Houston Receives: Chandler Parsons, Wade Baldwin IV 2018 First Round Pick (Memphis,) 2018 1st Round Pick (Golden State,)
Memphis Receives: Andre Iguodala, Eric Gordon, James Michael McAdoo
Golden State Receives: Trevor Ariza, Tony Allen
Why Houston Trades:
|Clint Capela||Nene Hilario?||Chinanu Onaku|
|Ryan Anderson||Montrezl Harrell||Kyle Wiltjer|
|Chandler Parsons||Sam Dekker||Troy Williams?|
|Patrick Beverley||Lou Williams||Bobby Brown?|
|James Harden||Wade Baldwin IV||Isaiah Taylor|
Houston trades to get James Harden a solid second option back. Chandler Parsons has been largely terrible since he left Houston the first time, but getting to play for the Rockets again could very well revamp his career. Even in the 2015-16 season, Parsons shot 49.4% from the field and 41.4% from three on his 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in under 30 minutes per game. Parsons is still just 28 and with great 6’10 230 pound size at small forward.
Houston also gets a back-up point guard in Wade Baldwin IV, who , like Parsons, struggled last season. Baldwin, however, was a rookie in a limited role on a much different style team. The 20 year old Baldwin can definitely grow under the tutelage of James Harden considering he has first round pick potential. Houston also gets two first round picks in the future from this deal. Ariza and Eric Gordon are significant losses, but Parsons can definitely replace Ariza when healthy and effective, and Lou Williams has already begun to replace Gordon.
Why Memphis Trades:
|Marc Gasol||Brandan Wright||Deyonta Davis|
|JaMychal Green?||Zach Randolph?||Jarrell Martin|
|Andre Iguodala?||James Ennis||James Michael McAdoo|
|Eric Gordon||Vince Carter?||Troy Daniels|
|Mike Conley||Andrew Harrison||Wayne Selden|
Memphis trades because they completely revamp their starting line-up. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley were excellent, and JaMychal Green was good in his small role within the starting line-up. Chandler Parsons, however, could never figure things out this season as he averaged just 6.2 points on 33.8% shooting after signing a four year, 94 million dollar contract with Memphis. The Grizzlies have a chance to get out of that, and get 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala in the process as their small forward. Iguodala is a two-way weapon who has a very wide skill set.
At two guard they could either put him in the starting line-up or bring him off the bench, but Eric Gordon is coming off a statement year in which he set the record for three pointers made by a reserve (166 on the year, 37.2% shooting from three). He averaged 16.2 points per game to go along with that shooting in 31.0 minutes per game. The fact that Memphis can do this trade getting two players who were fringe all-stars not too long ago for Chandler Parsons is absolutely worth it.
Why Golden State Trades:
|Zaza Pachulia?||Javale McGee?||Damian Jones|
|Draymond Green||David West?||Kevon Looney|
|Kevin Durant||Trevor Ariza||Matt Barnes|
|Klay Thompson||Tony Allen?||Patrick McCaw?|
|Stephen Curry?||Shaun Livington?||Ian Clark?|
Golden State makes this trade to simply get better. Championship teams need to refresh their non-essential players in order to prevent against stagnancy. Trevor Ariza (Lakers, 2009) and Tony Allen (Boston, 2008) both have championship experience and know what it takes. These players also have skill sets that Golden State and the current NBA loves. Tony Allen is a lock-down perimeter defender, and Trevor Ariza is a three and D wing. Allen is a five-time all-NBA defensive player who averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game on 46.1% shooting. Ariza averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 ebounds, and 1.8 steals per game, and is a 36.5% three point shooter since 2012.
Andre Iguodala is obviously a good player, but he is not as essential to the Warriors as Ariza and Allen would potentially be. Ariza and Klay Thompson were the only players on Golden State who played over 100 post-season minutes to finish below the league average in win share rate. Iguodala was also 2nd worst in that same group of players in PER and true shooting percentage. Iguodala is 33, and could decline any year now. Golden State would definitely benefit from taking two very good role players for him while they can get this return.