Welcome back to kawntent sports. I get the feeling that Harden and Dame will be traded in one singular deal, and I believe this one is realistic. Harden goes to a contender who has won before in Milwaukee, Dame goes where he wants in Miami, and other players end up in good fits.
The Bucks hang on to all their young players and most picks and acquire a former MVP who fits great alongside their big 3. A Holiday/Harden/Middleton/Giannis/Lopez starting lineup should be the best in the league easily. The team will dominate the regular season and playoffs for years to come.
The Sixers get a better return than the Clippers offer for James Harden, bringing in Tyler Herro, Cody Martin, and role players in exchange for one lottery protected pick and Harden. This sets up one of the better young backcourts in the league with Maxey/Herro and enables them to keep Embiid happy while still contending.
The Heat give up their current offer in exchange for Lillard. This is a deal they have been rumored to be willing to accept. The only thing potentially stopping them here is that the Bucks get so much better.
The Blazers acquire four first round picks and two swaps, a solid bridge center who can increase his value in Portis, along with a few young guys and veteran leader Hayward. This is a beautiful package for Lillard and complements this young core perfectly.
The Hornets save a few bucks this year, give Ball a shooter he can hit in the corner and rely on, and acquire a second round pick.
Let me know what you think of this trade! I’m curious to hear what you all think of this relatively unique idea.