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  • Pure Idle Speculation - Novak Trade Possibilities - Insider

    This is pure speculation at this point, but one national media member points out that Steve Novak could be a good candidate to change uniforms before the NBA trade deadline.

    Tas Melas of NBATV's The Starters tweets Thursday: "One potentially interesting shooter that could be available is the Raps Steve Novak. DNP-CDs lately, plus two affordable years left on deal."

    Does that mean it will happen? Not exactly. But we're glad Melas mentioned this, because for contenting teams seeking 3-point help, Novak could make a lot of sense. He's set to earn $3.44 million next season and $3.75 million in 2015-16, which would seem like a value if he can carve out a solid role playing around 15 minutes a night as a floor spacer off the bench.
    Don't be surprised if teams like Charlotte, Detroit and Houston show interest in the 30-year-old leading up to the deadline.

    Something else from NBA Insider. Looks like somebody just trying to come up with a story.


    Of course, lots of folks here have been predicting a Novak deadline trade. I thought this was interesting because of the three teams identified.

  • #2
    The only thing I see working against Novak is that of all the 3 point specialists in the NBA, he is one of the worst defenders. It's really hard to keep him out there to do his think when forwards are seemingly walking through him to the basket. I wouldn't classify Charlotte or Detroit as contenders...maybe Houston, but their D has issues already. Maybe a team like Minnesota?

    I'm just wondering what we are going to do with Fields. He's not even on the floor and raking in some serious bucks.

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    • #3
      I definitely think that Novak will be traded to a good team looking to boost their 3pt attack. It would likely be a team with good defense that can make up for his lack thereof. He carved out a niche on last years Knicks, with only Chandler anchoring the D, so I'm sure he can carve out a niche on many teams this year.

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      • #4
        Mediumcore wrote: View Post
        The only thing I see working against Novak is that of all the 3 point specialists in the NBA, he is one of the worst defenders. It's really hard to keep him out there to do his think when forwards are seemingly walking through him to the basket. I wouldn't classify Charlotte or Detroit as contenders...maybe Houston, but their D has issues already. Maybe a team like Minnesota?

        I'm just wondering what we are going to do with Fields. He's not even on the floor and raking in some serious bucks.
        Houston would be a great landing spot, maybe we can jump into an Asik deal as a third team and net some assets?

        As for Minnesota, they already have love who can shoot the three and plays pretty much the same position as Novak. Kevin Martin is there as well. Not saying it wouldn't happen, but not very likely. Houston though, great point as we raptor fans have first hand knowledge of how three point shooters benefit from having Dwight Howard on their team. Especially in a playoff series.


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        • #5
          As an aside, I've been thinking about this:

          Kendrick Perkins and a pick of some kind for Chuck Hayes and Dwight Buycks.

          This doesn't have to be a tank trade (we're not playing Hayes or Buycks anyway, we're just shuffling around the end of the bench) but it plays for us like a tank trade, because OKC removes Perkins - who actively makes their team worse - for Hayes, who's still an elite rim protector and even slightly better on offense (not much, but still, better than Perkins), plus he's got a better salary. And they get Buycks, who they were planning to sign before we snagged him during summer league.

          Most likely we're looking at a future first-rounder (2015, maybe) or maybe a couple of second-rounders (15 and 16) as our compensation here.

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          • #6
            magoon wrote: View Post
            As an aside, I've been thinking about this:

            Kendrick Perkins and a pick of some kind for Chuck Hayes and Dwight Buycks.

            This doesn't have to be a tank trade (we're not playing Hayes or Buycks anyway, we're just shuffling around the end of the bench) but it plays for us like a tank trade, because OKC removes Perkins - who actively makes their team worse - for Hayes, who's still an elite rim protector and even slightly better on offense (not much, but still, better than Perkins), plus he's got a better salary. And they get Buycks, who they were planning to sign before we snagged him during summer league.

            Most likely we're looking at a future first-rounder (2015, maybe) or maybe a couple of second-rounders (15 and 16) as our compensation here.
            I just can't see why anyone would give up picks for Hayes and Buycks.....especially a savvy management team like OKC.

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            • #7
              Nilanka wrote: View Post
              I just can't see why anyone would give up picks for Hayes and Buycks.....especially a savvy management team like OKC.
              In the first place, OKC gave up a second-round pick last year to New York (which we now have, thanks to the Bargnani trade) for Ronnie Brewer; they'll give up picks for bench strength when they need it.

              In the second place, this trade is much more about getting rid of the Perkins deal and replacing it with something more tolerable. OKC would rather pay $5.5 million for still-elite-defender-but-can't-score Chuck Hayes than paying $8.5 million for can't-play-at-all Kendrick Perkins, and they know they'll have to give up something to make that happen.

