By *logical*, I mean reasonable trade ideas that work in the NBA Trade Machine and aren't as absurd (like people randomly on Facebook or w/e posting, "Larkin + Nader for Kawhi!"
) TRADE IDEA 1:
Marcus Smart (S&T: 10-12M), Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris, 2019 Grizzlies Pick FOR Kawhi LeonardTRADE IDEA 2:
Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Abdel Nader, ONE of Yabusele/Ojeyele + 2019 Grizzlies Pick FOR Kawhi Leonard
Those are the two ideas that would hypothetically get it done. ANALYSIS ON TRADE IDEA 1:
Now I know people are going to read that first offer and think I'm being a huge homer and that the Spurs would laugh at that offer, and guess what, they probably will. BUT if you replace Morris or Rozier in that trade with a Brown, I think that's an overkill on our side to be honest. And remember, salaries have to match, so unless Smart's S&T $$$ is a little higher, we probably have to do Smart + 2 of Brown/Rozier/Morris to get it done. But this trade also doesn't kill our bench/depth. ANALYSIS ON TRADE IDEA 2:
This is probably the most reasonable out of the two for BOTH sides. I think Spurs look hard at this trade. Rozier's stock has risen a ton, and they get Brown back in the trade. Might be an extremely tough pill for BOS to swallow though. It does hurt out bench depth a bit, but if we assume that we keep Marcus Smart using his Bird Rights, we should be fine in that regard. We keep Tatum, add Leonard, maybe add and/or bring back a big using MLE, and go from there. Personally, I DON'T see us trading for Kawhi this summer, and don't want us to either.
But this was just a quick analysis I put together and frankly I think these are the two *logical* trade ideas for Ainge to consider. Sure, they could trade Horford + Rozier for Kawhi + Gasol, but I don't see Horford being dealt. Looks bad if you trade your first marquee FA signing in history within 2.5 years (Isaiah trade already looks bad enough).
Also creates a big hole in the front court that a washed up Gasol isn't filling. And NO WAY should Ainge even consider trading both Jaylen and Tatum in a Kawhi trade. So, thoughts? Or any adjustments to the trade ideas? Again, I don't see us trading for Kawhi, but these are just ideas/analysis for "fun" discussion