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20 NBA Players That Could Be Traded Soon: Kemba Walker And John Wall Are Likely To Be Moved Next

20 NBA Players That Could Be Traded Soon: Kemba Walker And John Wall Are Likely To Be Moved Next

With the news that both Kemba Walker and Blake Griffin have been removed from their team’s rotation, their futures in New York look murky at best. Both are former All-Stars having career-lows in individual stats, but ego could play a role in their future wanting to stay with their respective franchises.

There is still plenty of time before the NBA Trade Deadline, but this recent news could be the tipping point of musical chairs. Each team is always looking for an upgrade, while some could sell off their prized pieces to help with the rebuild. Among Griffin and Walker, these 20 players could be on the move soon.


20. Davis Bertans

Davis Bertans Gets Roasted After Going For 0 Points, 0 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks And 6 Fouls In Game 2

Stats: 4.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.0 BPG

This contract looks bad. Bertans is in the second year of a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Wizards. He is averaging some of the worst numbers in his career through 11 games. The worst part is that the Wizards are winning without him. That means it’s going to be even tougher for his $16 million salaries to be moved.

A buyout seems unlikely, so the Wizards could be calling teams about his availability. After all, he is a career 40% three-point shooter. However, if a team bites, they are in it for the long haul with this contract.


19. Kevin Knox

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Stats: 3.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 0.0 SPG, 0.0 BPG

The Kevin Knox experiment in New York has to be over soon. The former No. 9 overall pick of the 2018 draft has played just four games this season. His offense is lackluster. He doesn’t play good enough defense to catch the eye of Tom Thibodeau. Knox could net the Knicks a second-round draft pick if a team was interested.

Knox is only 22 years old, so a young team like the Magic or Pistons should make a phone call. Knox is in the final year of his contract too, so if a rebuilding team believed in him, they could take a chance for now and later. Knox is a very low-risk, high-reward scenario.


18. Jusuf Nurkic

Jusuf Nurkic "Not Happy" With His Role On Portland Trail Blazers

Stats: 12.5 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.5 BPG

If Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum aren’t going anywhere, then something has to be done. The Trail Blazers can’t keep expecting the same .500 team to get better when history shows it doesn’t work that way. Nurkic can’t be the third player of the big three if the team wants out of the first round. With the way Nurkic is playing, the team has options.

One option is to deal Nurkic to a contender and receive draft capital. He is worth a first-round pick right now and it could help the team in the future if Lillard bolts this offseason via trade. There is also trying to flip Nurkic to a team like Minnesota with draft capital to go all-in on Karl-Anthony Towns.


17. Coby White

Coby White

Stats: 6.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG

The emergence of Alex Caruso, Derrick Jones Jr., and Ayo Dosunmu has helped the Bulls fuel their bench for now. That makes White expendable. White is averaging about nine points less than last year, but he is also not starting. White also missed time to start the year due to injuries.

The Bulls need either a true three-point specialist or a rim protector to backup Nikola Vucevic. White could land that as he is just 21 years old and in his third season in the league.


16. Derrick White

(via Pounding The Rock)

(via Pounding The Rock)

Stats: 12.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.0 BPG

With DeMar DeRozan out of town, the Spurs needed someone to take over ball handling. That job went to Dejounte Murray, but White has slid into a distributor’s role himself. The 5.2 assists per game to go with 12.1 points is a solid stat line. White is in his first season of a four-year, $70 million contract extension. That’s fairly affordable for the production.

Does White make the cut for the future in San Antonio? That’s the question that needs to be answered. Then again, does anyone know what the future holds for San Antonio these days?


15. Marcus Smart

marcus smart boston celtics nba

Stats: 11.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.7 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Smart would be the most underrated pickup at the deadline if the Celtics decide to move him. There is tension between Smart and the team already based on his comments about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum’s ability to share the ball. If the playoffs started now, the Celtics would probably be a first-round playoff exit. Smart can get the Celtics either draft capital or they could flip him.

Smart is leading all point guards in steals per game. His defense is undeniably valuable. He’s under contract for the next four years too. Based on locker room contention alone, we Smart out the door.


14. Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Stats: 13.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG

The Houston Rockets fire sale has to be coming soon, right? The team is 4-16 and poised to be in position for another lottery pick. Guys like Eric Gordon are not going to be on this team when they compete, so Gordon has to be moved soon you would think. Gordon is averaging a solid line for a player that can come off the bench for a contender. Is it first-round pick worthy, not quite.

