The 2022-23 NBA trade deadline was wild.

It's still possible, though, that the basketball gods have even more shenanigans in store for the upcoming offseason.

There aren't many teams with tons of cap space, nor many free agents worth tons of money. So, if franchises want to change their identity this summer, the trade market might be the perfect place to do it.

What kind of wheeling and dealing might we see? It's funny you should ask, since the entire point of this piece is cobbling together and analyzing a quartet of trades that are very much within this summer's range of possibilities. Since payrolls are fluid entering the summer, we'll worry less about the dollar-for-dollar financial aspects of these trades and more about their general framework and the value needed for each side to get a deal done.


Pacers Expand Core, Hawks Add Depth and Draft Pick

Indiana Pacers receive: John Collins

Atlanta Hawks receive: Chris Duarte, T.J. McConnell, Jalen Smith and 2023 first-round pick (lottery protected via CLE)

In the last calendar year, the Hawks have: paid a fortune to acquire Dejounte Murray, changed chief decision-makers (from Travis Schlenk to Landry Fields) and swapped skippers (from Nate McMillan to Quin Snyder).

The winds of change are swirling in Atlanta right now, and maybe that—combined with the very real possibility of not advancing past (or perhaps not even reaching) the first round—could be what finally nudges John Collins off of the rumor mill and onto the official transaction log.

The Pacers should be ready to pounce if that happens.

They need a power forward to flesh out their long-term nucleus, and they have eyeballed Collins before. He could be a dynamic pick-and-roll partner with Tyrese Haliburton, and Collins would benefit from Myles Turner's abilities to protect the paint and space the floor on offense. Add Bennedict Mathurin to the mix, and that's a formidable foursome for Indiana to build around.

Atlanta, meanwhile, could increase its depth and get back a first after giving up three (plus a pick swap) in the Murray trade.

Chris Duarte hasn't had a great sophomore season, but the 2021-22 All-Rookie second-teamer is loaded with three-and-D tools. T.J. McConnell would give Atlanta a full-fledged floor general behind Trae Young. Jalen Smith could soak up minutes at the 4 and 5 spots and would get pretty interesting pretty quickly if he ever harnesses his three-point shot.