Running an NBA team is extremely complicated. Besides competing, drafting, and putting together the team for the season, general managers must deal with expiring deals, draft picks, player/team options, and whatnot.
Hence, a lot of players end up being moved throughout the season to help numbers work, especially once they realize they have absolutely no shot at competing for a spot in the playoffs.
And with contending teams luring around to snub stars, or tanking team wanting to absorb expiring contracts to clear their salary cap, there’s always someone on the move in the league. Today, we’re going to talk about 10 players that could be the next ones to be traded:
10. Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder has made a strong reputation in the league for being a hard-nosed wing stopper. He can hold his own against some of the most talented scorers in the world, but the Memphis Grizzlies simply don’t need him right now.
Moreover, Crowder is on an expiring deal, so the Grizzlies are going to try and get anything out of him while they still can. Perhaps the Lakers could use their 3-and-D expertise if they don’t get Andre Iguodala.
9. Marcus Morris
The New York Knicks have been a total mess again. However, Marcus Morris has been a bright spot on their offense. He’s played very well on both sides of the court, and his trade value continues to trend up.
Morris has shown an ability to play both forward spots and even some center. He’s strong, physical, can put the ball on the floor and knock down shots from deep. He’s also on an expiring deal, so he must be moved.
8. Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague has been on the trade block for a couple of seasons now, but it seems like there weren’t many teams willing to absorb the final years of his contract. Now, he’s on an expiring deal, though.
Teague is no longer the All-Star point guard he once was and is currently coming off the bench. However, injury proneness aside, he’s still a great playmaker and a guy capable of consistently knock down shots from deep.
7. Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson’s terrible contract forced the Cleveland Cavaliers to stay with him for some time, but he’s now on the final year of his deal and would prefer to play for a contending team.
Thompson is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league and he could certainly help a contender off the bench, even if he doesn’t bring anything else to the table. He’ll be worthy of a 2nd round pick, for sure.
6. Danilo Gallinari
The only thing that has held Danilo Gallinari’s career back is his constant injuries. He’s an incredibly gifted scorer, is long enough to play the four, and is a more capable defender than people credit him for.
His contract is about to come to an end and he’s yet to be injured this season. So, a team could take a risk and trade for him, as he could be a great pick up for any contending team.
5. Steven Adams
The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to have a tough time trying to trade Chris Paul away, so they might as well try and move Steven Adams, who could get them a lot of value in return.
A lot of teams, like the Celtics, are trying to find a starting-caliber big man and Adams may be the answer to their prayers. He’s a top-notch defender in the paint, a solid rim-runner, and a threat in the pick and roll.
4. Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala is yet to play a single minute for the Memphis Grizzlies and chances are he’ll never suit up for them, as he’s looking to play for a contender on what could be the final year of his career.
Iguodala is still owed 17.5 million and the Nuggets, Mavericks, Clippers, and Rockets are reportedly interested in acquiring him, but they’ll have to part ways with a protected first-round pick to get him.
3. Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic has been playing at an outstanding level again this year. He’s proven to be capable of being a consistent and effective scorer from all three levels. He’s smart, a good playmaker, and a solid zone-defender.
However, the Sacramento Kings have already committed a lot of money to Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, and Dewayne Dedmon, so with him set to become a restricted free agent, perhaps they will be forced to trade him before the February deadline.
2. Kevin Love
Kevin Love still has 3-and-a-half years remaining on his massive contract extension, so moving that kind of deal will be a problem for the tanking Cleveland Cavaliers. They’re asking for a pick in return, but teams actually want them to send them a pick for absorbing that deal.
Love, on the other hand, is just trying to ball his way out of Cleveland with some outstanding performances lately, and the Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly his preferred destination on a trade.
1. DeMar DeRozan
The San Antonio Spurs have struggled all year long and all signs point towards their playoff streak is going to come to an end. Hence, they should explore the trade market and move DeMar DeRozan while they can.
DeRozan is no longer considered a superstar in the league but he’d still bring some good value in return. However, he’ll be difficult to move considering he’s got a player option for next year.