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Locked in thinking around trading LMA.

Quick preface as apparently this is unclear. This is not a post to debate the merits of trading LMA. This post is a thought experiment wherein you imagine that you are Olshey and you KNOW that for whatever reason you must trade LMA. If you WERE to trade him due to this who would you target in a trade? If you hate the idea of trading LMA that's totally fine. Read no further and move on to the next post. Cheers. :-)

Also if you want to throw a rec on this might help to keep LMA trade ideas all in one place cheers!



I'm tired of reading stories about how we should complete Houston or Chicago's big three for scraps. I also am tired of the locked in thinking that only a top team is a viable target. In the West that may be true as there is a massive gulf between contenders and those out of the playoffs with no hope of making it to the WCF let alone the Finals.

However, that is not true at all in the East. There are three teams that are locks for contention Miami, Pacers and Chicago. Then there are two teams that have talent, but a lot of question marks in Brooklyn and the Knicks. Boston and Atlanta are out of the picture with no clear replacements (ORL and DET?). To me the East is wide open for a new contender if the right team gets another piece.

So what three teams in the East have assets we want who could use LMA to vault into contention? I believe Detroit, Milwaukie and possibly Orlando are all right there and by adding LMA they could become contenders. Why did I single these three teams out? Because they all have talented young big men on cheap contracts and they can become a contender in the East thereby making LMA less of a flight risk with two years of contention.

The players I would target in order of preference are Larry Sanders, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Nikola Vucevic. All of these guys are young talented big men and I think their franchises have to consider a trade of them for LMA who vaults them into contention. I will analyze them one at a time.

Larry Sanders is arguably the best interior defender in the game and is young (24 will be 25 next season). This pic has been posted a few times, but is worth a repost:

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As you can see Larry is a defensive beast. He's one of the few guys out there that gets a somewhat close to Aldridge value and is feasibly tradable.

Click here to see my proposed trade. I would want future 1st and 2nds from Mil as well.

Mil ends up with a very decent team once they resign Dalembert.

PG: Jennings
SG Mayo/Matthews
SF: Ilyasova
PF: LMA
C: Dalembert


That team to me is a top 4 or 5 in East and could easily get to the 2nd round or possibly further with a few lucky breaks.

We end up with:

PG: Lillard/3j/Watson
SG: McCollum/Barton/Crabbe
SF: Batum/Wright/Giannis(he should be listed as a SF tons of potential if you don't know)
PF: T. Robb/Henson
C: Sanders/Lopez/Leonard


You can follow it up this or any of the proposed trades with a trade of Batum or keep him as he is young, we likely keep our 2014 pick and have tons of cap room for 2014 FA market a young core of Lillard/Sanders/Batum/T.Robb with potential and skill and a young bench that also can greatly improve plus more picks.



Detroit trading for either Drummond (my preference) or Monroe.

Detroit seems to be making their move with the J. Smooth signing but has two post players who operate on the low block in Monroe and Drummond. A stretch 4 like LMA takes them into top 5 seed territory with an absolutely stacked and complimentary 3-5.

Click here to see my proposed trade.

Detroit gets a great lineup of:

PG: Stuckey/Knight
SG: Matthews/Singler
SF: Josh Smith
PF: LMA
C: Monroe/Kravstov


Their back court is weak, but they would have the best front court in the league hands down.

We end up with:

PG: Lillard/3j/Watson
SG: KCP/3J/Crabbe
SF: Batum/Wright/Claver
PF: T. Robb/Davis/15th man FA signing
C: Drummond/Leonard


Detroit would also give us a future 1st and 2nds. An even younger version of the Sanders version above. Tons of cap room in 2014, we probably keep our 2014 pick. We also get a true SG with decent potential in KCP. You can substitute Monroe, but I prefer Drummond, younger and more of a power player. That's just a personal preference of mine.

Orlando and Vucevic. This is probably the weakest and least likely proposal as ORL wasn't close last year. With Oladipo and LMA they might be a contender however.

Click here to see my proposed trade. ORL ends up with:

PG: Nelson
SG: Oladipo/Afflalo
SF: Harkless/Jones/Claver
PF: LMA
C: Lopez


We end up with:

PG: Lillard/3j/Watson
SG: 3J/Moore/Crabbe
SF: Batum/Wright(he should be listed as a SF tons of potential if you don't know)
PF: T. Robb/Jerebko/15th man FA signing
C: Drummond/Leonard


Orlando would also give us future 1st and 2nds. Again a younger version of the Sanders version above. Tons of cap room in 2014, we probably keep our 2014 pick. This one is tricky and probably doesn't work, we would demand their 2014 and 2016 1sts and it still seems to much. We could offer Leonard instead of Lopez but ORL has no depth at C. This one probably just doesn't pencil out, I just like Vucevic.

Thoughts? Who would YOU target in a hypothetical LMA trade?
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