Trading your stars is not something you’d usually do, as many things would have to happen in order to find yourself in that position, like that time when the Timberwolves traded Kevin Love to build around the 1st overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
Other situations may also force teams to trade their stars, like what Paul George did to the Indiana Pacers when he demanded a trade before just walking away as an unrestricted free agent at the end of this campaign.
But, some players are just so valuable that they may not be traded at any cost, either because they represent the future of the franchise as their lone star for the future, or because they’re part of basketball elite and you wouldn’t get as near as much as they’re actually worth in return, and today we’ll list you 10 guys that would never be traded if we were GM’s.
Honorable Mentions: James Harden
The Unibrow leaving the Pelicans seems like something inevitable at this stage of his career, as his perhaps one of the top 5 most talented players in the Association but he’s just never going to win on that team.
So, expect him to demand a trade after that big 3 with Cousins and Holiday also fails. Still, if you ask me, I’m just never going to let him walk away, or at least you’ll have to give me 2 All-Stars and a 1st rounder to catch my attention.
Everybody got into the Andrew Wiggins train until KAT was drafted, as the Dominican became the ultimate leader of the young wolves in both ends of the court, playing like a veteran despite just spending one season at the college before heading to the majors.
So, at the right price, I’d consider dealing Wiggins to surround KAT of more talent or proven veterans, as this guy has MVP potential and keeps improving on a nightly basis, and he’s definitely the most talented player to play for that franchise since the Garnett era.
Wall’s situation is pretty similar to Davis’, as he’s one of the top talents in the Association, but he's mightily struggling to lead his team far beyond in the Playoffs, and he’s probably going to have a bad time for as long as James is still in the East.
Nevertheless, the Wizards would be dumb to let him walk, as he’s their best shot at a title and they just need to keep on building around him, and even dealing Beal if that what it takes to land more All-Stars to play alongside Wall.
The Unicorn never ceased to amaze during his first couple of seasons, and after Phil Jackson’s departure, we may finally forget about all that Porzingis getting traded nonsense that made Knicks fans lose their minds.
Porzingod has unlimited range and a lot of skills at his height, and while there’s a lot of room for improvement on the defensive end, the skill set is there and he has no ceiling, so the Knicks may be smart to keep him for the long run.
The Greek Freak has become perhaps the most impressive player in the Association, coming out of nowhere as a guy nobody even knew to lead his team in every single different stat line and improving every single aspect of his game.
Of course, he must develop his touch from mid and long range in order to become the best player in the Association, but he’s a lock to be a regular name in the MVP conversation for as long as he’s able to play.
Nobody, not even Gregg Popovich expected Kawhi Leonard to blossom into the incredible two-way star he’s become, playing lockdown defense on one end on the court while also scoring in bunches from pretty much everywhere.
LeonardLeonard still has a lot of upsides and that makes him even more scary, so the Spurs must be keen to have him until he retires, as the ultimate leader of the team since Tim Duncan’s retirement.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has repeatedly considered a scenario where they have to part ways with their MVP, as he’s probably the lone valuable asset in their roster at this point, and he lacks a capable supporting cast to lead them to contention.
Still, Brodie’s proven to be extremely loyal and that he rathers lose instead of winning elsewhere, so even if he could have a lot of value in return with several 1st rounders and prospects, the Thunder are better off trying to compete with him than just tanking without him.
Curry finally got paid big time after being perhaps the biggest bargain in the history of the league, and there wouldn’t be enough players in your team to try and make up for this massive contract.
Besides, having the best shooter of all times in your squad is something you definitely want, and even if his dribbling skills, speed and handles diminish as he ages, he could still make a living out of shooting from beyond the arc until he turns 40.
Kevin Durant is probably the best player in the world not named LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard at this point, and even if he hasn’t been exactly loyal, you’d expect him to play until the very last minute of his contract with your team.
Besides, he’s the most versatile offensive player and perhaps the most talented scorer in the league even at his height, and there’s nothing you could offer in return to even make me consider this deal.
James is heading towards the last years of his career, although he could still play for 6-7 more years at the highest of levels considering how durable and healthy he is and how he maintains fresh for the Playoffs.
Obviously, James leaving the Cavaliers once again would be off the table, but even if he hasn’t returned home, there’s absolutely nothing you can offer a team to match Bron’s impact, and not even 5 1st rounders and a prospect would make me part ways with this guy.