We often use the term "untradeable" to describe players. However, the term untradeable really means "would not be traded for any reasonable offer". However, there are four players in the NBA who would not be traded for any offer.
The Chicago native is just 22 and already an MVP. He's a superstar playing in his home town, and the city would absolutely revolt if he was traded for anyone. LeBron James? Kevin Durant? Dwight Howard?
You could make a case for any of those three being better than Rose, but none by enough to make up for the love the city has for Rose. Howard/LeBron are in far worse contractual positions from a team perspective while Durant's one year further along in his deal.
Personally, if we traded Rose for LeBron, I'd cancel my season tickets and probably stop watching basketball.
Oklahoma City's situation with Kevin Durant is similar to Chicago's with Rose. You could argue Rose, LeBron, or Howard are better, but Oklahoma City has an attachment to Durant that they don't have to those other guys.
He's also got a much better contract situation than Howard/LeBron which is incredibly important for a small market city. If they continue to build the team, it's also likely Durant will stay while many other stars likely wouldn't.
It may sound crazy due to the ridiculous crap that ESPN floated about how the Heat should trade him which gives some people the thought that there is some sanity in that plan. However, LeBron is just 26 and the most talented basketball player in the world.
He's also locked up for a good length of time on a deal which is quite reasonable for a superstar. You simply can't trade him for anything, because he gives your franchise 8 years of contending for a title if you can keep him for a second contract.
Wade's a great, great player. I've thought
he's the best SG in the NBA for a couple of years now [yes Kobe fans, I
said best], but the guy has played a reckless style of basketball
throughout his career, is a big injury threat, overlaps your other star
player a lot in what he brings to the table, and is 29 years old.
all human factors, I would trade Wade for any of the three guys listed
above, but the Heat couldn't afford to lose the human factors.
Wade is the reason the Heat have the big three, and to trade him, even
for Howard who would almost certainly improve the team in both the short
and long term relative to Wade, would be a move that would forever doom
the Heat's reputation.
Given the big three came together as
friends, trading any of them would be a massive chemistry blow to the
team, but trading the one who made it all work for your city would be
the biggest back stabbing move imaginable.
Not on the list, but interesting to talk about
Well heck, there are tons of rumors about the Magic trading him, and even though they deny those rumors, it's only because the return stinks relative to the guy they're giving up.
If they could get back one of the above mentioned guys [perhaps other than Wade, but probably him too], they'd pack Howards bags, make a sigh of relief, and prepare to rebuild the team around their new franchise guy.
If Howard were locked in for four or five years he'd be on the list for sure though.
I think it's an interesting question right now as to whether the Lakers would trade Kobe or wouldn't. You've won five rings with the guy, but he's clearly not in the top three or four players in the NBA at this point.
You're telling me if a LeBron / Kobe swap is on the table that the Lakers could really say no? Especially given that LeBron's contract is for about half as much per year by the end of Kobe's deal?
I think L.A. loves Kobe, and they made him a deal that says, "We're overpaying you for everything you've already done for us because we want you to be a Laker for life". Maybe even in the face of a LeBron/Kobe swap they'd stick with that.
However, the Lakers were willing to cut ties with Shaq despite the fact he was the primary guy responsible for three titles. They were willing to do so to commit to a young superstar in Kobe Bryant, and they were right. They were willing to do so because they knew the end was near for Shaq and the money was too high.
Well the same is now true of Kobe, so I have to think they're willing to move him if they could get one of the young studs of the league [though obviously, they couldn't].
Would the Clippers trade Blake Griffin for one of those young studs above? I would have to think the answer is yes, but maybe it's not so clear. For one, you rarely want to trade a superstar interior player for a superstar perimeter one, and Griffin is the most interior player on the list.
Second, Griffin's the newest guy in the league, so he still has 2 years on his rookie deal before he hits restricted free agency. He's not going to get away from the Clippers whereas LeBron would likely leave as soon as he's above. Durant/Rose are also unlikely to escape [Durant's deal already locked up, Rose also restricted], but Durant is on an old CBA deal which will almost certainly be worse than the new one.
The cost conscious Clippers would have to think hard about that.
All that said, I still have to think they'd pull the trigger for Derrick Rose or Kevin Durant for Blake Griffin if they were given a choice. Griffin's a tremendous prospect and might join this group in another year, but then again, he might not. He might not ever develop the other aspects to his game outside of being a freak athletic dunker, and if not, you're so much better off with Rose and Durant who've proven they can lead their teams to playoff wins.
Anyone else close?
Chris Paul's contract situation means he can leave on his own shortly, and his history of knee injuries would make him readily available for other guys on the list.
Chris Bosh might have the same "we won't trade you" protection that Wade has, but I doubt it. The city of Miami certainly isn't going to revolt if you trade Bosh for Dwight Howard, and Bosh quickly became the forgotten man with all the joint Wade/Bron pressers.
Carmelo is locked up for a long time, and he's a great player, but their are still likely five or six guys in the NBA that he's easily traded for without blinking.
It's going to be a long, long off-season, but I'm going to try and get some creative Bulls ideas out there to discuss everyday.