Denver Nuggets: Trading For Harrison Barnes

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Nuggets Get: Harrison Barnes and Marresse Speights

Warriors Get: Timofey Mozgov and Randy Foye

The Denver Nuggets have some excellent talent. They have a franchise player in point guard Ty Lawson who is one of the best players at his position and elite on offense. They have a premier perimeter duo with Arron Afflalo who is one of the best 2 way players in the NBA and Danilo Gallinari who is an 16 point per game scorer and an excellent shooter. They have 2 very talented young big men in Kenneth Faried who is one of the best energy players and rebounders in the NBA and is playing for Team USA and JaVale McGee, who is one of the biggest and longest players in the NBA and a very strong rebounder and shot blocker (although his intelligence on the court is a problem). They also have a very solid group of role players with Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson, Timofey Mozgov, Randy Foye, Darrell Arthur and Nate Robinson and 3 very talented rookies, Gary Harris, Erick Green and Jusuf Nurkic. Their roster is very talented and they have an excellent mix of young players and veterans, however this roster is probably the 10th best team in the West and their chances of making the playoffs are mediocre. Even if they were to make the playoffs, they would be a sweep candidate for the Thunder or Spurs. Where was I? Oh yeah, there is one trade they should make, trading some of their role players to an elite NBA team that needs depth but cannot afford it for another excellent young piece to be part of their foundation and there is one strong option, trading Randy Foye and Timofey Mozgov to the Warriors for small forward Harrison Barnes.

Losing 2 very productive role players would hurt this team, but since they wont make the playoffs next season, if they have the chance to trade role players for a strong starting small forward that can become one of the best two way players in the NBA is wise. Barnes had a very strong rookie season and made All NBA Rookie 2nd team, averaging 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and shot 43.9 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from 3 as a starter, however he was a reserve in his 2nd season, as they signed Andre Iguodala and although his numbers were incredibly similar, as he averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, he shot just 39.9 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3. He is just 22 and will get better and 17-6 with elite defense is his potential. Although he probably wouldn’t start for the Nuggets at 1st, as they have Danilo Gallinari, each player is able to play power forward too, so he could still get 30 minutes per game.

The Warriors have no cap space and a mediocre at best bench and they need role players and they would be very tempted by this package. However, this is my article I say they would be very smart too, because as constructed the Warriors cannot win a title. So for the Nuggets, they would lose 2 excellent role players, but they would add another piece to their core in Harrison Barnes. Marreese Speights is in this trade to make the money match, but he is an effective scoring big man, who could help their rotation. This is a trade that the Warriors should consider this offseason.

 

Golden State Warriors: Leandro Barbosa Signing Grade

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Contract: 1 season, veteran’s minimum

Another excellent signing by the Warriors this offseason. They signed Shaun Livingston and Brandon Rush to help their mediocre bench to start the offseason, but they still needed a scoring guard to come off the bench and just score, which is Barbosa’s biggest talent and a role he is very capable to play. He isn’t the player he was with the Steve Nash Suns, but he is just 31. He can really help this team as the Warriors have no bench player like him on the roster.

Yes, they signed Livingston and Rush and have Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Draymond Green, but no player that can come into the game for 15 minutes and score 10 points. They can play him with Stephen Curry and have a ridiculously talented small scoring duo at guard and with Livingston’s defense, they will make a very strong guard tandem off the bench. He will help make their excellent offense even better.

This is a very smart signing by the Warriors, getting a solid role player at a need position for the minimum. There is zero problems with this signing and even though he hasn’t produced too much in 2 seasons, he can still give them a productive 15 minutes per game with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal and for about a million dollars that is just about as excellent as value signings can be. Barbosa should make a difference for the Warriors and will help them on their quest to win the Western Conference. With a small amount of cap space this offseason, the Warriors have still made multiple solid moves to make this team better. They came into the offseason with a very weak bench, but it is now actually pretty solid.

Grade: A

 

 

Chicago Bulls: Sign Hasheem Thabeet

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers for well basically zilch, however the 76ers then waived him, so he is a free agent and is an excellent fit for the Chicago Bulls, who should sign him. He would fill their biggest and only need on the roster and since they have a couple of roster spots, one should be filled by Thabeet.

