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Every NBA fan knows that the NBA offseason is one of the best times of the year. With pending free agents going to new teams, teams moving on from old players, and drafting new players taking their new future into account. Various teams will be trying to increase their assets through trades, and trying to re-fill holes that were left behind.

With the uncertainty of the NBA season due to COVID-19, it’s a real possibility that season could already be over. This means that the offseason might already be here. If that’s the case, here are 10 players who could be wearing new jerseys for the 2020-21 NBA season.

 

Honorable Mention: Joel Embiid

(via Forbes)

Nobody knows what the future is going to hold regarding Joel Embiid & Ben Simmons. It’s been a disappointing season, to say the least. The 76ers were expected to be at the top of eastern conference standings due to the team’s immense talent.

Joel Embiid and Simmons seemed to play better when they are not on the floor together. They both need space to operate, and they both work inside of the paint, which cuts away each player’s space.

If the season is lost, and we don’t get to see them in the playoffs, would the 76ers be willing to cut ties with the talented duo? If this does happen, Joel Embiid will certainly be on the trading block and several suitors would be interested in his services.

 

10. Myles Turner

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Myles Turner’s relationship with the Indiana Pacers has gone sour. With the emergence of All-Star Domantas Sabonis, and the development of rookie center Goga Bitadze, Myles Turner has become expendable.

Turner is one of the league’s best shot blockers, but his lack of double-double presence and inconsistency on offense makes a trade inevitable.

He and Sabonis aren’t necessarily a bad fit, they just aren’t a great one. Myles Turner has a team-friendly contract, which would allow them to get assets for him if he’s traded.

Most Likely Destination: Sacramento Kings

The Deal: Harrison Barnes for Myles Turner

 

9. Kyle Kuzma

(via International Business Times)

Kyle Kuzma took a step back in his 3rd year with the Los Angeles Lakers. His stats are down across the board, and so are his minutes. We have seen Kuzma have big games with the Lakers before, but his inconsistency with his shot will cause the Lakers to seek an upgrade.

He isn’t the ideal fit next to LeBron and Davis, because he doesn’t shoot the ball well enough. He hasn’t been able to be the go-to scorer off the bench, because he has a hard time creating his shot off the dribble, and because the defense can pressure him when he has the ball.

He hasn’t been the perfect fit with this Lakers team, and a summer trade could benefit his career. If he lands with the right team and is given the right playing time, we could see Kyle Kuzma shine like Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, etc.

Most Likely Destination: Chicago Bulls

The Deal: Zach LaVine for Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green and Quinn Cook

 

8. Julius Randle

(via nydailynews.com)

Julius Randle is no stranger to trade rumors and could be a valuable addition to many teams. He can provide instant offense as a starter or coming off the bench as the sixth man. He also is a solid defender when he’s engaged on the defensive side of the ball.

His strength makes him difficult to move in the post, and his quick feet allows him to stay in front of smaller players. He has 2 years left on his contract and could be used in a package to try to land a star player for the Knicks or contemporary pieces.

Most Likely Destination: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Deal: Chris Paul for Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox

 

7. Aaron Gordon

Just like Victor Oladpio needed a change of scenery to reach his full potential, the same can be said for Aaron Gordon. Gordon is a Hybrid player who can play either the 3 or 4. The only issue is that he takes too many 3’s and long-contested 2’s.

He would benefit from going to a team that would know how to utilize him the right way and allow him to focus on heightening his strengths as an athletic combo forward.

Most Likely Destination: Phoenix Suns

The Deal: Kelly Oubre and 1st Round Pick for Aaron Gordon

 

6. Buddy Hield

(via Sports Illustrated)

Things haven’t gone exactly smooth with the Kings and Buddy Hield. The Kings belittled Buddy Hield’s talent with their first initial offer before signing him to a contract extension.

It’s also to be rumored that he doesn’t have the best relationship with their head coach, Luke Walton. That doesn’t come as a surprise after Buddy Heild was removed from the starting lineup in favor of Bodgan Bogdanovic. Don’t be surprised if Buddy wants out, or if the Kings decide to trade him before issues get worse.

