The NBA offseason is in full effect and we have already seen some major moves made. These have only been coaching moves, however, as the Clippers fired iconic coach Doc Rivers while Mike D’Antoni stepped down from the Rockets. Ty Lue also signed a 5-year deal to remain with the Clippers, meaning changes are being made left and right. But the player movement is surely the next phase that will come into effect very soon.
In fact, 20 NBA players are most likely to be moved this offseason. In a league of players that not only encourages movement but value it the most, these 20 guys could very well be on different teams next season. Here is the list of all 20 players who could be moved, and their most likely destinations.
20. Caris LeVert
Possible destinations: Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls
LeVert had a strong season this year, averaging 18.7 PPG and 4.4 APG in 29.6 MPG. He shot 36.4% from three, and 42.5% from the field. He is improving as a player and could legitimately become an All-Star one day due to his physical ability and overall skillset.
The Brooklyn Nets want a third star, so he is the most attractive piece they have along with Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen. It won’t be surprising if Brooklyn packages LeVert to acquire Bradley Beal from Washington or Zach LaVine from Chicago. LeVert can be a rebuilding piece and future All-Star for both teams. The Pelicans can also possibly offer Jrue Holiday for LeVert in a trade package, and Caris can be an excellent wing player next to Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
19. Gary Harris
Possible Destinations: Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
The Denver Nuggets made it to the Western Conference Finals this year, led by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. The Nuggets are a very good team and have a ton of attractive trade pieces including 2-way guard Gary Harris. Harris is an above-average player who averaged 10.4 PPG and shot 33.3% from three. He is good, but Denver needs the third star to go over the hump in the West.
Expect Denver to push for budding superstar Donovan Mitchell, athletic phenom Zach LaVine, or superstar scorer Bradley Beal. While other pieces such as Michael Porter Jr might be requested, Gary Harris will be the guy most likely to switch teams on Denver’s squad this offseason.
18. Aaron Gordon
Possible Destinations: San Antonio Spurs, Washington Warriors, Atlanta Hawks
Aaron Gordon is extremely athletic, but also still looks very raw. He is improving his overall game slowly, but perhaps needs a change of scenery to get him where he wants to go. Gordon shoots 30.8% from three and averages 14.4 PPG and 7.7 RPG, meaning he can be an effective rebuild piece for any team. He can become a very good player under the right coach.
He fits in the rebuilding plans of the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, and Atlanta Hawks. The Magic would love to get Beal, and the Spurs can offer DeRozan to help the Magic score on the perimeter which they desperately need. The Hawks have a great young core of players around Trae Young, so adding the athleticism of Gordon is a perfect fit.
17. Buddy Hield
Possible Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers
Sharpshooter Buddy Hield is one of the most attractive targets for a host of NBA teams in today’s NBA. He has a perfect stroke from deep and has the potential to be a very effective 2-way player. Hield averaged 19.2 PPG on 39.4% 3-point shooting this season, and it is surprising how he has kept quiet with the Sacramento Kings for this long. Sacramento has had a lot of movement in management and there might be better fits for Hield.
A team like the Philadelphia 76ers would be perfect. He can play alongside either/or Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, as they need shooters who can knock down shots consistently. If they had a guy like Hield, their title chances would shoot up. The Nugget could also use an upgrade at the shooting guard position, as Hield is a better athlete and shooter than Harris. Finally, the Los Angeles Lakers with LeBron and AD could provide ample opportunities for Hield to let it fly.
16. Jrue Holiday
Possible Destinations: Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers
Jrue Holiday is one of the best 2-way guards in the league and a terrific defender. He averaged 19.1 PPG and 6.7 APG on 45.5% shooting this season, although his value is getting undermined in New Orleans. He is constantly in trade talks and could be out the door very soon
The Nuggets could use Holiday next to Murray to add defensive resistance to the backcourt and some more toughness. Similarly, the Nets could use a third star and Holiday is a fringe All-Star who can provide defense and size to the backcourt next to Kyrie. The Clippers are reported to be in the running for an experienced guard who can defend, so Holiday completes a dominant defensive lineup with Kawhi and PG.
