December 15th marks the first day as almost a hundred players are eligible to be traded, as they came as newcomers to teams that haven’t been able to make the most of their talents so far.
Moreover, they could be used as trade assets on a bigger deal that could help a given team land a superstar, but, of course, that’s just pure speculation, at least for the time being.
Either way, as soon as some of those guys are eligible to be dealt, we can expect a lot of phones to be ringing in the NBA, as there are going to be at least a couple of moves in the first hours. Today, we’re going to let you know about 10 players that are very likely to be traded on December 15th.
10. Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton had been the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 6th Man for years, but that didn’t work out quite well for them, to be honest. And now that Dennis Schroder ’s on board, they should try and move the 34-year-old veteran.
Felton is not going to bring much value in return and they’re likely to have to attach a 2nd rounder in order to make this deal more appealing, but there’s just not much use for him at this point of his career.
9. Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood hasn’t been as productive as we all expected when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and even though he has the skills to be a walking bucket, he ’s such an efficient scorer that they have no use for him.
Moreover, they need to focus on developing young talents, and a tweener and injury prone volume shooter isn’t the right piece you’d like to build around, so they’re likely to try and move him right away.
8. Mike Scott
The Los Angeles Clippers should just try and tank and get rid of as many contracts as they can in order to plan ahead for the next summer, where they intend to pursue both Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant.
Mike Scott is not a superstar but he’s a hard-working guy that could really bolster a team’s rotation, but there’s just no use for him with Harrell and Marjanovic in the team, so he’s a prime trade candidate.
7. Wayne Ellington
The Miami Heat won’t make it to the playoffs and Wayne Ellington has really regressed from last season, and that’s not a trend that’s likely to change considering the shooting guard just turned 31 years old.
Even so, there could be a contending side looking for a sharpshooter that could come on board for cheap, and he has quite a “moveable” deal. In order to get him, a 2nd round pick should be more than enough.
6. Ed Davis
Throughout his career, Ed Davis has never gotten the praise he deserves for his grit, grind, and hustle in the defensive end of the hardwood, as he brings a lot of intangibles that don’t reflect on the stat sheet.
Having said that, he’s never going to be a superstar and the Nets should just focus on developing Jarrett Allen. He could be a great fit for a contending needing depth at the 5 and could be dealt for a 2nd round pick.
5. Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell had a great season with the Dallas Mavericks last year, but ever since joining the Sacramento Kings, playing time hasn’t been quite there and he has failed to take a step forward in his development.
The Kings are high on developing De’Aaron Fox (as they should) so Ferrell is going to find a new home if he doesn’t want to be left behind. Also, there are several teams needing depth at both guard spots.
4. Carmelo Anthony
The Houston Rockets are a luxury tax paying team and the fact that they decided to keep Carmelo Anthony rather than just waive him most likely means that they plan to use him on a salary dump deal at some point.
Anthony has drawn pretty much zero interest around the league and that’s not likely to change any time soon, but the Rockets could sweeten the deal by adding at least one pick next to the veteran forward.
3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a very productive player and the 3 and D piece some teams would crave on their roster, but he’s not going to get much playing time with Josh Hart surging as a stud in the making.
Caldwell-Pope is still young and even though he doesn’t offer much upside, he’d still be a decent pickup for a contender. Moreover, with the Lakers keen to get Ariza, he’s the odd man out for sure.
2. Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza has been linked with a move to several teams in the past weeks, but word around the league is that him going back to the lakers is pretty much a done deal at this point of the season.
Even though the Suns have no interest in landing Caldwell-Pope, a 2nd round pick may be enough for them to be willing to part ways with the veteran wing, who’s not enjoying his time with the 4-24 Suns.
1. Rudy Gay
Let’s be honest for a second here. It’s time for the San Antonio Spurs to just call it a day, tank and try and rebuild for the future, and Rudy Gay, great as he is, shouldn’t be a part of that future at age 32.
Gay has proven that he can embrace a lesser role and be a very productive role player, and his talents are going to draw a lot of interest from contending sides. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the Spurs need picks for the future.