The offseason is one of the most exciting periods in the NBA, as most of the moves that didn’t happen during draft night happen there, either to clear cap space to pursue top-notch free agents or just to try and make adjustments to face a new season.
And with the summer just around the corner, it’s pretty safe to expect a lot of movement in the Association, especially with several teams trying to make a run at the ring to try and stop both the Cavs and the Warriors dominance.
With Butler landing at Minny and Chris Paul already in Houston, other teams like Boston and Phoenix are reportedly going to be quite aggressive in this upcoming weeks to try and build title contending squads, but even if several moves are very likely to happen very soon, other rumors or expected deals are just not going to happen despite how much the media or fans want them to.
Today, we’ll give you the top 5 trades that won’t happen, so if you were expecting any of these guys to land on your team, we have bad news for you.
5. Bradley Beal
Beal was reportedly on the trade block a couple of seasons ago and even at the start of this prior season due to some durability concerns about the injury prone talented shooting guard, and there were also reports that stated that his relationship with All-Star point guard John Wall wasn’t that good.
Still, if the Wizards want to build on their last season success, they need to keep Beal alongside Wall, and apparently all those things about the two not getting along was nothing but low-key gossip, so expect Bradley to stay put in Washington.
4. Chandler Parsons
The former Rocket was perhaps the biggest flop of the prior season, spending a little time on the court due to nagging pains and injuries and mightily struggling to produce whenever he was actually able to lace them up.
Still, considering how much money the Grizzlies decided to offer him and the fact that he never actually recovered from his injury, it’s pretty safe to expect Memphis to give Parsons another shot, as everybody knows what he’s capable of doing when healthy, so if you expected your team to buy low on the forward, you’ve got another thing coming.
3. Hassan Whiteside
Whiteside knocked pretty much everybody off their seats when he had that breakout season a couple of years ago after being nothing more of a bust for the Sacramento Kings and was forced to play overseas until finally finding a steady home with Miami.
So, even if there have been a lot of rumours surrounding Whiteside as the lone interesting asset Pat Riley owns right now, a move out of South Beach seems quite unlikely at this point, as he’s settled as their go-to-guy on offense and defense, so he’s definitely going to stay there for a very long while.
2. DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins is one of the NBA’s biggest troublemakers, but he’s also one of the biggest talents in the league and there’s no doubt about it, and that’s exactly why the New Orleans Pelicans fully trust Boogie to thrive alongside Anthony Davis for the long run.
Even despite the rumors of Cousins not resigning with the team that traded for him, he had a monster second half of the season with the Pelicans and his chemistry with Anthony Davis was just off the charts, and he knows his best chance to contend while also having a starring role is precisely with the New Orleans.
1. Kristaps Porzingis
And last but not least, we’re sorry to let you all down guys, but Porzingod is not going anywhere in the foreseeable future. With the Knicks finally cutting ties with Phil Jackson after several years of madness and self-destruction, all that trade talk surrounding the Latvian 7 footer has also come to an end.
The Knicks are nowhere near contention, but they reportedly still intend to part ways with Carmelo in exchange of some youngsters or assets, so expect the Knicks to build around their talented big guy, and he’s fully expected to attend exit meetings now with Jackson back on his couch.