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NBA Rumors: 10 Players Who Will Leave Their Teams Before The Trade Deadline

NBA Rumors: 10 Players Who Will Leave Their Teams Before The Trade Deadline

The NBA season is in full effect and we have already seen some major moves made this offseason. These have been massive roster moves, with Russell Westbrook finding a new home in Los Angeles while the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls completely revamped their rosters. There could very well be even more player movement before this season’s trade deadline.

In fact, 10 NBA players are most likely to be moved this season. In a league of players that not only encourages movement but value it the most, these 10 guys could very well be on different teams in just a few months. Clearly impacted by lack of winning or inability to play well in their current settings, here is the list of all 10 players who could be moved, and their most likely destinations.


10. Kevin Love

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Possible Destinations: Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers

Everybody following the NBA knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers want to tank and Kevin Love is not in their plans. Kevin Love is averaging 10.8 PPG and 7.9 RPG this season and is clearly one of the better stretch big men in the league when his shots are falling. But the Cavs need to get rid of Love's contract to rebuild, and his style doesn't help a tanking team. That is why, as many predict, Love could be bought out to save the Cavs some money.

The Nugget could be an option, as they need to find more big man depth with Nikola Jokic experiencing injuries and suspension. They cannot rely on a single player, so Love can add some size and shooting to a team that wants to contend. A lineup with Jokic and Love also stretches the floor at all spots, making Denver even more dangerous on offense. Portland could also use Love's shooting, meaning they can also have 5 guys who can shoot the ball on the floor. Portland want to find any way to get back to the Western Conference Finals, and taking a stab at Love could help them get closer.


9. Myles Turner

NBA Rumors- Hornets And Timberwolves Really Want Myles Turner

Possible Destinations: Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves

Myles Turner seems to always be in trade rumors because the big man clogs up the paint for the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis is an All-Star big man who can shoot and also score inside, so Turner and every other big man become expendable as a result. That does not mean that Turner is a bad player by any means because he does many things very well.

The 2-time Blocks champion is averaging 12.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 3.0 BPG this year. Turner can space the floor, play defense, block shots, and knows his role very well. He truly belongs on a new team that needs his services because they do not come around very often. One team that comes to mind is the Charlotte Hornets, a squad that is developing in the Eastern Conference. LaMelo Ball is a star, and Miles Bridges could use a shot-blocking big man next to him to help his growth. Otherwise, the Timberwolves are shopping for a big man to help Karl-Anthony Towns down low as they prepare for a playoff push.


8. Buddy Hield

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Credit: Getty Images

Possible Destinations: Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves

Sharpshooter Buddy Hield is one of the most attractive targets for a host of NBA teams in today's NBA. He has a perfect stroke from deep and has the potential to be a very effective 2-way player. Hield is averaging 17.1 PPG on 39.9% 3-point shooting this season, and it is surprising how he has kept quiet with the Sacramento Kings for this long. Sacramento has had a lot of movement in management and there might be better fits for Hield.

A team like the Dallas Mavericks would be perfect. He can play alongside Luka Doncic in Jason Kidd’s offense, as the team need shooters who can knock down shots consistently. If they had a guy like Hield, their title chances would shoot up. The Timberwolves could also use an upgrade at the shooting guard position, as Hield is a better shooter than Malik Beasley. Minnesota are onto something with Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, so Hield could be a very good addition for them at the expense of Beasley.


7. Marcus Smart

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Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks

Marcus Smart did not do a very clever thing by ruffling the feathers of Boston’s two stars: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum and Brown control the offense by scoring and creating for others, even if Smart believes the latter is not up to par just yet. Smart was re-signed by the Celtics in a team-friendly contract because that gives the Celtics freedom to add players or trade Smart for attractive offerings.

As of right now, the Celtics are not winning anything and Smart could be sacrificed as a result. The Los Angeles Clippers have already brought in Eric Bledsoe, but that does not mean the guard cannot be packaged with Luke Kennard and some picks to get Smart out of Boston. Otherwise, the Celtics can cash in on picks from the Dallas Mavericks who could offer some interesting players as well. Boston will likely not pull the trigger on a Smart trade unless it’s for a game-changer, which does not appear to be the case at the moment.


6. Jerami Grant

Credit: USA Today

Credit: USA Today

Possible Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies

Jerami Grant is a very interesting player. The 6’8” forward has always been a specialized defender but has blossomed into an above-average scorer as well. One of the candidates for Most Improved Player last year, Grant is putting up 19.0 PPG and 4.4 RPG for the Detroit Pistons this year. Detroit want to develop Cade Cunningham, so cashing in on Grant for that sake could work well.

