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Pels Go Win-now, Lakers Build Around Stars, Mavs Get Dončić Help, Cavs Trade Collin and K-Love - Get Good Players, Raps Recover


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Pelicans

Pelicans

+4 players ($55.6m),
Cap Impact + $31.9M
  • Kevin Love
    Kevin Love
    PF, 6' 8", 1.95 LEBRON
    Versatile Big

    $31.2M

    2yrs

    6
  • Collin Sexton

    TO

    Collin Sexton
    PG, 6' 1", -1.13 LEBRON
    Team Option, Slasher

    $6.3M

    1yr

    6
  • Roster Moves
  • Kyle Lowry

    ST

    Kyle Lowry
    PG, 0.22 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade, Primary Ball Handler

    $18.0M

    3yrs

    28
  • Montrezl Harrell

    FA

    Montrezl Harrell
    C, 6' 7", 1.03 LEBRON
    FA Signing, Post Scorer

    $19.0M

    4yrs

    19
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Kyle Lowry for a 3 year contract worth $58.0M.

    Signed free agent Montrezl Harrell to a 4 year contract worth $84.0M.

+1  Wins

+34.45  MPG

+1.66  Off.

-0.33  Def.

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

+3 players ($31.1m),
Cap Impact - $4.6M
  • Eric Bledsoe

    RT

    Eric Bledsoe
    PG, 6' 1", -0.27 LEBRON
    Recently Traded, Primary Ball Handler

    $18.1M

    2yrs

    19
  • Kyle Kuzma

    RT

    Kyle Kuzma
    PF, 6' 10", -1.55 LEBRON
    Recently Traded, Movement Shooter

    $13.0M

    3yrs

    14
  • Roster Moves
  • Talen Horton-Tucker

    ST

    Talen Horton-Tucker
    SG, 6' 4", -0.26 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade, Slasher

    $9.5M

    4yrs

    14
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Talen Horton-Tucker for a 4 year contract worth $55.5M.

+2  Wins

+18.41  MPG

-3.86  Off.

+0.95  Def.

Mavericks

Mavericks

+1 player ($25.0m),
Cap Impact + $8.4M
    Roster Moves
  • Dennis Schroder

    ST

    Dennis Schroder
    PG, 6' 3", -0.6 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade, Slasher

    $25.0M

    4yrs

    14
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Dennis Schroder for a 4 year contract worth $100.0M.

-3  Wins

-37.92  MPG

-0.69  Off.

+2.24  Def.

Lakers

Lakers

+4 players ($37.9m),
Cap Impact - $9.6M
  • Trey Burke
    Trey Burke
    PG, -2.31 LEBRON
    Secondary Ball Handler

    $3.1M

    2yrs

    7
  • Josh Richardson

    PO

    Josh Richardson
    SG, 6' 5", -0.79 LEBRON
    Player Option, Stationary Shooter

    $11.6M

    1yr

    7
  • Jalen Brunson
    Jalen Brunson
    PG, 6' 1", 0.94 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $1.8M

    1yr

    7
  • Roster Moves
  • Lonzo Ball

    ST

    Lonzo Ball
    PG, 6' 6", 1.33 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade, Primary Ball Handler

    $21.3M

    4yrs

    19
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Lonzo Ball for a 4 year contract worth $85.2M.

+5  Wins

+20.89  MPG

+4.27  Off.

-2.67  Def.

Raptors

Raptors

+3 players ($24.3m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $6.2M
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker

    TO

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker
    SG, 6' 6", -0.31 LEBRON
    Team Option, Secondary Ball Handler

    $3.2M

    2yrs

    19
  • draft-pick-player

    2021 - Round 1

    #10
    19
  • Roster Moves
  • Khem Birch

    FA

    Khem Birch
    C, 6' 9", -1.53 LEBRON
    Re-Sign Free Agent, Roll + Cut Big

    $6.0M

    2yrs

    28
  • Gary Trent Jr.

    FA

    Gary Trent Jr.
    SG, 6' 5", -1.62 LEBRON
    Re-Sign Free Agent, Movement Shooter

    $15.0M

    3yrs

    28
  • Notes

    Re-signed free agent Khem Birch to a 2 year contract worth $12.0M.

    Re-signed free agent Gary Trent Jr. to a 3 year contract worth $45.0M.

