The trade deadline for the 2020-21 NBA season falls at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 25.
Leading up to that fateful hour, there have been - and will continue to be - a number of names linked to multiple teams looking to improve for an impending playoff run or build for the future.
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In the spirit of trade season, our NBA.com Staff proposes what they would like to see happen at this year's deadline.
Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21): After hearing some rumblings, I need to see Myles Turner in a Charlotte Hornets uniform.
Earlier in the week, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reported that Charlotte was one of five teams that inquired about the league's leader in blocks per game. And, I mean, it makes so much sense for the Hornets.
To the surprise of some, Charlotte is right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race thanks to a youth movement led by 19-year-old rookie sensation LaMelo Ball, while 27-year-old Terry Rozier and 30-year-old Gordon Hayward have been the reliable veterans and calming forces in many clutch situations.
You could argue that a centre like Turner is all Charlotte needs to accelerate this resurgence.
Turner, who will be 25 the day before the trade deadline, brings more athleticism and rim protection to the table than Cody Zeller, who has honestly been a solid option for the Hornets since the franchise drafted him in 2013.
While far from an elite shooting big, Turner is far more of a threat to spread the floor than Zeller is, which would allow Charlotte's prolific wings to operate. As for the terms of a deal, a swap for Zeller's expiring contract would come close to making the money work but the Hornets would likely have to include a sweetener like a first-round pick, Devonte' Graham or both.
Given Malik Monk's emergence this season, parting ways with Graham might not be as far-fetched as it seems. He'd help bolster Indy's second unit, too.
Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles): I'd love to see the Denver Nuggets make a move ahead of the trade deadline. There are a few people who I think could make a difference for them, but the one I'm most intrigued by is Aaron Gordon.
According to Chris Hayes of Yahoo Sports, Gordon is open to a change of scenery and the Nuggets are one of the teams reportedly interested in him. It's hard to know what the Orlando Magic would want in return for him - I can't imagine the Nuggets would be willing to give up Michael Porter Jr. - but he would be an ideal complement to Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic on both ends of the court, giving them a multi-positional defender who can play off of them as a shooter, cutter and secondary/tertiary playmaker.
The way I look at it: Gordon would serve a similar role as Jerami Grant did last season, only with a little more pizzazz.
The problem is there would be some overlap between Gordon and Porter, with both of them being power forwards. Adding Gordon could stunt Porter's long-term growth. Porter is also extension eligible this offseason, so the Nuggets could find themselves in a position where they've committed long-term money to Murray, Jokic, Porter and Gordon.
Is that the best use of their finances?
The answer is probably not, but I can't stop myself from thinking about how Jokic has the potential to bring the best out of Gordon and what that would look like.
Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_): This one doesn't seem like it's really in the realm of possibilities based on the Boston Celtics' lack of valuable assets that they're willing to part ways with, but I'd love to see John Collins in Kelly Green.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Celtics are interested in Collins but the Atlanta Hawks would be looking for "a high-level first-round draft pick and/or a talented young player." Boston no longer has its treasure chest of valuable draft picks and although they do have talented young players that would likely be able to get a deal done, such as Jaylen Brown or Marcus Smart, the Celtics certainly wouldn't move Brown for Collins and trading Smart is also unlikely.
However, if Boston could find a way to get Atlanta to bite without giving up Brown, Smart or Jayson Tatum, I don't see why they wouldn't do it. The hesitation would be that Collins is a restricted free agent this offseason and could command more money than the Celtics would be willing to pay, therefore, losing him for nothing. But the athletic and versatile 23-year-old forward perfectly fits alongside Boston's young superstar duo and as a trio, that team would be scary for years to come.
He'd give the Celtics a little bit of both things they're looking for - size down low and scoring from the wing. I'm not sure there is a more suitable option for this team at the deadline, but again, it's unlikely the Celtics have the assets they're willing to part ways with to get it done.
It would be a lot of fun to watch and a perfect scenario for Collins, though.
Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay): With both Aaron Gordon and John Collins reportedly available, I'd liked to see the Portland Trail Blazers end up with one of them.
Now let's be clear, it's going to be tough for Portland to come up with a package that would satisfy either the Magic or Hawks without giving up a valuable young piece, but I think both Gordon and Collins would get them one step closer to becoming true contenders. If I had to pick between one of the two, I'm going with Collins.
While Portland struggles defensively and Gordon would help more there, I think Collins just opens up so much more offensively for Dame and C.J. and gives them the pick-and-roll dynamic option they haven't really had in recent years. Collins can also head up a small ball lineup which the Blazers have been going to a lot recently with Dame, C.J., Gary Trent Jr., the real and only Melo and Robert Covington - replace Melo with Collins and I think you have something real.
The most important thing about this deal is that it gives the Blazers some stability in the frontcourt. When they're healthier, they have a pretty formidable front line but the problem is Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic always seem to find themselves on the mend. John Collins has shown he can be durable and in the event Nurkic is out he can start at the centre spot without an issue.
Again, it's a dream scenario that would take a heck of a pitch from Blazers' GM Neil Olshey, but if John Collins could end up in Portland, the Blazers may have something this year and beyond if they were able to re-sign him in the offseason.
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