EVERY TRADE WE WILL SEE THIS SEASON: TRADE 1 (EARLY NOVEMBER)
ATLANTA HAWKS GET: Zhou Qi, Brandon Knight and 2019 Unprotected Houston Rockets First Round Draft Pick
HOUSTON ROCKETS GET: Jimmy Butler and Gorgui Dieng
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES GET: Eric Gordon, Kent Bazemore and 2021 Top 5 Protected Houston Rockets First Round Draft Pick
The Atlanta Hawks save some money both immediately and in the 2019 off-season without taking on any contract that is longer than they send out. Zhou Qi and Jeremy Lin could reach a very profitable market as well. Adding a first round pick in the process helps equal the value.
The Houston Rockets can’t not make this kind of trade if it is an option. Adding a talent like Jimmy Butler to James Harden and Chris Paul makes the Rockets top notch. Not to mention, while on a bad contract, Gorgui Dieng does provide on the court value that gives the Rockets a solid amount of depth.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will see early that Jimmy Butler is just too damaging to the development of their younger players. Adding Eric Gordon and Kent Bazemore gives them solid perimeter depth. In a sense, removing a locker room problem like Butler and replacing him with two pro’s pros in Gordon and Bazemore could have a good impact on the culture if not this season then next season. Adding a 2021 first round pick that should convey helps a bit too. If the original request was Richardson, Waiters, conditional first plus a second rounder from Miami then I think this deal carries better value. Subtracting the contracts and looking strictly at on the court ability, Bazemore isn’t that far behind Richardson while Gordon clearly exceeds Waiters plus they get the conditional first they requested in the rumored Heat offer.