As the NBA All-Star weekend approaches, so do the trade rumors. According to several reports, Los Angeles Clippers forward, Blake Griffin and Houston Rockets center, Dwight Howard are both on the market.
Saying that, lets breakdown the potential landing spots for both of them.
Blake Griffin: From what I gather the Clippers are willing to listen on offers for Blake Griffin but they are not actively pursuing a trade. They’ll only make a deal if it helps them this season. Saying that here’s some teams that could be interested:
Denver Nuggets: Deal would involve a package including at least two of Danilo Gallinari/Kenneth Faried/Will Barton. Deal is unlikely because Nuggets are hesitant to part with Gallinari.
New York Knicks: Makes all the sense in the world to make a deal around Blake and Melo. Problems are Melo’s health and his no trade clause.
Orlando Magic: A deal around Tobias Harris, Evan Fournier, and picks is probably the best they could do. Victor Oladipo isn’t really a fit with them. That kind of deal is interesting but probably isn’t enough for the Clippers to pull the trigger.
Miami Heat: They have assets such as Hassan Whiteside and Justice Winslow to deal but the Clippers have no need for Whiteside so a deal would never happen.
Milwaukee Bucks: They have been listening on MCW and Greg Monroe. MCW isn’t a fit for the Clippers. A deal centered around Monroe and Jabari Parker would be intriguing.
Other teams could be interested but unlikely they’d deal him to a western conference playoff team.
Dwight Howard: If he’s traded it’ll likely be to an Eastern Conference team. Howard is going to opt out after the season so it’s unlikely a team will overpay with the uncertainty of him coming back. Plus the Rockets aren’t going to help out any Western Conference playoff teams. Saying that here’s some teams that could be interested:
Miami Heat: Have Hassan Whiteside as a potential centerpiece with Luol Deng/Birdman’s expiring deals to dangle as well.
Boston Celtics: Have pieces such as Jared Sullinger/Marcus Smart/Avery Bradley they can use as a main chip with David Lee and Evan Turner’s expiring deals as well as a stable of picks. Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas aren’t going anywhere. Smart likely isn’t either.
Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah’s expiring contract plus Taj Gibson/Doug McDermott/Nikola Mirotic/Bobby Portis as chips
New York Knicks: Very unlikely but if the Rockets are looking for depth Arron Afflalo/Robin Lopez works within the cap.