02 Oct 2017 06:51:45
Nuggets trade: Emmanuel Mudiay, Juan Hernangomez, and Darrell Arthur
Nuggets receive: Jeff Teague

The Nuggets have an excellent, balanced offense that's missing one key part: an efficient facilitator at the point guard position. Teague is by no means a great player, but he is a good player who can do a control an offense very, can do a little bit of everything, and doesn't turn the ball over too much. This is exactly what the Nuggets need if they want to make the playoffs during Millsap's tenure with the team. Although Hernangomez and Arthur figure to spell the starters some productive minutes off the bench, they are expendable. Mudiay, following a poor 2015-16 rookie season, regressed even more during the 2016-17 season and is looking more and more like a bust. After Jamal Murray's prolific rookie season, the Nuggets can afford to give up on Mudiay in favor of a veteran point guard.


Cavaliers trade: Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round draft pick
Cavaliers receive: Jimmy Butler

The Cavaliers' front office will essentially be in panic mode all season long due to LeBrom James' unwillingness to commit to the franchise beyond this upcoming season. They should be ready to pull out all the stops to assure that he stays. Getting a healthy, 2017 clone of Isaiah Thomas would help wonders in achieving that goal, but acquiring Butler without giving up much short-term relevant assets in return would help even more. 28-years-old and currently smacked dab in the middle of his prime, Butler's presence in Cleveland beyond this year would make it very difficult for James to find a better situation, in terms of a team with a talented roster and enough cap space to sign him, entering free agency in 2018. Losing Crowder would hurt, and maybe even Shumpert and Frye would provide some depth to this Cavaliers' 2017-18 roster, however, acquiring Butler would more than make up for those loses. Not to mention, trimming over $5 million off this year's payroll would be music to Dan Gilbert's ears. Even if the worst were to happen and James were to leave following the conclusion of the upcoming season, rebuilding around Love, Butler, and Thomas, all still in their late 20s, would not be the worst thing in the world.


Bucks trade: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mirza Teletovic
Bucks receive: Andrew Wiggins, Jae Crowder, Juan Hernangomez, Channing Frye, Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, and Oklahoma City Thunder's 2018 first-round draft pick

Giving up Antetokounmpo prior to him even hitting his prime years would be probably the most difficult decision the Bucks would have to make since they traded Karrem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. However, if they were to panic and decide that it's time to trade him when his value is maximized, this would be a very good package to receive in return? Wiggins is expected to be a future perennial all-star and one of the best, if not the best, scorers in the league. The Nets' draft pick should easily land somewhere in the top five in next year's loaded draft, and has a chance to become the top pick in the draft. Crowder is still young, a very solid contributor, and playing on a great contract that team could either use for the foreseeable future or flip to another team for either another younger player or for a draft pick. Hernangomez and the Thunder draft pick would add to the Bucks' solid, young crop of talent while Frye's expiring contract would save the team some money in the future and would allow the team to flip him before this upcoming season's trade deadline, should he build up any trade value over the season.


Timberwolves trade: Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, and Oklahoma City Thunder's 2018 first-round draft pick
Timberwolves receive: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Emmanuel Mudiay, Darrell Arthur, Mirza Teletovic, and Iman Shumpert

The Timberwolves would undoubtedly receive the grand prize of this trade in 22-year-old Antetokounmpo who, along with Karl-Anthony Towns, would form the scariest, most potential-filled duo ever assembled. Both players are true unicorns at their respective positions (both can easily play multiple positions) and have 'future MVP' written all over their foreheads. The Timberwolves would be giving up 60% of their projected starting line-up to receive him, all of whom are either former, current, or future all-stars, which is exactly the type of package it would take to get Antetokounmpo. Mudiay has severely underperformed since being drafted by the Nuggets, but he is only 21-years-old and would be given every opportunity over the remaining two seasons of his rookie-scale contract to prove that he belongs in the league as a starter. The second purpose behind the Timberwolves making this trade would be the flexibility it would allow them to have during the 2019 offseason, when the contracts of Taj Gibson, Cole Aldrich, Jamal Crawford, Nemanja Bjelica, and fellow newcomers Arthur, Teletovic, & Shumpert would come off the team's salary cap payroll. The subtraction of those contracts (plus the possibility of removing Mudiay's and Tyus Jones' qualifying offers if they so desired) would provide the team with roughly over $32.7 million to spend in free agency, taking into account the projected $108,000,000 salary cap for the 2019-20 NBA season. Although players such as Eric Bledsoe, Klay Thompson Butler, Kevin Love, and Marc Gasol with be available during that offseason, the two players the team would really have their eyes on would be Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, who would be 27-years-old and 28-years-old respectively. Either one of these players would give the Timberwolves undoubtedly the scariest threesome the league has seen since, well, this year's Golden State Warriors.


1.) 02 Oct 2017
02 Oct 2017 08:00:44
This is so confusing. Why in the world would those teams make such deal. Well, i will give you props for your effort but no way this kind of deal could ever happen.


2.) 02 Oct 2017
02 Oct 2017 08:01:01
This is so confusing. Why in the world would those teams make such deal. Well, i will give you props for your effort but no way this kind of deal could ever happen.


3.) 02 Oct 2017
02 Oct 2017 09:12:26
The Bucks turn that down. Giannis is easily a top ten player and has the potential to become a perennial MVP and dpoy candidate. It would take a stupid offer to pull him away from the Bucks.

I think the Timberwolves would have to take a long loo at it, but that's a lot to give up. In the short term their team gets worse.

It's fairly solid for the Cavs and Nuggets. Although, I'm not sure why the Nuggets really even need to be apart of this.


4.) 02 Oct 2017
02 Oct 2017 20:05:13
ok, i get it, the goal here is blockbuster of the century. likelihood of this ever happening aside, its a pretty good deal for everyone but the bucks. swap out wiggins for kat, and the bucks add something else (parker, monroe. ), and this trade is the perfect paradigm shatterer. hell, maybe jokic goes to min and denver gets the additional bucks offering.


5.) 02 Oct 2017
02 Oct 2017 21:48:08
update to my above comment: teague stays in min, IT goes to den, cle keeps crowder.