That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the NBA trade rumors time of the year again. TRADE SEASON IS UPON US! With the first third of the season in the books, teams more or less know where they stand in the NBA pecking order and what changes need to be made to increase their likelihood of competing for a title. NBA trade rumors about potential trade candidates will once again begin to dominate the storylines as trade season commences.
As of Feb. 6th, most players who signed contracts in the offseason are now eligible to be traded (depending on the exact date they signed). This season has been wild and unpredictable, to say the least, but with approximately eight weeks until the March 25th trade deadline, expect many teams to be active and the phone lines to be busy.
As has been the case throughout history, most teams that have accepted they are out of title or playoff contention will likely be sellers before the deadline as they look to prepare for the next season. Whether it is a franchise in the midst of a rebuild, a team looking to take another step forward, players looking to move to a title contender; with so many various factors at play, this tends to be the busiest time of the year for NBA franchises (except for free agency).
Expect the NBA trade rumors market to be busy
We have already seen several star players such as James Harden, Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, and Caris Levert get traded since the start of the offseason. Most recently, we witnessed the New York Knicks pull off a puzzling move, trading Dennis Smith Jr. and a future draft pick to the Detroit Pistons for former MVP Derrick Rose.
Players of different styles and levels will be on the move as some teams try to fill holes in their roster and others look to embrace a more long-term plan. With a focus on players who are playing in the final year of their contract that can help a team teams make a playoff push or title run, let’s take a look at some potential trade candidates.