-1  Wins

-12.93  MPG

-0.95  Off.

+0.41  Def.

Pelicans Analysis: Pelicans have entered the Kyle Lowry Sweepstakes according to Shams Charania, as the Pels want a top-10 Point Guard who has Veteran experience. Kyle Lowry would compliment Zion Williamson, and can take the Pelicans to the next level. Trading for Collin Sexton is also something the Pels have considered, a backcourt of Lowry and Collin would be one of the best in the league. The Pels take K-Love's contract, but are able to trade Bledsoe's contract. After these trades, the following is what the Pelicans' starting lineup can look like.

Pelicans starting lineup: PG - Kyle Lowry, SG - Collin Sexton, SF - Brandon Ingram, PF - Zion Williamson, C - Montrezl Harrell


Lakers Analysis: It is known that the Lakers are highly interested in reacquiring Lonzo Ball in order to make an improved Championship run next Season. In this case, the Lakers trade away Kuzma who has been lackluster, and trade THT as well. While THT may have potential, it will take time for him to develop, as he too choked in the playoffs this season. If the Lakers want to Win-now with LeBron and AD, then doing this trade for Lonzo Ball is highly beneficial. Additionally, at times the Lakers' bench didn't show effort. Trading Schröder (who also didn't play well these playoffs and is demanding too much money) for Jalen Brunson and some more bench pieces (like Richardson) is highly beneficial. Jalen Brunson is a solid 6th man and will help the Lakers in their playoffs journey. And a backcourt of Ball and KCP would be a young yet high potential one. After these trades, the following is what the Lakers' starting lineup can look like.

Lakers starting lineup: PG - Lonzo Ball, SG - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF - LeBron James, PF - Anthony Davis, C - Andre Drummond


Mavericks Analysis: Here the Mavericks trade Brunson, Richardson, and Burke for a solid starting PG in Schröder. Trey Burke has generally been deep in the bench rotation, so trading him wouldn't leave any gaps. Josh Richardson had struggled in his time with the Mavs, so trading him would save salary space while bringing in a better player. Jalen Brunson is a solid 6th man for the Mavericks, but if they want to contend then they need to get Dončić help and someone who can distribute the ball. Dončić's contract is going to end in a few years, and the Mavs have to show that they are serious about contending. Dennis Schröder opens the window for the Mavs to contend and would be a solid addition. After these trades, the following is what the Mavs' starting lineup can look like.

Mavericks starting lineup: PG - Dennis Schröder, SG - Luka Dončić, SF - Tim Hardaway Jr., PF - Dorian Finney-Smith, C - Kristaps Porziņģis


Cavaliers Analysis: The Cavs are very open to trading Collin Sexton due to contract, fit, as well as locker room presence. Trading Collin Sexton, while being able to dump K-Love's contract for 2 young players in THT and Kuzma, would be a big win. Kuzma can be a valuable contributor from the bench. The Cavs also receive Bledsoe, who was sought after by the Cavs in 2018. It has been reported that the Cavs are open to drafting Jalen Suggs if they are able to trade Collin Sexton, so here the Cavs also draft Suggs - their Franchise PG/SG (Suggs plays SG very well also). After these trades, the following is what the Cavs' starting lineup can look like.

Cavaliers starting lineup: PG - Darius Garland, SG - Jalen Suggs, SF - Talen Horton-Tucker, PF - Isaac Okoro, C - Jarrett Allen


Raptors Analysis: Kyle Lowry is the GOAT. Kyle Lowry is the Toronto Raptors. However, Kyle Lowry, like CP3, deserves another ring. Trading Kyle Lowry to a team such as the Pelicans - where Zion and BI are Franchise cornerstones ready to compete - is beneficial for all sides. Pelicans can elevate their level, Kyle Lowry mentors and guides the young players while contributing to another Championship, and the Raptors get younger. With the 4th overall pick, Evan Mobley would fall to them and so Raps draft Mobley at 4th overall. With the 10th overall pick, Raps draft Davion Mitchell. GTJ, Boucher, Malachi Flynn, Birch, etc. will all provide a very strong bench - one of the best in the league. After these trades, the following is what the Raps' starting lineup can look like.

Raps starting lineup: PG - Fred VanVleet, SG - Davion Mitchell, SF - Pascal Siakam, PF - OG Anunoby, C - Evan Mobley


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