Most Likely Destination: Philadelphia 76ers

The Deal: Buddy Heild and Nemanja Bjelica for Al Horford, Zhaire Smith and 1st Round Pick 

 

5. Jrue Holiday

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Jrue Holiday can be the missing piece to a lot of teams’ problems. He can play on the ball and off the ball as well. He’s one of the most underrated players in the game, who can score at all 3 levels. Jrue Holiday is also a stout defender and can lock down the opposing team’s best player.

The Pelicans don’t necessarily need Jrue Holiday, especially if they plan on locking up Brandon Ingram long term. There’s no way they can do both, especially since Holiday becomes extension-eligible this summer, forcing executive vice president David Griffin to make some difficult choices.

It seems more than likely that Holiday’s time in New Orleans is coming to end, and The Pelicans aren’t going to let him play out the year and walk for free. The only question is, will the Pelicans be more inclined to trade him in the offseason, or before the 2021 trade deadline? It makes the most sense for them to trade Jrue before the season starts because the longer you wait, the worse the offers could get.

Most Likely Destination: Denver Nuggets

The Deal: Jrue Holiday for Garry Harris, Michael Porter and 1st Round Pick

 

4. Kevin Love

(via Bright Side Of The Sun)

Kevin Love has wanted out all season, but his contract makes things difficult. With 3 years left and more than 90 million dollars, teams are questioning how much is Kevin Love worth. It’s hard to imagine Kevin spending another season with the Cavaliers due to his on and off-court antics.

Kevin Love is still a borderline All-Star caliber player. With the right team, he can still fill the 3rd scoring option role. His shooting and rebounding ability will make fridge contenders look into his services.

Most Likely Destination: Boston Celtics

The Deal: Kevin Love for Gordon Hayward

3. Chris Paul

(via Essentially Sports)

Rumor has it that the New York Knicks are expected to make a run at Chris Paul. This means more teams will start calling asking about Chris Paul’s services. Chris reminded the NBA world that he still has a lot left in the tank, with an all-star year in Oklahoma City.

Chris still has a huge contract, but a team like the Knicks who are looking to land a star to get other players to come, or championship contenders with a 2-3 year window, will likely be targeting Chris Paul.

Most Likely Destination: New York Knicks

The Deal: Chris Paul for Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox

 

2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He can score in bunches and is athletic enough to finish over defenders at the rim. The only problem is that the Chicago Bulls have been hesitant in building a team around his strengths. Which means more than likely they don’t believe in him as their franchise player.

With the emergence of Coby White, who has shown potential to be an elite scorer in only his rookie season, the Bulls could slide White to the 2 guard spot and trade Zach LaVine for another young wing.

Zach LaVine isn’t winning games, he isn’t going to the playoffs, and he isn’t getting the individual recognition that deserves when comes to all-star appearances. It seems like the Bulls and Zach LaVine are heading towards a separation, that they both wouldn’t mind it.

Most Likely Destination: Los Angeles Lakers

The Deal: Zach LaVine for Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green and Quinn Cook

 

1. Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal has been saying all the right things in the media. He’s been discussing how he wants to stay with one franchise for his entire career, and that’s the reason why he signed that contract extension with the Wizards. He’s arguing that he doesn’t want to take the easy way out. In reality, Beal’s body language on the court says the complete opposite, and you can’t blame him.

The Washington Wizards have been awful this year and have left Bradley Beal on an island to defend for himself. He’s dropped 50 points countless times this year, in losing efforts. Even with John Wall coming back, the Wizards haven’t shown they are capable of building a formidable team around Beal. Nobody wants to play for the Wizards, and the only way for them to better their team is through trades.

With John Wall having an astronomical contract, as well as coming off of Achilles tendon injury, teams aren’t going to want to trade for Wall. The Wizards are in a bad situation, and NBA teams know that. Their superstar player wants to win, and compete, but the only way the Wizards can get better is by trading their best player, which in this case is Bradley Beal.

Once the offseason approaches, Beal will be eligible for a trade and by the looks of it, will have plenty of teams reaching out to try to get him. Regardless if he gives the Wizards his blessing or not.

Most Likely Destination: Brooklyn Nets

The Deal: Bradley Beal for Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddle and two 1st Round Picks