Trades happen on and on in the NBA and that’s one of the reasons why we love this league so more, as anything can happen and even franchise players may be moved at the right price given the moment.
This season wasn’t the exception to that rule and big names of the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and even Chris Paul were moved during the offseason, and we could expect something quite similar during this upcoming summer.
Throughout the campaign, we saw some great ballers have standout performances and fall short of their goal anyway, either because their team wasn’t bound for contention or because they ran out of gas when it mattered the most.
Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 players that may be on the trade block for the summer.
10. Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is one hell of a scorer and a rebounder, but he’s never been much of a factor on the defensive end of the hardwood, and he’s set to demand a lot of money when he’s bound for free agency after the end of the season.
So, the rebuilding Orlando Magic would be wise to explore trade deals for their veteran big man, as he could be a major asset off the bench for a contending team or even work on a salary dump deal if they pair him with a 2nd rounder.
9. Dennis Schroder
The German Rondo has stated that he’s not comfortable with the direction the Atlanta Hawks have taken, they pretty much stuck on a mediocrity spiral and won’t be competing for the Chip for a very long time.
According to some reports, Schroder would like to play for the Pacers or Bucks and is pretty much willing to force his move out of the team, but his value isn’t quite high anymore as he’s shown no signs of improvements whatsoever.
8. Danilo Gallinari
Gallinari has always been one of the most talented offensive players in the league, but he’s never been able to stay through a full season without getting hurt, so moving his contract is going to be quite tricky.
Still, the Clippers are trying to get younger and paying that much for an injury prone veteran is definitely going to take a toll on the team, so they would have to pair him with some prospects or 2nd round picks.
7. Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson has been one of the biggest busts of the last couple of seasons, and he’s struggled to build any kind of chemistry with standout center Andre Drummond ever since landing at Detroit.
The Pistons have been as “good” as always without him and he’s failed to prove he’s a primary ball handler, but he could be a major scorer off the bench for any contending team such as the Cavs.
6. Kemba Walker
According to some reports, Kemba Walker was up for grabs throughout this campaign, but Michael Jordan wasn’t willing to let his All-Star walk for spare parts, and he would like to have at least a 1st rounder in return.
Walker is used to post Kyrie Irvingesque lines and even though he’s nowhere near talented as Kyrie, he’s an underrated playmaker and a versatile scorer, and the Orlando Magic should really try to get him.
5. Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside is a lock to leave the Miami Heat following his major no-show throughout the playoffs, as coach Spoelstra just doesn’t trust him anymore and he wants to be on the hardwood during crunch time.
Whiteside isn’t as good as he thinks but he’s still a top-tier rebounder and an above the average rim protector, so he should have quite a market, and would be an ideal fit next to John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
4. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry has always fallen short of the goal during the playoffs and he’s not getting any younger. Also, he’s struggled to take the next step in his career and he’s an average point guard that has thrived under Casey’s system.
Lowry’s speed and strength are about to fade with age and he’s never been a dominant player, and considering how good Wright and VanVleet were, the Raptors would be wise to explore trade deals for him.
3. Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol doesn’t want to be involved in the Memphis Grizzlies rebuilding process, regardless of the fact that they’re entitled of the 4th overall pick of this year’s draft, and would rather play elsewhere.
Gasol is a terrific pickup for any team with enough assets to land him, he’s a terrific defender and one of the craftiest scorers in the league, and he’s a lock to leave the Grizzlies throughout the summer.
2. CJ McCollum
We may not see McCollum leave the Blazers this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to be on the trade block and available at the right price, as several scouts actually see him as the most talented guy at Rip City.
Even though McCollum isn’t your old-fashioned pass-first kind of guard, he’s still an underrated playmaker and a hell of a scorer, so any team looking for some offensive spark should definitely try to get him.
1. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan was used to single-handedly carry the Toronto Raptors during the playoffs, but his lousy performances against the Cavs have raised a lot of questions marks over his head and perhaps he’s not as good as we think he is.
He’s the guy with the highest value up north, and now that the team has decided to part ways with Casey, maybe moving DeMar would be better for their future, especially considering how good their young second unit was over the course of the season.