NBA front office’s are always looking for ways to improve their teams. One of the main ways to do that is by acquiring players through trades. While most common near the trade deadline, teams can make trades until mid February. There are always players in trade rumors, and potential suitors to make a deal for them. Today we look at players that could be traded away over the course of this season.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal’s name has been in trade talks a whole lot recently. This is mostly due to the fact that he is really good, and the Wizards are not good. Beal, who is 28 years old, was an All-Star for the second time last year. I’m sure he doesn’t want the prime of his career wasted on a team that has a slim chance to make the playoffs, and there are teams that would certainly appreciate his services, but I think that Beal’s landing spot could be the Denver Nuggets. If the Nuggets come out and play like they did last year, then they could trade a couple young players for Beal in the hope that it gets them far in the playoffs.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday could find himself traded, but it’s also likely the Pelicans surprise some people and they want to keep a player as skilled as Jrue. Holiday is known as one of the better defensive guards in the NBA, and averaged a career high in scoring last year with 21.2 points per game. At 29 years old and having probably seen the climax of his career, trading Jrue could be an option if the Pels want to get younger and acquire some more assets for the coming years. A team I would love to see Jrue Holiday on is the Milwaukee Bucks. I don’t know if the Bucks would be willing or able to put together a deal for Holiday, but if he’s on the market, Milwaukee with an addition of Jrue Holiday is scary.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
After Lebron James and Kyrie Irving left Cleveland, the big 3 that won the Cavs a championship was down to just one. There has been speculation of Love being moved for a very long time now, and this could be the season that we see it happen. Love, who will be 31 when the season starts has always been able to score well, and rebound well throughout his career. The only thing that holds him back is that he’s having trouble staying healthy, whether that’s mental or physical. He has played 60 or fewer games each of the last three seasons. Teams might not want to give up valuable assets for a player with a high injury risk. A team I could see taking this chance is the Utah Jazz. They might want someone to help score the ball alongside Donovan Mitchell, and ease the pressure off of him offensively. That could be a scary team out west, and a potential landing spot if Kevin Love gets traded.