With the trade deadline now just hours away, who are some of the guys on each team who could be in a new jersey come their next time on the court.
Brooklyn Nets: DeMarre Carroll, Joe Harris
After a bad stint in Toronto, Carroll has played his way into starters minutes in Brooklyn and despite his overpriced contract, should be an option for contenders. Harris is no star for the Nets but he’s been a surprising bright spot for the young team, stroking it from deep almost as good as anyone in the league. With a low salary at $1.5 million, any contender would be happy to have Harris’ sharpshooting in a offense-driven league.
New York Knicks: Courtney Lee, Michael Beasley
Lee is having likely the best season of his career and with Hardaway Jr. set as the future 2 in New York, look for the veteran to possibly be moved. Despite his tunnel vision and lack of defense, Beasley is one of the best bench scorers in the league, something several teams are looking for.
Philadelphia 76ers: Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot
The Sixers are likely to stand pat at the deadline this year having already moved Okafor to Brooklyn, but if there was a moveable piece on the team that could attract buyers, Luwawu is the most likely candidate.
Toronto Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas
Valancunias’ playing time has been dropping over the past few years and with the coming up of young big men Poeltl and Nogueira, the Raps could deal him, though with the season they’re having it’s likely he’s in Toronto until at least the summer.
Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier
The Celtics could make a number of moves on Thursday but Smart is the most likely player to be headed out of Boston. It’s highly unlikely Rozier is going anywhere as Danny Ainge loves the young guard but if a superstar deal is in place it’s possible he’s involved.
Sacramento Kings: George Hill
The Kings may opt to move their veteran point guard to acquire a few assets and move forward with De’Aaron Fox for the future.
Phoenix Suns: Alex Len
After several years in Phoenix, Len has yet to fully grab hold of the starting job. He’s not being thrown around in too many trade rumors but he’s a possible trade piece for the Suns.
Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson
Randle and Clarkson have been involved in rumors for months but Magic and the Lakers haven’t come up with a deal yet. The two could garner attention from several teams and result in some young assets and draft picks for LA.
Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Avery Bradley
DJ and Lou should be moved by LA by today along with possibly Avery Bradley in a different deal. The Clippers could end up with some high draft picks to get their rebuild on if they sell a few of their older starters.
Golden State Warriors: Javale McGee
Though it’s likely McGee stays with the Warriors given rookie Jordan Bell’s current injury, he’s been on the trade block for a while and may be in a different uniform in a few days.
Atlanta Hawks: Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova
Both these players have shooting ability that any team would love to have and should be on the move if the Hawks are smart.
Orlando Magic: Everyone
The Magic are loaded with talent but have yet to fully find an identity. Aaron Gordon is clearly their most valuable piece but even he shouldn’t be untouchable at this point. With new front office in place Orlando should be selling at the deadline.
Charlotte Hornets: Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Nic Batum
Though at this point it seems unlikely, Charlotte could move their top 3 players in an attempt to gain a top draft pick or a few young players. Michael Jordan doesn’t seem keen on the idea but it’d be smart for the mediocre franchise to shift in a different direction.
Miami Heat: James johnson, Justise Winslow
It’s likely one of these forwards are moved at the deadline. The Heat would receive more for Winslow but could dump the contract of Johnson while he’s still moveable.
Washington Wizards: Kelly Oubre Jr.
The Wizards are another team that will probably be quiet tomorrow but with Otto Porter ahead of him for the future and the fact he’s still on his rookie deal, the Wizards should listen to offers for Oubre.
Chicago Bulls: Justin Holiday
The Bulls have already made the trade they needed to make by moving Mirotic recently. If they were to deal someone else, Holiday is a possibility with Zach Lavine just coming back.
Detroit Pistons: Stanley Johnson
Detroit has also made a recent trade with the acquisition of Blake Griffin. The team should now listen to offers for Stanley Johnson as the young forward hasn’t exactly panned out how they wanted it.
Indiana Pacers: Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young
These are two veterans who can still contribute as starters or off the bench. The Pacers are actually looking at a playoff spot this year but with some young stars ready to step up they may deal some older players if the right offer comes.
Milwaukee Bucks: Mirza Teletovic
Teletovic isn’t a highly desired player but his shooting ability could make him available for a low 2nd round pick at a deadline deal with a contender.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Everyone but LeBron
The Cavs have clear problems right now and to fix it, no matter what direction they decide to go in, anybody but the King should be available.
Dallas Mavericks: Wesley Matthews
Despite his contract, several teams may be interested in a 3 and D guard who can come off the bench or start for a contender.
Memphis Grizzlies: Tyreke Evans, James Ennis III
The Grizzlies have recently stated that they’d like to keep Marc Gasol rather than dealing him, but they should listen to offers for these two cheap but valuable forwards, especially Evans.
New Orleans Pelicans: None
After the Cousins injury, New Orleans has already transformed their roster a bit and it’d be a surprise to see them move anyone else unless a drastic change in direction would be in place.
San Antonio Spurs: Danny Green
The Spurs rarely make mid-season trades but reports are that they are currently in talks with the Clippers to try to acquire Avery Bradley with Danny Green and a pick.
Houston Rockets: Ryan Anderson
There’s speculation that Houston is interested in George Hill, but the deal seems to have not gained much traction. They would likely need a 3rd team if they wanted to move Anderson’s contract and bring in a different player for the playoffs.
Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors, Joe Johnson
Hood and Favors are both players that could bring in a first rounder for the Jazz and allow them to fully start the Mitchell-Gobert era. Johnson has reportedly been looking for an exit from the team, but expect him to be more likely bought out in a few weeks rather than traded at the deadline.
Portland Trail Blazers: Shabazz Napier
Napier is having the best season of his career and has been in trade rumors for months. If Portland does deal him they can expect a lot in return.
Denver Nuggets: Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Kenneth Faried
The Nuggets are one of the deepest teams in the league and could benefit from letting go of some of these bench players that could get them multiple draft picks or talent in return. They’ve been in some talks with Cleveland about sending a few key role players to the Cavs if the Nets pick is in play.
Oklahoma City Thunder: None
OKC is an expensive team with key players that they won’t trade right now so it’s unlikely to see them move anybody even if they wanted to.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Shabazz Muhammed
After a few years in Minnesota, Muhammed has yet to develop much and will be out of Minnesota by the summer if not now. He’s a good scorer who could benefit a contender off the bench if the Wolves find a partner to take him at the deadline.
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