Five trades we'd like to see

The free-agent frenzy is over. For the teams left out in the cold, here are five trades that could help roughly half the teams in the league.

Updated: August 6, 2003, 11:08 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Now that the NBA free-agent frenzy has finally wound down, it's time for the NBA trading season to get into full gear. To date, there has been only one major trade -- the four-team deal that swapped four guys no one else wanted -- Latrell Sprewell, Keith Van Horn, Glenn Robinson and Terrell Brandon.

That's a major disappointment when you consider how many top teams struck out in the free-agent market this summer.

The Mavericks haven't answered the moves by the Lakers, Spurs, Kings and T-Wolves. The Jazz replaced two Hall of Famers, Karl Malone and John Stockton, with, Keon Clark. That $20 million-plus in cap room has to be good for something. The Blazers are conspicuously quiet, the Pacers have been on the verge of something for six months, and the Knicks can't rest on Van Horn and "optimistic" Antonio McDyess.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer