EVERY TRADE WE WILL SEE THIS SEASON: TRADE 9 (TRADE DEADLINE)
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS GET: Al-Farouq Aminu
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS GET: Ian Mahinmi
SACRAMENTO KINGS GET: Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson, 2019 Top 20 Protected New Orleans Pelicans First Round Draft Pick and 2019 Top 12 Protected Washington Wizards First Round Draft Pick
WASHINGTON WIZARDS GET: Zach Randolph
The New Orleans Pelicans need to get talent now to try to keep Anthony Davis. Al-Farouq Aminu is a great fit that could slide right into their starting line-up and considering the pick sent out is Top 20 Protected then upgrading from Wesley Johnson to Al-Farouq Aminu for a draft pick between 21st Overall and 30th Overall is good value for winning now.
Sadly, for the Portland Trail Blazers, one of the side parts of Paul Allen’s death is that the team will likely be sold and I can’t imagine a new ownership group will want to start over the luxury tax from the get-go. Using Al-Farouq Aminu to shed that $2 Million off of Evan Turner’s salary and taking Mahinmi instead gets them below the luxury tax outright without losing any core pieces. Quite simply, this is an ownership move, not a fan move.
The Sacramento Kings use the salary relieved in previous trades to take on a bunch of salary, but add two draft picks in the process. This is the Kings patience paying off and finding an opportunity to turn their cap space into luxury tax relief for assets. They would have a solid asset collection after this to move forward with.
The Washington Wizards would be outright below the luxury tax after this deal and the Knicks trade while sneakily adding veteran talent to their bench in Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Zach Randolph. They increase their talent overall at the deadline and get below the luxury tax, so this should be a win even if that pick conveys.