15. Al Horford
Possible Destinations: Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls
Al Horford had a very surprising down year. He was completely ineffective with the Philadelphia 76ers and looked out of place playing with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Horford could not recreate his dominant Boston days, as he averaged only 11.9 PPG and 6.8 RPG this season. Although he had a down year, Horford can still spread the floor on offense and defend at an above-average level.
The miniature Houston Rockets could use Horford’s size and defense, and he can also space the floor as a stretch five. The Wizards and Bulls could use his locker room presence and experience as well. Horford is known as one of the best locker room leaders in the league and he has a great attitude to help young guys grow.
14. Eric Bledsoe
Possible Destinations: Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons
Eric Bledsoe doesn’t seem to be valued that much in Milwaukee. Even though he is one of the best defensive point guards in the NBA, he lacks the shooting and scoring that Giannis Antetokounmpo needs on the perimeter. Bledsoe averaged 14.9 PPG on 34.4% shooting from three, which isn’t good enough for the Bucks to win it all. Milwaukee needs better guard play, and Bledsoe might be the sacrificial lamb.
The Pacers, Thunder, and Pistons could use his defensive presence and athleticism. Indiana are in the mix in the East with Oladipo and Sabonis, and adding Bledsoe’s defense puts them in the top-4 spot again. The Thunder will most likely trade Chris Paul, and Bledsoe can fill the hole on defense. Detroit has Blake Griffin and want to build around him, so adding Bledsoe gives a legitimate starter and athlete who can run the floor with Blake.
13. Kyle Kuzma
Possible Destinations: Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City, Portland Trail Blazers
The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions, although Kyle Kuzma had very little to do with it. He averaged 12.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG this year and was pretty much a backseat rider during the postseason. Kuzma is a very good player and deserves to be in a situation where he can shine more, and there are plenty of teams for him.
The Wizards have Bradley Beal, who the Lakers desperately want. Kuzma will be involved in trade packages to make that happen and would be a great fit for rebuilding Washington. The Thunder want to trade Chris Paul and take on young players, a perfect situation for the Lakers and Kuzma. Finally, Portland did well to make the playoffs but they need more shooting while Nurkic dominates inside. If Portland want to trade McCollum, the Lakers would take him for a package centered around Kuzma without a doubt.
12. Derrick Rose
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors
The Detroit Pistons need picks to rebuild around Blake Griffin. They gave away Andre Drummond for next to nothing to clear space, and they might do the same with Rose. Rose was close to his best by averaging 18.1 PPG and 5.6 APG this season and looked happy to be playing well again. Derrick Rose deserves a lot better than playing for a losing team and should be on a title contender. Every NBA fan wants to see that happen.
The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t need anyone to win a title this season, but next season might be different. Kyle Kuzma and some first-round picks could be enough for Detroit to part ways with Rose, giving the Lakers a third star and second playmaker. The Warriors have Steph and Klay back next year, although Rose provides insurance while they play their way back to fitness. Rose can start or be a 6th man, so he can find a nice role with the contending Warriors.
11. Kevin Love
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers
Everybody following the NBA knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers want to tank. They will never see a player like LeBron James again, and they have to try to find the next Kyrie Irving to uplift their franchise once more. Kevin Love averaged 17.6 PPG and 9.8 RPG this season and is clearly one of the better stretch big men in the league. The Cavs need to get rid of Love’s contract to rebuild, and his style doesn’t help a tanking team.
The Lakers could be an option, as they can offer Kuzma for Love. A lineup with Love and AD stretches the floor at all spots, making LA even more dangerous on offense. Denver could also use Love’s shooting next to Jokic, meaning they can also have 5 guys who can shoot at once. The Clippers could use Love’s skills and championship experience to get them over the hump. Cleveland wants picks and young players, something all three teams can offer.
