Michael Porter Jr falling. GM Travis Schlenk creating Splash Brothers South. Mikal Bridges getting swapped for Zhaire Smith. The descent of Robert Williams. Woj. Last night was everything we wanted it to be, and more. The craziness could just be getting started, however.
What are some names to watch going forward?
1. Kemba Walker
Let’s start with the obvious. Walker has been involved in trade rumors for weeks, if not months. His expiring contract makes things tricky, as the team who trades for him has to be comfortable with Walker being a possible one year rental. Yet, he is a two time All-Star, mega competitor and screen-game master who has a few good years left on him. Don’t be surprised if playoff-drought squads make a move for the former Husky.
Trade I want to see happen – Kemba for Darren Collison, Sabonis and a future first. Indy and Charlotte swap expirings while Kemba teams up with Oladipo. Charlotte gets a much improved player in Sabonis as well as a draft asset.
2. Jonathan Isaac
Some really smart Hoops blogger who totally is not the author of this blog tweeted this out last night.
Smart teams would make a trade offer for Jonathan Isaac right now.
— Matthew Thomas (@MattEsposito_) June 22, 2018
Drafted with the #6 pick in the 2017 draft, Isaac was a scouting gem last year. Standing at 6’10” with a 7’1″ wingspan, Isaac came into the League with hopes of being a superb rim protector. What makes him special, however, is his ability to switch screens like a guard. If his perimeter game develops, the kid could be a 4/5 tweener who defends and shoots well. Take it with a grain of salt, but check out his per 36 numbers, especially the blocks and steals category.
Why could he be on the block? – Orlando just drafted Mo Bamba and may retain Aaron Gordon this offseason. Where does Isaac fit in? How does he get minutes for development?
3. Marvin Williams
It was only a couple summers ago when GMS and pundits alike were looking at Williams as a matured combo forward. What is he now? Williams is a 32-year-old 3/4 combo who can hit threes at an above rate and defend when his motor is there. Why could he get traded? Last night, Charlotte landed stud combo forward Miles Bridges. Buzz City could potentially be in rebuild mode, and Williams is a good pickup for a pseudo-contender. Owed 30 million over the next two years, Williams’ contract is tolerable. Look at his corner spacing; something he can bring to his next team.
Possible Suitors – Utah, Minnesota, Milwaukee.
4. Patrick Beverley
LAC made some interesting decisions last night, to say the least. They opted to go high on Jerome Robinson instead of gambling on MPJ with their second lottery pick. Still we need not question Jerry West, as he also scooped up a high upside point guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
LAC has made their intentions known. They could have north of 70 million dollars in cap space for the 2019-2020 offseason. Jerry West needs to be able to sell free agents on two things. Firstly, that LA is an awesome place to live. That should be easy. Secondly, that the Clippers have a promising young core in place. Pat Beverley is a great asset to move, as he claims a 5 million dollar expiring contract and has played his best basketball the past few years (when not injured.) Moving him gets back assets while also giving SGA a chance to grow.
Trade I want to see happen – Send Pat Bev back to Houston for promising big man prospect Zhou Qi and cap filler (possibly Nene.) Houston gets a PG who can take minutes off of CP3 in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs. LAC gets back an asset who can actually get minutes to develop. LAC may want more in return but, just get Beverley on Houston so those damn Warriors don’t make the Finals again!
5. Otto Porter
With the 15th pick in the draft, the Wizards selected forward Troy Brown. Hmmmmmm. Washington has an expiring center and did not opt to select Robert Williams? Once more I say, Hmmmmmm. Stocking up on wings are we? Hmmmmmmm.
With Oubre, Brown and Porter, and even the underrated Satoransky, Washington has a wing to spare. So what could be in the works? Although a sign and trade with New Orleans is tricky, it is possible. Could Washington have been preparing to lose Otto Porter in a Boogie sign-n-trade?
Reason it won’t happen – Sign and trades are hard to come by, for a multitude of messy cap reasons. At the end of the day, I believe the market for Boogie is lower than what we think and he ends up signing a 3 year deal worth less money.