The NBA Trades That Should Happen Before 2022 Training Camp | News, results, highlights, stats and rumours

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    Kevin Durant no longer wants to trade outside Brooklyn. Donovan Mitchell has a new home in Cleveland. While much of the major off-season drama has been settled, a few smaller deals could still be struck before the NBA training camps open later this month.

    The Utah Jazz still has some veteran bits to move, while fellow rebuilding teams like the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs have some charismatic vets ready to help the contenders as well.

    We shouldn’t see any other teams switch between the All-Stars before the season begins, though the following players could be key pieces in their new team’s 2022-23 cycles.

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    Boston Celtics receive: P Rody Jay

    Receiving Utah Jazz: 2029 second round pick (top 55 protected), $6.1 million commercial exception

    The Celtics should be on the lookout for backup strikers now that Danilo Gallinari could miss the entire season with a ruptured ACL. Finding one without separating any players by rotation or first-round picks should be the priority, keeping the team’s present and future the same.

    Gay would be a low-cost option, as the 36-year-old would fit in with a $6.9 million commercial exception the Celtics have from a previous deal with Juancho Hernangomez. Utah shouldn’t be asking for much in return, as they will likely only be happy to let go of his remaining two-year contract, worth $12.6 million off their rebuilding roster.

    The veteran striker averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 18.9 minutes essentially as a reserve, registering 34.5 percent of his threes. Utah was 3.6 points per 100 holdings best with Jay on the eartha sign that it can still make a positive impact in just a few minutes.

    Utah gets a protected second-round option in the future, but is primarily doing the deal to save money, opening a spot on the list and creating a new $6.1 million trade exception that can be used some time over the following calendar year.

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    New York Knicks receive: G/F Eric Gordon

    Houston Rockets receive: 2023 First Round Pick (via Washington Wizards), G/F Yvan Fournier

    This is an addition by addition, but it is also an addition by subtraction by the Nix movement.

    The signing of Fournier and Kemba Walker last season turned out to be a huge mistake, as the defensive shortcomings of both simply did not guarantee offensive production. When all squads that included Walker and/or Fournier were removed from last season, the Knicks net rating jumped From -0.1 (50th percentile) to plus 5.3 (80th percentile).

    After Walker traded the Detroit Pistons, it was time to move Knicks Fournier, too.

    Gordon would be a nice alternative, someone who could join the starting lineup in place of Fournier or be a key part off the bench. He averaged 13.4 points and 2.7 assists and shot 41.2 percent of three last season while playing well in defense.

    In order for Houston to agree to accept the remaining Fournier contract (two years and $36.9 Million Guaranteed), the Rockets earned a Washington first-round pick in 2023, which the team originally got in a John Wall-Russell Westbrook swap. The crop is protected in the lottery next summer, 1-12 in 2024, 1-10 in 2025 and 1-8 in 2026 before it becomes 2026 and 2027 in the second round if not transferred before.

    The Rockets can actually use Fournier’s three-point shooting around their young core and can look forward to his heart on a trade deadline or next summer when he’s on an expired deal.

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    Charlotte Hornets receive: Laurie Markanen

    Receiving Utah Jazz: C. Mason Plumley, C. K. Jones

    The Jazz should keep Colin Sexton (who agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal) and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Ochai Agbaji in the Donovan Mitchell trade, though Markkanen, 25, may be too old to fit into their rebuilding plans. them.

    If available, the Hornets should be interested in the versatile striker with Miles Bridges’ future with the team in question.

    Markkanen could start in the power forward for Charlotte or alternate between 3, 4 and 5 off the bench. Moving well for 7-footers, averaging 14.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and hitting 35.8 percent from a hat-trick, Cleveland started a small lead last season, improving the team by 4.1 points per 100 possessions. when he was. on the earth.

    In the rapidly improving East, Hornets can’t sit still and do nothing. The front yard of Markkanen, PJ Washington and Mark Williams in the first round is a great combination of outside shooting, scoring and defending and gives Charlotte hope of playing.

    Utah is giving up its remaining three-year, $51.8 million Markkanen contract (the last season is Partially guaranteed At $6 million), Plumlee’s expiring $9 million deal could be redirected to a competitor and use Jones, 21, as a development center to intervene in this young core.

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    Cleveland Cavaliers receive: J/P Josh Richardson

    The San Antonio Spurs receive: F Cedi Osman, F Dylan Windler, 2025 Second Round Pick

    After trading with Donovan Mitchell, the Cavs now have two All-Stars in their backyard with Darius Garland and a front yard featuring an All-Star in Jarrett Allen and a confirmed future star in Evan Mobley.

    The Cavaliers’ focus must now turn to the winger, as both Caris LeVert and Isaac Okoro are not quite suitable as a junior striker.

    Richardson is a solid combination of outside shooting and defense, making 41.5 percent of three-pointers last season and can cover multiple positions with his 6’5″, 200-pound frame. The 28-year-old winger will be a good connecting piece among the stars in the Cleveland lineup, spacing the floor but not dominating the ball.

    Usman, 27, is not young enough to fit into a rebuilding Spurs but he is on a good contract (two years, $14.1m with a team option) and could be flipped at the trade deadline. Wendler has struggled with injuries in his three seasons, but he has impressive shooting potential with three points that San Antonio can try to shake off.

    Having a second player in the future as well as Usman and Wendler should help Tottenham call up this trade.

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    Receive Phoenix Suns: F Bojan Bogdanovic, SG Jordan Clarkson

    Receiving Utah Jazz: 2023 1st round pick (Top 5 protected), 2023 2nd round pick, F Jae Crowder, SG Landry Shamet, F/C Dario Saric

    Can the Suns count on internal improvements to get out of the second round this year, especially with Chris Paul set to turn 38 in May? They should not wait to find out the answer.

    Both Bogdanovic (starting strength forward) and Clarkson (sixth man) would be great additions to this Phoenix core, one that should still have championship aspirations.

    Bogdanovic (18.1 points, 38.7 percent from three points) was the Utah Jazz’s second-best scorer who finished first In total attack last season he is a talented shooter from across the field. With Deandre Ayton yet to become a reliable (or willing) 3-point shooter, Bogdanovic gives the Suns attack the leeway it needs to thrive.

    Clarkson was the 2020-21 NBA Most Valuable Player, averaging 15.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in Utah last season. It’s a huge upgrade over Shamet as an offensive threat behind Devin Booker that gives the Suns some extra juice.

    Utah is doing this deal primarily for picks, but it could also flip Crowder and Saric’s expired contracts for contenders at some point. Chamet, 25, could thrive in a bigger role with jazz if they decided to keep the 6’4″ marksman.