The NBA is a league of movement, and this has been the case in most recent years. Some of the league’s stars have moved around a lot last season, and this trend will likely continue in 2020.
Teams have different needs when they decide to trade their star players and these greatly depend on a team’s strategy at the moment. Some teams need young players while others need veterans and leaders. Either way, these stars will provide significant production to any team that they settle with next.
Here are the stars that could be traded in this upcoming season.
Love is still a very capable knockdown shooter and rebounder who can be an integral part of a championship team. At the same time, Love can contribute greatly to a team needing leadership and veteran experience. He can score in a variety of ways and can average 10 rebounds per game if he puts his mind to it. He is an All-Star talent even at his age.
Why the Cavs will trade him: The Cavs will expect a trade package with young players and draft picks in order to make this work. Cleveland needs to go on a rebuild in order to compete in the nearest future, as their current selection of players need much more time to develop. Draft picks and young players will greatly help that cause.
Why Andrew Wiggins is valuable: Wiggins’ reputation has taken a hit last year when Jimmy Butler decided that he wanted out of Minnesota due to his immaturity. Still, Wiggins is a very capable scorer and a solid defender who has almost unlimited potential. He is extremely athletic, and can easily be a cornerstone for a franchise. Athleticism and scoring is the requirement for modern NBA teams, and Wiggins fits that mold.
Why the Wolves will trade him: Depending on where he goes, Wiggins might become one of the best young players in the league and start living up to his potential. Minnesota will probably like a couple of players who can rack up wins for a declining Minnesota team. Wiggins is not fitting well with KAT at the moment, and he still needs time to grow.
Minnesota will want to capitalize on KAT’s best years by providing enough talent around him.
Beal is an All-Star scorer who seems to continue to get better. It is only a matter of time before he wants out of Washington, and the Wizards should look to move him if they want to maximize his return.
Beal could easily be one of the major scoring options for any team and can drop 20 points in his sleep. He is also an improving defender and passer.
Why the Wizards will move him: The Wizards might look for young talent or culture-building players. The current experiment has not worked out, and a refresh is in the works. A star player who they can build around or a collection of younger talents is in the cards for Washington.
Zach LaVine is arguably the best dunker in the league and has even developed into a very effective scorer. In other words, he is a must-have for teams needing a marketable budding star with great potential.
Why Chicago want to move him: LaVine might become unnerved by the situation in Chicago, and request a trade. The Bulls can easily get a good return for the young star, and then some. Chicago might want to start winning games and opt to grab an All-Star talent who is in their prime. LaVine would be a perfect trade bait as he is still very raw.
One of the most upsetting stories last season was watching Hayward look very unconfident and lost on the court many times in games. Yet, Hayward has all the tools an All-Star forward needs in today’s NBA including scoring, playmaking, and athleticism. Hayward is a hard worker who wants to prove he still has the game to compete with the games best forwards.
Why the Celtics want to move him: Hayward has yet to discover his All-Star form following his injury, although he did look better as the season progressed. The Celtics will probably want to unload his massive contract, and pair a few drafts picks to entice teams to help them clear some cap space to start building around Kemba Walker.
Millsap is a very serviceable starting forward who can defend, rebound, and provide veteran leadership. As such, he can be valuable to teams needing some interior presence and defense, along with a guy who helps you win games. Millsap can score in the paint and from outside and can rebound and defend well for his size.
Why the Nuggets will move him: The Nuggets are right where they want to be, and might want to upgrade their roster once more to close the gap at the top of the West. Millsap is also getting older and will be a free agent next year, so it might be time to capitalize on his likely exit.
Blake Griffin is easily one of the best power forwards in the league. His mix of strength, shooting, rebounding, and playmaking makes him one of the most unique players in the NBA. He is also developing his 3-point shot which will make him very difficult to defend.
Why the Pistons want to move him: Blake does not look very sold in Detroit, as they do not have a good enough roster to compete with the best teams in the league. Griffin has continued to expand his game, and Detroit might want to move him to get the highest return possible.
Detroit has not made any offseason moves besides an aging Derrick Rose, so the Pistons might not be relevant once again this year. Moving Griffin might steer the Pistons in the right direction.
Drummond is an extremely capable rebounder and shot-blocker, who can snatch 20 rebounds a game. He is long and athletic and can finish at the rack off of lobs very well. Drummond also has room to grow, and will likely start trying his shot from outside 10 feet. He is also young and has time to develop.
Why the Pistons want to move him: Detroit might want to consider moving Drummond. In a league where big men are becoming less utilized, Drummond might be the right man to move. The pistons placed a lot of stock in Drummond, and he still can play at an All-Star level defensively. However, he cannot shoot and is becoming a dinosaur in today’s spread pick and roll game. He is also a liability at the free-throw line.
Since Drummond has a player option coming up, The Pistons might want to consider moving Drummond to prevent losing him for nothing.
Goran Dragic has moved around the league for a while, before finding a home in Miami. He is one of their key players, and is very crafty at scoring points and being a playmaker. Dragic is also very experienced and knows how to be effective leading the point guard position for his team. He can be a valuable addition to a contending team without question.
Why the Heat want to move him: Dragic has begun to get up there in age and Miami probably wants to start afresh team to build around star Jimmy Butler. Miami will want some win-now players to help compete in the East, and some young players to look towards the future. Dragic can earn some good return when placed in a good trade package.
CP3 was shockingly moved by the Rockets in a very bold move and might be on the move again. Despite being older, Paul is still an excellent playmaker who can manage 30 minutes per game when healthy.
Not to mention, Paul is one of the greatest passers and floor generals in NBA history. He provides leadership, work ethic, and experience to any team looking for a veteran. He can also drop the occasional 25 point night when he’s feeling it.
Why the Thunder want to move him: OKC is in a complete rebuild and will want to continue acquiring young players and draft picks. Paul is making a ton of money, and he will stunt the growth of Gilgeous-Alexander. Paul needs to be moved in order to earn success with the Westbrook trade and risk it being a complete failure.