Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2022
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    The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors made it to the NBA finals. You should get all the attention. It's just not here.

    Twenty-eight of the Association's 30 teams have begun the off season. This space is for the majority of the league.

    A hypothetical deal will include every squad. It is unavoidable that a couple will wind up in more.

    The team will place the initial phone call at the top of the outlines. The trade skews are not in their favor. Adding organization to a lot of hypotheticals is how it is done.

    Unless otherwise stated, assume every deal is done in the new year. This makes it possible for us to ship out first-round picks as actual salaries or circumvent the Stepien Rule. The transaction can go through later if the terms are agreed upon prior to the transaction taking place.

    There are sign-and-trade scenarios. I don't think it's a good idea to tampering. I'm not saying it does happen. I sort of am. It does, that's why. Teams don't negotiate with other players and influence draft picks that aren't theirs prior to 2022.

    We're here to have fun and we're legal. There are a number of three- and four-team events in this miscellany.

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    The Atlanta Hawks received Kenrich Williams.

    There is a $5 million partial guarantee for next season.

    The Portland Trail blazers received 12 and 16.

    The only trade that needs to be pushed through before the start of the league year is here. Oklahoma City has more than 30 million dollars in cap room. Let's use it for the benefit of the president.

    There is no need to pay attention to the reunion between the two teams. If they want to have a large salary to anchor trades in the middle of the season, they'll have to waive him for $5 million. They're giving up the 12th and 30th picks to get a second top-seven pick.

    The Hawks add a bit of financial flexibility. Rather than waiving Gallinari for $5 million and potentially stretching that money over three years, they get Williams for just $2 million and gain another million or two by dropping down in the draft. They can access the full non-taxpayer's mid-level and re-sign Delon Wright if they save enough money.

    The city of Portland shouldn't object to changing the name of the building. According to The Athletic's John Hollinger and Sam Vecenie, the general manager is expected to shop the seventhoverall pick. For Jerami Grant, many already have that selection.

    A top-seven pick is not cheap. The framework allows the Blazers to cobble together alternative offers for Grant while leaving themselves with a first-round prospect.

    Oklahoma City's involvement doesn't feel right. It's not a big deal. It's important to move into the top seven. Williams or some second-round compensation can be tried on by the Oklahoma City.

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    Kevin Love and Cedi Osman were received by the Charlotte Hornets.

    Boston's second-round pick will be received by the Cleveland Cavs.

    Kevin Love doesn't fix the Hornets' defensive issues. Whether he's at the 4 or 5 depends on whether he's a floor-spacer and outlet passer or a rebounder.

    This is more about money for Charlotte. Love doesn't make as much as Gordon Hayward next season, and comes off the books in the summer of 2023. The franchise will have Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges on mega-expensive contracts if they get out from under the latter's salary.

    It makes sense for the Hornets to get the final year of Mason Plumlee's deal and the last year of Cedi Osman's deal. Charlotte is net neutral in contract commitments after the fact, ensuring this deal doesn't butcher any of their other plans.

    Cleveland is taking on too much risk. It's okay. The wing that is more dynamic on offense is more important than the wing that is less dynamic. When healthy, he is that guy. He promises to shoot above average outside.


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    The Dallas Mavericks received: Richaun.

    The Kings received a second-round pick and a pick in the 26th round.

    Mavericks fans might want a bigger acquisition after the conference finals. Don't bet on anything. Dallas doesn't have any blue-chip prospects to dangle, can't flip a future first-round pick before 2025, and has a bunch of contracts that will be treated as net negatives by other teams.

    One of the most sensible paths to a notable addition is the one with Dwight Powell's expiring salary. Richaun is the right person for the job. He gives Luka Doncic a pick-and-roll partner who can both finish above the rim and convert on a push shot. He's on one of the league's team-friendliest deals with three years left on his contract.

    Why would the Kings give up a first-round pick and a second-round pick for a late first-round pick and a second-round pick?

    It's possible that they won't. Domantas Sabonis drives down the value of the company. This is selling well. It's like trying to sell a hair too late. It's possible that teams aren't enamored with a soon-to-be 29-year-old big earning more than the mid-level-exception because he didn't get a richer deal during 2020 free agency. If true, this is dumb.

    If Sacramento wants to prioritize flexibility, Dallas can increase the amount of money they give. Josh Richardson was shipped to Boston, leaving the Mavs with a trade exception. If the move is done before the new league year and they send out No. 26 after the draft, it fits into that.

