2017 NBA TRADE Mock Draft - 6/10/17
Published at 6/17/2017 11:59:43 PM
Some of it is out there, I know. But just throwing some trade ideas around
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The first big trade of the Draft. The Sixers and C's swap picks and Philly takes the consensus best player available.
Suns Get: #2 overall, Luol Deng
Lakers Get: #4 overall, 2018 second round pick
LA isn't sold on Lonzo at #2. They need to dump cap room (Deng and Mozgov each making over $16 million per year through 2020) to make some noise in 2018 free agency (PG, LBJ, Russ, KD, and Boogie all potential free agents next summer). The Suns eat Deng's contract to move up for they guy they are targeting. Ball would form an extremely fun back court with Booker. The Suns can then move Bledsoe for more assets and use Ulis as the back up PG.
More to come on the line up at a later pick....
Pelicans Get: #3 overall, 2018 Brooklyn Pick (Unprotected), 2018 LA Pick (Top 1 and 6-30 protected, otherwise 2019 SAC Pick), Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Tyler Zeller
Celtics Get: Anthony Davis
The Celtics finally flip their assets into a star. The Brow comes to Boston for a boatload of picks, plus Crowder and Smart (Zeller involved to make salaries work). Davis instantly turns Boston into a contender and Pelicans enter full rebuild mode.
Pelicans Line Up:
Celtics Line Up:
The Lakers take the best player available at #4, and a guy they likely could have been targeting at #2. He fits in well with their current nucleus, and makes Clarkson expendable. He has the potential to be a dynamic 2-way PG in the league for a long time to come.
The Kings add a dynamic scorer on the wing to add to their young nucleus.Tatum very well could be the best scorer in the whole draft. Has a very polished all around game.
More on the line up later...
Suns Get: #6 overall, Aaron Gordon, CJ Watson
Magic Get: Eric Bledsoe, TJ Warren, 2018 1st round pick (via Heat)
Why Phoenix does it: They drafted their PG of the future at #2, thus making Bledoe expendable. They add Aaron Gordon as a dynamic big to run the floor with Booker and Lonzo. At #6 they take Isaac as a rebounder and defender at the 3-4 positions.
Why Orlando does it: Bledsoe is a dynamic scorer in the back court. Payton is a good young PG, but does not provide the night-in and night-out scoring that Bledsoe can. Payton can play with Bledsoe or can back him up. Warren provides scoring on the wing, which Orlando desperately needs.
Suns Line up:
Magic Line up:
Nuggets Get: Ricky Rubio, #7 overall
T-Wolves Get: Kenneth Faried, Emmanual Mudiay, #13 overall
Why Denver does it: They need a starting PG. Jameer Nelson is aging and the rest of their young guards are better suited at the SG position. Rubio gives them another true PG and they also move up in the draft. At #7 they take Markkanen as a stretch Big to spread the floor for Jokic and their young guards.
Why Minnesota does it: Faried gives a rebounder and defender to pair along side the offensive skill of KAT. They are ready to give Dunn the reigns, so Rubio is expendable. They add Mudiay and still are able to stay in the lottery.
The Knicks get their PG of the future in Smith. He has the potential to be a dynamic scorer from the PG position and will fit in very well with KP as a young nucleus in NYC. The rest of the roster is a mess, but KP and Smith are a good duo to build around.
Dallas needs help at PG. The French youngster has star talent, but may take some time to pan out. He has the potential to be a 2-way starting PG for the future.
The Kings added Tatum earlier in the draft. Now they get a young scorer with star potential. He is a little bit of a high-risk, high-reward kind of guy, but could have a big pay-off if he pans out. He could be a dynamic combo guard. This pick would give the Kings a young line up of the following:
Charlotte picks up a wing scorer to compliment Kemba and Batum. Could go with a big here, but they have invested a couple of picks in bigs recently (Zeller and Kaminsky) so a pick like Collins may be a duplication of services.
SF: MKG/ Jackson
Nets Get: Andre Drummond, Aaron Baynes, #12 overall
Pistons Get: Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, #22 overall, #27 overall
This is an interesting one. The Nets and Pistons swap centers and Detroit also adds a replacement PG to make up for the Reggie Jackson disaster.
Why Brooklyn does it: One has to think that Brook Lopez walks next summer. Brooklyn isn't going any where soon, and if Lopez wants to win he will likely leave. They get a younger, more dynamic Andrew Drummond instead. At #12 they take Mitchell as a dynamic athlete on the wing. He is undersized at 6'2" but makes up for it with athleticism and length (6'10" wing span).
Why Detroit does it: Does Andrew Drummond really make sense in today's NBA landscape? Sure he is a dynamic rebounder and rim protector, but he is an atrocious shooter and a liability at the end of games. Brooklyn is in a better position to take a flyer on the young Center. Lopez is a free agent next summer, so could get flipped at the deadline this upcoming season for assets if Detroit is struggling. They also add a point guard in Lin to replace the Reggie Jackson disaster.
Nets Line up:
Pistons Line up:
The T-wolves added Faried earlier to address rebounding, now add a perimeter scorer in Kennard. The Duke stand-out has potential to be a knock down shooter in this league for a long time to come. Think JJ Reddick.
The Heat take Leaf as a stretch Big to spread the floor. Whiteside is holding down the paint, so the more finesse style of Leaf would compliment nicely.
The Blazers have 3 first rounders, so you can expect one to be moved (ironically I didn't have them move any in this trade mock draft). If they stay at 15, one would have to think they go with a big man. Collins provides a versatile post game to compliment the banging style of Nurkic well.