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With the clock counting down to Thursday’s trade deadline, The Vertical Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks, a 20-year executive with the Nets, looks at two trades that just make too much sense and how the deals would impact each team.
Why it makes sense for the Kings:
Even with all the injuries, Derrick Rose is still a top-15 point guard in the NBA. With Rajon Rondo entering free agency in July, acquiring Rose will help solve the point-guard issue for Sacramento this summer. Put Rose and Rondo together for the last 30 games as the starting backcourt and let’s see where the Kings go. Rose is under contract through 2016-17, and with the lack of quality point guards on the free-agent market, Sacramento would fill a need now and not in the summer.
Although inconsistent in his first three years, Tony Snell has shown glimpses being a rotational player in the league. He doesn’t replace Rudy Gay’s production, but Snell’s youth and controllable contract make him appealing.
Trading a future pick to Chicago in 2011 still haunts Sacramento. Receiving that pick back would help the Kings replenish some assets going forward.
With Rose under contract, Sacramento would have $20 million in cap space this summer to fill out its bench and find a starting-caliber small forward.
Why it makes sense for the Bulls:
Chicago gets two players who are under contract through 2016-17 (with Gay holding a player option in 2017-18).
Although Collison is not in Rose’s category, he has proven to be one of the better backup point guards in the NBA. Collison also proved last season that he can handle the starting point guard role, starting 45 games for the Kings before injuries cut short his season.
In Gay, Chicago gets a player locked into a manageable contract who can give you 20 points consistently and can play multiple positions.
Both players would balance the Bulls’ roster while also helping Chicago stay afloat in the playoff race.
Although the trade would not take the Bulls under the luxury tax, it would save them close to $7 million in taxes.
The trade would also give the Bulls flexibility in the offseason. Chicago could have $13 million in cap space and still be able to bring back free agent Pau Gasol. That, of course, is after letting go of center Joakim Noah.
C/PF Al Horford
G Lamar Patterson
PF Mike Muscala
C Bismack Biyombo
PF Patrick Patterson
PF Anthony Bennett
2016 first-round pick: lesser of New York or Denver
2017 first-round pick: Los Angeles Clippers, protected Nos. 1-14.
Why it makes sense for Toronto:
Going all in would be the mindset of Raptors management in obtaining Horford. Putting Horford at power forward would change the dynamic of how the Raptors play the rest of the season. Toronto would have different options to close games and could play small.
Full Bird rights would carry over for Horford into free agency. Toronto would be able to afford bringing back All-Star free agent DeMar DeRozan, along with Horford, and still be allowed to exceed the salary cap.
Obtaining Horford will cost the Raptors two important pieces: New York’s or Denver’s first-round pick as well as the Clippers’ first-round selection, which is lottery protected in 2017.
The Raptors are sacrificing two key bench players in Patterson and Biyombo to get an All-Star.
Why it makes sense for Atlanta:
Instead of losing Horford in free agency, Atlanta receives two first-round picks, one a lottery pick from either New York or Denver. The pick’s value will be determined in the draft lottery. The Clippers’ pick in 2017 will depend on how Los Angeles reshapes its roster during the summer.
Replacing Horford with Biyombo and Patterson will likely drop the Hawks from a top-four team to the back of the playoff pack. Atlanta still has the pieces to make the playoffs, but it will not be in position to challenge Cleveland or Toronto.
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