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    The Denver Nuggets received a gift.

    The Philadelphia 76ers received Zeke Nnaji and Kenrich Williams.

    There is a Daniel Theis trade exception for the Chicago Bulls.

    Oklahoma City received the 21st pick.

    The Nuggets have a mushrooming cap sheet and acquiring an extension-eligible wing who frequently devolves into a net-zero on offense isn't compatible with that. The new deals for Michael Porter Jr. and Michael Gordon will kick in next season.

    The Nuggets rarely skimp on talent. It's just front-office executives. They have at least one of Murray orMPJ available, so long as he's swallowing souls at the other end, and they have no regard for his offense.

    When playing next to Jokic, Thybulle is more likely to cook off cuts. Denver doesn't have to worry about his next deal being too pricey. He won't get a two-syllable buh-ag if he doesn't develop a set three-pointer.

    Philadelphia shouldn't be afraid. It's giving up some defense, but bolstering its ability. If the 76ers can steal minutes with him at the 5, Kenrich Williams is an upgrade to the backup big rotation.

    The 30th pick gives the Philadelphia 76ers two first-round picks. Philadelphia is $2.5 million cheaper if Furkan Korkmaz's salary is moved to Chicago. As Bryan Toporek unpacks for Forbes, every dollar counts as the team tries to re-sign James Harden while also gaining access to the larger MLE and bi-annual exception.

    Oklahoma City uses Williams to get into the draft. A nine-spot spike won't work when it also owns No. 2 and No. 12. The final year of Williams' contract makes this a conversation. The number 12 and number 21 could be used to move up again.

    It shouldn't have any problems. It turns an expiring trade exception into a human trade exception. The Bulls don't need a second-round pick. Since Thybulle is in the last year of his contract, Denver might have more concerns. It can be the team that snares 30.

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    The New York Knicks will receive a first-round pick in the 2060s and a first-round pick in the 27th century.

    The Los Angeles Lakers received Evan Fournier.

    The Lakers are being called about Russell Westbrook. It feels right in this instance.

    Future cap space will be valued more by New York than other teams. It could be incentive enough to get off Evan Fournier and Julius Randle. Gaining control of two distant firsts from Los Angeles makes it easier to give up on a player.

    According to a report from The Athletic, the Lakers won't include first-round compensation in order to move the last year of the contract of Russell Westbrook. Holding that line is not a good idea. The Lakers have two superstars. They need to improve their roster saddling new head coach Darvin Ham with the job of fitting the squarest-ever peg into the most circular of round holes does not bode well for the franchise.

    Fournier is a shooter and a scorer. Even in a down year, he shot better on catch-and-fire threes than the other guy and can be used as a screener. It is possible to use him to run the offense during stretches. He has a one-year record of drilling step-back jumpers.

    There are two swaps that are fungible. The Lakers have some leverage if the Knicks want more flexibility in the future. It might take just one. Or no?

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    Ish Smith received the 10th pick.

    If not conveyed, the Washington Wizards will receive a first-round pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

    If anyone is waiting on pins and needles, they should stop. As The Athletic's John Hollinger explained, a ballooning cap sheet in the years to come coupled with a trade market barren of clearly available stars decreases the likelihood of Memphis opting for consolidation over the off-season.

    Trying to get back into the draft lottery would be more of the team's speed. They have a number of role-player contracts, two firsts in this draft, and all of their own first-round picks.

    Washington seems like it would be a good place to look into everything. Bradley Beal is expected to re-sign in free agency, according to The Washington Post. The Wizards need to reload now.

    That should happen in the form of a big deal. The trade climate is not good. A red-carpet deal is not worth the hassle of waiting for help. That trade is followed by this one.

    On a recent episode of Dunc'd On, Tommy Sheppard mentioned bringing in more defense as a top priority. De' Anthony Melton has the chops to guard up in the back court. He has experience working off the ball with a 38.8% clip from downtown over the past two seasons.

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    Eric Gordon was received by the Miami Heat.

    If not conveyed, Houston will get Duncan Robinson, a first-round pick in the 2023 draft and a second-round pick in the 2060s.

    Duncan Robinson was almost completely out of the rotation. It's a huge blow to his trade value when he's guaranteed over 70 million dollars over the next four years.

    Even though their contract is steep, shooters with gravitational pulls have utility. Robinson ranked inside the top five of BBall Index's pull-up three-point shot-making metric, despite his struggles.

