Trading assets is a part of the game. No team in the history of basketball has ever been able to win without moving some players to try and get some nice value in return, and that’s just something that will always be like that.
Year in and year out, General Managers are working extra hours to try and do what’s best for their teams, and, more often than not, that means parting ways with some of the guys in the roster.
Either because they’re not good, they’re hurt, they’re getting old, they’re about to be free agents or they just don’t fit the future of the franchise, several guys are likely to be moved in the next couple of months. Today, we’re going to let you know about 1 player every team should trade.
Update: Trevor Ariza is traded for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre, but I still think that the Suns and Wizards need to trade other players.
Atlanta Hawks - Jeremy Lin
The Atlanta Hawks signed Jeremy Lin to be Trae Young’s backup, but truth to be told, they just don’t need him right now. Not only Young has been a stud to start the season, but also Lin is set to become an unrestricted free agency in 2019 and is likely to just walk away unless the team pays him a lot of money, but that would make no sense with Trae running the show.
Brooklyn Nets - D’Angelo Russell
Even though I still have some faith in him, it’s safe to say that Russell has been a major disappointment. Either because of injuries or inconsistency, he’s not been as good as we all expected, and he’s likely to pursue a huge deal next season. With his upside and youth, the Nets would be wise to try and get as much value in return as they can for him while saving some money for the summer in the process.
Boston Celtics - Terry Rozier
The fact that the Boston Celtics haven’t traded Terry Rozier yet is kind of odd to me. On one hand, he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent, on the other, he wants out of the team and gets some more minutes elsewhere. His value was at an all-time high in the summer and they didn’t take advantage of it, so they might as well just move him now.
Charlotte Hornets - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Well, so much for the 2nd overall pick being a solid defender. MKG has even lost his starting spot and is a huge offensive liability when thrown out there. That being said, the Hornets would be wise to try and move him to a team like the Rockets and snatch a couple of 2nd round picks in the process.
Chicago Bulls - Robin Lopez
The Chicago Bulls’ Front Office is a huge disaster, and there’s absolutely no reason why Robin Lopez should still be on that team. Not only he has been pursued by several teams as he could provide some depth at the center spot for some contenders, but also he doesn’t fit the team’s long-term plans as an aging big man with Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis and Wendell Carter Jr waiting in line.
Cleveland Cavaliers - JR Smith
Cleveland and JR Smith have already parted ways, so he’s definitely moving on any time soon. The only problem is that there aren’t many teams willing to risk many assets on such a volatile player that’s still set to earn 14.7 million this year and 15.5 next season. If they don’t trade him, he’s likely to be bought out at some point of the campaign.
Dallas Mavericks - Wesley Matthews
The Dallas Mavericks look like a much better team amid Luka Doncic's arrival, so Wesley Matthews is looking more expendable by the day. While Matthews could provide some nice 3 and D punch for a contending side, Dallas is eager to get younger and more athletic. For that purpose, they would be wise to try and get a couple of 2nd round picks in return for their veteran wingman.
Denver Nuggets - Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee has done just enough to earn some minutes with the Denver Nuggets, but this guy’s never going to be an elite big man. They need some depth at the wings and are already stacked up front, so there’s no need to keep Mason around. Hopefully, they can get a couple of 2nd rounders in return for him.
Detroit Pistons - Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson is a bust. He’s getting 17 million this year just to 15.9 points and 4.1 assists per game. The Pistons don’t need him and they could still make the most of him before he enters the last year of his deal, especially with teams like the Orlando Magic and the Phoenix Suns desperate to get a starting point guard.
Golden State Warriors - Draymond Green
Draymond Green is the most versatile defender in the league and should have a lot of value even despite his volatile character. If they’re positive DeMarcus Cousins is healthy and they want to make a last run at trying to keep Kevin Durant on board, they should try and explore the market for him.
Houston Rockets - PJ Tucker
The Houston Rockets should already be considering giving up on this season. Chris Paul is making 40 million dollars and is looking as washed as ever, and they just can’t get stops. PJ Tucker could really have some nice value as a hard-nosed defensive wing, and they could use him to get young players or pick up assets to try and make a blockbuster trade.
Indiana Pacers - Thaddeus Young
The Indiana Pacers have been quite solid this season even despite Victor Oladipo being sidelined with an injury. Moreover, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner have surged as a dominant 1-2 punch in the frontcourt, making Young quite expendable. His grit and hustle would be welcome for any contender, so they might as well try and move it.
Los Angeles Clippers - Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari has been quite solid for the Clippers this year, averaging 19.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game on 43% shooting, but let’s not kid ourselves, he’s going to get hurt rather sooner than later. They should just make the most of his strong start of the season and sell high on the Italian.
Los Angeles Lakers - Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball looks like a stud in the making, but the Lakers don’t need him with Rajon Rondo and LeBron James on board. Los Angeles needs a star, and they also need shooters, and Lonzo is neither of those things (right now). Also, he could be a huge trade asset on a move to get a player of the likes of Anthony Davis.