The Bulls have one of the best rosters in the NBA and are one of just a few teams that can win a title, but only if they are healthy. Their roster is deep and excellent, but they are missing one thing, a reserve defensive center. The Bulls have one of the best big man rotations in the NBA with Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson, but it seems that their 2nd center is 1st string power forward Pau Gasol, which isn’t a problem and there really isn’t a reason to play a 5th big man too many minutes, but it would be nice for them to have a defensive 2nd center on the roster. The Bulls are a defense 1st team and although there is no better defensive big man duo in the NBA than Noah-Gibson, just having a 3rd defensive big man would be smart if there is an injury.

Thabeet being drafting 2nd by the Memphis Grizzlies is comical today, however, he’s proved that he is a strong defensive big man to bring off the bench, block shots and rebounds. He isn’t a starter and has only started 20 games in the NBA and probably won’t start another, but per 36 minutes in his 5 NBA seasons, he has averaged 7.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, so he is an elite shot-blocker, which they lack. Noah was just the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, but he only averaged 1.5 per game. Having an elite shot-blocker on the bench would be a nice luxury for the Bulls.

Thabeet isn’t going to win them a title, but he would be a nice role player and with the minutes he gets, would protect the rim and give insurance in case there is an injury to Noah. The Bulls would be very wise to give him a minimum salary contract to be their 5th big man, 3rd center and shot-blocker and defender to bring off the bench. The Bulls need another center and Thabeet would fit well in Chicago.

New York Knicks: Sign Emeka Okafor

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

There are 2 premier free agents on the market with Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe, but they are RFA’s, however, besides them when it comes to starters, there aren’t many, actually there may only be 1, Emeka Okafor. Okafor just missed a season because of injury, but if healthy he is an excellent starting center, as he is one of the best rebounders and defensive big man in the NBA and he is also a strong scorer. In 9 NBA seasons he has averaged 12.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 31.7 minutes. He is a perfect fit for the Knicks who need a starting center and if he is healthy they should sign him.

The Knicks traded Tyson Chandler and got a lot of strong pieces in that trade, mainly the strong starting point guard they needed, but it has left a big hole at center where Samuel Dalembert is likely to start. Dalembert is no Chandler. Okafor isn’t either, but he is a much better player than Dalembert and can be the defensive leader of the Knicks like Chandler was.

Besides health, money is the biggest obstacle to signing him, but they can make it work. How? They can only give him the minimum, but as he is missed more than a season due to injury, he could be willing to take a 2 season minimum deal with a player option on the 2nd so that he can regain the value he has lost and play for a big contract next offseason. If he is going to take a minimum contract, the one thing he would covet is minutes and the Knicks can give him all the minutes he could ask for at center and a starting role on a potential playoff team. Few if any teams can give him that, besides maybe the Heat, but as they gave 165 million to Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen, they seem to have their big men. Regardless, the Knicks can give him a starting job, minutes, a chance to become a valuable free agent and a 2nd season option, so he has some security in case of injury. The Knicks can give him a lot and because of this, Okafor and the Knicks should come to an agreement, so that Okafor can be their starting center.

 

 

 

Miami Heat: Shannon Brown Signing Grade

Nekias Duncan, Lead Writer/Hoopstuff…

Terms: 1 season, $1.3M

The Miami Heat made a minor splash by signing combo-guard Shannon Brown to a one-year deal. Brown played sparingly for the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs last season, averaging a measly 2.2 ppg in 29 total games between the two teams. Brown signed with both teams with little chance of cracking their rotation, so hopefully for Brown, signing with the Heat is a fresh, fair start for him to regain his Phoenix form, where, in two seasons there, he averaged 10.7 ppg in 23.7 mpg.

With Dwyane Wade firmly locked in as the Heat’s starting SG, don’t expect Brown to get the minutes he got in Phoenix, but don’t expect him to get the miniscule amount of minutes he received in his short stints in New York and San Antonio either. Dwyane Wade will have to take on a bigger scoring load and won’t be able to rest games like he did last season, but he’ll likely miss a few if his knees continue to bother him. Wade has missed an average of 19 games over his last three seasons (19.33 for the math nerds out there), which is why adding Brown as a bit of a bench spark and occasional spot starter isn’t a bad move.