    Houston does not need him. Younger ball-handlers with competent, high-volume outside shooting should help streamline their development.

    Miami has the ability to trade after reconfiguring its draft obligations to Oklahoma City, but the Houstons are getting protected first for their troubles. It's hard to see the Heat giving up two firsts for a non-star.

    He could be worth it. He's a dependable outside shooter who puts physical pressure on the basket and Miami needs to deepen its options in the half court. He was one of only three players who attempted at least 200 field goals off drives this season.

    Gordon's shine is dulled by age and health issues. His contract could also. If he makes an All-Star roster and his team wins a title, he'll get his $20.9 million salary back in 24 years. A championship contender won't just assume he's an expiring contract, which is why Houston will get one first for him.

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    Kelly Oubre Jr. was received by the Milwaukee Brewers.

    The Charlotte Hornets received a second-round pick from the Cleveland and Golden State teams.

    If the Hornets want to keep the seat warm for Kai Jones or someone they draft at No. 13 or No. 15, they'll need a stopgap like Brook Lopez.

    At the end of May, I mentioned that.

    He had back issues that cost him most of the season, but he was still reliable when he came back. His pump-and-drive-to-a-flip-shot game is still effective and he can still stretch defenses beyond the three-point line. Milwaukee does not throw it to him on the block in a big way, but he can punish smaller mismatches if given the chance.

    Charlotte is used to trailing and doesn't have to worry about slowing down. Lopez's defense in drop coverage is one of the best in the league. The stingiest mark in the league for opponents shooting at him at the basket was 36 percent.

    Wing-for-big trades are not a standard practice these days, and the Hornets don't have them. They can bring back Miles Bridges and have the ability to explore the wing market in the draft.

    Losing Lopez is a blow to the team, but it's more important to build a roster better suited to downsize. Bobby Portis can be brought back to soak up most of the center minutes, and Kelly Oubre gives them a ready-made path to beat the big lineup. He takes more triples than Lopez but his three-point clip is shaky. He is more likely to be a part of the larger picture going on 27.

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    Jonathan Isaac was received by the Minnesota Wolves.

    The Magic received a first-round pick in the 20th century.

    It wouldn't be enough to have two mediocre-at-best first-round picks and a mediocre-at-best second-round pick. His career is moving in a different direction.

    He tore his leftACL in August 2020. The balance of his contract is only partially guaranteed.

    With the selection of a big at the top of the draft and the extension of Wendell Carter Jr., now is a good time to look at his value. The Magic can do worse than positioning itself to land two first-rounders and a microwave shooting wing in the NBA draft.

    In Minnesota, healthy Isaac is a part of the community. He's almost a defensive system unto himself, both inside and out, and his finite range on offense is hardly a concern.

    It's questionable whether the Wolves can justify putting two first-round picks on the table. If he regains his previous form, he is a steal on his current deal. Minnesota will burn some of its best trade chips if he fails.

    There is a chance that Orlando will accept a different pick than the one in 2023. The Wolves might be worth more than that pick. The baseline is the salary of the man, No. 19 and something else. The West is shaping up to be bloodbath next season despite the huge swing for Minnesota. This roster will need huge swings to progress.

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    OG Anunoby was received by the New Orleans pelicans.

    The Toronto Raptors got Larry Nance Jr.

    The word here is large and fat.

    Sources told Bleacher Report that Anunoby grew dissatisfied with his role in Toronto, where he was used as a ball-handler in Nick Nurse's team.

    There is no trade request, that's what the translation says. It doesn't make sense to move Anunoby since the Raptors are in the East. They are more win-now than on the horizon. If it's part of a consolidation trade, flipping OG makes sense, but a star-starved market and Toronto's relative lack of expendable matching salary makes a blockbuster buy difficult.

    New Orleans is capable of getting Toronto thinking. Over the last half of last season, Murphy showed off his defensive moxie and deadeye shooting, and he has three years left on his college degree. Gary Trent Jr.'s next deal can be bankrolled by the Raptors if they grab another wing on a rookies scale at No. 8.

    Larry Nance Jr.'s expiring contract has limited value, but he's right in Toronto's wheelhouse, a 6'7" near-positionless defender who can play the 4 or 5.

    Forking over that much would be difficult for the Pelicans. Anunoby gives a defensive punch that spans bigs and wings. They'll be able to plumb Zion at the-5 with him. Any arrangement with Jones, OG and Jose is bad news for the opposing offense.

