We’re just a couple of weeks away from this year’s trade deadline so teams are getting desperate to offload some contracts looking ahead of the next season while contending sides are willing to take a gamble and trade away some assets for a rental on some veterans.
Having said that, a lot of rumors have been going night in and night out and dozens of players are reportedly on the trade block and have been the target of trade rumors throughout the whole regular season.
And considering how teams have fared the last couple of weeks and all the injuries that have happened, it’s pretty safe to assume that rosters are going to look a lot different to end the season.
Today, we’re bound to let you know about the top 8 hottest NBA trade rumors.
8. The Los Angeles Lakers want to trade Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle
This trade rumor has been going on all season long with the Los Angeles Lakers looking to clear cap space to make a run at both LeBron James and Paul George during the offseason, and they’re a couple of the most intriguing young players in the league right now.
Randle has been quite solid averaging 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds with 2.1 assists on 55% from the floor, while Clarkson has been posting averages of 14.7 points, 3 boards and 3.3 dimes per contest, so they should draw a lot of interest as the deadline approaches.
7. The Boston Celtics want to trade for Tyreke Evans
The Boston Celtics have struggled a bit over the last couple of weeks following their European trip, so they’re naturally looking for a bit of firepower now that Marcus Smart is also sidelined for a couple of weeks with a hand injury.
For that matter, the Celtics have inquired about veteran guard Tyreke Evans, who’s been benched by the Memphis Grizzlies amid trade talks.
He has a great season and the Celtics could get the powerful second unit with him, Smart and Rozier.
6. The Cleveland Cavaliers want to trade for Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan
Amid the disaster, the Cleveland Cavaliers have become and all the talks stating that LeBron James is heading towards the exit at the end of the season, the Cavaliers are keen to make a last run at the NBA Finals while they still got the King.
For that matter, they’re trying to get the Los Angeles Clippers to part ways with both Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan, as neither of them plans of staying with the team for the long run. Sadly for them, they’re most likely to have to part ways with the Brooklyn Nets pick, something that may be extremely valuable in the post LeBron era.
5. The Milwaukee Bucks want to trade for Hassan Whiteside or DeAndre Jordan
Milwaukee has been quite aggressive all year long and they’re desperate to make a run at the Eastern Conference Finals so they aren’t going to hesitate to make some moves to become a top tier team and dethrone the Celtics and also threaten the Cavs.
So, reports have stated that they’re keen to move Thon Maker and Jabari Parker in order to land an All-Star caliber rim protector, and they’ve been trying to get DeAndre Jordan or Hassan Whiteside, a couple of guys that could lift them past their opposition.
4. The Utah Jazz want to trade Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors
Rodney Hood has been a stand-up guy for the Utah Jazz every time he’s been able to suit up, showing up his handles, playmaking skills and offensive versatility, but he’s been so injury prone that the team wouldn’t hesitate to let him go.
Also, Derrick Favors is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and he’s been wanting to play for a major market for a long time, so he’s not likely to return to a team that has turned to Rudy Gobert as their go-to-guy down low.
3. The Golden State Warriors want to trade for Enes Kanter or Kyle O’Quinn
The rich want to get richer, and as the New York Knicks are struggling to make a run at the playoffs, it seems like the Dubs would want to snub a couple of players from them, or at least one of their big men before the trade deadline.
Kanter is the most likely candidate they want to push for, as a big man with range and a huge rebounding ability that would fit perfectly in their small ball lineup, but It’s been reported that if they strike out on the Turkish veteran, they would try to land Kyle O’Quinn instead.
2. The Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn’t mind trading Isaiah Thomas at the right price
Isaiah Thomas has been one of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ primary scapegoats as the team’s recent struggles have come pretty much amid his comeback, and even though it may not be entirely his fault, the situation is getting quite tense at the Land right now.
Also, Thomas hasn’t committed to extend his stay at the Q beyond this season, so he wouldn’t mind getting out of a place he didn’t want to go in the first place. Obviously, they need to get a decent offer before trying to make this move.
1. Joe Johnson wants to get out of the Utah Jazz
According to several reports, the veteran forward has been trying to force a move out of the Utah Jazz following a disappointing season for a team that was supposed to compete for a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs.
Even though they can still catch the Denver Nuggets for a playoffs spot, Johnson is “angling behind the scenes” to get out of the team according to NY Times’ Marc Stein, so if they fail to find any takers, he could be even bought out at some point of the campaign with the veteran looking to play for a contending side.