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It's finally here: NBA trade deadline week. Pencils are down after Thursday.
The first dominoes fell early this year, as the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors put aside ongoing lawsuits to complete a deal involving OG Anunoby, RJ Barrett, and Immanuel Quickley. The second big event came in January when the Raptors traded Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a package centered around Bruce Brown Jr. and three first-round picks. These deals took two of the biggest names out of the market.
Then, someone other than Toronto finally made their move, Detroit and Washington completed a trade, and the Miami Heat acquired Terry Rozier in exchange for Kyle Lowry and a first-round pick. And of course, it's worth noting that we got a massive trade in the opening weeks of the season, as James Harden traded to the Clippers from the 76ers. Because of all this action earlier in the cycle, I was feeling a little calm as the deadline approached. There doesn't seem to be a lot of star power available to move it. Several team and league sources, who were granted anonymity in order to speak freely, don't expect a particularly wild deadline.
However, there is a lot for teams to gain and lose during this week. Although the players will mostly be mobile players, these guys can play crucial roles in shaping the rest of the season.
Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors should look to shake up their rosters in order to make a run. The main picture looks open, which means contenders like Oklahoma City, Denver, Minnesota, Boston and others should look to correct their shortcomings. Others, like the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards, will look to sell as they continue to fall behind in the race. With so much at stake, I wonder if we see some floodgates open as we approach Thursday's 3pm deadline.
So let's take a look at some of the remaining players available in the market. After starting with 25 names, then moving to 40 names, we expanded to 50 names, and could add more. (This list will also be updated as players are traded and/or more information arrives.)
Before we get to the names on this list, I want to touch on some names that haven't been mentioned here – at least not yet.
- You won't see all the stars Donovan Mitchell or Lauri Markkanen. My impression from talking to league sources is that the Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to move out this season with Mitchell, especially given their hot run over the past month. Meanwhile, Markkanen's price is so high that it effectively takes him off the market.
- You won't see either Zach LaVine. After featuring heavily in the first two editions of this list, he was removed due to a season-ending foot injury. It seems unlikely that he will be traded while injured.
- Jerami Grant not here. It's still difficult to gauge how willing the Portland Trail Blazers are to move him, as well as how other teams value his five-year, $160 million contract.
- There are four Brooklyn Nets players in this edition, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dennis Smith Jr. and Spencer Dinwiddie who join Royce O'Neill. but, Michael Bridges He doesn't appear here, as the Nets have been telling teams they want to keep him. Nick Claxton He was another player under consideration, but I didn't put him down because he has been vocal about how much he enjoys Brooklyn, making him a potential candidate to re-sign this summer. It's not impossible that he could move if someone blew him away, but he doesn't seem to be on the block either.
- Jalen Green She remains off this list at the moment, despite Houston's desire to upgrade its roster.
Click on each player listed below for a detailed explanation of their current trade positions and some of their potential best options.
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