Brown has started 58 games in his career, and has averaged a respectable 13.3 ppg and a steal in those contests. Working off of Wade’s average of 19 missed games over the last three seasons, I looked at Shannon Brown’s last 19 starts, spanning from November 28, 2012, to his most recent start against the Kings (with the Spurs) in early February. In those games, Brown averaged 13.8 ppg, 1.3 spg, and shot 45% FG from the field. If the Heat can get close to that production from Brown in the event he has to start a few games, Brown could be a nice bargain at essentially the vet’s minimum.

Brown’s athleticism will definitely be a welcomed addition to this Heat squad. He’s always been a high-volume shooter, which is a bit of a minus, but he is a career 39% shooter on corner threes. That skill could be utilized playing alongside Norris Cole in the bench backcourt. The biggest concern I have about Brown is his ability to defend. He’s erratic on that end at best. He’s a bit undersized at SG and a bit undisciplined, but he shows good effort on that end. In the frenetic defense Erik Spoelstra and the Heat run, Brown’s activity will either be a big plus, or he’ll be a complete defensive liability. Overall, this is a nice, safe signing for the Heat.

Grade: B-

Cleveland Cavaliers: Trading For Kosta Koufos

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Cavaliers Get: Kosta Koufos

Grizzlies Get: Dion Waiters

The Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller, James Jones and Dion Waiters have the most talented roster in the NBA. They aren’t the best team, that is still the San Antonio Spurs, but they have the most talent. However, their roster is lacking size and they need another center. Today Brendan Haywood is considered their 2nd center, but he in no way should be a rotation player on a contender and with Anderson Varejao injured a lot, their lack of a 2nd center is the biggest weakness on the roster.

Waiters is an excellent sixth man, but they have zero need for more offense, as they have enough with their Big 3 and with his problems with Kyrie Irving, trading him would be wise, as they can gain a piece they lack and also help their chemistry. They should trade the young scorer for another starting center, someone who can play if Varejao gets injured, but still get 20 minutes per game, bring scoring, rebounding and defense and Koufos is the best fit.

He is the 2nd center to one of the NBA’s best in Marc Gasol and only receives about 15 minutes per game, so he is a bit of a redundancy and Waiters would help fill a need for them. They have a solid bench and Vince Carter was an excellent signing, but Waiters is better than Beno Udrih, Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams and can fill the role of combo guard and scoring sixth man. He can play on and off the ball and give them the offense this team needs. As the Cavaliers have all the scoring they can handle, it’s the same for Memphis and defense and as much as the Cavaliers need another center, the Grizzlies need a strong scoring guard.

For the Cavaliers they are trading the better talent, but Koufos is the better fit. He is a talented center and very productive. In his 1 season as a starter in Denver he averaged per 36 minutes, 12.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.0 blocks, but as the 2nd center for the Grizzlies he averaged just 16.9 minutes per game, however per 36 minutes Koufos averaged 13.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.9 blocks. He is productive no matter the role, which is nice because with Varejao’s health questionable, his role may vary and Koufos can handle this.

The Cavaliers have no need for Waiters, but the same cannot be said about Koufos, which is why they should make this trade if they can. He is an excellent fit on the Cavaliers and would give them the 2nd center they need. Kosta Koufos should become a Cav.

Golden State Warriors: Trading Harrison Barnes For Role Players

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Golden State Gets: Timofey Mozgov and Randy Foye

Denver Gets: Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights

The Golden State Warriors have one of the best starting 5′s in the NBA, which is the core of the team. Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson-Andre Iguodala-David Lee-Andrew Bogut, they are an excellent offensive and defensive unit. That is a starting 5 that can win a championship, but they lack the depth to be a contender. With them likely signing Klay Thompson to a 10+ million dollar per season contact next offseason, each of their 5 starters will be making 10+ million per season and they will lack the money to sign role players to give them the depth they need. Therefore they have to make a trade if they would like to have the depth they need to potentially win a championship. They have 1 excellent trade chip, Harrison Barnes and assuming they re-sign Thompson, their perimeter duo is set and therefore they should use Barnes to bring the strong role players they cannot sign due to zero cap space. They should trade Barnes and Marreese Speights to Denver for Timofey Mozgov and Randy Foye.

