By JUSTIN BAXLEY (@JBJournalism21)
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The NBA season is over, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are your champions. Now everyone is chasing them and will be looking to upgrade through free agency and the draft. While trades are more common in the NBA than in some leagues, you do not normally see major blockbusters. Here are three deals that would make a major impact on the NBA for next season.
(1) Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kevin Love
The Cavaliers should not rest on their laurels after winning a championship they maybe shouldn’t have even won. The guy who seems to be getting paid the most to have the least amount of impact is Kevin Love. While he played better in Game 7, I just don’t think he fits in Cleveland. He never fit in Cleveland. I am going to cheat and offer two trades for Love. One is more of a pipe dream for a Cavaliers fan while the other probably makes them the better team.
Knicks trade: Carmelo Anthony
Cavaliers trade: Kevin Love
This is the pipe dream for Cleveland. It would love to add the scoring ability of Carmelo Anthony, and he is one of LeBron’s best friends. Carmelo gives the Cavaliers someone who can stretch the court and allow LeBron to move to the power forward position. For the Knicks, they still get a superstar who can stretch the floor and would get to be Batman instead of a third option. Also, a third team like Minnesota might be willing to grab Love and ship the Knicks some young talent and a top-five pick.
Cavaliers trade: Kevin Love
Celtics trade: Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and No. 3
This one probably helps the team the most. They could replenish their wings and improve their defense in one move. This allows the Cavs to move Shumpert or let J.R. Smith walk/bring him back as a sixth man off the bench. Pick No. 3 is the wildcard in this deal. They could land Dragan Bender or possibly move it in another deal before the draft Thursday. I think this would be a fairly solid option for both teams.
Also, if the three teams could get together, maybe they pull off a blockbuster deal that would net each team these players:
Celtics: Kevin Love
Knicks: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and No. 3
Cavaliers: Carmelo Anthony
2. 76ers land another draft pick
The 76ers have reportedly already reached out to Kris Dunn’s agent to let him know they are trying to work out a deal that would bring him to the 76ers on draft night. The 76ers are already selecting No. 1 overall and will certainly be taking Ben Simmons at that slot. So they would need to move back into the top five in order to land Dunn. Enter: the Boston Celtics.
Celtics trade: No. 3
76ers trade: Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel
I think this has more to do with who Boston wants from the 76ers. The Celtics really do not want either guy, it seems, or rather they are looking everywhere else first. The Celtics are being told, “No,” by everyone but the 76ers, and if they are convinced they do not want anyone at No. 3, then why not go ahead and pull the trigger on one of the 76ers’ big men? For the 76ers, they would essentially get two of the top three prospects in this draft to pair with their other young pieces.
3. Greg Monroe on the move
The Bucks are shopping their big man aggressively. He underperformed in a lot of people's minds last year and will probably be leaving in free agency next year. There are a couple places where he would fit in well, and they might be willing to absorb the cap hit of $17 million a year.
Bucks trade: Greg Monroe and No. 10
Pelicans trade: No. 6; or if it is after draft night, they trade Ryan Anderson in a sign-and-trade for Monroe
Monroe paired with Anthony Davis would be a good tandem down in the post. Davis provides the strong defensive presence that covers up for Monroe’s lack of defensive intensity. Pick No. 6 would help the Bucks bring in more talent to augment the core of their team. The ability to add a guy with some upside like Jaylen Brown might not be a bad idea. Milwaukee could also land a shooter or point guard. Monroe essentially become a cap dump in this deal, as the Bucks may even be willing to move him for a couple of second rounders from Boston.