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              • #8
                I liked the idea CalgaryRapsFan suggested in another thread where we trade Novak and a 2nd rounder (or two) for a late-first.

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                • #9
                  What about Portland as a destination for Novak? They are the leagues top 3pt shooting team, and Lillard, Matthews and Batum are all top ten in attempts, so they know how to get those shots. He could be traded straight up for Freeland or Wright. Not sure if Portland would be interested in this though.

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                  • #10
                    JawsGT wrote: View Post
                    What about Portland as a destination for Novak? They are the leagues top 3pt shooting team, and Lillard, Matthews and Batum are all top ten in attempts, so they know how to get those shots. He could be traded straight up for Freeland or Wright. Not sure if Portland would be interested in this though.
                    If Portland has interest I'm not sure they give up any size. So far I think they like having Lopez and Freeland as legit Cs so that Aldridge plays the minimum amount of minutes there.

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                    • #11
                      white men can't jump wrote: View Post
                      If Portland has interest I'm not sure they give up any size. So far I think they like having Lopez and Freeland as legit Cs so that Aldridge plays the minimum amount of minutes there.
                      What about that Leonard kid? He is getting some burn at C too I believe.

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                      • #12
                        magoon wrote: View Post
                        In the first place, OKC gave up a second-round pick last year to New York (which we now have, thanks to the Bargnani trade) for Ronnie Brewer; they'll give up picks for bench strength when they need it.

                        In the second place, this trade is much more about getting rid of the Perkins deal and replacing it with something more tolerable. OKC would rather pay $5.5 million for still-elite-defender-but-can't-score Chuck Hayes than paying $8.5 million for can't-play-at-all Kendrick Perkins, and they know they'll have to give up something to make that happen.
                        I get where you're coming from, but think they'd be much more inclined to do such a deal if the player(s) were better and/or not on the books for next season. Given the rumor about a month ago that they were looking for veteran wings and the fact that they'd need a replacement for Perkins, Salmons and Hansborough are the two guys that I keep going back to. Both are quality veteran players, with $1M buyouts for next season (Perkins is owed $9.4M next season). The only issue is that the trade would push OKC into luxury tax this season (by $197,322), unless they were to include another player to better balance salaries. They could give Toronto a guy like Roberson along with their 1st round pick, or perhaps give Toronto Lamb and no pick.


                        As for Novak, I think he's been the most likely Raptor to be traded this season from the moment the Bargnani trade went down. Sending him out for a 2nd round pick, or packaging him with a 2nd round pick in an attempt to get a late 1st round pick seems like a no-brainer. Including SAC's 2nd round pick (Toronto keeps higher of SAC/TOR 2nd round picks) likely means a top team only moves down roughly 5-10 spots, rather than actually giving up a pick outright, while also avoiding guaranteed money. Given his reputation for 3pt shooting prowess and reasonable contract, I think it's definitely feasible.
                        Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Fri Jan 3, 2014, 12:17 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Nilanka wrote: View Post
                          I just can't see why anyone would give up picks for Hayes and Buycks.....especially a savvy management team like OKC.
                          And OKC doesn't give up a pick (1st rounders that is)....like ever. They definitely don't give one up without getting at least a useful player back.

                          They may give one up to shed Perkins, but they still won't do that unless it really helps their team. Hayes is not an elite rim protector. he's a 6'6'' banger. Buycks is a project who won't help them this year.

                          Perkins isn't a huge problem for them. He's still an amnesty candidate even if they become desperate to shed him and don't get a good trade offer. That way in the summer they keep their pick and shed his salary without taking on spare parts.

                          I don't think OKC is a good trade partner to get a pick from. Just don't see what we've got that they'd consider worth giving up such an asset for.
                          Last edited by white men can't jump; Fri Jan 3, 2014, 12:23 PM.

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                          • #14
                            JawsGT wrote: View Post
                            What about that Leonard kid? He is getting some burn at C too I believe.
                            He's the 3rd stringer so far this season. And he's probably the rawest of the 3. So I'm not sure a team that figures to be fighting in the playoffs wants him getting more responsibility.

                            Unless you meant Toronto going after him. Then maybe there's a chance. But given his youth, Portland may prefer keeping him on as a project than getting a one-dimensional player like Novak.

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                            • #15
                              white men can't jump wrote: View Post
                              He's the 3rd stringer so far this season. And he's probably the rawest of the 3. So I'm not sure a team that figures to be fighting in the playoffs wants him getting more responsibility.

                              Unless you meant Toronto going after him. Then maybe there's a chance. But given his youth, Portland may prefer keeping him on as a project than getting a one-dimensional player like Novak.
                              yeah, seems like all those guys have upside, and realistically, 3pt shooting is probably the thing that Portland needs the least to improve.

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