A month has passed since the start of the regular season and so far, a couple of contending teams have struggled to live up to the expectations from the summer.
Hence, there are several players that are likely to be moved before the trade deadline, with those contenders sliding in the standings and teams trying to acquire more firepower as we head towards the playoffs.
Most teams are in no rush to make a move right now, but still, let's break down the most important trade rumors around the NBA right now:
Timberwolves Trade Rumors: Chris Paul & D'Angelo Russell
The Timberwolves were high on D'Angelo Russell this summer, but he eventually leaned towards signing with the Warriors because of the warm weather. However, with the Dubs sitting at the bottom of the standings, they could be intrigued by the idea of moving him. Hence, the Timberwolves could offer Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, and a first-round pick, according to Fansided's Dunking with Wolves.
Also, a report published by HoopsRumors claims the Timberwolves could turn their attention to Chris Paul, but they'd have to find a way to absorb his massive contract and likely send the Thunder a first-round pick as they look to rebuild.
Boston Celtics Want LaMarcus Aldridge
The San Antonio Spurs are going through their worst stretch since Gregg Popovich took over the team, losing 7 straight games and sitting way outside of the playoff picture, so perhaps it's time to go back to the drawing board and trade some of their stars to start rebuilding.
Hence, the Boston Celtics may turn their eyes to LaMarcus Aldridge, who's struggled to be at his best under Popovich's system since leaving Portland. So, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Celtics could try and trade Gordon Hayward and some picks to get Aldridge, who would instantly step in Al Horford's former role at the TD Garden.
Miami Heat Could Create A Big 3 With Chris Paul And Kevin Love
The Miami Heat has been on a roll since the start of the season, as Jimmy Butler's addition provided a major boost for the team, and young studs Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, and Kendrick Nunn have been a pleasant surprise so far for coach Erik Spoelstra.
Still, all good things can be even better, so, as we reported before, they could pursue Kevin Love by trading away Justise Winslow and James Johnson to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while they could also land Chris Paul if they're willing to give up Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr, Meyers Leonard and a couple of 2nd-round picks in the transaction.
Lakers Targets Right Now: Schroder, Crawford, And Crowder
The Los Angeles Lakers currently hold the best record in the NBA, but they won't take the foot off the gas as they look to build some distance between them and the other Championship contenders. Therefore, expect Rob Pelinka to try and make a couple of moves before the trade deadline and improve an already scary and intimidating roster.
So, according to Jonathan Kiernan of Fansided’s Lake Show Life, the Lakers could swap Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with Jae Crowder to improve their wing defense. Moreover, they'd also be interested in Dennis Schroder as Rajon Rondo has struggled with injuries, as per the report. Last, but not least, Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy reported that the Lakers are interested in signing veteran point guard Jamal Crawford for extra scoring off the bench.
Orlando Magic Is Interested In DeMar DeRozan
Once again, the Spurs' struggles open the door for any potential move, and we can all agree that DeMar DeRozan is their best trade asset right now, as he's - by far - their best player. So, with the Orlando Magic looking to build on last year's playoff run, they're reportedly interested in acquiring the former Raptor on a deal.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Magic have already expressed their interest in DeRozan, and they could send Aaron Gordon and Mo Bamba in return. The Spurs would have a strong young frontcourt to rebuild, while Orlando would have a significant boost and another creator for their backcourt. Also, they'd likely have to send a 2nd-round pick in the operation to sweeten the deal.