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10 NBA Stars That Could Leave Their Teams This Season

10 NBA Stars That Could Leave Their Teams This Season

The NBA is a league of constant movement right now, with many superstar players leaving their original teams and taking their careers into their own hands. This season won't be any different, and there are quite a few players that either want to be traded or don't fit into their teams.

Big names such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook have found their homes this season, while superstar James Harden is still on the trading block. Where will The Beard end up? Where will some of the other top players in the NBA be playing as well?

Here are the 10 NBA stars that could leave their teams this season.

10. Andrew Wiggins



Andrew Wiggins might never become the player we all expected to be. As the No. 1 overall pick, Wiggins isn't close to being a franchise player or even an All-Star. While he isn't a bust, his career has been a bit disappointing. Still, Wiggins is one of the best athletes in the NBA and is averaging 19.7 PPG over his career. Unfortunately, his numbers are down to 14.7 PPG this season on a putrid 32.7% shooting.

Andrew Wiggins isn't playing well in Golden State and the Warriors need an immediate replacement for Klay Thompson who will miss the entire season. Wiggins isn't the answer for Golden State although he will still receive interest from many teams throughout the league.

9. Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose is one of the most popular players in the NBA because he was so good when he became the youngest MVP in history in 2011. Rose is way past his prime but he still has some legs on him. Through 3 games, the former MVP is averaging 14.0 PPG and 5.0 APG during his first 2 games. Rose likely won't be an All-Star but he can be a great sixth man or even start on some teams.

Rose brings a mix of playmaking and scoring which is valuable in today's NBA. He doesn't need a ton of shots although he can be trusted to make decisions on offense. At this stage of his career, Rose is best suited to play on a title contender who can use a hungry veteran that wants a ring.

8. Aaron Gordon

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Gordon had a decent season last year by averaging 14.4 PPG and 7.7 RPG, but his impact could be greater on the right team. The Orlando Magic will likely make the Playoffs yet again this season and are sticking to their core of Nikola Vucevic and Markelle Fultz. Gordon could be a nice fit in Orlando but that isn't likely.

Gordon will attract interest with the Knicks and Spurs, who could use a young athlete to make highlight reels and also help with their rebuild. Gordon fits on rebuilding squads but can also be useful on teams needing athleticism and scoring on the forward spots.

7. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine

LaVine has taken jumps in his play this past season and is slowly developing into one of the better scorers in the league so expect teams to keep knocking on Chicago's door. LaVine has had a hot start to this season by averaging 24.0 PPG albeit in 3 straight losses.

The Chicago Bulls won't be any good this season as expected, and LaVine is too good to play on a poor team. The Bulls should cash in and trade LaVine to acquire some assets and picks because he is a very hot commodity around the league. LaVine will likely hover around 25 PPG again this season so Chicago should take advantage while he's playing at a high level.

6. Victor Oladipo

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Credit: Getty Images

Victor Oladipo will likely be on the trading block this season because reports came out that he wanted to leave Indiana. His skills as a defender and scorer are impressive and he can bring in some valuable assets for the Pacers to rebuild around All-Star Domantas Sabonis.

The Miami Heat have been rumored to be in the running for Victor Oladipo, who will have an official Big Three if they trade their young assets. Miami have yet to make any major moves to their roster this season and adding an All-Star player to join Bam and Butler most probably gets the Heat to the Finals again.

5. LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge is likely in his final years in the league and could be out of San Antonio very soon. Aldridge isn't in his prime anymore, but he is a very strong scorer and an experienced veteran. The Spurs could keep him until he retires, but moving him for assets right now could be the right move for them.

LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 18.9 PPG on 49.3% shooting last season, meaning he is still an above-average scorer who can create his own shots. Teams needing an immediate scoring replacement should go after Aldridge because he doesn't take a ton of shots and can play in the flow of an offense effectively.

4. DeMar DeRozan

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The San Antonio Spurs need to rebuild, and former All-Star DeMar DeRozan could be on the move soon. The Spurs have some talented young players such as Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, and Dejounte Murray so stockpiling assets should be the way to go. DeRozan is still in his prime and is a very effective mid-range scorer.

DeRozan is still an All-Star thanks to his scoring and improved playmaking, so expect some teams to be after him. DeRozan won't be the franchise player for a team but he can come in and immediately bring a go-to scorer on offense. He is also athletic enough to be effective on defense, so expect teams such as the Raptors and Magic to go after him.

3. Kevin Love

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Unsurprisingly, Kevin Love appears on the list. Love is one of the best big men in the league in terms of floor spacing and rebounding. Love has proven to be a championship level player and can be effective as a spot-up shooter and even a go-to scorer at times. Unfortunately for him, he simply doesn't fit with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Love is a waste of talent on a rebuilding squad, so there will be some contending teams looking at Love's floor spacing ability at the four or five positions. The Cavaliers should do their best to clear their cap space and move Kevin Love for young assets and picks.

2. Blake Griffin

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Blake Griffin may have lost some of his athleticism but he is still one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Griffin can knock down shots from outside, dominate the paint, and use his passing to set up his teammates. Griffin is wasting his talent in Detroit, and the Pistons could make a deal for Griffin to get assets for the future.

Blake Griffin doesn't seem like the type to make a fuss about a trade, but he might get fed up if the Pistons continue to be a below-average team. Griffin is good enough to start on almost every team and can be an All-Star every season as long as he remains healthy.

1. James Harden

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James Harden has started this season extremely well. He is averaging 44.0 PPG through 2 games and is primed to win his 4th straight scoring title. But he is likely going to proceed with his trade request and leave the Rockets. John Wall and Eric Gordon are back in the lineup very soon, but that might not be enough for the best scorer in the NBA to stay.

James Harden made it clear he wants to play with other superstars in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, or Milwaukee. The likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo would greatly boost Harden's chances of winning an NBA title. Time will tell if Houston will pull the trigger on a Harden trade or force him to stay and try to lead Houston to a top-4 seed in the West yet again.


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