After the announcement of Damian Lillard’s intentions of asking for a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers, it has set up a wild, wild offseason in the making. We have to get through the NBA Finals first, but once August 1st rolls around, we should expect some star power on the move.

Where will that star power come from? What the NBA has taught us is that we should expect the unexpected. We don’t know what pull the players have in the decision to move them. With that said, these are five crazy blockbuster trades that we could see this summer.


Ben Simmons - Oklahoma City Thunder

Trade Package: Kemba Walker, 2021 No. 16 Overall Pick, 2021 No. 18 Overall Pick, 2021 No. 34 Overall Pick

The Thunder acquired Kemba Walker in a trade with the Celtics earlier this offseason. What their long-term plans are with Walker remain to be seen. The Thunder does own three first-round picks in this year’s draft. Pooled with Walker’s big salary, could this be enough to land Ben Simmons?

Simmons has fallen out of favor in Philadelphia. Head coach Doc Rivers couldn’t even confirm that the team could build around him after the 76ers were bounced from the playoffs. If Simmons is not seen as a cornerstone player, then the 76ers need to acquire a player that will help them make the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, Simmons can rewrite his career with a blank slate in OKC.

Simmons would give the Thunder their first foundational superstar. Paired with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder would have two big-time players in OKC. The 76ers would get a true point guard that could facilitate their offense with Joel Embiid leading the way. In this scenario, everyone wins.


Russell Westbrook - Los Angeles Lakers

Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Montrezl Harrell

It would take the entire roster to pull off this trade and make it financially possible, but if the Lakers want a point guard, they might as well go out and get the best. Westbrook is coming off his fourth overall triple-double season. At 32 years old, he would fit perfectly into the championship window that the Lakers have.