The NBA trade deadline is ready for February 9, 2023 at 3 p.m. ET. meaning that teams have nearly seven weeks to choose what they’ll do.
As of straight away though, the trade market appears to be idle just because there aren’t any “sellers” this season… Well, a minimum of as of straight away!
The talent gap across the NBA has shrunk tremendously and from the highest spot in either conference to the underside spot, you may still make an actual playoff case for all 30 teams on this league.
Now, obviously teams just like the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets have a greater likelihood of creating the playoffs than a team just like the Detroit Pistons or Houston Rockets, but there aren’t any off-days on this league anymore and each team remains to be considering all of their options by way of adding talent ahead of the trade deadline.
With that said, many across the league are usually not only watching the Los Angeles Lakers and what they might possibly do with reference to trading All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, but many teams are fixated on the Eastern Conference with teams just like the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls struggling.
Could the Raptors and Bulls each look to “sell” assets ahead of the trade deadline, taking a step back to construct for the long run? What in regards to the Golden State Warriors within the Western Conference given their struggles, specifically with former second overall pick James Wiseman?
These are each key questions floating across the league straight away and while there can be some clarity on who will do what in the approaching weeks, no person seems to have any idea what this trade deadline will find yourself looking like, as all it takes is for one domino to fall before the NBA trade market gets flooded!
Listed below are some recent, hypothetical trade scenarios to contemplate and ponder because the trade deadline continues to inch closer and closer.
Kyle Kuzma Heads To “The Big Apple”
Latest York Knicks Receive: F Kyle Kuzma
Washington Wizards Receive: F Obi Toppin, F Cam Reddish, MIL 2025 1st Round Pick (Top-4 Protected)
Adding Kristaps Porzingis on the trade deadline last season after which bringing in each Monte Morris and Will Barton this past offseason, the Washington Wizards expected themselves to be in the course of the pack within the Eastern Conference.
As of straight away, they’re 12-20 and sitting outside of the playoff picture, a spot they’ve been in ceaselessly lately. The Wizards will likely look so as to add talent around Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis ahead of the trade deadline, but they face a giant decision with reference to Kyle Kuzma, as there are reports stating that Kuzma is prone to develop into a free agent after this season somewhat than picking up his $13 million player option for next season.
Losing Kumza for absolutely nothing can be devastating for the Wizards, as he’s a player that will be in “high demand” should he hit the trade block ahead of this season’s trade deadline.
The Latest York Knicks have a protracted history of working with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Kuzma’s current representation, and Leon Rose was probably the greatest at CAA for years before joining the Knicks’ front-office.
There may be very likely a powerful connection already formed between Kuzma’s representation and the Knicks’ front-office, which is why Latest York needs to be considered a heavy favorite to land the 27-year-old either via trade or in free agency next offseason, that’s assuming Kuzma was to opt out of his contract.
The Knicks are red-hot straight away and their probabilities of making the playoffs seem fairly high. Nevertheless, if they really wish to take that next step as a corporation and higher their future by way of being a contender within the Eastern Conference, they need secondary playmakers and scorers like Kyle Kuzma.
Pairing him with the likes of Jalen Brunson, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle immediately fills a spot the Knicks have on offense and while they’d be sacrificing a bit of their future in Obi Toppin and a first-round pick, Kuzma can be an easy upgrade over Toppin within the team’s rotations.
Not to say, this pick the Knicks can be giving up shouldn’t be their very own first-round pick in 2025 and Cam Reddish is a player the team is seeking to move anyhow.
For Washington, Reddish and Toppin are two young assets that they might immediately plug-and-play of their rotations and having each of them gives the Wizards a likelihood to explore other trade opportunities so as to add talent around Beal and Porzingis.
