The current age of basketball is definitely different than what it once was, as it now seems as though every player is looking for the next team to play for, rather than trying to win with their current team. A lot goes on behind the scenes that us fans don't get to witness however, and a lot of guys just become unhappy with how their organization is being run and a change is something that can help a player have a better career. Another reason a player wants to leave is the teammates they have, as some players want to win more than the next guy. There is an immense amount of NBA stars that are on teams that are not getting the most production possible out of them, and next season could look a lot different if these guys decide to leave their current team. Many of them will have that option, as they're set to hit free agency, whereas others may request a trade. We've seen players get more and more leverage over teams in the NBA, so many can essentially call their shot as to where they want to play next.
In this article, we will be looking at 10 NBA stars who need a new team, and we will be deciding which team this should be. As always, feel free to leave any comments you have on this article in the comment section below, as we would love to hear your feedback on this article. Here are 10 NBA stars who need a new team, and which team it should be. Enjoy!
It's crazy to think that it has almost been three years since Kevin Durant surprised the league and signed with the Golden State Warriors. Durant joining the team immediately made the Warriors the runaway favorites to win the title. They also became arguably the greatest starting five of all-time, which they were already being hailed before Kevin joined the team. While Durant has won two championships there already, Durant needs to find a new team this offseason in order to save his basketball legacy. We all know he is a great basketball player, but winning championships alongside the star power in Golden State are not the biggest achievements.
The Knicks have been one of the worst teams in basketball for so long now, which is really a shame because the team is such a storied franchise, and the NBA is a better league when the Knicks are doing well. If Kevin Durant joined the Knicks this summer, it would be giant news and a lot of fans would really give Durant some credit for joining a team like this. The Knicks may even be able to add another star along Durant, and when Kristaps Porzingis comes back from injury, this could be a scary new powerhouse in the East.
Kemba Walker has silently been one of the best guards in the league for years now, but this season he is really making some real noise as he is having his best season of his career right now. As he's now an All-Star in the East, Walker is doing everything in his power to try to will the Hornets to the playoffs. This most likely won't happen due to the fact Walker is the only one on the team who comes to play every single night, and fans would love to see Kemba on a new team, one that could make the playoffs.
The Milwaukee Bucks are already one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and while their record is looking real good at this point, front office members of the franchise are still certainly looking for moves to make the team more of a contender. Kemba Walker would be the perfect addition to Milwaukee, as he would be another dangerous scoring option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. These two would be an amazing duo, and it would be hard to stop both of these guys. With LeBron no longer in the east, this team could really do something special. The Bucks have a chance to become a long-term contender in the east, and Walker would be the piece to bring it all together.
Carmelo Anthony may not be considered a star anymore when looking at his statistics, but Melo is certainly one of the most popular players in the league and is an NBA legend. The Houston Rockets looked like a good team for Carmelo to revive his career with, but as we saw early on this season, Houston was not a good spot for him as his numbers decreased. While the Bulls agreed to take Melo off of Houston's hands, he won't be in Chicago long, as the Bulls basically acquired him because Houston agreed to send other assets over. For Melo to revive his career, he likely has to go an organization where he was most comfortable before.
Carmelo was arguably one of the best players in the league during his early days with the Denver Nuggets, as he really was a dominant scorer who took over games in the last quarter. While his play now doesn't look anything like it did 10 years ago, signing with the Nuggets could help bring back some of the spark he once had back in Denver. The move also makes sense for the Nuggets, who are looking for shooting power to help them compete with the best teams in the league. If Melo is finally willing to take a bench role, then he could be a valuable asset to the Nuggets.
As a Sixers fan myself, it hurts to talk about former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz like this, but after almost two years of having him on the roster, Fultz needs a new team as soon as possible. Not to mention the fact that he asked for a trade and a "fresh start," Fultz is aware that Philadelphia may not be the best place for his game to grow at this point. While he is still on the team as of now, when next season comes around it would not be surprising if Philadelphia moves him for some pieces.
Who the 76ers could get from the Bulls for Markelle Fultz is not certain, but Chicago could definitely be one of the teams who would be interested in attaining the guard from Philly. The Bulls are in a rebuilding phase, which means they will be looking for all the young talent they can get, and Fultz's trade stock is at an all-time low as of now. This trade could make sense for everyone involved, as Fultz gets a fresh start, the Bulls get a young prospect, and the 76ers can move on from what looks to be a bad mistake with the first overall pick.
