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10 NBA Names Reported To Be Traded (And Where They Could Go)

There are many basketball fans and pundits who hate this "superteam era," which is understandable.

Loyalty, for the most part, is long gone in the NBA. A bulk of superstars don't want to try to win with the team that drafted and developed them into a big-time player. They just want to team up with other star players, so the solution is to ditch their team and win elsewhere.

LeBron James has switched teams three times in his career now, though the last two transactions were easier to understand than the first. Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors didn't sit well with fans outside of the bay area, and rightfully so. It absolutely destroyed any last bit of parity there was in the NBA, and it's not going to change unless he leaves them in the near future.

But the bright side is that other superteams are starting to form, in efforts to topple the Warriors. That's why the Houston Rockets got Chris Paul last offseason, and why the Oklahoma City Thunder got Paul George to complement 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook.

More big-time moves are required if other teams want to stop the Warriors. The good news for basketball fans is that a large portion of NBA All-Stars are bound to get traded between now and the start of the 2019 offseason in July.

Here, we're taking a look at 10 big-named NBA players who have been rumored to getting traded soon, and which teams make the most sense for them.

20 Rumored To Be Traded: Markelle Fultz

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Recently, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the 76ers don't consider Markelle Fultz part of their long-term plans. How things have changed for the point guard that was taken with the No. 1 selection in 2017.

Keep in mind that Philly traded up (via the Boston Celtics), to get Fultz, which goes to show just how much they valued him.

But the 76ers have grown impatient with the oft-injured Fultz, who suffered from the "yips" last season and continues to struggle in every aspect of the game right now. With Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler forming a new "big three" Philly has little reason to keep Fultz around now. It's only a matter of time until they trade him.

19 Go To: Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers desperately need to do something. They're among the NBA's worst teams, which was expected once LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason.

Cleveland doesn't have any young franchise players to build around outside of 2018 first-round pick, Collin Sexton. They may as well take a chance on Fultz, and simply hope that a change of scenery will be enough to help him rediscover his talents.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders recently reported that the Cavs are "believed" to have offered up three-point sniper Kyle Korver and a draft pick. He'd be a huge addition to the 76ers, who are among the worst shooting teams this season.

18 Rumored To Be Traded: Terry Rozier

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The Boston Celtics face a serious cap crunch this upcoming offseason, especially with point guard Kyrie Irving in line to sign a five-year supermax contract. That will pave the exit for backup point guard Terry Rozier, who is set to become an RFA this offseason.

The Celtics surely know that they won't be able to match whatever offer sheet Rozier gets, so it makes sense for GM Danny Ainge to shop the 24-year-old and get something good in return.

Shams Charania of The Athletic recently reported that "at least seven teams" have shown interest in Rozier, who stepped up big for Boston in the 2018 playoffs while Irving was sidelined.

Boston, at the very least, would get one or two draft picks in a Rozier trade. Better than losing him via an offer sheet, right?

17 Go To: Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns were in on the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes, before the Cleveland Cavaliers dealt him to the Celtics last summer. There's a strong foundation led by Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Josh Jackson, but the Suns need a true starting point guard before they get out of the Western Conference basement.

Adding Rozier to a lineup consisting of those three talents could be the last chess move GM James Jones needs to make before this team finally competes for a playoff spot again. Rozier knows he's capable of being a starting point guard, and his talents would be maximized playing alongside Ayton and Booker.

The Suns could offer Jackson and/or some of their veteran players (Trevor Ariza, perhaps), and draft picks. This is the go-for-it type of move that the Suns should be making soon.

16 Rumored To Be Traded: Lonzo Ball

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have drafted point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 selection last year, but it doesn't mean he fits their long-term plans. Ball would have been a key part of a Laker rebuild, but with LeBron James now in the fold, the front office is trying to build a championship contending team.

Team president Magic Johnson has plenty of options in the trade market, but he'll surely have to sacrifice Ball in a potential blockbuster move. Stephen A. Smith of ESPN First Take recently said that LeBron is the only untouchable on the Purple and Gold, for what it's worth.

Had Ball emerged as a superstar by now, the Lakers would have surely built around him and James. But Johnson won't want to wait around much longer for Ball to develop, so expect him to get traded by the start of next season.

15 Go To: Washington Wizards

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If the Lakers want to add a new superstar to complement James right away, then they should be calling the Washington front office. John Wall and Bradley Beal are all available via trade, and as we'll mention multiple times on here, the Lakers have the pieces to make a big trade with the Wizards.