Chicago Begins Their Rebuild (Scenario #1)
Toronto Raptors Receive: F DeMar DeRozan, C Tony Bradley, CHI 2026 2nd Round Pick (Top-40 Protected)
Chicago Bulls Receive: F O.G. Anunoby, F Thaddeus Young, C Precious Achiuwa, TOR 2023 1st Round Pick (Top-4 Protected)
All eyes are on the Chicago Bulls straight away, as they’re currently evaluating all of their options as a front-office.
Will the Bulls determine to start constructing for the long run again, trading the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and/or Nikola Vucevic, or will they offer it one last go and look so as to add talent nevertheless they will? Lonzo Ball being out along with his knee issue has really hit the Bulls hard and now, they’re at a crossroads as a corporation.
The Bulls face a monumental decision ahead of the trade deadline this season and in the event that they determine to be the league’s biggest “sellers,” the Toronto Raptors, one other team that many are watching closely, could very much be the primary team on the phone with the Bulls.
Masai Ujiri is rarely shy about going out and adding big names to his Raptors’ rosters and if the Bulls are going to blow things up, why not inquire about DeMar DeRozan and see what Chicago would want for him?
DeRozan is a fan-favorite in Toronto after spending the primary nine seasons of his profession there and maybe the largest hole the Raptors have straight away as a corporation is that they shouldn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 option on their roster.
Well, DeMar DeRozan is actually that variety of player and while he’s 33-years-old, DeRozan is the variety of player that may immediately turn things around for the Raptors and make them an actual championship threat, very similar to how Kawhi Leonard delivered the Raptors their first championship in 2019.
Going after DeRozan though would come at a hefty price, as there are likely no scenarios wherein the Raptors can pursue the All-Star without giving up O.G. Anunoby. Perhaps the Bulls would want Gary Trent Jr. included with Anunoby in a trade request for DeRozan as well!
On this scenario though, the Bulls would find yourself with Anunoby, in addition to a young, athletic center in Precious Achiuwa to ultimately replace Nikola Vucevic. Thaddeus Young would head back to Chicago too where he spent two seasons not too way back, but Young’s contract is just partially-guaranteed for $1 million next season, giving Chicago cap flexibility.
Replacing DeRozan with an instantaneous first-round draft pick, a young, former first-round center and an emerging, former first-round wing needs to be exactly what the Bulls want in a trade, that is that if they give the impression of being to blow things up.
Chicago Begins Their Rebuild (Scenario #2)
Atlanta Hawks Receive: G Zach LaVine, PHX 2023 2nd Round Pick, CHI 2026 2nd Round Pick
Phoenix Suns Receive: F John Collins, G Justin Holiday, C Tony Bradley
Chicago Bulls Receive: G/F AJ Griffin, F Cameron Johnson, F Jae Crowder, F Dario Saric, ATL 2023 1st Round Pick (Top-4 Protected), PHX 2024 1st Round Pick (Unprotected)
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As a substitute of specializing in DeMar DeRozan and what the trade market could appear like for him, specializing in Zach LaVine is where the actual motion begins because almost every team within the league would show interest in trading for the two-time All-Star.
LaVine recently signed a five-year, $215 million deal this past offseason, but there appears to be some form of disconnect between Zach LaVine and the Bulls straight away, especially given his struggles on the ground.
The Atlanta Hawks showed a level of interest in LaVine this past offseason before making their move for Dejounte Murray and while it is tough to examine Trae Young, Dejounte Murray and Zach LaVine all fitting in together provided that they’re all guards, this trio could immediately create one of the explosive scoring trios within the league.
It shouldn’t be secret that the Hawks are wanting to maneuver John Collins in the event that they can get an easy upgrade offensively and LaVine will surely be this upgrade for them, especially provided that they will play small with him on the small forward position, moving De’Andre Hunter to the ability forward position in the method.
Collins has received interest from quite just a few Western Conference teams, certainly one of which is the Phoenix Suns. Trying to prove that they will make it back to the NBA Finals, the Suns appear to be pressed to make some form of move to upgrade their roster, especially with veteran Jae Crowder continuing to sit down out.
