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Trade targets that put NBA contenders first


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A little bit of greed can be a good thing for an NBA team to be lucky enough to find itself in a title race. Margins are either very thin or non-existent because of errors in association vertices. Teams must be fully prepared for whatever the basketball gods throw at them, whether it’s an untimely injury, a brutal matchup or a team-wide chill.

In other words, even the best lineups can improve, so that’s the goal here. Using the six teams recently crowned as full contenders by B/R’s Greg Swartz, we’re identifying ideal trade goals that each team can achieve.

Boston Celtics: Bojan Bogdanovic

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    lost with Danilo Gallinari to With a torn ACL, Boston could move to a higher-end version of the same prototype as Bojan Bogdanovic.

    While Gallinari, 34, may have only recently begun to reveal his age, Bogda, 33, Norwich have not seen such a marked decline. If anything, he seems to be making plans for something similar to aging fine wines. Last season, his points per game (18.1) and contributions per 48 minutes (0.118) were the second-highest of his career.

He’s totally Gallinari’s perimeter shooter, but Bogdanovic scores as a self-sufficient Hand offers more. He can post smaller defenders and bypass larger defenders. Right now, Boston may mostly want to catch and shoot from him, but he can still grab enough touches to add an extra swing or two to this offense. Now led by former Celtics decision maker Danny Ainge, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe The Utah Jazz are looking for a first-round pick for Bogdanovic. The Celtics should have no hesitation in competing for that price with a potential championship.

Denver Nuggets: Jonathan Isaac

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Denver’s expectations are understandable given the expected return of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. The two will rejoin two-time defending MVP Nikola Jokic, and the Nuggets may have enough horsepower to survive a long postseason. However, Denver’s defense could have some rough times as all three run out on the other end biggest effort. The Nuggets deftly grabbed some defensive players to support their high-scoring trio — Aaron Gordon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown — but they could will get more in the market.

Especially a talent like Jonathan Isaac who has suffered knee and hamstring injuries the past two seasons Showed Defensive Player of the Year potential even before he was knocked out by injury. Now, here’s a joke about his injury-plagued suitability for this team, but if Denver keeps him upright, it could have an all-purpose five-position defensive dynamo.

Orlando Magic has a packed frontcourt in Isaac’s absence, so maybe they’re willing to pay the right price trade him. If the Nuggets can afford it, they should raid. Not only is Isaac expected to cure Denver’s 15th-ranked defense, but he can also stabilize their very volatile lineup of backup bigs that includes DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green and Zeknagy.

While Isaac’s contract will run through the 2024-25 season, all seasons remaining on his contract Either partially guaranteed or not guaranteed. Orlando can wait and see what he has left in the tank, but with No. 1 pick Paul Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., Mo Bamba and Mo Wagner all filling the frontcourt, the Magic have enough The depth to trade Isaac than his trade value fell farther.

Golden State Warriors: Jakob Poeltl

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If the Golden State Warriors feel their roster isn’t ready to defend the crown, they May consider upgrading center. Kevon Looney is rock solid, but he’s never confused by his amazing talent. James Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in 2020, has coveted upside, but he may lack the brilliance to contribute to the title chase right now. If Golden State has its sights set on center, then it should be all-out Alamo City. That’s where the San Antonio Spurs are dipping their toes in a rebuilding project that could make it impossible to keep Jakob Poeltl, who turns 27 in October and is in the A new contract is required by next summer.

Now, to be clear, San Antonio has zero interest in just dropping Poeltl. The news, provided by SpursTalk’s LJ Ellis, is that the Spurs are looking for a pair of first-round picks for Poeltl. That seems a little steep, although if the Warriors think the Poeltl trade will bring them closer to another championship, they might disagree.

Poeltl offers a wealth of two-way talent, and the fact that he spent four seasons under Spurs captain Gregg Popovich , allowing Popovich’s disciple Steve Kerr to transition quickly. Poeltl shines as an inside anchor, but he has the mobility to handle perimeter switches, is a strong finisher at the rim, and can see the floor well enough to find open teammates from short distances.

Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Turner

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    The thought of Miles Turner joining the Los Angeles Clippers is, in a word, scary. This club already has arguably the best wing-back combination in the league, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the duo has 11 Defensive Player of the Year awards and two Defensive Player of the Year awards between them. Adding Turner, the two-block-per-game leader, to the inside could make this defense a true stonewall.

    Maybe that’s why the Clippers are interested in Turner in 2021, according to

    J. Michael Indianapolis Star , which is why they should stay interested now. Turner may be too old (27 in March) and too expensive (soon to be a free agent) for the rebuilding Pacers, but he’s a perfect fit for a championship-winning Los Angeles team. Turner’s skills don’t go beyond space and paint protection, but this That’s all the Clippers need from him. Plus, adding him and keeping Ivica Zubac would make Los Angeles one of the better center rotations in the league.

    Milwaukee Bucks: Kelly Oubre Jr.

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    In the past postseason, the Milwaukee Bucks may only need a healthy Khris Middleton to successfully defend their title. Still, his knee injury exposed Milwaukee’s weak wing rotation and gave Wesley Matthews And Grayson Allen carries a heavier load than they can handle. Matthews has basically become a shooting specialist at this stage of his career, and Allen is being relentlessly targeted on the defensive end. Kelly Oubre Jr. could give Bucks a wing Bring two-way promotion. He can be a bit erratic, although it’s easier to handle on a roster led by top talent like Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. If Oubre buys a support role, his athleticism, finishing and spot-up shooting will all shine. He’s not the most obvious trade candidate on this list, but he is An impending free agent who the Charlotte Hornets may not want to pay in the future. Charlotte could fall back without Miles Bridges — and it didn’t climb very high to begin with — which could trade winners like Oubre for long-term assets that could ultimately help 21 Years – The old team faces LaMelo Ball.

    Philadelphia 76ers: Alec Burks

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    This summer, when Philadelphia acquired D’Antoni Melton in a draft-night trade, it probably did all the heavy lifting, adding PJ Tucker, Danuel House Jr. and Montrezl Harrell to the Free agency, but still found enough changes in couch cushions to re-sign James Harden.

    If Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey hadn’t run out his asset supply, then it might be appropriate in the Alec Burks game. Philly could use another playmaker in the second unit, while pro wing Burks is just in the New York Knicks Sri Lanka as emergency point guard (3.0 assists, 1.1 turnovers). He can handle most defensive matchups from the perimeter, and has shot over 38 percent from 3-point range the past three seasons.

    in use Statistics provided by Basketball Reference and Zach · Barkley covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @ZachBuckleyNBA.


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