You never know what’s going to happen in the NBA. One day you’re starting and the next you could even be out of the league. That’s just the way how they handle business.
So, not even being a starter guarantees you’ll stay on the team past the season. Either because of contract situations, salary caps, or just because of fit, you can be dealt away at any time.
Thus, there are several starting players that could be out of their teams in the offseason, as they just don’t fit their team’s timeline or priority at this time. That’s why today, we’re going to talk about the 10 starters that could be traded in the next couple of months:
10. Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen looked poised for a breakout year this season after becoming one of the best rim protectors on the league last year but the Brooklyn Nets signed DeAndre Jordan at the request of both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Jordan wants to star and the Nets want to keep their stars happy, so that makes Allen the odd man out. He’s averaging 10.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game on 64% shooting and 26 minutes a night, so he could also benefit from a change of environment to a place he won’t have to compete for his minutes.
9. Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen is incredibly talented but his skills aren’t used properly at Chicago. He just doesn’t fit their system and it feels like they could try and go in a different direction, with Wendell Carter Jr starting over him.
Markkanen has slightly regressed this season and he’s made it clear that he’s not happy about not being more involved in the offense. He’s averaging 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game on 42% shooting and 34% from deep, both career lows, but he still has plenty of value and could help the Bulls find a guy that could take them to a whole new level next season.
8. Julius Randle
Julius Randle is always in an odd situation in the league. I mean, he’s efficient, productive, has a great work ethic and literally everybody around him respect his grind, yet it always feels like he’s being either misused or overpaid. This time, I’d say both.
Randle is a hustler. He could really help a contending team turn the corner with his offense and his ability to dominate both sides of the glass. However, he’s just not what the Knicks need, and they may be forced to move him on any hypothetical move for Chris Paul. Thus far, he’s averaging 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game on 46% from the floor.
7. Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon has yet to break out as the superstar we all thought he’d be and honestly, at this point, perhaps that’s just never going to happen. Regardless, that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t be the missing piece any contending team needs to take a step forward.
Gordon needs a change of airs, that’s for sure. He’s efficient and productive on both ends of the court, has expanded his range, and can guard multiple spots on the court. His perhaps the Magic’s most valuable trade asset right now, and is coming off averaging 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 43% shooting.
6. Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe was a pretty solid pickup for the Milwaukee Bucks. He took a lot of handling and playmaking duties away from Giannis Antetokounmpo and that was for the best, as it allowed him to thrive and move off the ball and make the most of his game.
Still, it feels like the Bucks are paying Bledsoe way too much money and could find a more suitable replacement at a discount. He’s been often involved in trade rumors and the Bucks could use a guy that’s a better three-point shooting than him. Up to this day, he’s averaging 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.
5. Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie has truly taken a step forward over the past couple of seasons. He’s proven to be an efficient scorer and playmaker that can play at both guard spots, regardless of if he’s starting or coming off the bench.
Still, it seems like Dinwiddie just wants too much money from a team that already has Kyrie Irving on its roster. The Nets are going to have to feed Kevin Durant as well next season and there won’t be many shots available for Dinwiddie anyway. This year, he’s averaging 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game.
4. Kevin Love
Kevin Love’s career is just going to waste in Cleveland. He’s just too talented, too good, and too old to be a part of a rebuilding team with no clear direction whatsoever, so it’s time for him to force his way out of ‘The Land’, for sure.
Love has been often involved in trade rumors and word on the street is he’d love to go back to Oregon and play for the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s coming off averaging 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Moving his contract could be tricky, though.
3. Gordon Hayward
It’s time we just face facts with Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics. They don’t need him. He’s redundant on that team with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and truth to be told, everybody would be better off if they found him a new team.
Hayward is great and needs to be more involved in the offense to be at his best. He could land the Celtics another superstar that better fits their needs and timeline. He’s currently averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game on 50/39/84 shooting.
2. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan wasn’t much of a fit for the San Antonio Spurs but he was by far the best they could get on the Kawhi Leonard trade. He’s posted great numbers under Popovich’s system but it just feels like he’s not what they need to contend going forward.
However, DeRozan could still bring a lot of value in return for the Spurs. He’s more than capable of scoring and could be a solid second or third scoring option on a contending team if he’s surrounded by three-point shooters. Thus far, he’s averaging 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.0 steals per game on 52% from the floor.
Chris Paul is proving all of his doubters wrong this season. Everybody slept on him and the Oklahoma City Thunder and he led them to a playoff berth by posting yet another All-Star season averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds,and 6.8 assists per game. Still, let’s not ignore the fact that he’s already 34 years old with a huge contract and has been injury-prone over the past couple of years.
Paul is one of the greatest two-way point guards ever. There’s no wonder why the Knicks or any other team would want him on board, regardless of if they have to pay him 40 million dollars per year. The Thunder should know better and try and take his salary off the books as soon as possible, especially given how Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has developed.