This time of the year almost every NBA team is trying to make a trade. All teams are trying to do something different though. Some teams are trying to move up or down in the draft, while others may be trying to get rid of a player’s big contract. Some teams have already made some moves, and there will undoubtedly be more trades to come in the next 48 hours.
— Houston Rockets receive 18th overall pick in 2012 NBA Draft.
— Minnesota Timberwolves receive SF Chase Budinger and the rights to Lior Eliyahu.
Analysis: The Rockets are loading up on draft picks in preparation to trade for Dwight Howard. They currently have the 14th, 16th, and now the 18th pick in this year’s draft. They are also prepared to trade PG Kyle Lowry in order to acquire Howard. On the other hand, the Timberwolves get a player that they do not need. Yes, he does provide some depth on their roster, but I would expect Derrick Williams to start over Budinger. This isn’t a major trade, and nobody really won or lost the trade, but it just shows that Minnesota is attempting to add veterans, and they believe that their team can win with the current players on the roster.
— Charlotte Bobcats receive Ben Gordon and Pistons’ 2013 First Round Pick (Lottery Protected).
— Detroit Pistons receive Corey Maggette.
Analysis: This is a great trade for both teams. The Bobcats desperately need playmakers, and Gordon can still score the basketball. He will also take pressure off of all of the players on the Bobcats since they do not have to worry about being the best player. Gordon can be the guy for the Bobcats next season, along with their first round draft pick this year. The Pistons on the other hand get rid of a big contract. They get some cap room so that they can attempt to sign a free agent along with their draft picks.
1.) The Rockets are expected to make some big trades very soon. With their 3 first round picks and Kyle Lowry, the Rockets are hoping to trade for two top 10 picks in this year’s draft. Then, they will send those two picks over to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dwight Howard. This trade is dependent on a lot of teams, but the Rockets are fully prepared to make many trades in order to get Howard.
2.) The Charlotte Bobcats may be trading down from their 2nd overall pick. One major contender to trade for the pick is the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs own the 4th and 24th picks in this year’s draft, and that may be enough to get the Bobcats’ pick. The Bobcats need to get a lot of pieces and at Number 2, they will not be able to get a player that can change the franchise immediately. At four they can still most likely get Harrison Barnes, Thomas Robinson, or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Any of those player can help this franchise, and they will also be able to get a solid player with their 24th and 31st pick if this trade goes through. The Cavs will also benefit from this trade because they really like Bradley Beal. Beal will be able to play alongside Kyrie Irving, and the Cavs will be able to contend for a playoff position. They will not be able to take Beal at their 4th pick, because it appears that the Washington Wizards, the team that owns the 3rd overall pick, are looking to draft Beal also.
There are many other trades in the works, but the details are very unclear. A lot of trades will go through during the actual draft, because teams will be waiting to see where certain players fall in the draft. One pick that I think will be traded is the Golden State Warriors’ number 7 overall pick. If neither Barnes nor MKG is available at that spot look for them to trade that pick away since the Small Forward position is such a pressing need in Golden State.
It should be an interesting next 48 hours, and expect many players to be on different teams by Friday morning.
The 2012 NBA Draft starts at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 28th on ESPN. Check out my NBA Mock Draft, which will be updated daily until the NBA Draft begins.