It's that time of year again! The draft is over, free agents are pretty much signed, and the basketball hype is beginning to die down. It also means, however, that the landscape is perfect for offseason trades. With multiple players seeking a fresh start, there's no shortage of scenarios for where these guys can wind up. For this summer, that same fact remains true. Here are five players that are on this summers trading block:
With the awesome news the Celtics received on Tuesday, came some bad news as well. In order to make Hayward fit within the cap, the team will have to trade away some valuable assets to make the trade work. Both Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart will be on the ones taking the fall for Haywards arrival. While the likely designation for the guys will be a sign and trade with the Jazz, their location can be just about anywhere right now. For Bradley, he is the best of the three, and the most likely to find a new home by August. One has to wonder though: will Bradley keep up his great play on another team, or is he just a system player?
Meanwhile, in New York, things are looking young. The Knicks seem to be on a full youth movement, and Carmelo Anthony doesn't seem to be a part of it. With rumors circulating all season about his potential departure, it won't come at a surprise when he's finally dealt. The only problem here is finding a team that will be willing to make the right deal. So far, nothing has come the Knicks way that's been worth taking. The Cavaliers and Rockets, however, may be the only options. For Melo, it's all about winning the ring.
Dwyane Wade is practically a fish out of water in Chicago. He needs a nice, winning environment that fits his agenda. On a contending team, Wade can really shine. Again, the Cavaliers seem like the best option here, as he can reunite with his former teammate, LeBron James. Or, maybe he'd prefer to play with Houston, with Chris Paul and James Harden? Either way, it's clear that the Bulls and Wade are going in completely different directions right now.
It seems Faried has never really lived up to his potential. The situation in Denver doesn't fit him, and it's time for a change. Having been in several rumors, the Nuggets are obviously looking to trade him for another piece. Not to mention that they just acquired Paul Millsap, who plays the same position. As time goes on, it will become increasingly unlikely that Faried stays on board in Denver. Will he ever find that untapped potential we all know he has? Who knows, but he probably won't find it on the Nuggets.
Since day one, things have never quite worked out for Okafor and the Sixers. Jahlil is stacked with potential, but has failed to live up to the hype in Philly. Looks like the process is ready to give up on him, as he's been involved in several trade rumors in the past year. This summer should be the time, however, with a lot of teams looking for young talent to add. Okafor can rebound, score in the post, and has a sizable jumper. He can be a real good piece for a team with the time to mentor him.