The blockbuster James Harden trade has happened recently, and that has reminded us that the NBA is a league with the potential for star movement. Nowadays, stars can quickly move from one destination to another: just look at Russell Westbrook, a player who has played for three teams in the last three years. There are always teams who are looking to compete, and there are other teams who are willing to trade away their stars.
There are many reasons that a player could get moved: it could be the last year of their contract, or perhaps they're traded for a huge package of picks and other players. Each team's needs will be different, but every team would find a way to implement a star on their roster. Here are the most likely stars to get traded.
10. Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is likely to be traded by the Detroit Pistons sooner rather than later. They have already traded Luke Kennard in the offseason, and Griffin could be the next to follow. Griffin is currently getting paid $36,595,996, which is a bloated contract for his production. He also has a player option for the 2021-22 season, so perhaps the Pistons could trade Griffin while he still has some value.
Blake Griffin brings some solid shooting at the PF position, and perhaps he could have more value on a contender, or as the final piece that brings a team to the playoffs. His contract is big, but a team that is on the verge of making the playoffs could find a way to trade for Blake Griffin.
Blake Griffin could be a good fit as a mentor for a young team like the Chicago Bulls. He has playoffs experience and is known as a good leader. He can be a solid player that doesn't demand touches, but still has a ton of upside: he is a former All-Star and is extremely valuable as a floor spacer.
9. Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield looked like he was going to break out a few seasons ago, and possibly be an All-Star. Hield made his name as a sniper from beyond the arc, averaging an elite 39.4% from beyond the arc on 9.6 attempts a game during the 2019-20 season. Currently, Hield is taking 10.6 3PT attempts per game, while averaging a solid 37% on those long-range shots.
Buddy Hield would be beneficial to teams who need an offensive spark. Buddy Hield can quickly get hot from outside, and be a second or third option on offense. A team that needs an extremely talented off-ball player could take a look at hield: he is locked in for a few years with his contract and could be a long-term acquisition.
Buddy Hield could look good on a contender with a superstar, like the Los Angeles Lakers or the Philadelphia 76ers. Teams that have superstars who need elite spacing could take a look at one of the best shooters in the league.
8. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is one of the best sixth men in the league. Rose provides solid scoring off of the bench, but he isn't the type of star to carry an offense. Rose is at his best now as a spark plug off of the bench. The Pistons don't necessarily have the type of roster that would need Rose's skills, as they are developing their younger players, and likely want touches to go to them.
Derrick Rose is a solid slasher at the PG position, and he also has the playmaking skills to run an offense. Rose has the veteran experience to be a steady presence at PG, while also scoring as necessary. Rose's role now is as the leader of the bench, while also coming in during late-game situations due to his clutch shooting ability.
Derrick Rose could be interesting on a team that is on the verge of contention like the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls need someone to be the voice of leadership off of the bench, and Rose's experience playing against superstars like LeBron James could come in useful for the Bulls.
7. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry should be traded by the Toronto Raptors. The 34-year-old point guard is a franchise legend, but with the Toronto Raptors starting with a losing record, they could look to rebuild this season. Lowry is in the last year of his deal and doesn't fit the timeline of the rest of the Toronto Raptors. It makes sense for the Raptors to send him away not to lose him for nothing.
Kyle Lowry is an all-around point guard: he excels at passing and 3PT shooting, while also being solid at defense. Lowry is known as a good leader and is a 6-time all-star: he'd bring a good injection of experience and talent to any roster in the league.
A young team that needs a leader could make the trade for Kyle Lowry. The Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks are both young teams on the verge of making the playoffs this season: an All-Star like Lowry could tip the scales in their favor, while also not requiring many assets due to his age and contract situation.
6. Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro is one of the most exciting young talents in the NBA. The young Miami Heat shooting guard blends his smooth jumper with a killer mindset. Herro showed his abilities during the NBA bubble and has started the season on an upwards trajectory, increasing his scoring from 13.5 PPG to 17.7 PPG.
Tyler Herro would be great for a team that wants young talent in a trade for their star. Herro has all the tools and the confidence to be the leader of a franchise. With his ability as a three-level scorer continuing to develop, it is likely that Herro will get better in the future.
A trade package that is centered around Tyler Herro could happen if the Miami Heat decide to trade for an upgrade at shooting guard. The Miami Heat have reportedly expressed interest in James Harden or Bradley Beal. If Bradley Beal were to request a trade, the Heat will surely dangle Herro as a potential trade chip.
5. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker is an elite point guard who is a good scorer. Walker is everything you want from a point guard on the offensive end. Walker relies on his quickness to get to the rim or create separation. As he gets older, the Boston Celtics could elect to trade him for a younger star, to match with their emerging wing duo.
Kemba Walker when healthy, is an All-Star caliber player. We have seen his electric scoring nights during his time with the Charlotte Hornets, and he could be a solid addition to a team that's looking for their third star to truly compete.
A destination that could be appealing is a team like the Nuggets. The Nuggets could acquire Walker in exchange for some of their younger players like Gary Harris: Walker would provide a third scoring presence behind Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
4. Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo just got traded to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster trade. Though that trade happened recently, there are already rumors of Victor Oladipo not wanting to be on the Rockets. One of the trade destinations for Oladipo could be the Miami Heat, somewhere he has already expressed a desire to be.
Victor Oladipo is a two-way guard, who can score from anywhere on the court. He has elite perimeter defense and has finally started showing signs of recovering from his quad injury. When healthy Oladipo is an All-Star, and teams should take a risk on him.
If Oladipo gets traded again, then it is a clear sign that the Rockets are entering a rebuild. With Oladipo being on the last year of his contract, he could be in line for a movie.
3. Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton is doing well on the Suns, but at the same time, he is their most valuable asset. Ayton has good value as a promising center who is an elite two-way talent. That means most teams looking to trade away an established star could definitely look for trade with the Phoenix Suns.
Dan Favale of Bleacher Report has recently suggested that Ayton could be traded away to get the Phoenix Suns a third star, and in turn, help his career blossom. Such sentiment makes sense as he is currently the third option behind Chris Paul and Devin Booker.
If the Phoenix Suns want to accelerate their development process, they could trade Ayton for a third player that could put them over the top. While losing Ayton's inside presence would hurt, getting an All-Star in return isn't too bad.
2. Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam is an All-Star for the Toronto Raptors, but the team has struggled to start the season. With the Toronto Raptors sitting with a negative record, Siakam becomes their most valuable trade asset to build their future. He could get them a solid amount of picks on the trade market.
Siakam is one of the best talents on the Raptors, but he could do better on a contender. A team that needs a secondary scorer could be interested in Siakam. He is an elite fastbreak player and solid defensive player with championship experience.
Trading Siakam would be the key to the Raptors getting their future in order. While it is hard to lose a player of his caliber, the Raptors aren't competing anytime soon. The Raptors could pull the plug on a full rebuild with a Siakam trade.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best centers in the league. Sadly, he is stuck on the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he has only made the playoffs once in his career. If he were to request a trade due to the Wolves not being up to expectations, then Minnesota could enter a rebuild.
Karl-Anthony Towns is a center that can shoot from range like a guard. He would be an elite addition to any team due to his floor spacing at the C position, but also due to his ability to score like a guard while being 7ft. Towns would be amazing on a contender.
Some destinations for Towns could include the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. Both teams need their third star, and both have the assets to work out a trade. If Karl Anthony-Towns was on a winning team, then he could show the full extent of his abilities.