4:31 pm, February 4th, 2014
Here’s what the current NBA standings look like as of February 4th, 2014. Notice anything strange?
Ok fine, we’ll tell you what’s so weird about the current state of the National Basketball Association: There’s a chasm between the best and worst teams. What does that mean? Trades, bro. Mad trades. There are nine teams under .400 (the Mendoza line for basketball franchises), while there are seven teams above .650 (the mark of excellence). With all this disparity on the eve of an epic draft class, we speculate a busy deadline this year. How busy?
You’ll just have to click through the slideshow. Complain about the scenarios below (trolls take notice: people get very heated about NBA rumors).
1.Evan Turner to Charlotte
We like the facts that A) Sixers GM Sam Hinkie is trying to blow the team up (see: Holiday, Jrue), and B) Charlotte needs scoring and is notorious for making bad deals (see: Wallace for Przybilla deal). Does this guarantee anything? Of course not, but it's a start. All the Bobcats have to do is decide they'll fuck up their lottery pick anyway, and send it to Philly for a legit scorer to pair with Kemba Walker. (Via
2.Larry Sanders to Hawks for picks
Sanders got a hefty extension this offseason (4-years, $44M) in order to keep opponents from scoring easy baskets against the Bucks. Too bad they need to score themselves to actually win games (of which they've done nine times this season). The specifics of the deal are sparse -- namely, where he'd go -- but our instincts tell us he makes the most sense going somewhere in the XL Eastern Conference. Considering that the Bucks are on the cusp of moving to Seattle, we wouldn't be surprised if the move was made with the distant future in mind, seeing as they've already expressed interest in Oklahoma PG Marcus Smart and could land a second first round prospect via trade. We like 24th lowest payroll in the NBA, the Atlanta Hawks, who currently are the three seed and have lost big man Al Horford for the rest of the year with a torn pectoral muscle.
Fansided, our brains)
3.Pau Gasol to Suns for picks, Emeka Okafor
Simply must get done, and here's why. The move would put the Lakers under the luxury tax (Okafor makes $4M less than Gasol), assure a top pick in the draft (via tanking), and the Suns need a big (Okafor hasn't played yet this year). Also, another draft pick couldn't hurt, though the prospect of it being a good one are certainly dwindling, as Gasol has a groin injury he's currently working on and the Suns are 10 games above .500.
4.Rondo for Lin, Asik
Here's the thing about Danny Ainge: Whatever he says, he means the opposite. So when it came out that he wasn't interested in trading Rondo (after a promising return from injury) we learned that his has phone been blowing up and he's just waiting for the best offer. What better opportunity to get yet another pick in the loaded 2014 NBA draft AND an excellent 27-year-old big man? (He reminds us of Kendrick Perkins.) Plus, Lin could get that amnesty he so desperately deserves (poison pill contracts are wack).
5.Dion Waiters to someone, anyone, please
The Cavs are losing, and Waiters was kicked out of practice last week. Though they refused to include him in a Bynum-Lakers trade that fell through earlier in the season, it's pretty clear right now that the team is in the worst shape of any in basketball, and Waiters is mouthing off. Probably a good time to cut and run on the 22-year-old Syracuse product.