Memphis Grizzlies - Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol is currently in the last year of his contract and with him likely to walk away and play for a contender, they should try and get as many assets as they can to put next to Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies are not going to be able to avoid their overdue rebuilding process, so they might as well just call it a day with the Spaniard.
Miami Heat - Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside’s antics never get old, but that definitely hurts his trade value. After going early to the locker room because Spoelstra didn’t play him late in the 4th on a blowout loss, trade rumors surrounding the big man have flooded the internet once again. He’s not that good anyway, so they should definitely get rid of him ASAP.
Minnesota Timberwolves - Jeff Teague
An aging Jeff Teague is not the kind of guy you want to be paying 19 million per year, especially if he’s just averaging 12.1 points a night. Derrick Rose has been a stud to start the season and he should be the Timberwolves’ starting point guard for sure, while a desperate team could make run for the 30-year-old Teague.
Milwaukee Bucks - Thon Maker
Of all of the young players that have disappointed me lately, Thon Maker should be at the top of the list. He’s got the skills but needs more playing time to prove his worth, and he’s not going to get that at Milwaukee. Should they trade him, he could still be good for a wing that could help them off the bench and at least a 2nd round pick.
New Orleans Pelicans - Solomon Hill
This market is short on wings and Solomon Hill isn’t needed at New Orleans with Moore and Mirotic on board, especially when Elfrid Payton returns and Jrue Holiday shifts back to the shooting guard spot. Hill doesn’t excel at anything, but he could bring a couple of picks home on a deal.
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New York Knicks - Frank Ntilikina
Frank Ntilikina has shown nothing but glimpses of greatness over his first couple of seasons in the league, so the Knicks should make the most of the so-called interest from the Magic and Timberwolves. Moreover, Mudiay and Burke have been great at the point guard spot, so moving him could really solve that logjam.
Oklahoma City Thunder - Patrick Patterson
Truth to be told, I didn’t even remember that Patrick Patterson was part of this team’s roster. He’s not needed with Grant and Noel up front, and the Thunder could really use a defensive wing while Andre Roberson is still nursing his injury. If not, he’s likely going to be bought out at some point.
Orlando Magic - Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross is one of the most inconsistent players in the league, but any contending side could really use his scoring punch off the bench. The Magic is not going to contend any time soon, so Ross could be helpful to get a couple of picks for them to get some young assets and then trade them away when they give up on them as usual.
Philadelphia 76ers - Markelle Fultz
The Sixers should just give up on Markelle Fultz already and try to get as many picks and assets as they can for the former 1st overall pick. Even if he winds up being as good as expected, this team needs wings and guys that could help them contend right away while Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, and Joel Embiid are on their primes.
Phoenix Suns - Dragan Bender
Dragan Bender is one of the biggest busts of the last couple of seasons and there ’s no reason to think he should be still on an NBA roster. Even so, with all teams trying to play small and land guys that can stretch the floor, he’s a flyer a tanking side could try and risk a 2nd round pick getting.
Portland Trail Blazers - Meyers Leonard
Meyers Leonard is vastly overrated and never became the stretch big man we all hoped he’d be. Also, with Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic on board, the Blazers just don’t need him. Moving Leonard and his 10.5 million dollars a year won’t be easy, so they’re likely to add a 2nd rounder to make the deal most appealing.
San Antonio Spurs - Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay has been great for the Spurs, but the Spurs haven’t been able to pay that with the ability to contend in this league. That being said, Gay is likely to walk away for free in 2019 to sign with a Championship contender, so they might as well just trade him right now. Also, them and their 29th ranked defense should really consider tanking.
Sacramento Kings - Kosta Koufos
The Sacramento Kings are still paying 8.7 million dollars a year for a guy that has only made 9 appearances this season and that averages 4.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Koufos is going to become a free agent at the end of this season, so they should try and move him, even though I couldn’t really think of any takers.
Toronto Raptors - CJ Miles
Even despite the fact that he’s not a good shooter, OG Anunoby’s presence has made CJ Miles expendable. Also, Miles is not the volume sharpshooting guy he was when he first got to Canada, and he’s set to earn 8.3 million this year and 8.7 next season. Three-point specialist is always welcome at contending sides, so there could still be some interest in the league for the 31-year-old veteran.
Utah Jazz - Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors will make 16 million this year and 16.9 next season, so moving him could be really tricky. Even so, the Jazz should try and get rid of his contract to make a run at some free agents next summer, as Favors is very injury prone and hurts their spacing with Rudy Gobert also on the court.
Washington Wizards - John Wall
Even though other teams have inquired about Bradley Beal, the Wizards should desperately try to get rid of John Wall’s 170 million dollar extension. The team has proven that they can win without him, and his teammates truly dislike their All-Star playmaker. Also, he’s one of the best point guards in the league, so a team could be desperate enough to try and get his terrible contract on their books.