Hey everyone, first post..hope it's not too bad haha.
1st trade - Toronto and Portland
To Toronto: CJ McCollum, Meyers Leonard
To Portland: Terrence Ross, Austin Daye
The latest Grantland podcast gave me this idea. Jalen Rose mentioned how the Blazers have been doing well without CJ McCollum, so why not explore any possible trades with him. Terry Stotts looks like he prefers Joel Freeland over Meyers Leonard. As much as I don't want to trade T-Ross (he shut down Paul George), he gets to go back home and play for his hometown, and on a very good team. He also fits in with Portland's rain 3's offense.
4 team trade TOR-GS-ATL-HOU
To Toronto: Harrison Barnes, Dennis Schroeder
To Golden State: Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap
To Atlanta: Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas
To Houston: David Lee, ATL 2015 2nd rounder (from Brooklyn), TOR 2017 2nd rounder (from New York)
Been playing around with Trade Machine and made this. This one is pretty complicated, probably wouldn't happen realistically.
Since GS likes Barnes a lot, Lowry may be not enough for them to pull the trigger. David Lee has been mentioned in trade rumours before and GS had supposedly tried trading him during the offseason, one rumour involving trading him here for Bargnani, another to Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge, with neither coming to fruition. Since they've tried trading for Bargnani and LA, it looks like they want a stretch 4 and Paul Millsap comes to mind.
Paul Millsap, like Lee, has also been involved in trade rumours. The biggest trade rumour that Millsap has been in, or the one with the most buzz, was him to Houston for Omer Asik. With this trade, Al Horford can play his natural position at PF, which he played in college.
Houston has also been looking for a PF to play alongside Dwight Howard. David Lee has decent midrange, doesn't shoot 3s but supposedly tried working on it during the offseason (heard this from GS commentators when I watched a random GS game, so take it for what it's worth lol).
So in the end, GS gets Lowry and Millsap, ATL gets Asik and Motiejunas (only added so the trade can work out and I think Houston prefers playing Terrence Jones), HOU gets David Lee and draft picks, and we get Harrison Barnes and Dennis Schroeder.
The only problem is David Lee's contract, which is why I added both ATL's 2015 2nd rounder, and TOR's 2017 2nd rounder to the Houston side to sweeten the deal, since Daryl Morey likes to stockpile assets. Also, David Lee's defense..unless Dwight Howard is good enough to even it out. Is this still enough for them to agree to take David Lee? And would Atlanta give up Schroeder? They do get an interesting prospect in Motiejunas. They could be desperate with Al Horford being out for the season.
With these trades, Atlanta, Houston, and Golden State look roughly like this:
and finally, the Raptors look like this:
With the loss of Lowry and Ross, we gain four prospects in Schroeder, McCollum, Leonard, and Barnes. With Schroeder, McCollum could primarily come off the bench as our backup SG/sixth man. His versatility being able to run point would be very useful in case Schroeder or Vasquez were to go down. Barnes is our much needed SF for the future, and Leonard would be a very solid backup to Jonas. One problem with these trades though, is we would have a crowded frontcourt with Jonas/Amir/Patterson/Hansbrough/Hayes/Leonard. Patterson is an expiring so Masai could just let him walk at the end of the season.
Another way that 4 way trade can happen is Motiejunas coming to Toronto instead of Atlanta. I guess Atlanta could get a pick in exchange for Schroeder, and they do have a bunch of PFs already. Or Aaron Brooks can also be traded to Atlanta since Patrick Beverley is coming back.
Motiejunas is 7'0 so he can be Jonas' not undersized backup, who can also shoot 3s, which fits in with the offense we run now. If this were to happen the first trade with Portland doesn't even have to happen and the Raptors would end up looking like this:
We still get a loaded frontcourt but Motiejunas looks like a taller Patterson, so we could end up with the same frontcourt rotation after this season except with Motiejunas replacing Patterson if Masai decides not to bring him back. (Amir/Jonas/Motiejunas/Hansbrough, with Hayes being used sparingly) Motiejunas is also Lithuanian so Jonas and the Lithuanian Raptors fans would be happy lol.
Thanks for reading!
edit: added TOR-GS-ATL-HOU 4 team trade