PJ Tucker was worth a first-round pick for his defense and his ability to hit corner threes. Gordon is a streaky outside shooter, but Tucker brought more to the table and that was evident in his performance in the NBA Finals last year. Tucker was also a free agent, while Gordo has two years and about $39 million left on his contract. This is prime salary-cap relief for Houston if a team can match an expiring contract.


13. Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon

Stats: 20.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.9 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Brogdon is due about $22 million the next four seasons, so it would have to be an offer that could involve matching salaries. Brogdon has appeal because the Pacers are a bad team and he has been playing like an efficient starting point guard. With that said, the Timberwolves are an interesting candidate, and here’s why.

D’Angelo Russell has only one year and $30 million left on his contract. Brogdon is the most complete guard and the Timberwolves are currently the No. 6 seed in the West. Imagine the Pacers tear everything down. They have one bad year next season, get a lottery pick, and have a salary cap moving forward, while Minnesota looks to compete for a playoff spot.


12. Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas

Stats: 19.3 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.9 BPG 

When the Pelicans traded for Valanciunas and signed Devonte’ Graham, they thought these were surrounding pieces that would make Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, and the team better. Instead, the team is 6-17 and Williamson hasn’t played a game this season. It begs the question of if Williamson should be brought back and what should the team do now.

Valanciunas is leading all centers in three-point field goal percentage and was leading the league at one point. He’s also averaging a stellar points-rebounds slash line. He has been Ingram’s go-to player this year, but he should be the go-to player in the Pelicans deal to get some value for the future.


11. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

Stats: 5.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.6 BPG

This came as a shock when the Nets demoted Griffin. When he returned, he knew he wasn’t going to be the same All-Star he was. In the playoffs, Griffin shined playing as the team’s starting center by making complementary plays. With Kyrie Irving out, the team was already lacking star power, so Griffin’s addition meant depth in the frontcourt at least.

Instead, LaMarcus Aldridge has played more efficiently and has taken the bulk of playing time. With Griffin available, some teams like the Suns, Jazz, or even the Lakers could make a phone call. Griffin isn’t going to join any team as there were rumors about him retiring last year.


10. Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

Stats: 11.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Watching Walker decline the last few years has been sad if you remember how he played as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. Walker finished his career in Charlotte as the all-time leader in points. Now, Walker can’t even get into the rotation with New York, where he is struggling to find an offensive rhythm.

Thibodeau made headlines when he said it was best for the team to exclude Walker from their rotation. Walker signed a two-year, $10 million contract before the year began. For $10 million, a team might take a chance on him. If the Nets can find a way to get out of paying Kyrie Irving, Walker would be a perfect backup or starter. After all, Walker is a New York native.


9. Buddy Hield

Stats: 17.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG

The Lakers were in hot pursuit of Hield during the offseason but elected to go with Russell Westbrook instead. That three-point shooting would probably be nice in Los Angeles these days, but the Lakers are most likely out on Hield’s services now. With the Kings looking like a dumpster fire in the standings, as well as their firing of head coach Luke Walton, their firesale could start soon too.

The only untouchables appear to be De’Aaron Fox and Richaun Holmes. Hield could get the Kings a first-round draft pick. The 76ers are an interesting team who could use another star-studded shooter. Who knows, maybe this could be the trade chip that finally lures Ben Simmons away?


8. Christian Wood

christian wood

Stats: 16.8 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.1 BPG

For reasons similar to Gordon, Wood would be a player on the move too. Wood is by far the team’s best trade chip. Wood has only one year left on his contract for $14 million after this season. He could get the Rockets more draft capital to help with their rebuild. The way Wood is playing, he would be a nice offensive addition.

Keep an eye on the Hornets. With Mason Plumlee hurt and PJ Washington more of a power forward, the Hornets could look to upgrade and add Wood into their already competitive starting lineup. For the first time in years, the Hornets are playoff contenders. Plumlee would be better coming off the bench, while a starting lineup of LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, and Wood could be a real threat in the East.


7. Jerami Grant

Credit: USA Today

Credit: USA Today

Stats: 19.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.9 BPG

How many times do we have to say it? Grant is not going to be a member of the Pistons when the team is competitive, so why is he still on the roster? Grant has one more year worth $20 million after this season. Some teams can’t afford that, but other teams can. Grant’s worth is borderline first-round pick territory too, so the Pistons need to take charge.

