Since football finished with yet another Patriots Super Bowl win, it’s time to turn our attention to another sport that rattles everyone’s chains and gets the blood flowing. The NBA is quickly approaching its halfway mark in the season. With the NBA All Star Weekend starting to loom in from the background teams are rushing to get some much-desired players on their roster before the trade deadline expires and they are left with what they have. But who out there is really in the dire need to make a push before the deadline? Let’s break this down a bit and see who actually needs some extra juice in their game.
Let’s start off with the obvious choice here, the Los Angeles Lakers. Man, if Lebron, I mean the Lakers don’t give it a rest with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, they will end up giving away Lebron himself for half a season to New Orleans. Yes, Anthony Davis is worth all the hype and all the efforts that could be put into bringing him to LA but the Lakers need to start seeing the bigger picture, New Orleans is playing with their emotions and not even close to ready to see Davis leave. There are other players in the market that LA could think about pursuing but there’s only one issue in hand, when you have Lebron James in your roster, you know you have to play every game with a win, win, win mentality, nothing else is accepted. Even like that it would be a good exercise of patience and build up to have the Lakers hold out until the summer where they can make a direct move for Davis and go for it. Only one problem though, the Lakers aren’t the only team looking out for Davis’ situation which leads me to our next team.
The New York Knicks, another power house brought down because of bad management, bad coaching, bad playing, bad everything. Their latest “brilliant” move was to send Porzingis to the Mavericks in return for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. I’m a Knicks fan, I don’t have to hide it, I’ve come to terms with the fact that we suck most of the times and getting rid of our only true star potential player doesn’t automatically make me want to jump out of my seat with excitement but I can see the potential in what this trade means. It’s killing two birds with one stone, freeing up cap space to go all out this offseason and having a small rebuilding process, yet another one, hoping that maybe this one will work. The off season free agent market will be a great one and with guys the likes of Durant, Irving and Davis all looking for a new home and taking into account that New York is still a pretty great place to go to then the Knicks should have no issue landing one or two big names to rise back to the top.
You know who I like right now, the 76ers. They did their homework in this trade market and got away with getting a player that can finally make them leap over the competition and give the Bucks, Celtics, Raptors and Pacers a run for their money. By landing the former Clipper Tobias Harris, the Sixers should be very well primed to make a real run for the Eastern Conference Title this season. With Reddick, Simmons, Embiid and Butler putting in their work as the other 4 in Philadelphia’s starting 5, they will be gunning for the big dogs and will light a light under everyone’s ass after the All-star weekend. Is it enough to beat the Bucks, I don’t know, but I know this, they will give the Celtics a true run for their money in what could be Kyrie Irving’s last season in Boston.
Lastly, let’s talk about the Hornets. Michael Jordan wants them to go to the playoffs, the city of Charlotte wants them to go to the playoffs and if they want Kemba Walker to stay put they need to start making true strong playoff runs, so how can they achieve that? Easy, take Marc Gasol before the trade deadline, it’s a great way to start. If the Hornets can commit to taking Gasol to back up Walker’s insane efforts then I can perfectly well see the Hornets beating out the Brooklyn Nets for the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff run. Also, Michael Jordan is not a dumb man, he knows he has to surround Walker with talent to make him not want to leave so why not start now with Gasol. Yes, he’s aging and everything but a good center with great scoring abilities is always a great plus. At the end of the day if Michael Jordan calls you and tells you he wants you in his team would you refuse that call? Didn’t think so.