5 NBA Trades Predictions That Can Still Happen This Offseason

5 NBA Trades That Can Still Happen

July has already seen a lot of real and figurative explosions, but there are still some NBA moves that need to be done.

A buyout with some of the Utah Jazz’s other veterans would seem to be in order if Donovan Mitchell were to be traded.

Additionally, it appears that neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving’s situation with the Brooklyn Nets is stable. Every summer, at least one or two deals that no one anticipated take place.

We’ll explore the most giant dominoes here, but more will undoubtedly fall between now and the start of the 2022–23 season.

Listed below are 5 NBA trades that we believe can still happen this offseason.

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1. Bojan Bogdanovic to the Suns

Bojan Bogdanovic

The Deal: Bojan Bogdanovic for Jae Crowder, Landry Shamet and a 2023 first-round pick

Bogdanovic seems like a perfect match for the Phoenix Suns given his height (6’7″) and career three-point percentage of 39.2. They’ve gravitated toward positionless basketball with Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton, and adding another committed floor-spacer who fits that pattern would create a little bit more room for drives by CP3 and Devin Booker.

Without Jae Crowder, they could lose a bit of their toughness and defence, but Bogdanovic undoubtedly boosts their offensive potential. Additionally, there is certainly enough switchability in combinations including Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson to offset Bogdanovic’s deficiencies on the opposite end.

This is all about getting a choice for Utah. Phoenix is right in the middle of a title window, so it shouldn’t worry too much about losing one right away.

2. Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks

Donovan Mitchell

The Deal: Donovan Mitchell for Evan Fournier, Cam Reddish, Quentin Grimes, Obi Toppin, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 first-round pick, and a 2027 first-round pick

Even with his small stature (6’1″) Mitchell has a chance to be a No. 1 option for a team that is contending for the championship on offence and defence. His playoff scoring average over his career ranks ninth. And only Buddy Hield, Klay Thompson, and Damian Lillard have made more three-pointers in their first five seasons than any other player in league history.

He and the 6’1″ Jalen Brunson would form a backcourt, although having problems on defence, wouldn’t have any problems scoring. For a weak defence, Mitchell Robinson and RJ Barrett make a respectable starting lineup.

However, the main goal here is to find a genuine franchise energizer. That could be done by a mid-20s point-per-game scorer with the type of natural charisma that made him a bigger-than-his-market star in Utah.

Even while the Jazz may not be digging in their heels for this kind of return right now, this is still a huge haul. Fournier is undoubtedly there to match salaries. Toppin can be a huge, clearly contemporary man.

Although Grimes and Reddish haven’t displayed nearly as much as Mitchell, their shapes are more appropriate for the current, positionless game. And both (or either) have plenty of time to improve.

Of course, the picks are the true prize. The Jazz would have one of the strongest beginnings to a rebuild in league history if they added them to the five players Utah acquired in exchange for Gobert.

3. Kevin Durant to the Pelicans

Kevin Durant

The Deal: Kevin Durant for Brandon Ingram, Devonte’ Graham, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 first-round pick (via Milwaukee) and a 2027 first-round pick

It might be difficult for the Brooklyn Nets to accept that they received fewer picks for Kevin Durant than the Jazz did for Gobert, but the latter is just under four years older. Brandon Ingram is a more valuable asset than the players Minnesota sent. 

The Pelicans can get a lot of what Ingram does from Durant, but he can do it more effectively and with more volume. Zion Williamson would be able to feast inside thanks to the amount of attention he would get on the outside.

This should be one of the best and most dynamic scoring combinations of all time, even with Durant past the prime of his career. In terms of career points for every 75 possessions, he and Zion are third and fifth, respectively. KD would make the Bayou a title contender even though it isn’t one of his favoured locations. And if you win one, it might seem much more like home.

4. Kyrie Irving to the Lakers

Kyrie Irving

The Deal: Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn and a 2026 first-round pick for Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris

If tension doesn’t increase, L.A. may become less reluctant to add incentives to Westbrook’s contract in the future. There is simply no denying that Irving complements the Lakers’ players better than Westbrook does. 

Additionally, holding to picks makes less sense for L.A. than it does for other teams due to the presence of LeBron and AD on the squad. In order to make the trade work, Joe Harris and Kendrick Nunn are included, but they also work in their new roles. 

Harris shouldn’t be kept if Brooklyn deals both Durant and Irving. In line-ups involving LeBron, his floor-spacing would be a useful force. Nunn is also four years younger than Harris and has a contract that Brooklyn could be able to flip down the road, even though he is far from being a valued target for a team in rebuilding mode.

5. Patrick Beverley to the Lakers

Patrick Beverley

The Deal: Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker and Max Christie

Alongside LeBron James for years, three-and-D point guards who don’t worry about controlling individual possessions have made sense, and Beverley fits that description perfectly.

He had 2,203 three-point attempts over the course of his ten-year career, a 37.8 three-point shooting percentage, and a 1.2 defensive box plus/minus. Only seven players in league history—Shane Battier, Paul George, Danny Green, Joe Ingles, Kawhi Leonard, and John Stockton—have met or surpassed all three benchmarks.

He’s a perfect match for a Lakers squad that ought to be going all in, even at the age of 34. While Utah receives a 21-year-old with potential as a playmaking wing who would see more playing time on a team in rebuilding mode despite a disappointing third season.

However, a simple arrangement for those two does not work. Thus, Max Christie, a second-round pick in 2022, was added. Ainge might try to get a pick added, but two players under 22 should be enough, especially considering how many picks he might still get for Mitchell, Conley, and Bogdanovic.

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