The Pistons will likely be happy tanking for next year’s draft, so moving Grant to a playoff team like the 76ers could be a great option. The forward could possibly replace close to what Simmons brought on defense and in scoring, although playmaking is out of the question. If Philly get sick of Simmons and move him to Detroit for other players and picks, Grant could be a 76er. Otherwise, the Memphis Grizzlies should go all-in on Grant to pair with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.


5. Pascal Siakam

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Possible Destinations: Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors

The Toronto Raptors have a ton of thinking to do after they lost Kyle Lowry and need to decide on what to do with Pascal Siakam. The big man is a very good player, but he is not a leader who can carry a franchise. That is obvious because the Cameroonian has only appeared in 8 games following injury and has not moved the needle at all. Averaging 17.8 PPG and 6.6 RPG, Siakam is not a max player but has a max contract.

That should not take away from what Siakam can bring to teams, because he is a versatile forward who can score and defend. Most importantly, he has championship experience as a sidekick to another superstar. That means Siakam would be a beautiful addition to the Atlanta Hawks if the franchise wants to part ways with the likes of Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish, Danilo Gallinari, or even John Collins. The Hawks have a ton of attractive assets to offer and they also cannot afford to pay everybody. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are the best team in the league but they can get even better if they move Wiggins and probably Wiseman for Siakam.


4. John Wall

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via Getty Images

Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers

John Wall used to be recognized as one of the 5 best point guards in the world. That time has passed, and he now has arguably the single worst contract in the league. He has missed the entire season so far this year and does not look like he will be on the floor soon. The Houston Rockets want to develop their young players and lose games on purpose, so Wall is clearly not the right player for them.

The Clippers could get John Wall if they want to make some very big moves if the Rockets buy out their veteran point guard. The Clippers need a star right now and Wall gives them that because even if he isn't a superstar, he is a darn good player. Wall adds pace and playmaking to a team that relies on George to do everything. Finally, Cleveland needs a new point guard as they have lost Collin Sexton for the entire year due to injury. Wall could slot in and help the Cavaliers make the playoffs while developing Darius Garland. Garland has a chance to become an All-Star, and Wall could be an on-court coach for him.


3. Christian Wood

Christian Wood

Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors

The Houston Rockets are a mess right now because there are question marks on their young players and also the head coach. Either way, Christian Wood is the best player on the team and has not been able to affect the win column by any means. The big man is having a solid season by averaging 15.5 PPG and 11.0 RPG, but he has a ways to go to uncover the All-Star form he showed last year.

The Rockets are tanking and they could cash in on Wood for picks and young players because the big man could start becoming bothered by losing. The slender 6’10” scorer could be a valuable addition to the Los Angeles Clippers or Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles have some nice young players and can throw in picks, although a trade package might not be convincing. Otherwise, the Warriors could go all-in by moving Wiggins or Wiseman and adding a shot-blocking scorer that can form a nice duo with Draymond Green.


2. CJ McCollum

NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers Reject Trade Packages For CJ McCollum

Possible Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs

As great of a scorer as he is, CJ McCollum is not an impact player for the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard is set to make $250 million until 2025 and McCollum will make over $150 million

until 2024. It will be too difficult to win with that much money tied up in two guards that do similar things on the floor. Even if they are talented scorers, they do not have the defensive capabilities to impact the game at the level of superstar duos such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton for example.

As a result, the Trail Blazers will continue to be at risk for making the playoffs. Portland is sitting 6th in the West with a 10-9 record, although they are not scaring anyone. Lillard has sworn his loyalty to Portland, but it does not seem likely that he will see out his career with the franchise. Trading McCollum for Ben Simmons can do wonders for the team if they can somehow convince Philadelphia to accept an offering. Otherwise, San Antonio could be in the mix for a go-to scorer as they try to get out of the lottery with a 4-13 record that is not the Spurs’ way of winning.


1. Ben Simmons

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(via Liberty Ballers)

Possible Destinations: Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers

The 76ers are in a major fiasco with Ben Simmons being unavailable, and they need to get rid of the problem immediately. They might not have a choice but to accept what the current teams are offering, because Philly could have a distraction on their hands as they try to make a playoff push. There is no way that Joel Embiid can lead this team to a championship without Simmons or another star. The often-injured big man simply cannot handle that type of load.

The Detroit Pistons can offer Jermai Grant and picks, something that could help Philly in the short-term and long-term. Otherwise, the 76ers can pray that the Portland Trail Blazers offer Damian Lillard although CJ McCollum is more likely. McCollum is a great scorer, and he will help Embiid lead this team to an Eastern Conference Finals if they get the team clicking. Nobody knows what the 76ers will do with Simmons, but accepting a deal before the trade deadline could do much less harm than good. 

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