Yes, Speights is just there to make the money work if you were going to ask. Regardless, this is about trading their golden trade chip Harrison Barnes for the depth they need. Foye and Mozgov are 2 elite role players who have team friendly contracts and are signed for 2 more seasons. Mozgov is a starting NBA center and one of the 20 best in the NBA and although he would be the 2nd center for the Warriors, Bogut cannot stay healthy and when he is injured they need an actual starting center to become their starter. Festus Ezeli is a nice young young player, but he also has health problems and the Warriors cannot win with no capable reserve to Bogut. Mozgov is very productive and he just averaged an excellent 15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per 36 minutes, so he is a very strong scorer, rebounder and rim protector. Foye is an excellent reserve scorer at guard, who can play the 1 or 2 and would give them the strong scoring guard they need off the bench. He would become their main bench scorer.

Yes, losing Barnes would be hard for them to swallow, but championship teams need depth and they continue to have a very weak bench. A 2nd unit featuring Livingston, Foye, Green, Rush and Mozgov would be far better than what they have had in their 2 playoff seasons with Stephen Curry. The Warriors are trying to win a championship and as constructed they cannot, which is why they would be wise to trade an excellent talent for 2 proven NBA role players. You fans may scoff at this and you can call me names (if you would like to call me names email me at mkelworth@gmail.com), but this is best for the Warriors if they would like to win a championship. They have spent far too much money to let something as trivial as a lack of role players cause them to be non contenders for another season.

Detroit Pistons: Trading Greg Monroe To Phoenix For Eric Bledsoe

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Detroit Gets: Eric Bledsoe (Sign And Trade)

Phoenix Gets: Greg Monroe (Sign And Trade)

The Detroit Pistons still haven’t re-signed their excellent starting power forward Greg Monroe. He is a restricted free agent and besides Houston each team has spent their cap space this offseason, so he basically has to take what contract they are trying to give him, which isn’t public or take his 1 season QO. If he signs that 1 season contract, which he says he could, he is likely to leave next offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Besides Monroe still with no contract, another problem is that they have 42 million owed to power forward Josh Smith who they cannot play at small forward again, so they have 2 premier talents at power forward. Since their best player is a center, they have to trade 1 of Smith-Monroe. Monroe is 24 and a 6’11 All Star talent and is a free agent, while Smith is 27, has a poor reputation and has a ridiculous contract. There are rumors of trading Smith to Sacramento, which may be why Monroe is still a free agent, as they may be trying to get a Smith trade 1st and sign Monroe 2nd, so they aren’t paying 2 players at the same position 40+ million. If they cannot trade Smith or sign Monroe, then they should trade Monroe while they still can trade him for assets. The best trade? Trading him for a player who is dealing with the same issues, Eric Bledsoe.

The Phoenix Suns have 12 point guards, but their best player is free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is also 24, restricted and isn’t getting the contract he covets from the Suns. This trade is perfect for each team as the Suns need a franchise big man, which Monroe is and the Pistons need a franchise point guard, which Bledsoe is.

Yes, the Pistons have Brandon Jennings, but he isn’t a franchise point guard and probably shouldn’t be a starter and if they can trade Monroe for Bledsoe, they should with zero hesitation. He is an elite athlete, defender, scorer and an excellent distributor and rebounder. He has just 1 season as a starter, but in that 1 season he would have made the All Star team if he wasn’t injured for a portion of the season. With the Pistons, they would have an incredible Big 3 of Drummond-Smith-Bledsoe. They would be elite offensively, defensively, athletically and Stan Van Gundy could have this team run a lot. They would be a playoff team next season and with a young duo of Drummond-Bledsoe, who should each become much better players and make numerous All Star teams, they would have a duo that can be the core of a contender. If the Pistons make this trade, they would be on track to being one of the best teams in the East in 1-2 seasons.

