32,) and Jamal Crawford (36) are all up there in age. This trade provides the last chance for Los Angeles to win with their core group.
Harrison Barnes had a phenomenal year. He averaged 19.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game on 46.8% shooting. The Mavericks team was another story, but Barnes was certainly a bright spot. Wesley Matthews was one of the strugglers, but give him a change of scenery, and Matthews could very likely return to playing like he did on Portland, where Matthews averaged 15.4 points per game on 39.4% three point shooting. This trade would give Los Angeles one of if not the best starting line-ups in basketball. Devin Harris can still play basketball well off the bench in limited time. He got 2.2 win shares for Dallas last season, and he might even have more in Los Angeles’ structure. DeAndre Liggins is an excellent defender, and Los Angeles could use an elite guard defender besides Chris Paul. This trade seems to cost them a lot, but Redick and Pierce are on there way out anyways. Crawford, at 36 years old are right there with him, and the four guys they get are undoubtedly better than the others Dallas gets in return.
Why Dallas Trades
|Nerlens Noel||Salah Mejri||A.J. Hammons|
|Dirk Nowitzki||Dwight Powell||Brice Johnson|
|Wesley Johnson||Jamal Crawford||Dorian Finney-Smith|
|Seth Curry||Austin Rivers||Nicolas Brussino|
|9th Overall Pick||Yogi Ferrell||J.J. Barea|
Dallas trades because they get out of their contracts with Barnes and Matthews, and they get assets in the process. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews are great basketball players, but they were signed to contracts that at the current contention level of Dallas, it is just not worth it for them to pay those guys 40 million dollars annually. Plus, they get a lot of productive players back. J.J. Redick is probably going to sign elsewhere, and that’s totally fine. If he does, they get cap space. If he stays, they get a great shooting guard who has one of the best shots in basketball. Paul Pierce will probably just retire.
Of the guys staying, Jamal Crawford is still averaging 12.3 points per game off the bench, Austin Rivers has grown every season since being drafted 10th overall in 2012. He averaged 12.0 points per game on 44.2% shooting and 37.1% from three. Wesley Johnson had the 3rd best defensive rating on Los Angeles, and is still an athletic wing. Brice Johnson was drafted right before last season, and he has potential coming out of UNC as a star. Dallas also nets two picks as a result of this trade, and they can work their way out of the contracts with the incoming guys much more than they could with the contracts of Matthews and Barnes if things don’t pan out.