AFL trade news and rumours Day 6 live blog

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    Trading has begun in earnest after three deals were done yesterday, breaking what had become rather a stale old drought, and hopefully signaling more to come.

    Join me here on The Roar from 9am AEDT for all the latest news and rumours around trading and free agency.

    Three trades yesterday saw Jake Lever join Melbourne, Devon Smith move to Essendon, and Jarman Impey become a Hawk. We talked about them in depth.

    In particular, Ryan Buckland wrote the Melbourne have sold the farm to land Jake Lever – of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

    The deal has landed Adelaide a great bounty of draft picks, and renewed speculation that they could have a ping at Bryce Gibbs. They’ve said they’re not going to do that, but you should never believe what you hear at this time of year.

    The Devon Smith trade, which saw Essendon pass pick 11 on to the Giants, has put both them and the Western Bulldogs in a real pickle over what to do with Jake Stringer. I’ve written more about that here.

    In terms of today’s potential action, the one I’m watching closely is Steven Motlop, who is expected to make a decision soon on which club he will move to as a free agent.

    Adelaide seems the most likely choice, but Port Adelaide and Gold Coast might still be in the mix.

    That could set off a bit of a domino chain.

    If Motlop joins the Crows, then they might be more willing to concede to a deal with the Brisbane Lions for Charlie Cameron, presumably a straight swap for pick 18 or pick 19.

    Motlop’s decision will also likely have some impact on Port Adelaide’s pursuit of Jack Watts, and Geelong’s as well.

    It’s not clear at the moment whether or not Port intend to land both Motlop and Watts if possible, and if Motlop leaves then the compensation pick Geelong receives could be a vital part of a trade for Watts.

    Of course, Geelong might also put together a package for the Package – they have picks 21 and 34 already and if they get some handy Motlop compensation could try to swoop in on the Jake Stringer trade with a more attractive offer to the Bulldogs than Essendon can provide.

    Join me here on The Roar from 9am AEDT for all the latest news and rumours around trading and free agency.

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.