10. Victor Oladipo
Possible Destinations: Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks
Victor Oladipo’s value is low at the moment, but he could be traded because he has shown All-Star capabilities in the past. Oladipo is actually one of the better 2-way players in the game when considering how effective he is on defense. Teams that could use his services will be either title contenders or franchises that are desperate for any star power.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets are two teams that would strike a deal for Oladipo. The Bucks have 2-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on board, meaning they must do everything to surround him with the talent to win titles. Oladipo gives Milwaukee an upgrade in terms of offense, as he can get his own shot without Giannis creating for him. Denver need a shot creator as well, and could certainly use his defense. Expect Gary Harris and Will Barton to go the other way, adding plenty of depth to Indiana’s roster. Finally, New York should get Oladipo because they have R.J. Barrett and Julius Randle, and Oladipo creates a decent Big Three. For the first time in a very long time, New York could actually make the playoffs.
9. John Wall
Possible Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz
John Wall used to be recognized as one of the 5 best point guards in the world. That time has passed, and he now has arguably the single worst contract in the league. He missed the entire season this year and has been known to return out of shape at times. Wall will likely be moved by Washington as they ain’t to rebuild, and hopefully, hang on to offensive superstar Bradley Beal.
The Sixers could get John Wall if they want to make some very big moves. The Magic need a star and Wall gives them that because even if he isn’t a superstar, he is a darn good player. Wall adds pace and playmaking to a team that relies on Vucevic to do everything. Finally, Utah needs a new point guard as the Michael Conley experiment simply didn’t work. Conley wasn’t good this year and he didn’t make a dominant backcourt with Donovan Mitchell. Swapping point guards could be in the best interest of the team and Wall gets to play with a legitimate star alongside him.
8. LaMarcus Aldridge
Possible Destinations: Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings
LaMarcus Aldridge once again had a good year on paper, averaging 18.9 PPG and 7.4 RPG on 49.3% shooting. He isn’t the superstar LaMarcus Aldridge that we saw in his last years in Portland, but he can still score the ball at a high level. In fact, Portland could use his services once again. The backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum might never work because there are simply better backcourt duos in the NBA that do more on both ends. Moving McCollum and grabbing Aldridge gives Portland plenty of size and scoring with Nurkic and Dame as the cornerstones.
The Knicks desperately need an All-Star with a big name, so swapping Randle for Aldridge might appease fans just a little bit. Finally, the Sacramento Kings have something interesting with De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III on board, so adding Aldridge makes sense when they are trying to build a Big Three in the competitive Western Conference to get some playoff runs.
7. DeMar DeRozan
Possible Destinations: Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors
The stock of DeMar DeRozan isn’t as high in today’s NBA as it has been in the past. He can’t shoot the three very well and is a high-volume scorer. Still, he is very athletic and has improved his overall game while playing under Greg Popovich in San Antonio. Teams that need his services will need a consistent 20 PPG scorer to diversify their offense. Luckily, a few teams come to mind since San Antonio needs to rebuild and they need picks and young players.
The Orlando Magic need scorers alongside Nikola Vucevic, and DeRozan gives them that. The Magic keep making the playoffs but they can’t make an impact without another All-Star caliber player. Similarly, the Hornets need a star after losing Kemba Walker to Free Agency last year. DeRozan can be that, and they can offer young guys to San Antonio as well. The best destination would be Toronto where the Raptors get their fan-favorite star back and add another 20 PPG scorer to the core of Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry.
6. Julius Randle
Possible Destinations: Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz
Randle had a strong season this year after being the Marquee signing for the New York Knicks last offseason. Randle averaged 19.5 PPG and 9.7 RPG while being the only player to be a consistent offensive threat for the Knicks. New York has a lot of talent in the very raw R.J. Barrett, so they should add some more pieces around him. The OKC Thunder are in rebuild mode and could be interested in Randle who is playing like an All-Star. The Knicks might take Chris Paul to begin building a winning culture.
Houston has been said to be interested in Randle, while the Knicks could want Russell Westbrook. A swap might involve Kevin Knox going to Houston as well, in a deal that gives New York a superstar and Houston more size and depth. Finally, Utah might want to shake things up if Mitchell remains unhappy with the way the team is set up. If so, bringing in Randle and shipping out Gobert (or Conley) adds scoring and athleticism to Utah’s front line.
