All good things must come to an end, and that also applies to great players defending the colors of our favorite squad, as guys qet tired of losing despite their incredible individual efforts, or want a bigger paycheck or just need to change their environment to thrive once again.
Over the course of the years, some players have given their best to their current franchises in order to try and lead them all the way to an NBA Championship, but more often than not, they wind up falling short due to the lack of a capable support cast.
And with the new collective agreements the NBA has made, pretty much every single team in the NBA has a lot of money to offer to some players, that are very likely to demand a trade or just walk away from their current sides to try and win a huge paycheck while also being actual contenders.
So, today we’ll let you know about 5 stars that are most likely to play their last season alongside their teammates.
5. John Wall
Wall has made his way into basketball elite thanks to the last couple of campaigns, completely leading the Washington Wizards into the playoffs but falling short in the postseason due to the team’s struggle to produce beyond him and Bradley Beal.
So, after another failed postseason run with Wall’s desire to win now, it’s pretty likely that the All-Star point guard demands a trade out of the nation’s capital to try and win alongside a squad more suited for his kind of talent, and there will be at least 5 teams willing to offer a lot to lure the best point guard in the East to their team.
4. Andre Drummond
Drummond is the lone attractive asset on a mediocre Detroit Pistons team, and even if he’s definitely a very talented player, he’s just not that good to try and build around him with the Pistons reportedly keen to kick a new era in their franchise if things don’t go their way during the first couple of months of the season.
So, if Van Gundy’s squad isn’t on the verge of another playoff run, expect the Pistons to try and deal the talented big guy, that’s very likely to have several suitors. Still, it’s pretty unlikely that any franchise is interested in parting ways with a high 1st round pick or a promising prospect to land Drummond, so let’s stay tuned and wait for the outcome of this drama.
3. Klay Thompson
Thompson has won a couple of rings in the bay and has been one of the main reasons of Kerr’s success, with his top-notch backcourt defense and reliable and consistent shooting from everywhere on the court, despite perhaps being the most underrated player in the Warriors roster nowadays.
So, there have been several rumours stating that Thompson would like to go elsewhere to have a more starring role, and Paul George’s reportedly keen to recruit him to join the Lakers when he also does so at the start of the 2018 campaign, considering Klay’s also a Los Angeles native and his old guy was also a Laker.
2. Dwyane Wade
Wade’s lone reason to resign with the Chicago Bulls this year was money and he wasn’t shy to let everybody know so. Still, with Gar/Pax looking to rebuild the franchise around youngsters, keeping Wade beyond this season makes no sense whatsoever, especially considering how much money he makes.
So, look for Chicago to either buy him off or let him walk away, and Wade’s definitely going to draw a lot of attention for a contender, especially with all that speculation regarding him joining Carmelo, Chris Paul and LeBron in 2018, as the 4 buddies are all set to become free agents.
1. Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas is one of the league’s best players in the pick and roll and has improved a lot when it comes to his offensive repertoire, but he’s really struggled come playoff time and the Raptors are looking to lower their squad to matchup with more athletic teams and try to play small ball.
Besides, with Kyle Lowry set to leave the team, it’s pretty likely that Toronto struggles a lot during the season, and Jonas could actually get some very interesting pieces in return if the Raptors wind up dealing him now that he’s still got some value.