The NBA Trade deadline is just around the corner and we still haven’t seen a lot of trades. There were already a couple of trades that went down this week and last week. The highlight trade of the deadline so far: DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans for a bag of role players and one possible star (Buddy Hield).
The deadline is approaching and we want to provide you with the buyers and sellers of the NBA.
There’s a tight race in both conferences. The Easter Conference is right 1–8 and Western Conference is right 2–7. The playoff contention teams are more likely to buy and non-playoff teams or more than likely to sell.
According to Alex Kennedy, there are four teams that are buyers heading into the trade deadline. Here they are:
The Cleveland Cavaliers needs bench help. The Cavs have the third worse bench in the NBA. Trading for Kyle Korver wasn’t enough, the Cavaliers needs a legit high scoring sixth man. During the playoffs, it’s going to be tough to sustain a number of minutes to your starters.
Washington has been on fire lately, and they know how close they are to capturing a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference. But a solid pick-up before the deadline could very well place them in the race for the top seed now that Kevin Love will be out for the next five weeks (a storyline that has been lost in the chaos of this deadline). That starts with trading for some consistency to come off their bench.
It’s already been reported that the Wizards’ interest is directly set toward Lou Williams and Bojan Bogdanović, which means that they’re very self-aware of their current situation. That’s a good thing. Hopefully, they will find a deal they like, and pull the trigger as soon as they find something they like. Especially considering how crowded the race for those two players has recently become.
Everyone already knows how asset heavy the Celtics are, but with every hour it gets closer to the deadline, their assets lose value. It’s time for Danny Ainge to make a splash… a big one.
Any phone call he receives that involves targeting a non-All-Star should be ignored at this point. Boston needs to take the next step forward, and that means offering a lot for players like Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Brook Lopez, Andre Drummond and/or Blake Griffin. Not necessarily to put them in the championship discussion, but at least make themselves a more attractive destination for free agents.
If they can’t cash in, then we’re destined to look at these years as somewhat of a failure on Ainge’s part. That’s not to say that they haven’t been a very good team for the past two years, but we’ll always remember how much better they could’ve been.
The Rockets have all the scoring they need from starters to the bench. The problem for Houston is that they need help on defense when the second unit come in. Players like P.J Tucker, Tony Allen, and Marcus Smart is all available for the right price.