The NBA features the best players from all across the globe, but it takes way more than just an incredibly talented man to win a championship, and if you can’t take our word for it, just ask LeBron James what he thinks.
Truth to be told, even if some players would like to be “the man” and bring joy to their teams even if that mean they have no good teammates along them (like Dame Lillard or Russell Westbrook), every single guy in the Association is desperate to win a championship, and doing it alone is practically impossible.
And, considering how competitive the league has become and how good some teams are, some guys just can’t stand playing for subpar squads that’ll never let them become the players they’re poised to be on an individual level. So today, we’ll take a look at the top 5 players that could force a trade next season if things don’t go their way.
The Latvian unicorn kind of regressed during this season due to injuries, but there’s absolutely no doubt about his incredible offensive talent and his improving defense, having the size of a center with the skill set and range of a shooting guard.
Still, if the Knicks wind up (When the Knicks wind up) trading Carmelo Anthony, chances are they become and even worse team than they are nowadays, so the European would be smart to try and get the hell out from a very dysfunctional franchise that’s nowhere near contention.
The Wizards have actually put together a very competitive squad and they’re improving on a yearly basis, but the reported lack of chemistry between him and Beal and the lack of success they’ve had come playoffs time could definitely create a lot of frustration in the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.
Wall would have a lot of value in return for the Wizards as a top 5 (perhaps even top 3) point guard in the Association, and even if this may seem like a long shot, Wall’s competitive nature and winning desire could actually make him request a trade if the Wizards don’t improve quickly.
DeRozan is set to be the greatest player in Toronto Raptors history if he stays for 4-5 more seasons in the team, as he’s climbing the historic ladder in Canada and is definitely the fan favorite at Air Canada Centre, although he hasn’t had much success during the playoffs.
And, if Kyle Lowry decides to sign with the Sixers of Rockets at it has been reported, the Raptors would much likely lose PJ Tucker and Serge Ibaka as well, leaving DeRozan without much help to try and compete, making him a primary trade candidate that’ll have a lot of suitors keen to lure him.
Marc Gasol is the go-to-guy in the grindhouse nowadays, but considering how poorly Chandler Parsons performed and the fact that he’s recovering from injury once again, plus the fact that Zach Randolph could sign elsewhere and they don’t have much of a supporting cast, he could be in a lot of trouble if he wants to win a championship like his brother.
So he might as well follow Pau’s step and pursue his ring elsewhere, forcing the Grizzlies to trade him if they’re not good enough to put together another playoff run and a trip to the finals, something that would most likely send them to rebuild mode.
The Pistons hasn’t been good at all despite having a lot of interesting youngsters like Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Drummond himself, and the team’s very likely to rebuild if they find themselves struggling once again at the half point of the season.
So, with Drummond being the guy that could have more value in Michigan’s squad, the big man could definitely try and force a trade to get the hell out of there as the most talented player on the roster and a very dominant center despite his tender age.