By Gordon Robinson

With the NBA trade deadline less than a month away there are trade rumors all over the place. You should stay tuned, we will get to those too. But for now let’s focus on the teams that need to take a long look in the mirror and decide whether or not it’s time to blow it up and make a fresh start.

I will let you in on a little secret, previously I had the Los Angeles Clippers at the top of this list because they appear to be a team without an identity. I mean, Blake Griffin is good but not great and the same can be said for DeAndre Jordan. The team was just there looking lost without their former leader, Chris Paul. Suddenly, they began to hit a rhythm with Lou Williams leading the charge and have gone on a six-game winning streak, even defeating Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets to the point where the Rockets wanted to take it to the streets.

So now I’m interested to see where this thing can go. I know they are not championship material, but maybe they can make it a good first-round series.

Now that you have had a peek into my thought process let’s get on with the show:

  1. Memphis Grizzlies – Memphis is a team that has long been stuck in No-man’s Land. They have tried changing coaches and eventually let the guys walk that made the team tough in Zach Randolph and Tony Allen. Now, they see that you don’t know when Mike Conley is returning or the type of player that he will be after an Achilles injury and Marc Gasol is a stat-stuffer, not a guy that will take the game over. The Grizz’ front office has stated that they are not planning on trading either one of those guys but they don’t look like a playoff team so it should be time to blow it up.
  2. Miami Heat – The Heat have been scratching and clawing to be a contender since “The Big Three” broke up. Head coach Erik Spoelstra has proven himself to be a good coach and even though this team is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, no one thinks that it is a serious contender to win the East not even speaking about title hopes. There won’t be any title hopes in Miami as long as your core of guys include Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk and Goran Dragic. My solution is that the Heat can get some draft picks and expiring contracts for these guys if they are willing to part ways with them, entice some free agents (ahem…Demarcus Cousins!) and try to pair them up with some fresh new talent.
  3. Orlando Magic-The Magic need to scrap this team and sell the parts. They currently sit at the bottom with the Atlanta Hawks and are hoping to land the first pick in the draft. They can ensure themselves of the most ping pong balls by trading off commodities that could contribute on a contending team. Guys like Aaron Gordon, Bismack Biyombo and Elfrid Payton should be on the trade market if Orlando wants to find their next star.

There you have it. My list of teams that should be ready to break up the band. I will admit that one team I am also leaning to is the New Orleans Pelicans.

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