The NBA season is almost halfway done and teams will be looking to improve their rosters before the trade deadline. Contending teams and even up-and-coming teams are looking for ways to add star power, improve their depth, and ship off some of their own talents.
Here are the 10 NBA players who will be on the move this season with the trade deadline approaching.
10. P.J. Tucker
Tucker is not a stat sheet stuffer by any means, but he’s an effective 2-way defender in the post and on the perimeter. Tucker plays hard and even at age 35, he does it every night by also shooting a career 35.9% from three.
Tucker will be drawing attention from the top contenders around the league. He can bolster any bench and expects the Nuggets, Lakers, and Clippers to be high on Tucker before the deadline.
Possible Destinations: Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside is past his best for whatever reason, but he is still a natural shot-blocker at the center position. Teams needing interior presence and size could snatch up Whiteside for a bargain deal, and shore up their depth chart.
Whiteside is only playing 14.6 MPG this season, and averaging 8.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG, so don’t expect him to start on any teams anytime soon. But Whiteside can be effective and the Lakers will be very interested in him so that move might happen.
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers
8. J.J. Redick
J.J. Redick is not a starting-caliber shooting guard anymore but he can still shoot the three. Redick is nailing 36.4% of his threes this season, and he is one of the most renowned all-time marksmen in league history.
Redick isn’t getting much playing time at 18.6 MPG with New Orleans, so expect playoff hopefuls such as the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors to be interested in Redick’s shooting.
Possible Destinations: Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks
7. Thaddeus Young
Thaddeus Young is a tremendous athlete at the forward position, although he has aged physically over the past few seasons. Young is still a nice veteran to have on the roster and does his job every night without a fuss.
Young can shore up any bench with his paint scoring and rebounding, and he brings a lot of energy to teams needing a backup forward. Young hasn’t started any game this season, so expect the Mavericks or Spurs to consider him to improve their depth.
Possible Destinations: Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors
6. Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier can shoot the ball and has been one of the most consistent scorers for the Orlando Magic over the past few seasons. Fournier is averaging 18.5 PPG on 45.0% shooting from the field, making him a top player to add as a second or third scoring option.
The Mavericks and Knicks could use Fournier’s shooting and ability to get his own shot at times, while the Bulls could acquire the Frenchman in case Zach LaVine forces his way out of town.
Possible Destinations: Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls
5. Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre Jr. has a ton of potential and seeing his growth over the past few seasons, teams will be knocking on Golden State’s door. Oubre Jr is averaging 15.5 PPG and 5.9 RPG on 30.3 MPG, so he has had enough playing time to convince teams he can be a nice forward.
Oubre Jr. is on an expiring contract and it is very uncertain if he stays with the Warriors for too long. In case the Warriors don’t want to risk losing him for anything, trading him to Cleveland or Chicago for players like Thaddeus Young or Larry Nance Jr. would be the best option.
Possible Destinations: Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls
4. Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield is a sharpshooter, which means teams will be willing to take max money on him. Hield has the potential to be a good 2-way player as well, but he hasn’t quite found his growth spurt with the Sacramento Kings. Hield is a player anytime would want, so he will generate interest.
Hield is averaging 16.3 PPG this season so teams needing scoring include the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and Philadelphia 76ers. The Kings probably want picks and assets so it will be a big trade to acquire Hield on the roster.
Possible Destinations: Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers
3. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker has been injured for most of the season so it is unfair to critique his play too harshly. But the Celtics don’t necessarily need him as much as they need Jayson Tatum or even Jaylen Brown. The Celtics need to make big plays to compete in the East, and Walker may be sacrificed.
Kemba Walker is only averaging 18.4 PPG this season but his skills as a scorer cannot be denied. Expects teams such as the Knicks (package centered around Kevin Knox) or Clippers (for Morris, Williams, Zubac, and Beverley) to be interested in Walker’s perimeter scoring.
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks
2. John Collins
John Collins is a very nice player. He has a soft touch on the inside and can be a go-to scorer when needed, along with strong ability on the boards. 18.0 PPG and 7.6 RPG averages at 23 years old is a very nice asset for almost every team, and the Hawks could cash in on him before the Deadline.
Teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors could use Collins’ paint presence. The Timberwolves need to get Karl-Anthony Towns help, and Collins gives the team a strong Big Three with D’Angelo Russell. The Warriors also need a more varied offense and a package centered around Andrew Wiggins could be a potential one on the table.
Possible Destinations: Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors
1. DeMar DeRozan
The fact that DeMar DeRozan isn’t a wanted commodity is a testament to how much the NBA has changed. DeRozan is not a natural 3-point shooter even though he is nailing a slightly better 32.0% of his threes this season. His inconsistent shooting is the reason why teams can’t risk max money on him.
But DeRozan is still one of the best isolation players in the world and given the chance, he can be a second or third option for a very good team. Teams like the Lakers will be interested of course, but the Orlando Magic or New York Knicks could use his scoring ability to upgrade them as potential playoff teams.
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic