10 NBA Trades That Still Could Go Down In Near Future
NBA Trade Deadline: 10 Players Who Still Could Be Dealt
Late on Monday night (or early Tuesday morning considering where you live) the NBA world was rocked by a blockbuster trade that no one entirely saw coming. When it looked like the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to have to simply waive center Andrew Bynum on Tuesday to get rid of him, the Cavs pulled off a deal with the Chicago Bulls that landed them All-Star forward Luol Deng.
With a month and a half remaining until the NBA Trade Deadline, we’ve already seen two big names be moved, Deng being the second. Rudy Gay was also part of a deal for the second consecutive season as the Toronto Raptors sent him to the Sacramento Kings for a package of players that allow them a bit more flexibility moving forward.
However, with that month and a half remaining until the deadline, there is still a ton of potential for deals to go down. There are plenty of front offices around the league testing the waters for various players and for various reasons. It’s near impossible to tell which players are actually going to be moved, but the potential for another trade is clear.
With the surprising way that the 2013-14 NBA season has started out, particularly with how poor the Eastern Conference has been, there’s a chance that plenty of recognizable names get moved at or prior to the Feb. 20 deadline. As the rumors continue to swirl, here are 10 players that could possibly be dealt in the very near future, based either off of news, rumors, or apparent intentions of an organization.
1. Jimmer Fredette
When the Kings selected Jimmer Fredette with the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, there was obviously some Adam Morrison bust type potential for the college star. Thus far in his two and a half seasons with the Kings, bust is how you would aptly describe Fredette.
However, Fredette still has the ability to fill it up from long-range and just go unconscious when he gets hot. Put on the right team, he could be a valuable piece in this league. With the Kings trying to re-shape and re-build with a new ownership group and front office, Fredette might be a casualty of cleaning house, even though that might not be the worst thing for his career.
2. DeMar DeRozan
While the Raptors have performed much better since the departure of Gay in that trade, I’m not fully convinced that new general manager Masai Ujiri is fully content with this roster as he’s trying to turn them into a clear-cut playoff team rather than a team on the fringe. When looking to turn things around with Ujiri at the helm no player is safe, especially if trading him could result in more cap-flexibility. With DeMar DeRozan commanding quite a bit of money with the Raptors, seeing his name floating around in rumors wouldn’t surprise me a bit.
3. Jameer Nelson
The Orlando Magic selected Victor Oladipo with the second-overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft and said that they’d be playing him at point guard this season. With that, the writing has pretty much been on the wall for veteran guard Jameer Nelson for a while now.
This Magic team is looking to re-structure their roster by acquiring young, talented assets and by getting draft picks. Nelson is a player that, when healthy, can be effective in this league. More importantly in terms of trades, though, Nelson could also bring in some solid compensation in a trade. It’s not a done deal, but Nelson being dealt seems quite likely with all that’s going on in Orlando.
4. Thaddeus Young
No one really expected the Philadelphia 76ers to have as much success in the 2013-14 season as they already have, but in the midst of that Thaddeus Young has shown why so many players, coaches, and pundits have praised his game in recent years.
However, with the Sixers currently sitting in no man’s land and with a plan to build for the future, seeing them mortgage players like Young to acquire picks and young players wouldn’t be a shock to many people. Young is a valuable piece, but I think the Sixers will be interested to test the market to see just how much he’s worth to potential trade-partners.
5. Arron Afflalo
Similar to how the Magic are dealing with Nelson, Arron Afflalo could be another player in Orlando that gets dealt in the interest of the future. Afflalo has put up All-Star worthy numbers early this season in Orlando, but he might have more value to the Magic’s long-term plans as a trade asset as opposed to keeping him on the roster. It’s going to be tough for the Magic to part with a player of Afflalo’s caliber, but he’s a piece that could be moved for the right price.
6. Andre Miller
Andre Miller has been around the league and has been a productive point guard for quite a while now. However, the veteran has had his problems recently with the Denver Nuggets, the coaching staff in particular, and it seems like he’s no rendered himself expendable to the franchise.
Though Miller might not be able to pull too much in on the trade market, he might need to go just so the Nuggets can maintain control and relative functionality within their organization and throughout the locker room. Miller still somehow has some good years left in the tank, but it seems like he’s a goner from Denver and it’ll be interesting to see what the Nuggets can get in return.
7. Evan Turner
Once again, Evan Turner is another player on a rebuilding team in the East that, frankly, needs to get worse and acquire more assets. While Turner’s production pales in comparison to that of Thad Young, Turner has come out this season and looked like a player that can stick in the league, something you couldn’t say confidently as recently as last season.
Because Turner’s so young and has an expiring rookie deal, he could potentially bring a solid haul of picks and pieces to Philly. The Sixers’ early success has muddled their intentions for this season a bit, but that doesn’t mean Turner still couldn’t be traded at some point soon.
8. Rajon Rondo
It’s pretty much a yearly occurrence at this point that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo comes up and trade rumors and it’s something that has seemingly been happening for the entirety of the 2013-14 season.
It’s unclear what the Celtics plan to do with Rondo at this point, but you can expect to see the injured guard’s name in plenty of rumors, speculative points, and so on. A Rondo trade is by no means imminent, but with the way the rumors are always going on around him, you have to consider it a possibility.
9 Carmelo Anthony
The rumors have really started to swirl around New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony recently. His name has been thrown around in talks of a swap for Blake Griffin, as well as plenty of other speculation for the star in the last year of his contract.
With Melo’s free agency looming and several signs pointing to the fact that he’s going to bolt in the summer of 2014, the Knicks could potentially look to make a panic trade to avoid not getting anything in return for losing Anthony in the offseason. Though a trade for Griffin seems unlikely, a Melo trade in itself certainly has a less-than-zero chance of happening.
10. Omer Asik
The story with the Houston Rockets and Omer Asik is pretty much old news at this point. While the Rockets held onto the big man after not being able to deal him before their self-imposed deadline in December, the Rockets have no intention of keeping Asik around. Now that this is the league’s deadline that they are up against this time instead of their own, Asik is going to be on the move. The only questions are where he’ll land and what Houston is going to be able to get in return.