Whether the Lakers would value Beal or Wall more remains to be seen, but Ball could be the starting point of a major package presented by Johnson. The Wizards will want some young players to rebuild around, and Ball would certainly appeal to them as they prepare to move out their two stars.

Ball and a combination of other roster players or picks would be a nice haul for Washington, as they try to transition towards a rebuilding stage.

14 Rumored To Be Traded: Hassan Whiteside

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The Miami Heat missed out on the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes, and franchise icon Dwyane Wade is set to retire after this season. It's time for the front office to start rebuilding, especially with the Eastern Conference seeing a handful of teams rapidly getting better.

Trading standout center and rebounding sensation Hassan Whiteside would be the starting point in a rebuild. Per Anthony Chang and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat have informed clubs that Whiteside is available in a trade.

There are a handful of playoff contenders that need a playmaking center, and the Heat could get some quality assets in a Whiteside trade.

13 Go To: Los Angeles Clippers

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Even though the Clippers traded Blake Griffin at last season's deadline and lost DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, Doc Rivers has kept this team together. Believe it or not, the Clippers are among the best teams in the Western Conference right now.

Tobias Harris and Lou Williams front a surprisingly efficient offense, but the Clippers need more production from their centers. Boban Marjanovic isn't getting it done, and Whiteside would fit in perfectly as the new starter.

Throw in the fact that the Clippers are expected to contend for the Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler sweepstakes, and it gives the front office good incentives to get aggressive in trades. Whiteside would only boost their chances of embarking on a playoff run.

12 Rumored To Be Traded: Kent Bazemore

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The Atlanta Hawks are the worst team in the NBA right now, and it's no secret that they're in full-on rebuilding mode. This is a team that has already traded the likes of Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder over the last two offseasons, and guard Kent Bazemore is likely next.

The 29-year-old Bazemore would bring Atlanta a handful of much-needed assets. Throw in the fact that Bazemore can opt out of his contract this offseason, and it's clear that the Hawks have no choice but to trade him at the deadline.

It's been a good run for Bazemore in Atlanta, but it's time for them to move him out for younger pieces.

11 Go To: Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics have performed well below expectations this season, and it's due in large part to their anemic offense. The stingy defensive unit has kept Boston in most games, but Kyrie Irving is the only player on this star-studded team that has scored consistently.

Head coach Brad Stevens could use a shooter that he can put anywhere on the floor, and Bazemore is the player that would fit his system well. Bazemore and Irving would form a strong back court, and defenses would have big-time problems trying to account for both shooters.

With Bazemore likely to enter free agency this offseason, he won't cost too much in a trade. Perhaps a lottery protected first-round selection would get it done.

10 Rumored To Be Traded: Kevin Love

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Weeks after losing LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, the Cavaliers extended All-Star forward Kevin Love to a four-year, $120 million deal. It doesn't take a genius to understand that the Cavaliers are not going to pay out the remainder of that contract, though.

Perhaps GM Koby Altman only added the term in hopes of making Love more attractive to teams in the trade market, rather than be a simple one-year rental player.

The Cavaliers are among the worst teams in the NBA this season, and Altman has no choice but to start moving out his ageing and expensive veterans. It's a matter of when, not if, Love gets traded.

9 Go To: Charlotte Hornets

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The Hornets are reportedly keen on keeping All-Star point guard Kemba Walker, who could test the free agent market this season. But if Walker indeed signs a contract extension, the Hornets need to do whatever they can to build around Walker while he's still in his prime.

Adding Love would make Charlotte that much more of a threat in the Eastern Conference, especially at a time where being around .500 is more than enough to make a playoff spot. Owner Michael Jordan also has the assets to make a trade with Cleveland.

A package that could center around Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb and/or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a good starting point. Two of those players and draft picks to help the Cavs get rid of Love's contract? It's a win-win for both sides.

8 Rumored To Be Traded: Bradley Beal

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the Washington Wizards are listening to offers on all their players, including All-Stars Bradley Beal and John Wall (more on the latter later).

Beal is only 25 years of age and coming off his first All-Star game appearance, so his trade value is obviously going to be soaring. Per Spotrac.com, Beal is signed through the 2020-21 season, and the cap hit is north of $25 million in each year.

As Wojnarowski noted, Beal is three years younger than Wall and carries a cheaper contract. That makes him more desirable in a trade. So who will offer up the best package?

