NBA trade targets: 5 realistic and 5 pipe dream options for teams to consider

LeBron James, Dejounte Murray
LeBron James, Dejounte Murray / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages
1 of 10

The NBA trade season is among us, with the trade deadline just a few weeks away. It is shaping up to be a blockbuster deadline, with several All-Stars expected to be traded and several playoff teams hoping to load up on talent ahead of the stretch run.

Of course, not every big name that is involved in trade rumors will actually be dealt with, with some being more likely to be moved than others. Keep that in mind as we look at five realistic trade targets for NBA teams and five pipe dream options.

Realistic Trade Target: Jerami Grant

As one of the most prominent players left from the Damian Lillard era, it seems to be only a matter of time before Portland Trail Blazers wing Jeremi Grant is traded. Grant has four years remaining on his new contract and he has already attracted interest from around the NBA.

Grant can toggle between small forward and power forward and has developed into a sharpshooter who is averaging more than 22 points per game. The Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks could each use a player of his skill set and appear to be the most likely trade partners for the Blazers. 

Both teams would have to offer up at least a first-round pick, possibly two, to land Grant, who can be a very good option third on a playoff team. The Mavericks could offer up Tim Hardaway Jr., Richaun Holmes, Josh Green, and a 2026 first-round pick.

On the other hand, the Kings can offer veteran Harrison Barnes, Malik Monk, and two firsts for Grant. Whichever team ultimately lands him would likely receive a big boost and it appears to be a certainty that Portland will move on from him soon.