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Big Time Trade Idea

This is just a hypothetical trade I made up that includes the Nuggets, Hawks, Lakers and Timberwolves.

http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=cpexrd8

Why it Works:

Nuggets: They get Love, a player they can build around that can also shoot the long ball and help to stretch the floor. He can also play the 5 late in the game when Karl goes to his infamous small ball lineup. They also get 2 young players in Williams, who has potential under the right system and coach, and Lee. Obviously people would be upset to see us let go of the Manimal, but I think getting Love would warrant this move.

Hawks: They have never really seemed content with having Josh Smith, and this trade would give them a few players like Chandler and Faried to build around. It may also take a draft pick or two to get them to agree to their part of the trade.

Wolves: Everyone has heard the rumors about moving Love/ acquiring Gasol, and if the Lakers don't fix their problems soon, I think that the Lakers and Wolves seriously explore this option. They also get a young big/expiring contract in Mozzy and a ex. contract in Jamison.

Lakers: This trade makes a lot of sense for LA. For one they get a lot younger with Josh Smith. He would also help with floor spacing, and just seems like a much better match for the way D'Antoni likes to play. Devin Harris and Corey Brewer also make this team much more athletic, and give them a little more firepower off the bench. One thing they have struggled with the last few years is defending quick players and Harris definitely would help with that.

I think this trade would ultimately hinge on the Hawks. Right now they are playing very well (18-9) and are in a good money situation to make a run at some players in the summer. If they feel that Chandler, Faried and Draft Pick(s) are worth little extra money, then this trade is more than possible. However, I'm not sure they would be able to justify losing both money, a top player in Smith, and a quality PG in Devin Harris.

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