Player movement before the trade deadline is expected, and deals often happen hours before it is too late. Luckily for NBA fans, there are a host of NBA stars that might be playing on different teams this season.
From contending teams to rebuilding squads looking for All-Star help, there are star players available right now that can help transform franchises. Here are the 10 NBA stars that could be traded before the trade deadline.
10. LaMarcus Aldridge
The San Antonio Spurs don’t have much longer to cash in on LaMarcus Aldridge, because he is 35 years of age and seems to be inching closer to retirement. Aldridge can still nail the mid-range shot and also score in isolation, so teams will be interested in the veteran.
The Celtics and Warriors want to take a step towards in their respective conferences, while the Dallas Mavericks need to find scoring help for Luka Doncic. If Aldridge is available for cheap, he will be moved before the deadline.
Possible Destinations: Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks
9. Kevin Love
Love is no longer a bonafide All-Star but he is still putting up solid numbers. Love is one of the best stretch men in the NBA when healthy and motivated, and he will be a top commodity before the deadline. Despite only averaging 9.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG in 23.0 MPG, Love can still play at a high level.
Teams such as the Knicks and Raptors need a star player to boost their playoff hopes while the Portland Trail Blazers could gamble on Love returning to All-Star form with the hopes of a deep playoff push.
Possible Destinations: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers
8. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry is 34 years old and probably has 2 more seasons at a high level, so he should join a contending team like the 76ers to boost his chances of becoming a 2-time NBA champion. Lowry to the 76ers could involve the Cleveland Cavaliers and center Andre Drummond.
Lowry is averaging 18.0 PPG this season so he can still be one of the primary scorers on the team and the vocal leader in the locker room. If the 76ers send Danny Green and Mike Scott to the Cavaliers with some second-round picks, Cleveland can send Andre Drummond and Tyrese Maxey to the Raptors. This gives Philly the acquisition of 6-time All-Star Kyle Lowry.
Possible Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers
7. Nikola Vucevic
It is amazing how Vucevic has been the driving force for the Magic who have been a consistent playoff team in the East. Vucevic is averaging 24.6 PPG and 11.6 RPG and is shooting a scintillating 41.2% from three. Due to his versatile scoring skillet, teams will be interested in the center.
Vucevic is a double-double machine and he can be a factor for any team needing size and rebounding in the paint. Teams like the Boston Celtics need a star big man to take them to the next level, and if the Knicks can get their hands on Vucevic go pair with Randle, they will be a factor in the East.
Possible Destinations: Boston Celtics, New York Knicks
6. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan is the best player for the San Antonio Spurs this season but that does not mean much when sharing the conference with the Lakers, Clippers, and Jazz. DeRozan is playing great all-around basketball so the Spurs should cash in on him while he’s hot.
DeRozan can legitimately be a third or even second scoring option for teams making a playoff push, so expect the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks to be very interested. The Spurs are listening to offers so the trade deadline should be interesting in San Antonio.
Possible Destinations: Orlando Magic, New York Knicks
5. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker is almost back to full strength, which is good news for Celtics fans. But it might be better news for other teams interested in a scoring point guard. Walker makes Boston a better team when he’s playing, but they can make moves to position themselves for a higher seeding in the East if they trade him.
Walker is averaging 18.4 PPG so far this season, and teams like the Clippers might be interested in him. The Celtics have 2 All-Stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, so sacrificing Walker for a player like Ivica Zubac and Marcus Morris Sr. makes sense.
Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks
4. Kristaps Porzingis
The Dallas Mavericks should do everything possible to give Luka Doncic the help he needs to make the Mavericks a title contender. Luka has the skills to do it, and that means Dallas has to make everyone expendable including an All-Star like Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis is averaging 20.1 PPG and 8.3 RPG this season but Dallas could take a gamble to trade him to the Boston Celtics for Kemba Walker, which would relieve the ball-handling duties of Luka Doncic. For more scoring help, a swap for Nikola Vucevic could also be in the cards.
Possible Destinations: Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic
3. Zach LaVine
Athletic guard Zach LaVine has come into his own this season. He’s averaging a career-high 28.7 PPG and has earned his spot as a 1st-time All-Star. LaVine is slowly showing signs of becoming a franchise player and his sniper shooting from deep (43.5%) is the main reason why.
Teams like the Charlotte Hornets and the Denver Nuggets could strike a blockbuster deal for LaVine. If the Hornets part ways with Malik Monk, Terry Rozier, and Miles Bridges they might have a shot at the All-Star. If the Nuggets put Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton along with picks on the table, a Big Three in Denver could be possible.
Possible Destinations: Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets
2. Karl-Anthony Towns
Towns is still an exciting prospect in the league despite his roller coaster of a season. Towns possesses a unique all-around game that includes shooting, rebounding, and defense. He is still a franchise cornerstone and he has not had enough help in Minnesota until now.
Whether or not Towns is great enough to be the best player on a championship team remains to be seen, but he is still averaging 22.0 PPG and 10.9 RPG. The Timberwolves want to keep Towns, but if the Miami Heat come knocking with a package around Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson, they might cash in.
Possible Destinations: Miami Heat
1. Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal has had an incredible season so far. His career-high in scoring had placed Beal on the radar for many top NBA teams. A player like Beal can transform a team’s offense, so he certainly deserves a better squad to showcase his talents. Beal is carrying the Washington Wizards, who lack talent, and unfortunately, Russell Westbrook won’t be enough to make the team a factor in the East.
Beal on any other team automatically makes them a playoff contender, so he likely gets moved this offseason. Teams like the Heat want to become a contender again, and they have the best shot at landing Beal by parting ways with Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and picks.
Possible Destinations: Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans