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The One Player Every NBA Team Should Trade Before The Deadline

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This NBA season has been amazing so far but, something has been done this year that has not been done in a long time. So far this season, this has been the longest that the NBA has gone without a trade since 1968, excluding lockout years.

The last trade we had was the Russell Westbrook trade but, with December 15th deadline now past us, we should finally see some trades finally take place. Every team has a player that they are looking to move, and, in this article, we talk about one player from each NBA team that will be traded.

Atlanta Hawks - Alex Len

Len has been able to revive his career on the Hawks after a disappointing few seasons on the Phoenix Suns. After a career year last season, Len has regressed this season and with his contract up at the end of this season, it would make sense for the Hawks to move on from him.

Boston Celtics - Enes Kanter

Kanter has missed 7 games this year and in his absence, Robert Williams and Daniel Theis have filled in well for him. With Kanter’s suspect defense and his contract only being around 5 million per year, it would be easy for the Celtics to move him.

Brooklyn Nets - Rodions Kurucs

Kurucs has missed more than half the season this year due to injury and when he has played, he has not been good. With Kurucs only being 21, the Nets could flip him for a veteran or a 2nd round pick.

Charlotte Hornets - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

MKG was the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and it is safe to say that he has been extremely underwhelming in his NBA career. Kidd-Gilchrist never showed the potential that he had coming out of Kentucky and the Hornets should look to move on from him.

Despite this, MKG is only 26 and can provide defense for a contender or a team looking to push for the playoffs. With him being in the last year of his deal, there isn’t much risk in trading for him and a change of scenery could potentially turn his career around.

Chicago Bulls - Kris Dunn

Dunn was the 5th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft and his career has been disappointing thus far. After being traded to the Bulls after a rough rookie season on the Wolves, Dunn seemed to find his footing but fizzled out near the end of the season.

With the Bulls signing Tomas Satoransky and drafting Coby White, it looks as if Dunn’s time on the Bulls will be coming to an end soon. His defensive abilities should draw interest from contending teams looking to add a point guard.

Cleveland Cavaliers - Kevin Love

The Cavaliers recently made Kevin Love available and it looks as if his time with the Cavaliers will be coming to an end soon. Love can provide scoring, spacing and rebounding for a team as well as bring a championship mindset.

Dallas Mavericks - Courtney Lee

Lee has not played much for the Mavs but, even at 34 years old, he can still have success on a team if given the right opportunities. Lee is a good 3-D player and in the last year of his deal so this would be a low-risk, high-reward move for a team looking to acquire him.

Denver Nuggets - Gary Harris

Harris has struggled with inconsistency and has regressed since signing his extension. Gary Harris once looked like a promising player but has struggled since his breakout year in the 2017-18 season. A change of scenery could be the one thing that Harris needs to turn his career around.

Detriot Pistons - Blake Griffin

The Pistons have been a mediocre team for a long time, and it is time for them to rebuild. They should get them some nice assets and would shed a ton of cap. Trading Blake Griffin would finally allow the Pistons to focus on youth and build a team for the future.

Golden State Warriors - D’Angelo Russell

Russell was traded to the Warriors in the summer in exchange for Kevin Durant and there are tons of questions about his fit on this team. With the Warriors seeming to be taking a “gap year”, trading D-Lo could get them multiple assets to improve the depth or another player who would fit on the team better.

Houston Rockets - Eric Gordon

Gordon has been out with a Knee Injury and the Rockets have been winning without him. Now 30, Gordon has regressed statistically each season and the Rockets could get multiple pieces for him to add depth. This added depth could lead to the Rockets resting their key players more which will keep them fresher for the playoffs.

Indiana Pacers - Myles Turner

Turner has dealt with consistency issues and the fit next to Domantas Sabonis is questionable. Turner has not had a breakout season that many have expected him to have and it seems as if this is his peak.

Turner could find better success on a different team, but the Pacers are playing well right now which means a Myles Turner trade seems unlikely.

Los Angeles Clippers - Moe Harkless

Harkless has had an ok season for the Clippers so far. Harkless does have some value and the Clippers should be able to acquire a nice asset in exchange for him.

With the overabundance of forwards on this team with Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Terrence Mann who has potential, Moe is expendable, and the Clips could use him to acquire a facilitating guard such as Matthew Dellavedova.

Los Angeles Lakers - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

KCP had a rough start to the season and many Lakers fans were ready for him to be moved but, he has played well in the absence of Avery Bradley. With Bradley now back, KCP could be used in a potential trade. The player most attached to the Lakers is Andre Iguodala but due to his big salary, trading for him is unlikely.

The Lakers should look for someone who can provide scoring off the bench. Trading KCP would be difficult because he has a no-trade clause but you will have to hope that the Lakers could convince him to waive it.

