This time of the year, a lot of rumors tend to flow night in and night out, with reports trying to make people believe some players are on the trade block either because their team doesn’t want them anymore, because they’re set to enter free agency or because they’re not comfortable with the franchise.
More often than not, those rumors wind up being mere speculation, and fans get kind of disappointed when the deadline comes upon us and none of those so called done deals actually happen.
This year won’t be the exception for sure, with a dozen of trades being reported but just a handful of them going through, although we’ve seen some impressive moves like the Kyrie-Thomas deal, the Paul George departure and most recently, the Blake Griffin blockbuster trade.
So today, we’re going to take a gamble and just let you know what trades are not going to happen before the trade deadline, regardless of how much has been talked about the subject throughout the season.
5. DeMarcus Cousins to the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been extremely interested in DeMarcus Cousins for a very long while now and rumors stated that LeBron James was actually trying to recruit Boogie to come and play at “The Land”.
Nevertheless, the chances of this happening were quite low considering New Orleans was willing to gamble with Cousins even if he could walk at the end of the season, but now that he’s fell down with a season ending injury, the odds of anyone trading for him are pretty much zero.
4. Anthony Davis to the Boston Celtics
Anthony Davis is one of the best big men in the league and pretty much every single franchise in the Association would be willing to trade for him, but the Boston Celtics were one of the few teams that actually had assets to try and make this move.
Nonetheless, now that Cousins is out for the season but New Orleans is still on position to compete, there’s just no way in hell they deal Davis right now, especially if that would mean losing also Boogie in the offseason. On a side note, early in the month Alvin Gentry said they could trade Davis to Boston, but they’d have to send them the New England Patriots in return.
3. Paul George to the Los Angeles Lakers
It’s been almost two seasons now since Paul George has been closely linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers, with the league even opening up a tampering investigation to see and determine if the franchise would have to be punished for a supposed influence in his decision to force a trade out of the Pacers.
With Oklahoma struggling early in the season, some reports stated that the team could move Anthony and especially Paul George, but now that they’re holding onto the 5th spot in the Western Conference, it’s pretty safe to assume that they will just take the risk with him and wait until the end of the campaign.
2. Andre Drummond out of the Detroit Pistons
The big man was reportedly on the trade block earlier in the season and reports make of thing he hasn’t been quite comfortable at Motor City for a while now, but considering the team just traded for Blake Griffin and their backcourt is looking quite scary right now, we wouldn’t be expecting them to move Drummond.
Of course, that twin towers featuring Drummond and Griffin may be a spacing nightmare, but with the Eastern Conference being as soft as it is, the Pistons may have a better shot at contention this season.
1. Kemba Walker out of the Charlotte Hornets
Another All-Star was reportedly up for grabs as the Charlotte Hornets were trying to move Kemba Walker and full throttle tank mode, but we just don’t see any team that has the kind of assets to pull off this move that’s also in the need of a starting point guard.
Kemba Walker is a hell of a player, but it seems like he’s already peaked and he’s not getting any better or younger, so gambling and trying to send a lot of assets to get him would also be a very risky move, so we’d expect him to stay put at Charlotte, at least until the end of the season.