    The skeptics will argue that the Pelicans shouldn't be playing all-in. I don't agree. It doesn't make sense to turn Murphy into a wing and defensive anchor under team control for at least two more seasons.

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    The Phoenix Suns received: Jerami Grant, Josh Richardson.

    The San Antonio Spurs received Deandre Ayton.

    The Detroit Pistons have a pick in the ninth round.

    The Brooklyn Nets received a No. 46 pick and a second-round pick.

    According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Suns don't view Deandre Ayton or any other big man as worth that much money. The door is open for sign-and-trade scenarios.

    Dealing Ayton isn't always easy. He counts 50 percent of his max salary as base year compensation. He would count for the full $30.5 million on his new team's books if the Suns traded him alone.

    Talking shop with San Antonio makes it simpler. The Spurs are one of the potential landing spots for Ayton.

    It's higher-end compensation to give up the No. 9 pick than it is to give up Poeltl and Richardson in a sign-and-trade. restricted free agency is not the same as unrestricted free agency. Losing Ayton for nothing is not an option for the Suns. The Spurs can afford to pay a more aggressive premium to extricate him because they have two other first-rounders in the clip.

    The Suns could be content with that straight-up return, but the need for Chris Paul's time is pressing. They need Jerami Grant to arm them with length, on-ball explosion and flashy combinations.

    Two firsts or one first is what Detroit wants. The consolidated equivalent is getting the No. 9 pick for a non-star. If the talks don't go well, Shamet will be dangled.

    Brooklyn joined the fracas as a dump site. It requires wing depth. Craig is an insurance policy against Bruce Brown's departure and deepens a shallow perimeter rotation if he stays.

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    The Portland Trail blazers received: Malcolm brogdon.

    The Pacers received Eric Bledsoe and Keon Johnson.

    The Pacers have two of their best players. It's a direction that hasn't been their style under team governorHerb Simon.

    The Pacers have definitely left the impression around the league that they're going to trade for him, according to the Substack report. The three years and $68.6 million left on his deal won't get him a king.

    The idea of a gradual build with the No. 7 pick makes sense. Bledsoe's expiring salary is guaranteed to make the math work, but he gives Indy another body to learn ball handling.

    During the partial-season with the Blazers, Keon Johnson used his athletic ability to attack and spiritedly defend. It's like getting another first-round pick. The Pacers will get an extra first-round pick in the Milwaukee pick.

    Portland's side of the equation is easy to understand. If it wants to retool, shopping No. 7 is mandatory. Turner is a good fit at both ends. He's in a contract year and Jusuf Nurkic is going to be a free agent. They are vastly different players and redundant.

    The two of them can fit nicely next to each other. He isn't a wing. The three-guard thing was done by the Portland Trail blazers. When healthy, brogdon is a better defender than both Powell and McCollum. He is not close to Jerami Grant.

    The hangup cannot be that. Grant will be more expensive to keep than No. 7 because he is a non-star. They can either explore sign-and-trade scenarios for him or keep him and move him later. They can try to keep Johnson away from them. The return here is more important than keeping No. 7.

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    The Utah Jazz received Marcus Morris, Jr.

    The L.A. Clippers have a player.

    It's tempting to go the more nuclear route for the jazz. They're weighing trade possibilities for Rudy Gobert, but the head coach hasn't yet committed to returning next season.

    It feels too preliminary to speculate about this. Utah needs to give a clear indication that it is willing to move Gobert.

    The play is to find a combo forward who can play small ball for the Jazz. Every box is checked by Marcus Morris Jr. He would have been Utah's best non-Gobert weapon this year.

    If the Jazz hold on to Mitchell and Mike, it's possible to flip Jordan Clarkson for Morris. shaving a few bucks off the Clippers' tax sheet is part of the pitch, since this move adds to their tax bill.

    There is another on-ball scoring element to L.A.'s offense. He can't be trusted to make others happy.

    Bringing in someone who can make it easier to pay free agents over the next couple of years is just as important as landing his on-ball flair. Ivica Zubac is entering the final season of his contract and Nicolas Batum is hitting the open market. Even though Morris is less expensive, every bit counts, and his player option could turn him into an expiring contract.

    Statistics courtesy of NBA.com, BasketballReference, Stathead Cleaning or the Glass, unless otherwise stated. Spotrac has salary information

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