Yes, losing Monroe would hurt, but they have Smith at power forward and getting an elite talent at a position of need would be incredible. Phoenix needs a big man, Detroit needs a point guard, so they should each make this trade. Monroe and Bledsoe would be signed and traded for one another, which is difficult, but this is a trade that should be made by the 1st day of training camp, it is that excellent of a trade for these two franchises.

Milwaukee Bucks: Jared Dudley Trade Grade

By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content/Hoopstuff…

Bucks Receive: Jared Dudley, 2017 1st round pick

Clippers Receive: Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica

With the Clippers looking to cut some salary and Dudley having his worst shooting year of his career last season, it seemed to be only a matter of time and finding a willing partner until he would be traded. LA had hopes of adding another wing or a big in return for Dudley and while they got both here, it is reportedly likely that both players will be released. From the Bucks end of the deal it is nothing franchise altering but with their youth and inexperience not only on the wings but on their roster as a whole I think it is a positive move.

I mentioned that Dudley had the worst shooting season of his career last season but in reality it wasn’t that terrible at 36 percent from beyond the three point line. What made it so disappointing was his track record in Phoenix before coming over to the Clippers in the trade that landed the Suns Eric Bledsoe. He was a very reliable three point shooter knocking down 41.2 percent of his attempts during his five year stay in Phoenix including 45.8 percent during the 2009-10 even though he did attempt just 3.2 per game. The Clippers needed someone to take a firm grasp of the starting small forward position and they thought they had their man in Dudley but he could not find a rhythm on the offensive end and then late in the season missed eight games and saw his minutes cut drastically when he did see the court. So why do I see this move as a positive for the Bucks if Dudley struggled like he did last season? First, he will actually play, unlike Carlos Delfino who missed the entire season last year due to a broken bone in his foot and is likely to miss this season coming up as well. Second, I believe last year was an aberration based on that previous track record. The Bucks are in a rebuilding mode and will likely play Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo plenty of minutes but Dudley will likely see a bigger role than he did in LA, allowing him to get into more of a rhythm as a shooter and return to the play we saw from him with the Suns. Dudley is also a good perimeter defender and while Antetokounmpo has a lot of potential on this end he is nowhere near a finished product and Parker has plenty of questions on this end. The Bucks were awful in quite a few categories but they were particularly bad on defense, allowing 103.7 points per game and dead last in opponents’ three point percentage. Dudley is an upgrade from what they had last season.

Adding a player that could be a contributor for two players that weren’t likely to see the floor is a positive addition in my eyes. The money isn’t that bad either at just four million dollars this season with an early termination option for the 2015-16 season and they acquired a first round pick that while it is likely to be late in the round, it is still an asset. The Bucks did well for themselves in this trade and the Clippers got the money off of their books, a win-win for both sides. However I believe Milwaukee slightly got the better end by acquiring Dudley and that first rounder.

Grade: B+

4 NBA Trades I Would Make This Offseason

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Ho0pstuff…

With the biggest trade of the offseason just made with Kevin Love going to Cleveland and with the free agent market basically dry, the trade section of the offseason has started. There are 2 more trades in the books since the Love trade and there are a lot of trades that could be made this offseason. Here are 4 that I would make this offseason.

1. Detroit Pistons And Phoenix Suns

Detroit Gets: Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix Gets: Greg Monroe

Each of these players are 24, RFA’s and each are considering signing their 1 season QO because they cannot sign contracts with their teams. They are each also All Star caliber players. Each team would actually be better making this trade, than re-signing their elite young players.

Detroit needs a franchise point guard and to fix their Greg Monroe-Josh Smith problem at the 4 and Phoenix has about 12 point guards and lacks a franchise big man, so this trade makes sense for each team. The Pistons would get the elite point guard they lack and the Suns would get the elite big man they need.

A Detroit team with a core of Bledsoe-Smith-Drummond would be a playoff team in the East and they would have one of the best young Big 3′s in the NBA. A Phoenix team with a starting 5 of Thomas-Dragic-Tucker-Monroe-Plumlee would be a better team than the one that just won 48 games and they would have a strong chance to make the playoffs in the West.

