NBA fans still have to wait for a couple of months before tipoff, but teams haven’t been sleeping throughout the past couple of months, trying to improve their squads in order to boost their contending chances.
This offseason has been really quiet, with the lone surprises being Paul George staying put with OKC, LeBron James taking his talents to the Staples Center and DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Dubs. Other than that, it’s been kind of boring, to be honest.
Even so, there are still a lot of interesting rumors coming and going in Twitter feeds, Reddit threads and whatnot. So, today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 hottest trade rumors for this upcoming season.
10. Miami Heat want to offload Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside
Money is a bit tight for the Miami Heat looking ahead of this season, and truth to be told, they don’t have the kind of roster to be considered as a legit contending squad, even in the Eastern Conference.
So, apparently, Pat Riley and Coach Spoelstra are looking to go through a major roster overhaul in order to land at least one All-Star, or just kick-start a much-needed rebuilding process following the Post LeBron era.
9. Atlanta Hawks want to trade Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore has been really solid for the Atlanta Hawks, but the team is in no position to compete whatsoever, nor it will be for at least 3 to 4 years if they’re lucky enough to find more top-tier talents.
Bazemore is arguably their lone tradable asset and the Houston Rockets were reportedly interested in acquiring his services as a reliable 3 and D player following Trevor Ariza’s departure.
8. Houston Rockets want to trade Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson had a hell of a season with the Houston Rockets a couple of years ago, and even though he may still be a great fit for their pace and space offense, his big salary makes him a huge guy to deal with right now.
Anderson is a unidimensional player that doesn’t bring much to the table beside his standout shooting from three-point territory, and with the kind of money he’s getting, is going to be really tough to find any suitors.
7. Houston Rockets want Nicolas Batum
Upon Carmelo Anthony’s arrival, the Houston Rockets have added way more offensive firepower, but without Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Trevor Ariza on their squad, their team took a major downfall in the defensive end of the floor.
Having said that, some reports point towards them wanting to trade for Nicolas Batum, a guy that could contribute in several aspects of the game, including defense. Nonetheless, his 24 million a year contract may him really difficult to trade for.
6. Cleveland Cavaliers ready to offer a package for Hassan Whiteside
It’s been no secret that Hassan Whiteside wants to get out of the Miami Heat as soon as possible following a disappointing season and the fact that Spoelstra benched him for almost every last quarter in the game.
His trade value has taken a major hit and his contract isn’t easy to move, but according to several reports, the Cavs are going to try and send Tristan Thompson and Kyle Korver to Miami in order to get Whiteside off their hands and clear a bit of cap space.
5. New York Knicks could trade or buyout Joakim Noah
It’s been a while since Joakim Noah made his last appearance, and it’s been even longer since the last time he actually looked capable of contributing as he used to do it during his prime with the Bulls.
He’s still owed a lot of money so he’s unlikely to be traded this season, especially following such a disappointing campaign and his hard-nosed temper. So, he’s a prime buyout candidate for the Knicks entering this season.
4. Brooklyn Nets could buyout DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll was known for being a great wing stopper that could also contribute in the offensive end from time to time, but ever since leaving the Atlanta Hawks, his performances have really gone downhill.
The Brooklyn Nets are nowhere near competitive but are looking ahead to the future and trying to get younger, so if he doesn’t get off to a good start of the year, he’s likely to be bought out by the team.
3. Memphis Grizzlies want to trade Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol is reportedly “torn between his love for Memphis and his desire to compete”, and the ladder is going to make it really difficult for him if he doesn’t pack his bags and leaves the team ASAP.
Memphis is not going to make it to the playoffs and Marc isn’t getting any younger, so, with his value getting lower by the day, the team is likely going to be taking a lot of calls and looking at deals for him.
2. Orlando Magic want to trade Nikola Vucevic
The Orlando Magic drafted one of the most impressing and promising young men of this Draft in Mo Bamba, and they would be dumb not to throw him in the starting unit right away, regardless of how much money Nikola Vucevic is making.
Mamba has the potential to be an even better version of Rudy Gobert and finally turn their mediocre franchise around, and Vucevic is likely to demand a lot of money next season, so moving him would be the wisest decision.
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1. Chicago Bulls want to trade Robin Lopez
The Chicago Bulls aren’t a team that’s known for being active in trade talks, but now that they’ve finally embraced their rebuild and the desire to go young, they might as well move Robin Lopez, should any other team meet their demands.
By taking Wendell Carter Jr in this year’s Draft, there’s absolutely no reason why they should start Lopez, who had fallen out of the rotation over the last passage of the prior campaign, so expect the team to move him.