Chicago should not have any problem taking back two first-round picks, AJ Griffin, Cameron Johnson and cap flexibility for Zach LaVine and Phoenix shouldn’t really have an issue giving up Cameron Johnson and a first-round pick for John Collins.
The important thing here is whether or not or not the Hawks would really wish to goal Zach LaVine and in the event that they can be willing to part ways with not only Collins, but Griffin as well, who’s a young and promising looking rookie, to make this trade occur.
Warriors Move James Wiseman
Charlotte Hornets Receive: C James Wiseman
Golden State Warriors Receive: F P.J. Washington, C Mark Williams
The Golden State Warriors have been trying their hardest to develop James Wiseman, but he just has not looked like a key player that may help them win on the highest-level immediately.
Wiseman is a work-in-progress and while he actually has a ton of potential to show into an ideal player, the Warriors don’t necessarily have time to attend around. Their bench unit has struggled this season, Stephen Curry now has a left shoulder injury and the Warriors find themselves outside of the playoff picture within the Western Conference over 30 games into the season.
Obviously this team has a likelihood to contend for a title in the event that they are fully healthy heading into the playoffs, but Golden State’s struggles are concerning straight away and moving Wiseman could immediately give them a key talent to assist them improve each their bench and defensive intensity.
P.J. Washington is the proper player for the Warriors to focus on given his length and skill to play out on the perimeter offensively as a stretch power forward. Not to say, Washington is a really underrated defender in his own right.
The Charlotte Hornets are still rebuilding and this season goes to proceed to be tough for them from a talent perspective. Constructing for the long run is one of the best thing this franchise can do and pairing Wiseman, the second pick within the 2020 NBA Draft, with LaMelo Ball, the third pick within the 2020 NBA Draft could immediately create a terrific “one-two punch” this team can utilize for years to come back.
With P.J. Washington set to hit restricted free agency this upcoming offseason though, the Warriors is probably not willing to maneuver Wiseman for one more player they’d should pay to maintain around.
Boston Adds To Championship Depth
Boston Celtics Receive: F Jarred Vanderbilt
Utah Jazz Receive: G Payton Pritchard, BOS 2025 1st Round Pick (Top-10 Protected)
Having Joe Mazzulla step up as the pinnacle coach in wake of all of the drama that surrounded Ime Udoka this offseason, the Boston Celtics haven’t lost a step and in reality, they’re certainly one of the league’s best offensive teams this season after being certainly one of the league’s best defensive teams a season ago.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown proceed to prove why they’re likely one of the best two-way duo within the NBA and what has made the Celtics a championship contender once more is their depth.
President of basketball operations Brad Stevens has done a wonderful job adding secondary pieces like Derrick White and Malcolm Brogdon to this team, which is why he’ll likely stay aggressive and take a look at so as to add on to his team’s depth ahead of the trade deadline.
Boston has draft picks to mess around with and more importantly, they’ve trade exceptions that may be utilized to go “all-in” for a championship.
Packaging Payton Pritchard, a young guard that’s now behind each White and Brogdon within the team’s rotations, and a future first-round pick for Jarred Vanderbilt can be a dream come true for the Celtics for 2 reasons.
The primary is because Vanderbilt’s contract can be absorbed using their $5.8 million exception and the second is as a result of the indisputable fact that the one thing Boston is lacking straight away is rebounding depth.
The Celtics are an ideal shooting team, they’re once more an ideal defensive team, but they rank just 18th within the league in rebounding. Jarred Vanderbilt has proven to be an avid rebounder on each ends of the ground and he can be the proper secondary player for this team to have behind the likes of Al Horford and Robert Williams within the frontcourt.
Not to say, he still has yet one more yr left on his contract after this season.
Who knows what the Utah Jazz have planned ahead of the trade deadline, but executive Danny Ainge was all the time keen on Payton Pritchard when he was in command of Boston’s front-office and gathering future draft picks appears to be something the Jazz are keen on doing after dealing Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert within the offseason.
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