Memphis Grizzlies - Andre Iguodala

Iggy has been in a ton of trade discussions as many teams are looking to acquire his services. Iggy can still provide teams with defense and a championship mindset.

Miami Heat - Justise Winslow

Winslow has dealt with multiple injuries this season and the Heat has been able to win without him. With the emergence of Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic, Winslow looks to be expendable and there are multiple teams interested in acquiring him.

Milwaukee Bucks - Dragan Bender

Bender has not played much this season and could look to rejuvenate his career on a rebuilding team. The Bucks could potentially acquire a 2nd round pick in exchange for him.

Minnesota Timberwolves - Jeff Teague

The Wolves have been in search of an upgrade at point guard for a long time and it looks as if Teague’s time in Minnesota could be coming to an end soon.

New Orleans Pelicans - J.J. Redick

The Pelicans have been awful this season and are currently the 14th seed in the Western Conference. Redick is averaging 15.8 points on 45.3% shooting and could get the Pels some nice assets from contending teams or teams looking to make a playoff push.

New York Knicks - Dennis Smith. Jr

DSJ has dealt with injuries this season but, when he has played, he has been awful. It seems as if he is completely out of the Knicks’ rotation and at this point, they would be lucky to even get a late-round pick for him.

Oklahoma City Thunder - Danilo Gallinari

Danilo has played well this season for the Thunder and is a player that many teams are looking to acquire. With his contract up at the end of this season, the Thunder will look to move him and should be able to with ease.

Orlando Magic - Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon has been nothing short of disappointing this season and with the Magic struggling on offense, changes have to be made. It seems as if Gordon has already hit his peak and with the emergence of Johnathon Isaac, Gordon looks to be expendable.

A trade would get the Magic some nice assets and would allow Isaac to play his natural position as a power forward.

Philadelphia 76ers - Zhaire Smith

Smith has not played much this season and could be valuable to a rebuilding team. The Sixers could have problems when trying to make trades as they do not have any tradable contracts so moving smith would get them a veteran player on a small contract as well as a late-round pick.

Phoenix Suns - Dario Saric

The Suns currently have an overabundance of power forwards with Cheick Diallo, Frank Kaminsky, Cameron Johnson, and Dario Saric. Between the 4, Saric looks to be the most likely to be traded due to his limitations on defense and his inconsistencies in the shooting.

Unless he accepts his qualifying offer, Saric will be a restricted free agent and it would be smart for the Suns to move on from him than to deal with other teams potentially stealing him away.

Portland Trail Blazers - Hassan Whiteside

Whiteside has had an up-and-down season for the Blazers, and it would make sense for them to move on from him. Whiteside is a guy who would rather chase stats than help the team win and more than likely won’t be on the team next season.

The only reason Whiteside is still on the team is due to Nurkic being injured but, once he returns, Whiteside’s days on the Blazers will be numbered.

Sacramento Kings - Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdan was offered a contract from the Kings and has yet to make a decision. This choice leads many to believe that he wants to hit the open market and see what he is worth. If this is the case, the Kings should look to trade him as the return would be nice.

If the Kings let the extension talks go until free agency, Bogdan is expected to have a huge market and other teams will certainly look to jump on this opportunity and offer him a huge contract. This would put the Kings in a difficult position as they would have to decide whether to let him walk or pay him an obscene amount of money.

San Antonio Spurs - DeMar DeRozan

The Spurs’ 22-year streak of making the playoffs will more than likely come to an end this season and this should trigger a rebuild. With Aldridge nearing the end of his career and DeRozan being a free agent, it would make sense for the Spurs to trade them and acquire young talent and picks for them.

If we have to pick one player that will be traded, it is DeMar DeRozan because he has a player option next summer and he could be traded until the February deadline.

Toronto Raptors - Serge Ibaka

Serge has regressed this season and with his contract up at the end of this year, trading him would be an aggressive move as you look to acquire something for his services. Also, the recent emergence of Chris Boucher makes trading Serge easier as he could potentially replicate what Serge does to a lesser extent.

Utah Jazz - Dante Exum

Dante Exum is probably the only player the Jazz could trade until the February deadline. He doesn't play well this season and it is a time to move on and find a team where he can play more minutes. He is a solid defender and talented player and the Jazz and Exum could benefit from this trade.

Washington Wizards - Davis Bertans

Bertans is currently lighting it up as he is averaging 15.4 points on 45.6% shooting from three. With Bertans being a free agent at the end of this year, he will have a huge market and teams with money should be able to lure him away from Washington.

The Wizards should trade him as his trade stock is high right now and they should be able to get a first-round pick for him at the very least.

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