NBA Trade Talks Have Started

5 Trades That Could Happen Before All-Star Break

With a month into the NBA season and each team having played roughly 20 games, there are speculations for which players would be getting traded before the all-star break. Teams who have expected better win-loss records will look to further improve team synergy and certain aspects of the game such as shooting beyond the arc and rebounds. Below are five trade speculations that we can expect to see down the road.

Aaron Gordon and DeMar DeRozen Swap Places according to CBSSports

While the two sides have talked about an extension, they’ve yet to come close on striking an agreement, according to The Athletic’s. Equally complicated, San Antonio is once again scoring more points per 100 possessions with DeRozen off the court; that is due to the team’s bench, which ranks seventh in that category. However, DeRozan could do some damage in Orlando’s offense, even if his three-point stats are not the greatest. His change of pace game inside the arc and the ability to run pick-and-rolls better than any of the Magic’s current ball-handlers will be utilized by a team in need of a primary wing scorer. San Antonio would be taking their own risks. Gordon is an average offensive player that can form a crazy defensive combination upfront with LaMarcus Aldridge. However, the Spurs’ usual offensive profile gravitates toward players who rely on craft rather than physical tools. This trade can help both sides but equally hurt both teams in areas they were dominant in. 

Trading Love to Blazers according to BleacherReport

Cavalier’s general manager Koby Altman hasn’t shown interest in trading Love, per’s. In reality, they have zero incentive to move him because of his contract: three years and $91.5 million left after this season. Cavs are currently rebuilding their team and Love is still 31. They would only move him if the price and trade given are right. Although Love’s age and price tag remain potential drawbacks, it is likely that Portland can finesse wing prospect in Nassir Little, Hassan Whiteside or an extra first-round pick. For the Blazers, acquiring Love would definitely be dicey. Love holds a dream offensive fit, but the defense is on the weaker end. Carmelo has been creating a buzz around the Portlands team so we would need an additional few weeks to see the Blazers full potential. 

Chris Paul to Miami according to the Ringer

Chris Paul will be included in most major trade talks until February if he isn’t traded by the All-Star Break. Oklahoma City doesn’t have much indefinite use for a 34-year-old point guard. He’s comfortably splashing 18 points and six assists per 36 minutes while shooting at 42 percent of his triples and simultaneously posting his highest free-throw-attempt rate since 2005-06. More importantly, the Thunder are winning in the minutes he spends on the floor. Paul’s contract still has two years and $85.6 million left, and his $38.5 million salary this season is tough to without paid expendables. Miami is the team that may turn out to be overly ambitious; they are perennial star-chasers. Miami will most likely want to keep Goran Dragic’s expiring salary as the anchor because his offensive output is similar to Paul’s this season. The Heat will definitely try to hold onto Justise Winslow as well to increase the likelihood of winning the Eastern Conference. Heat losing a first-round pick is a big deal, but they would rather trade for one of the league’s best all-around floor generals and getting off their two worst contracts (James Johnson and Dion Waiters) without sacrificing Winslow or even Dragic.

Danilo Gallinari to Orlando according to BleacherReport

Danilo Gallinari is the most obvious trade candidate in the league. He is headed towards free agency and it is very likely Oklahoma City will extend his contract. On the other hand, the Magic need Gallinari or someone like him more than any other team in the league. They are in last place with their three-point accuracy, 29th in points scored per 100 possessions and 28th in overall half-court efficiency. Gallinari would upgrade their attack across the board, and striking a trade is the only way they’d get him. In addition, Orlando does not have the cap sheet to sign him this summer, giving them every reason to push for him now. In exchange, Evan Fournier would be the target trade to the Thunders. He is a valuable secondary scorer but overpaid at $17 million. Thunder probably prefers a first-round pick for Gallinari but this will be tough to get that from a non-contender. Moreover, Bamba can be an equally impactful offensive player when he starts making his threes, and at just 21, he’s the better fit for the Thunder’s if they opt for him.

Drummond Targeted by Hornets according to theScore

The Hornets have been eyeing Drummond for at least a year and this year, final guaranteed season of his five-year, $127.2 million contract with the Pistons. Through 15 games this season, Drummond is averaging 18.9 points, 16.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game, all of which are career highs. Charlotte has built a promising group of backcourt and wing players led by Terry Rozier, Devonte’ Graham, Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon, and Miles Bridges. They also drafted rookie PJ Washington as a high-upside stretch 4 after a strong start to his NBA career. Therefore, the Hornets and Drummond are a natural fit. As the aforementioned stats suggest, he is one of the premier paint presences in the entire NBA, and Charlotte ranks last in the league in rebound percentage and 29th in block percentage. The question is whether Charlotte is comfortable giving up some assets to acquire him within the next couple of months to make a postseason push this season or wait to see if it can attract him in free agency.

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