Seeing that Point Guard discussion thread has been closed just when there is a potential gold in Trae Young to Spurs guessing games (what would it cost, etc.)
Provide your top 5 predictions and/or SHOULD DO.
1). Cavaliers and Pelicans swapping big men
Jarrett Allen + Okoro both will boosts Pelicans' defense, Okoro is an insurance in case they can't keep Herb Jones. Cavaliers finally got someone who can pair up with Mobley just right, both teams improved in this trade.
2). LaVine finds a... Magical home?
LaVine is a very good offensive player but beyond, he's limited. Magic might throw in another protected pick, but considering Magic is a #3 defensive team, they need more offensive firepower, Lavine fits the picture here. By swapping pieces at similar positions, it allows Bulls to become more deeper overall. Wendell returns to his original home, Isaac and Patrick Williams can pair up as defensive forwards. This allows Coby White to find a new home which brings us to...
3). Lakers find their new ballhandler.
The Lakers most definitely will need to include their either '29 or '30 first round pick. This would allow Lakers to become more starting heavy lineup, the ability to stay competitive past Lebron's retirement. Coby White ought to develop just well without Lavine who IMO is part of the problem. Bulls also won by gaining tradeable players, they need to blow it up but can't afford to due to top 10 pick in 2025, which means they need to have different assets they can work with and trade, allowing themselves to flip the picks. Talking about blowing it up...
4). The bad boy Murray joins... bad boys???
You are probably thinking what in the world... Pistons have been rumored to be interested in Murray and for a good reason. Frustrated Cunningham only can take up so much of losing, if they continued, no way Cunningham stays (would demand a trade) with pieces around to be decent team, but not putting it together force the Pistons to find someone all-around who can fits in this team and lead. Murray while have cockiness to his attitude, did display leadership when he was with the Spurs. This move will shift Cunningham to shooting guard, allowing Cunningham to play his natural position. Also gaining Okongwu who hasn't found his stomping ground in Atlanta. Okongwu is intended to be Duren's true backup, provide them more consistency.
Meantime, Hawks gained a veteran and prospective guard who can pair up with Young with his speed and scoring at the rim. Picks will be swapped for best/worst.
5). Warriors finally got rid of Andrew Wiggins, but at cost of a pick as well.
This may seem like a strange trade, but Wiggins have been linked to the Pacers due to his versatility on offense that the Pacers sorely need. Mathurin need more maturing to do, this allows them to be competitive in playoff. Due to cap, they can afford to keep Wiggins around and if he doesn't perform, dump him. Mean time, Warriors gain a true three point shooter in Hield. With the Warriors' inconsistency shooting, Hield would be welcomed. Adding a pick in this trade as well for dumping Wiggins.
That's all I got. I wanted to talk about two things now;
1). Trae Young to Spurs? There, I said it. I do still see this as a plausible trade waiting to happen but the thing is... It would probably cost us Devin Vassell. Also, we have no incentive to make this trade THIS season when next season is our butter to the bread. If Spurs succeed and make the playoff in 2024-2025, we still COULD get one or two lottery picks. 2024 is also when Devin Vassell's contract will kick in. As much fun it would be to talk about the trade this season, next season is when it's very likely we trade for a scoring point guard.
2). Small Forward is our biggest need. This may be strange considering we have Keldon Johnson who is a very solid player, but we all have agreed on him coming off the bench is more profilic for our team; if Keldon can accept the role he'll be with us for a long time. We have Julian Champagnie as our starting small forward who... Can be decent, get hot with shooting, but his defense still leave a lot to be desired. I like seeing him beside Keldon Johnson off the bench, but the fact we left this glaring hole tell me the Spurs have a plan. That's to either draft a small forward to fill in the position or even trade for one. If there's one player that I think is more attainable it's Jonathan Kuminga. Steve Kerr and him, phew, they sure doesn't get along at all. Kuminga is a true forward who can really boosts our defense, his three point shooting was actually good last season, not this season, and has the athleticism that you want beside Wemby + Sochan.Their versatility could benefit this team very well.
What's y'all predictions? Even the trades you think should happen? We know certain veterans on our team will be trade away for picks, but who is your target?