Eastern Notes: DeRozan, Heat, Hornets

Would it make sense for the Raptors to trade for DeMar DeRozan? Toronto can combine the contracts of Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka in order to make a trade work, John Hollinger of The Athletic writes. However, the scribe believes there are other options on the trade market that would better fit the team such as Orlando’s Evan Fournier.

Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Trading for either Chris Paul or Kevin Love would take Miami out of the Giannis Antetokounmpo sweepstakes in 2021 due to a lack of cap space, Hollinger adds in the same piece. The Heat are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference and may need more time to figure out whether it’s worth giving up the chance to strengthen the squad now to chase a superstar later.
  • Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer wonders whether Malik Monk is better served as a long-term piece in Charlotte or as a trade asset that could bring in additional talent. Bonnell doesn’t see Monk as a key piece for the Hornets‘ future in the way Devonte’ Graham and PJ Washington are.
  • Despite a weak Eastern Conference, the Hornets are unlikely to make any moves with the playoffs in mind, Bonnell adds in the same piece. Charlotte could look to trade one of their players on expiring deals, though the team would be looking for draft picks or younger players with upside in any such trade.
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9 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: DeRozan, Heat, Hornets

  1. “weak eastern conference”
    Teams in the two conferences have sane records by now

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, it’s weak enough that a 12-17 record only has the Hornets 1.5 games out of the eighth seed, but the same would be true of the West right now.

  2. phillyballers

    The only benefit I see from a DeRozan trade is that it frees up $ earlier. However, Powell is providing value at his current contract and better shooting. I think you’d get more out of keeping Powell than dealing him. DeRozan would probably opt-in. No one is giving him similar coin next year. I could see him getting 14-18M per tho over a 2 or 3 yr deal.

  3. Absolutely no way DDR moves back to Toronto after the way they treated him.
    Think he should go to either the Nuggets for Gary Harris or to Orlando for Aaron Gordon both players would be perfect players under Pop.
    Another option might be for Chandler Parsons and Cam Reddish or Larry Nance and John Henson.
    Both of these would give Pop another young player for the ‘semi rebuild’ plus a expiring contract

    • rap4life

      Absolutely NO WAY Tor would or should trade for DD and why should they. The reason he was traded in the first place was that he couldn’t shoot the 3 or defend his position BUT he was paid handsomely regardless. Being a TO fan he was always treated with respect and love. He was traded for arguably the best 2 way player in the league ( I’m sure given a similar situation, all teams would have done) who just happened to lead us to our first ever Larry B.

      • Bingo, I think Derozan would LOVE to go back to Toronto. It the Raps that would have reservations and correctly so.

  4. Why would the Raps want DeRozan back? They never could get over the hump with him, and giving up Ibaka leaves the front court extremely thin.

    Also, if he opts in next year, that even less space to spend under the cap.

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