The trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Some teams are trying to make that one move to put them over the top, while others are looking to unload salary and bad contracts. GM Colin showed up for work today, and put his stamp of approval – or denial – on the 7 biggest proposed trades floating out there in the NBA rumor mill.
No Woj Bombs here, just straight Colitov Cocktails.
Here’s Colin’s yay or nay on 7 potential trade deadline deals:
- Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers. REJECTED. – This deal has popped up on the radar over the last several days, and according to New York Post, Anthony would be comfortable relocating to the L.A. This trade makes no sense for the Lakers. Carmelo doesn’t play any defense and would be a bad fit for a Lakers roster loaded with young core players.
Why would they trade for another star on the downside of his prime, after just getting out from under the albatross of Kobe’s massive contract? None of this makes any sense.
2. Derrick Rose to the Timberwolves. ACCEPTED. – The word on the street is that the Timberwolves want to unload Ricky Rubio’s contract, and that Tom Thibodeau likes Kris Dunn’s long-term prospects. Multiple reports Thibs may be interested in reuniting with Derrick Rose in Minnesota.
It’s no secret that Colin isn’t a fan oft-injured, ball-centric Rose, but he’s playing on a one-year deal and Rubio’s contract runs until the end of the 2018 season. Also, Rose is capable of running Minnesota, which gives Kris Dunn more time to develop and hopefully take over next year. Sign the paperwork.
3. Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers. REJECTED. – The Clippers have lost 9-straight games to the Warriors, and it seems clear that they don’t have a prayer to beat them as currently constituted. A lot of people like this trade. Colin has gone back and forth.
In the end, Anthony doesn’t solve the Clippers math problem against the Warriors. He’s a two-point jump shooter, and that doesn’t cut it while Golden State is knocking down threes. If the end objective is to beat the Warriors, Anthony isn’t the answer. Pass.
4. Blake Griffin to the Celtics. REJECTED. – Colin has never questioned Blake Griffin’s talent, but he hasn’t seen convincing evidence that he makes his teams better. When Griffin was out last year with a host of injuries, the Clippers went on a winning streak.
Colin thinks Griffin is already past his physical peak, which is bad news when his game is based almost exclusively on athleticism and attacking the rim. The Celtics have the most trade capital of any team at the trade deadline, but this is not the move to make.
5. Jimmy Butler to the Celtics. ACCEPTED. – Alright, now we’re talking. This rumor has been gaining steam in the NBA rumor mill thanks to an eyeball emoji tweet from Celtics’ point guard Isaiah Thomas last night. If Danny Ainge can get this done, it’s a no-brainer. Butler is a legit, franchise player for a team that has roster of mostly B- guys.
The Celtics tried, and failed, to make significant moves with a stack of draft picks last year, and still have plenty of assets. This move may not beat the Cavs this year, but it instantly makes them the second-best team in the East. It gives them two A players in Thomas and Butler, a B player in Horford, and an A coach in Brad Stevens. Get it done, Danny.
The Celtics should do whatever it takes to trade for Jimmy Butler
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 21, 2017
6. Lou Williams to the Wizards. ACCEPTED. – This move isn’t a sexy as Butler to Boston, but it’s a solid move for a young team trying to rise in the hierarchy of the Eastern Conference. Williams is a steady scorer who can run back-up point in the sixth man role. He’ll also add depth in the playoffs for a team that aspires to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Lakers are already working on a protected lottery pick from another train wreck season, and Williams isn’t a part of their long-term plans. If they can get another pick from Washington for Williams, they should pull the trigger.
7. Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs. REJECTED. – Colin has said this trade was a bad idea from the time it first became a thing. The Cavs giving up Kevin Love for Anthony makes no sense and doesn’t do anything to help them win another title.
Love and Anthony are both defensive liabilities, but Love gives the Cavs three—point shooting and rebounding. Anthony doesn’t do either. Even when Love was struggling in the Finals, he still managed to pull down 14 rebounds in Game 7. Enough with this dumb banana boat fantasy. It shouldn’t happen. It’s not happening. Cavs GM David Griffin should run away from this trade like he just rear-ended a Pinto.