Trades come and go year after year with teams constantly trying to move their pieces in order to plan ahead for the future, either trading away players that won’t resign with the team, or trying to clear cap space to pursue/resign top-notch talents, to try and acquire Draft picks or just because they’re on the verge of contention at the moment and need to makes some moves.
We know how teams look when the season kickoffs, but we’re 100% certain that no team is going to look exactly the same a couple of months later, and albeit how quiet most teams have been so far regarding trades, things are about to get really interesting this upcoming month.
With the trade deadline quietly approaching and some teams already ready to tank throughout the campaign and others looking almost done, expect several moves to take place in the upcoming weeks for sure. Today, we’re going to let you know about 10 players that have to be traded before the deadline.
10. Nikola Mirotic
Nikola Mirotic’s Chicago Bulls tenure (and even maybe his NBA stint) seems to be coming to an end after suffering several injuries on the hands of his teammate Bobby Portis, and he’s still yet to be cleared to make his season debut for Fred Hoiberg’s team.
Needless to say, Mirotic and Portis can’t coexist in the same locker room anymore and the Bulls have already picked Portis option. Besides, he’s keen to make more money and have a bigger role elsewhere, although his trade value is at an all-time low at the moment.
9. Nerlens Noel
Talking about all-time low values, we find Nerlens Noel in a very tough spot right now, as he’s not getting any playing time at all with the Dallas Mavericks on his second year at the team, and he’s definitely not going to get the max contract he’s keen to get during the next offseason.
Noel has a very high upside in the defensive end but his durability issues are a huge concern, and his season averages of 4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game aren’t doing much to help raise his value. Still, expect several teams to be intrigued by the possibility of inking him long term, but nobody’s going to risk many assets on a half season rental.
8. Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler is a standout baller and a very underrated player, but he’s not been durable enough to be a reliable asset at Denver, and coach Malone has always found ways to replace him when he’s forced to sit down due to injuries.
The veteran forward is quite versatile and productive in both ends of the floor, and he can play from the 2 to either forward spot, so plenty of contending teams should be interested in his services. Besides, he’s looking for a big contract and he’s not getting enough touches this year with Murray, Jokic and Millsap on board, and his averages of 8.8 points, 4.4 boards and 2.1 dimes aren’t very attractive at this point.
7. DeAndre Jordan
The Los Angeles Clippers are looking pretty much like a hospital right now with Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and now also Blake Griffin in the shelf, and their season seems lost right now even though we’re just a couple of months into the campaign.
DeAndre Jordan was pretty close to leaving the team back then in 2015 and they couldn’t match their contract demands this offseason either, so he’s a lock to opt out of his contract and walk away for free. Having said that, they should be smart to shop him, especially with the Cavs wanting to get him and willing to part ways with that Brooklyn Nets pick. So far, he’s averaging 10 boards, 13.7 boards and 1.1 swats per matchup.
6. Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez arrived to the Los Angeles Lakers in one of the most surprising deals of the offseason, coming in exchange of D’Angelo Russell t try and mentor and help the young Lakers on their way to a very exciting season.
Nevertheless, with coach Walton always going small and considering how crowded their young frontcourt is, they actually don’t need Lopez, and should look to make a move for a true rim protector instead. Besides, he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent, and we wouldn’t expect LA to spend much money on a center that averages 13 points and roughly 4 boards per game.
5. Julius Randle
Julius Randle’s career took a major downfall this season and he’s lot a lot of playing time in favor of rookie Kyle Kuzma and former substitute Larry Nance Jr, and even though he’s shown glances of greatness, it just doesn’t seem like he’s going to be nearly as good as expected coming out of college.
Still, Randle could get some nice value in return because of his youth and upside, and the Lakers need to move him ASAP in order to clear cap space for their so called LeBron James and Paul George runs this upcoming offseason. Through the year, he’s posted averages of 12.5 points, 6.6 boards and 1.7 dimes per game.
4. Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor’s story is just sad at this point, and it feels like the Philadelphia 76ers are doing him really wrong and disrespecting him a lot, as he’s only made 2 appearances this season for a grand total of 25 minutes, piling up DNP’s even when all their big men aren’t available to suit up for a game.
Okafor looked like a major bust, but he wasn’t put in much of a position to succeed either, and Philadelphia just doesn’t want to let him leave despite his desires. Still, trading him is the smartest thing to do considering there’s no way in hell he’s going to be back the next season.
3. Alex Len
Alex Len looked like he was going to be a major force in both ends of the floor during his Maryland stint, but early injuries and struggles really stalled his development and he’s currently one of the last men in the Suns rotation.
Len currently sits behind Tyson Chandler, Greg Monroe, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender and he’s even racked a couple of DNP’s since Monroe got to time, and he’s eager to get a big deal the next year and he’s not going to get it unless he gets some playing time. Also, a center averaging 9 points and 9.4 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game should have some nice value in this market.
2. Greg Monroe
The Phoenix Suns were willing to acquire Greg Monroe’s deal just to get something out of Eric Bledsoe, but he’s not actually a part of the team’s plans for the future, and he can’t be delighted to be suited up for one of the worst teams in basketball either.
Monroe can still have some value and could be a productive asset off the bench for a contending team. So far, he’s averaged almost 9 points and 7 rebounds per game in just 12 appearances due to injury, but with him set to walk away for free in a couple of months, Phoenix would be smart to land at least some spare parts or picks out of him.
1. Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors is currently having a very nice run with Rudy Gobert dressed in street clothes, but his production is set to have a major dip as soon as the Stifle Tower is ready to return, and his days as a standout prospect are far behind him and everybody knows it.t10
Favors still has some value, though, and there’s no way he decides to stay put at Utah with several suitors willing to acquire his services, so the Jazz should make the most of this momentum he’s gaining and sell high right now. Through the year, he’s averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 55% from the floor.