5. Russell Westbrook
Possible Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks
Nobody knows what will happen to the Houston Rockets next season. Daryl Morey and Mike D’Antoni are both out in Houston, meaning there could be massive roster changes coming. Everything the Rockets do should be to win with James Harden because he is slowly getting older although he is still in his prime. Russell Westbrook, the superstar point guard, might be traded. He averaged 27.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 7.0 APG this season while making the All-NBA Third Team.
The Rockets want Joel Embiid, and they will have to give up Russ to get him. If the Sixers somehow want both Russ and Simmons, this trade could go through. Perhaps the most likely destination for Westbrook is New York. The Knicks have nobody to be the face of the franchise, and Westbrook could bring his triple-double talents to Madison Square Garden. The Rockets would probably get Knox and Randle with some other players to make this happen, so this could very well happen.
4. Chris Paul
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers
Nobody in the world expected Chris Paul to be at an All-NBA level this season. He once again showed he is one of the best playmakers in the NBA and also possibly the best leader. Paul still has the game to help a title contender and finally win an NBA title for the first time in his Hall of Fame career. Paul averaged 17.6 PPG and 6.7 APG while leading the Thunder to 7 games in the first round of the Playoffs.
The Lakers, Bucks, and Clippers could use Paul’s Hall of Fame credentials since they are all title contenders who want that big piece to become the favorites next season. Paul makes the Lakers the scariest team in the league again, while he gives the Bucks shooting and playmaking which they desperately need to help Giannis. Kawhi wants the Clippers to find him a star point guard, which means Paul could be back in Los Angeles to help Kawhi win his 3rd title.
3. Rudy Gobert
Possible Destinations: Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers
Defensive specialist Rudy Gobert could be on his way out of Utah. In fact, the writing is on the wall. He managed to rub franchise star Donovan Mitchell the wrong way, something that management will not be too happy about. Mitchell is a superstar in the making and Utah would much rather lose Gobert before losing Mitchell. To surround Donovan with the right pieces, Gobert could be moved to teams that desperately need his services.
The Boston Celtics are in the market for a dominant big man because they have the scoring and defense on the perimeter already. Gobert creates a Big Three with Tatum and Walker that certainly boosts their status in the East. The Wizards might want to try to create a winning team and go for Gobert, although Utah will ask for Bradley Beal. The Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and adding Rudy Gobert could create one of the best defensive lineups in NBA history. Expect Harrell, Beverley, and possibly Lou Williams to go the other way if that happened.
2. Paul George
Possible Destinations: Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics
Paul George had a very disappointing season with the clippers after he was anonymous during the postseason. George had a down year by averaging only 21.5 PPG on 43.9% shooting, while also giving Los Angeles a negligible impact next to Kawhi Leonard. The superstar duo that should have been the most dominant ended up being one of the most forgettable. Still, PG is one of the 10 best players in the world when playing well and he will have plenty of suitors should the Clippers want to move on.
Brooklyn, Washington, and Boston could all use his services. Brooklyn should form a Big Three with Kyrie and KD and have plenty of assets to trade. The Wizards want to keep Beal happy and could give the Clippers an All-Star point guard in return. The Boston Celtics have everything but could be one piece away from the Finals. George could be rejuvenated next to Tatum so this could happen as well.
1. Bradley Beal
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets
Bradley Beal surprisingly signed a 2-year contract with the Washington Wizards recently, meaning he has one year left. He is too good to be on a team that can’t even make the Playoffs, as he is the only player that is actually worth watching with his 30.5 PPG average. Even when John Wall returns to the team, their chemistry has not been great and the future is bleak.
The best destinations for Beal should be with title contenders. He has the scoring ability, both on and off the ball, to be a second option on a championship team. With the Lakers, he is the undisputed number 2 option behind Anthony Davis as LeBron James becomes the permanent playmaker. With Denver, Beal gives them a Big Three with Murray and Jokic that places them in the top-2 seed. The Nets have Kyrie and KD next year, so Beal gives a third scorer capable of averaging 30 PPG and puts the Nets as the favorites in the East.