7 Go To: Los Angeles Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers have both the assets and cap space to make a play for Beal, one of the game's best all-around shooters. And according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, one Eastern Conference scout said that Beal would be "the perfect fit" for LeBron James in Laker Land.

It's no secret that James signed with the Lakers this offseason, knowing that Magic Johnson would eventually recruit one or two more superstars. Well, why not make a play for Beal?

The Lakers have so many trade offers that could tempt Washington, including Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball. Trading two of those players - along with draft picks - gives LeBron a new superstar sidekick. Washington gets key pieces in what will be a long rebuilding process. It adds up perfectly for all parites.

6 Rumored To Be Traded: John Wall

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As noted on the Beal slide, Wojnarowski noted that Washington is open to trading just about anybody. It's hard to determine what the trade market will be for Wall, who has a recent knee injury history and turns 29 next year.

'Woj' noted that Wall's new contract starts in 2019-20 and averages $42 million per year over the next four seasons. Teams with little cap space won't be able to afford Wall, and the interested parties will still have to offer up quite a bit for the No. 1 selection from 2010.

Wall will likely be traded at some point, the only question is when and where.

5 Go To: New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks are desperate to find more superstars that can complement Kristaps Porzingis. They've been linked to the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sweepstakes, but the latter is surely going to re-sign with the Boston Celtics. It's anybody's guess what Durant does.

The Knicks have been mired in mediocrity for quite a while now, and it's time for owner James Dolan to make the big move. New York can easily afford Wall's salary, and they could get him without trading their lone untouchable player (Porzingis).

New York could offer a package consisting of  either Tim Hardaway Jr. or Trey Burke and a series of draft picks. Since Wall's contract is extremely lucrative, the Knicks won't be forced to give up all that much.

Adding Wall to help Porzingis would undoubtedly make the Knicks a contender in the weak Eastern Conference, and it might even help their efforts of recruiting KD to Broadway.

4 Rumored To Be Traded: Damian Lillard

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Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard has been heavily mentioned in trade rumors since the offseason. Though Lillard maintains that he's happy in Portland, you do wonder if the front office is weighing the option of moving out their franchise player.

Lillard is signed through the 2020-21 season, but if the Trail Blazers experience yet another early playoff exit, the front office could decide to shake things up a bit. This isn't to suggest that Portland will rebuild, but rather try to retool the roster and see if new players can help them reach the next level.

Lillard is only 28 and in his prime, so Portland could get a whopping return for him; one that will keep them in contention over the long run.

3 Go To: Minnesota Timberwolves

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Though the Los Angeles Lakers have been the ones mostly linked to a Damian Lillard trade, it makes more sense for them to trade for Bradley Beal and other big-time superstars.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are the team that makes the most sense in a Lillard trade. There have been rumors that Andrew Wiggins is unhappy in Minnesota, so he could be the starting point of a trade package.

On top of that, Minnesota could offer either Robert Covington or Dario Saric, whom they acquired from the 76ers in the Jimmy Butler trade. Minnesota also has some draft picks that they could offer to Portland.

It's a win for both sides. Minnesota gets Lillard to join up with superstar Karl-Anthony Towns, while Portland gets a young star in Wiggins plus other useful assets.

2 Rumored To Be Traded: Anthony Davis

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The New Orleans Pelicans superstar is undoubtedly the best player who's been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the past couple of months. Anthony Davis can't actually test free agency until the summer of 2020, but if he refuses to sign an extension with the Pelicans, they'll surely look to move him for a monumental return.

Though Davis is capable of guiding the Pelicans to the playoffs on an annual basis, the team hasn't supplied him with enough star power. This is a team that might win a playoff series with Davis at the helm, but nothing more.

It makes sense for the Pelicans to trade their star player and receive as many assets as they can in return. This could include young roster players and multiple draft selections. But what team actually makes the most sense for Davis?

1 Go To: Los Angeles Lakers

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LeBron. Davis. Beal. Say hello to your new big three.

It's not just the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are the best fit for Anthony Davis, but some NBA insiders believe that the 25-year-old MVP candidate wants to team up with LeBron James.

Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register recently said that "insiders think Davis will force a trade," and the Purple and Gold "are considered the early favorite," to land him in a blockbuster move.

The Lakers are loaded with young studs and trade assets, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma plus draft picks. They can give the Pelicans the best package, and this is one of the few teams Davis would accept a trade to.

Adding Davis would give the Lakers two of the league's top-five players, giving them more than enough talent to compete with the Warriors. It'd be a surprise if somebody trades for Davis before Magic Johnson.

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