The trade deadline is pretty much upon us right now and there haven’t been much movement in the National Basketball Association as to this day, which can only mean mayhem is set to happen as these days go by.
Teams need to offload bad contracts, free agents and assets that just aren’t part of the team’s future in order to stay competitive, improve their chances or just plan ahead to the upcoming campaigns, and they need to do it now with their assets losing value by the minute.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 players that are definitely going to be moved before the trade deadline, with the only surprise being the fact that they haven’t been traded quite yet after half of the regular seasons on the books.
5. Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel has a very high ceiling for his work on the glass and his defensive ability, as the shot-blocking specialist was one of the most hyped prospects in the world before constant injuries kept him on the sidelines.
The Dallas Mavericks traded for him as they saw him as their big man for the future, but Rick Carlisle just doesn’t trust him enough and a hand surgery has once again left him off the hardwood. He’s looking for a max contract and could be a huge bargain as a low risk-high reward kind of guy, so he can have several suitors.
4. Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe is far from being the productive 20-10 player he was with the Pistons and even during the early passages of his Milwaukee Bucks stint, but he’s a very good player to be just racking up DNPs and playing 12 minutes a night behind a washed out Tyson Chandler in the Suns rotation.
Monroe can score in a huge variety of ways and is a very good rebounder, although he’s never been much of a rim protector. Still, any team in need of a big man can risk a bit trying to have a half season rental on Monroe for a postseason run.
3. Kenneth Faried
Ever since the start of the season, Kenneth Faried stated that he was a starter and was willing to force a move out of Denver to make that happen after the Nuggets signed Paul Millsap and made clear that their starting center was standout big man Nikola Jokic.
Faried hasn’t lived up to the expectations that surrounded him when he first arrived to the NBA, and he’s even failed to make an impact with Millsap on the shelves since pretty much the start of the season due to an injury. Even though he may not start anywhere, he can still be a very good asset off the bench.
2. George Hill
The Sacramento Kings kind of surprised everybody with George Hill’s signing, considering they had already drafted standout young man De’Aaron Fox and the smartest thing to do was to hand him the keys of the car right off the gate, and Hill would just take shots and minutes away from him.
George was playing outstanding basketball at Utah but has mightily regressed with the Sacramento Kings. Besides, the team’s reported that they’re going to rest at least two veterans for every game, something that wouldn’t suit properly with a guy in need of rhythm and touches. Also, the Cavs seem to be quite interested in acquiring his services.
1. Iman Shumpert
Not so long ago, Iman Shumpert was one of the peskiest and most skilled backcourt and wing defenders in the Association, but he just hasn’t been able to be productive enough to force Tyronn Lue’s hand and play him, either because of injuries or because he’s been horrid on the offensive end of the floor.
Shumpert wants out of Cleveland to play and the Cavs wouldn’t hesitate to move him if he had any takers, but defensive-minded specialists aren’t quite that valuable and attractive in today’s basketball. Still, he’d be worth a try for his talent, and he’s a lock to be dealt before the trade deadline.