1. The Dallas Mavericks give Monta Ellis (sign and trade) and Al-Farouq Aminu in return for the Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee, Alan Anderson and Jarrett Jack.
Why the Nets would do this: Monta Ellis brings scoring and shooting to the team that lead to becoming 21st in points per game and 26th in 3 point field goal percentage. Al-Farouq Aminu on the other hand is a solid rim protector that will make up for Brook Lopez defensive incapability.
Why the Mavericks would this: Jarrett Jack is a very underrated scorer who can make up for some of the loss of Monta Ellis. Alan Anderson brings depth at the small forward behind Chandler Parsons. Plumlee can replace Brandan Wright, who they lost in the Rajon Rondo trade, and give Dirk Nowitzki and Amar’e Stoudemire a little rest.
2. the Washington Wizards give Otto Porter Jr and a 2015 first round pick in return for the Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee and Earl Clark
Why the Nets would do this: Otto Porter Jr was a third overall pick and it had to be for a reason. He has a lot of untapped potential that the Nets might be able to bring out. The real reason the Nets do this deal is the first round pick. The Nets have dealt many of their recent and future first round picks, but this team really needs them to help the “rebuilding” process.
Why the Wizards do this: Otto Porter isn’t working out for Washington and they can dump him in this deal. The Wizards have an overrated frontcourt which doesn’t have very much depth. While Nene and Marcin Gortat are good, they aren’t as good as they are perceived. Plumlee adds depth and real talent to this mix.
3. The Toronto Raptors give Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross in return for the Brookyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee, Joe Johnson and a future second round pick
Why the Nets do this: Jonas Valanciunas had a career year as a rebounder, defender and a producer in general. He can make a real impact on the team. They also receive Terrence Ross, who has improved every year that he has been in the league. The Nets would dump a washed up Joe Johnson and his expensive contract, but lose a second round pick through the course of the trade.
Why the Raptors do this: Joe Johnson brings veteran leadership and scoring. He and Kyle Lowry should provide a very good one-two punch. Mason Plumlee is more of a two way player than Valanciunas, which will help the team immensely. The second round pick is the icing on the cake for Toronto, it gives them more flexibility with their own future picks in another deal. This deal could push them all the way in the weak eastern conference.