2. Boston Celtics and New York Knicks

Boston Gets: Tim Hardaway Jr., Shane Larkin and Amar’e Stoudemire

NYC Gets: Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace

With the Celtics having Marcus Smart, a very young roster and with Rondo a free agent next offseason and likely to walk, if Rajon Rondo is still a Celtic by the trade deadline, it would be a mistake by Danny Ainge. They have to get value for their franchise player while they still can and the Knicks need a 2nd All Star and have the assets to give the young Celtics an incredible package.

With this trade, by trading for Stoudemire and trading Wallace, they would gain about 17 million in cap space next offseason, enough to sign a max contract and with their current cap space, they would have enough for 2 max players. They already have an elite group of young players 18-24 and with Larkin and Hardaway Jr. they would get 2 more.

For the Knicks, they would be trading most of the assets, but with Carmelo Anthony 30, their window to win a title has maybe 4 seasons left and trading for Rondo would give them one of the best duos in the NBA. Having one of the 2-3 best distributors in the NBA running an offense with one of the 2-3 best scorers in the NBA would be very fun to watch, but make the Knicks a contender in the East, as there are just 3 elite teams in the conference.

I have written many times this offseason that the Celtics should trade Rondo and this is the best deal for him and makes perfect sense for each team.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers And Memphis Grizzlies

Cleveland Gets: Kosta Koufos

Memphis Gets: Dion Waiters

The Cavs have a championship roster, but they have to get better at center. Varjeao is strong, but he is about it for them, as their 2nd best center is arguably an undrafted rookie, Alex Kirk. Koufos is a starting NBA center and a very productive player. He was a starting center in Denver, but he the 2nd center on the Grizzlies and with Marc Gasol there, he isn’t getting the playing time he deserves. For the Grizzlies he just averaged per 36 minutes 13.7 points, 11.2 points, 0.9 steals and 1.9 blocks per game and in his 1 season as a starter (Denver) he averaged 12.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes, so he is productive no matter the role. Although Koufas would be the 2nd center for the Cavaliers, Varejao gets injured far too much for them to have him as the only starting caliber center on the roster and he can play with Varejao, who can play some at the 4.

For the Grizzlies this is about turning a player who will only play 15 minutes per game into a someone who was recently the 4th pick in the draft and can play a big role for them as a combo guard and sixth man. Waiters is better than Calathes and Udrih, their reserve guards and can add another scoring dynamic to a team that needs as much scoring as they can.

Memphis wins this trade based on talent, but each team gets a player that makes their team better. However for Cleveland, the most talented team in the NBA, this is about getting insurance, because they are in a lot of trouble if they lose Varejao. They have more offense than they can use, they need depth and size and Koufos gives them each of these strong traits.

5. Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets

Golden State Gets: Timofey Mozgov and Randy Foye

Denver Gets: Harrison Barnes and Mareesse Speights

Harrison Barnes is by far the most famous name in this deal and he is an excellent young talent, but for the Warriors, their starting 5 of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Lee and Bogut is one that can win a championship, but they in no way have the depth of a title team. They lack and will lack the cap space to bring the role players a title team needs, so the best way to handle this is a trade and Barnes is their golden trade chip. This duo of role players isn’t fancy, but they give the Warriors what they need. Foye is an excellent reserve guard who can come of the bench and bring offense, a lot of it. Mozgov is a starting center in the NBA and even though he would be the 2nd center for the Warriors, Bogut cant stay healthy and they need an actual center when he gets injured. Each player is signed for 2 more seasons to fair contracts too, so they fit well financially. With Livingston, Green, Foye, Mozgov and Rush, they would have twice as productive of a bench. This trade helps their chances of being a contender the next 2 season much better.

For the Nuggets, they have a very strong young roster, but they likely aren’t a playoff team. They would be trading 2 strong veterans, but be getting another core piece of their franchise in Barnes. Barnes is a very strong 2 way player that is still 21 and has the talent to be an elite starting small forward. Yes, they would become lesser next season, but gain a key piece to their franchise. With Lawson, Gallinari, Barnes, Faried and McGee, they would have a very strong core. Oh, Speights is just in to make the money work, but he could fit in their rotation, as he is a skilled offensive big man.