With the next batch of teams bowing out of the playoffs, it has begun to spin the rumor mill on what could happen next with their respective superstars. Teams like the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Wizards all have superstar talent but have not been able to piece together a successful long playoff run.
For those teams, among others looking to tear everything down, it could mean that the trade market will be hot this summer. There are lots of teams that will be looking to improve this summer, which means they could vet the services of these superstars. With that said, here are some blockbuster trades that could happen this summer.
Kristaps Porzingis To The Charlotte Hornets
Hornets Receive: Kristaps Porzingis
Mavericks Receive: PJ Washington, Malik Monk, Jalen McDaniels, 2022 first-round pick
Porzingis is currently with the Dallas Mavericks, but this offseason, he could get traded for an assortment of reasons. For starters, after his dismal playoff performance, the Mavericks are not keen on paying him over $30 million per season over the next three years. There are also reports that the partnership between Luka Doncic and Porzingis is deteriorating. Doncic is on pace to make over $200 million on his next contract, so finding a way to secure extra money is a priority.
As for who would be duped into taking the Porzingis contract, the Charlotte Hornets are notorious for taking on bad contracts. All jokes aside, the Hornets could give Porzingis a chance of scenery and make a Big 3 of Porzingis, Gordon Hayward, and LaMelo Ball. Realistically, the only major player the Hornets would lose is PJ Washington, so this could work for both sides.
Russell Westbrook To The Miami Heat
Heat Receive: Russell Westbrook
Wizards Receive: Goran Dragic, Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro, KZ Okpala
The Heat have been linked to the Washington Wizards all season but in regards to Bradley Beal. Instead, the Heat would be better off making a trade for their other superstar talent in Russell Westbrook. Coming off a successful season in which he averaged a triple-double for the fourth time in his career, the Heat could look to make a Big 3 with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
The Wizards could look to fully rebuild (more on Beal later). With this package, the Wizards would get a salary dump in Dragic, pending sign-and-trade, and two potential real contributors in this league in Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro. Nunn has shown flashes of being a 20-point scorer in this league, while Herro could be a legitimate deep-threat. Both would be young, foundational pieces to jumpstart the Wizards’ rebuild.