An interesting team would be the Grizzlies. The team has salary cap space and one more season before they have to break the bank for Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant. The team could look to add Grant, make a run at the playoffs this year, and then affordably make a longer run next year. Plus, Kyle Anderson’s $9 million salaries are off the books after this year.


6. Pascal Siakam

(via Bleacher Report)

(via Bleacher Report)

Stats: 17.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.7 BPG

Pascal Siakam is due $35 million next season and $37 million the season after that. This is starting to look like a really bad contract. While Siakam was once an All-Star player and key contributor for the 2019 championship team, it appears that he is trending towards John Wall territory for the worst contract extension in the last few years.

Siakam is not a bad player but he is not worth over $30 million right now. With that said, it might be time for a change of scenery. Both the Kings and Warriors have intrigue for landing Siakam, while the Pacers could be an interesting spot too if they decided to trade a player like Myles Turner.


5. Myles Turner

NBA Rumors- Warriors And Pacers Have Discussed A Myles Turner Trade

Stats: 12.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.8 BPG

Speaking of Turner, he is among the league leaders in blocks and potentially the league’s best rim protector. Turner is not a strong rebounder, but he is an overall strong defender that converts at a high rate inside the paint. Turner is a very desirable player on the market because he has one year left at $17 million on his contract after this season.

A contender like the New York Knicks should be all over this trade. The team could offer a player like Mitchell Robinson, who is a young player with potential, but the Knicks want to win now. A combination of Julius Randle and Turner in the frontcourt would be fantastic. The Knicks are already a great defensive team. Turner, paired with Tom Thibodeau, could raise the team to the best.


4. Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Stats: 10.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Love is having one of the worst seasons in his career, but that’s partially due to playing time and the team he plays on. Love is not the same All-Star player he once was, but the 33-year old could provide top minutes off the bench. Love has $28 million on his contract next season, so if he wants to play on a contender, he will likely need to find a buyout.

If a buyout happens, teams like the Lakers, Nuggets, and the Bulls could position for his services. Love played in the NBA Finals four years in a row with LeBron James in Cleveland from 2015-2018. That experience is vital and a contender would love to bring him to the team.


3. Harrison Barnes

(via Complex)

(via Complex)

Stats: 19.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Barnes should be the most vetted player this deadline season. Barnes is averaging a great slash line, shooting nearly 40% from three-point range, and is scheduled to make a modest $20 million next year. With the season he is having, he should be one of the top perimeter players on the market right now, especially with the Kings sliding in the standings.

The Nuggets are an interesting team. Will Barton is scheduled to make $15 million next season in the final year of his deal. Barnes and upgrade over Barton, that’s up in the air. It would cost the Nuggets a future first-round pick if they thought so to intrigue the Kings. With Barnes’ rebounding, he is a better trade chip in comparison to Hield.


2. John Wall

Adrian Wojnarowski Believes The Rockets Won’t Find A Good Deal For John Wall, Expects Him To Stay In Houston

Credit: USATSI

Stats: None

Wall was supposed to be traded by now. Instead, the Rockets sit with his $44 million salary and no stats to show. Wall owns a player option that can be worth $47 million next season, so we all expect him to pick that up if he has the chance. At this point, the Rockets are willing to let Wall sit and let their young core grow. Also at this point, does Wall want money or contention?

Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games, which is not a bad line given that Wall finally looked healthy for the first time in two years. No team is going to trade for Wall’s contract. It’s going to take a buyout, but Wall has all the control. Given his recent request to start playing again, it could be an audition for a team to pick him up once that buyout happens.


1. Ben Simmons

Stephen A. Smith Goes Off On Ben Simmons: "Shaquille O’Neal, Wilt Chamberlain And Dennis Rodman Shot Free Throws Better Than You"

Stats: None

The whole offseason featured rumors circulating the future of Simmons after his offensive dud in the postseason. Now, it looks like his value to the team was worth more than people thought. The 76ers went from being a No. 1 seed to a .500 team barely hanging on in the playoff race. Simmons is a former Defensive Player of the Year runner-up that was the best rebounding point guard and an excellent passer, but because he couldn’t shoot threes, all of Philly was ready to run him out of town.

Simmons is owed a lot of money over the next few years. It’s going to take a big contract to match his salary. That is why teams such as the Trail Blazers (CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard), Kings (Buddy Hield), Thunder (salary cap), and Rockets (salary cap) have been rumored. Until Simmons plays, it’s unlikely he gets moved. With that said, he is the one player that needs a change of scenery as soon as possible. 

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