Kemba Walker & Marvin Williams to the New Orleans Pelicans Julius Randle & Solomon Hill and a pick
Walker’s one of the top candidates to be moved this winter, as the 28 year old is posting career highs across the board with the 7th place Hornets. While Charlotte is a fringe playoff contender this year, it still might make sense to cash in on Walker’s max trade value, acquiring assets better suited to push them up the east. For New Orleans, moving on from a young, talented Randle just months after signing him seems illogical, but this deal would be inline with keeping Anthony Davis for the next 4-5 seasons, and putting a legitimate, veteran backcourt together along with him.
Bradley Beal to the Houston Rockets for Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, and multiple picks
Beal’s name will come up with a half dozen teams over the next few weeks, but the Rockets should be the one to get this done. With James Harden playing all-world basketball right now, and Houston finally moving top the Western Conference rankings, a move for Beal should be enough push this team back into serious title contender positioning. While the Wizards will likely want more skill in return, Houston can sweeten this deal with an extra draft pick or two to help them comply.
Nikola Vucevic to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Michael Beasley, & a pick
Many speculate if the Lakers will make any moves this winter, as their cap space will be their most important asset come July when the likes of Leonard, Thompson, & Durant become available. While adding Vucevic will dig into that space a bit ($19M cap hold after 2018-19), this is a player who can elevate them immediately this season, shouldn’t require a full-max contract this offseason when an extension is needed, and compliments the pieces they have in place already. While many (myself included) are high on the long-term potential for the Ingram, his $7.2M cap figure next year is likely too rich for a team that will be in 100% win now mode come 2019-20.
Tim Hardaway to the Mavericks for Wesley Matthews and a pick
Hardaway has been ever-improving since the Knicks overpaid for him in July of 2017, but this is also a team ready to make a financial splash in the coming months. Getting his $17.3M salary off the books for this year, and $18.1M next year will be important to their free agency plans, which most certainly include Kevin Durant, and possibly Kyrie Irving as well. Moving Wesley Matthews is a necessary salary dump for Dallas, who will be looking to build around immediate superstar Luka Doncic this offseason.
Jabari Parker to the Utah Jazz for Derrick Favors and a pick
The Bulls are already in full-sell mode, and will likely look to flip Robin Lopez and Parker in the coming weeks as well. While a team in tank mode wouldn’t normally be looking to add players of Favors’ price tag, the bottom line is he’s a strong player who just isn’t a great fit on his current team. Favors can be looked as a building block for this Bulls team, and they’ll snag a pick to go along with it.