Potential NBA Trades: Featuring Pau Gasol, OJ Mayo, and all the New York Knicks

Pau Gasol

Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love features too.

Here's a look at who could be on the move this summer:

Every New York Knicks player

Its difficult to think of a Knicks player who wouldn’t benefit from a move away from the bright lights in New York. They have an eclectic group of players which can be a good thing, but in this case it definitely is not. Carmelo Anthony deserves to be on a contending team. Raymond Felton and JR Smith make news for the wrong reasons, often unrelated to basketball. Young prospects Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr need a stable environment to safeguard their development. On the bright side, if there’s one person that can bring some sense of normality to MSG its Phil Jackson.

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol definitely did not enjoy his last two years with the Lakers under Mike D’antoni.

He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and no matter what coach takes the helm for the 2015 season he will want to wave goodbye to Los Angeles, barring a major update in personnel.

At his age he will have to take a considerable pay cut on the whopping $57M he earned over the past three seasons, but he still is a highly productive player who has barely regressed from his peak years in Memphis and with Phil Jackson at the Lakers. His skillset is rare at his position and as a big man who was never athletic he can emulate Tim Duncan and play well into his late thirties. He’d just rather do it on a playoff team.

OJ Mayo

Oj Mayo has had a curious career to date.

As the 3rd pick of the 2008 draft he averaged 18.5 in an impressive rookie campaign, but he hasn’t fully convinced since. Right now he is stuck in a rut with the worse team in the league, and only started 23 games, largely because of conditioning issues. He may have let complacency set in after signing a 3 year $24M contract before the beginning of the season, and his Bucks team lacks strong veteran leadership. With a fresh start in another situation he can get back to showing the promise that persuaded Memphis to part with a certain Kevin Love…

Kevin Love

Kevin Love’s discontent with the team’s performance is well known. He routinely averages almost unfathomable numbers. Yet he has never reached the playoffs in 6 years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The competitiveness of the Western conference isn’t an excuse – neither Memphis nor Dallas had stellar seasons and they both made it. Not only does this result in incredible personal frustration, it also damages his reputation. The postseason would be better with Kevin Love in it, and he is widely expected to leave, either this summer or next summer via free agency or trade.