Andrew Wiggins was one of the biggest names to come into the league a few seasons ago, but his time in the league hasn't been as successful as many people thought it would be. He was drafted first overall by the Cavs, but was used in a trade for Kevin Love, which sent Wiggins to the Wolves to start the rebuild. Since then, it has become apparent to many Wolves fans that Wiggins is good for one thing and one thing only; and that's ineffective scoring. Wiggins is still young still has some trade value, which is why the Wolves should consider moving him now.
The Washington Wizards are on the verge of being blown up, with John Wall and Bradley Beal expected to be moved, which would essentially dismantle the team's core. It's clear the Wizards have to start over, but they need some young talent to do that. Andrew Wiggins would be an interesting player for the Wizards to try and build around, as a new team could be all that Wiggins needs to take that next step for his career. On the other hand, as well, the Wizards could end up giving the Wolves a nice veteran piece for Wiggins to help Minnesota become a better team in the tough Western Conference.
Moving along with the whole Wizards rebuild thing, John Wall is going to be the guy they need to get a solid deal on, as he still is a superstar player, albeit a massively overpaid one. Wall has been the face of the Washington Wizards franchise since the day he was drafted first overall back in the 2010 NBA Draft. With the team continuing to struggle this year and not being able to win in the playoffs for years, it looks as though Wall's time with Washington is now coming to a close as a new chapter for him is on the way.
While the Clippers currently don't have any big name stars on the roster, they have been building a solid roster with a lot of pieces that could be used to get them a star. John Wall could be the first piece to be moved to the Clippers, and the team could end up getting another star this offseason as Steve Balmer has been known to get good players in the offseason as Los Angeles is a great basketball destination. It would be a big change for Wall as he would be moving from coast to coast, but it would be a great move for him and his basketball legacy.
Bradley Beal is the other piece of Washington's star-studded backcourt, and while the Wizards could end up building around him for their next few seasons, it would be a better idea to move him now as his trade value is high. Beal is one of the better shooting guards in the NBA, and a lot of teams would be interested in trading for him at this point. With the way the Wizards are playing, Washington would be smart to take a serious look at some offers for him, as they could get some solid pieces in return.
The Miami Heat have been one of the more solid teams in the East for a long time, and while nobody expects them to win a championship very soon, they are one of those teams that could beat anyone on any given night due to their coaching and hard play. The Heat could be a nice new spot for Bradley Beal, as the Heat would most likely move some players in order to build around him completely as he really is that good. Beal could really thrive as the 1st option on the Heat, and if the right pieces around him could mean more winning for South Beach.
The Celtics seemed like the perfect spot for Kyrie to try to be the leader of his own team, but with Boston struggling this season, Kyrie may try to find another team to take his talents to this summer. Irving has told the media lately he needs his teammates to step up because he "just wants to win so badly." Irving himself has looked solid this season, but a lot of his teammates such as Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart have had down seasons, which could be why the team isn't meeting expectations. Another reason Irving may want to jump ship is that of all the young talent that will claw at his heels over the next few seasons – players such as Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Kyrie Irving hinted at joining the Knicks before he joined the Celtics a couple seasons ago, and this could be the last season we see the Knicks struggle for a long time as they could be in for a giant offseason. As we stated earlier, Kevin Durant could be headed for the Big Apple this offseason, and that could end up attracting Irving as well, as the two would create a dynamic duo together, not to mention Kristaps Porzingis joining them after he is healed up. We will have to see how this season plays out for Boston, but this could very well end up happening.
Kevin Love has almost been forgotten about since LeBron James left the Cavaliers, making them easily the worst team in the NBA. Love has been dealing with injuries this season, and while he will end this season as a Cavalier, there should be no reason he begins next season as one.
Love is a veteran that still has plenty of great basketball left, and he could end up being a big piece for a lot of teams that are looking to win a championship. The Cavs extended him last summer in the wake of losing LeBron, but it's clear that Love can't be the star a team builds around.
The Blazers would be a perfect fit for Love, as they are lacking a true shooting power forward to help round out the front-court. Love would instantly make this team a better contender in the West, and he would find out that it's much easier to hit threes when the other team is more worried about the backcourt shooting in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Blazers should look into trying to trade for Kevin Love, as he could be the final move they need to finally make some noise in the playoffs rather than just the regular season.
Anthony Davis has lived up to all the hype that surrounded him since entering the league, and while he hasn't done anything special in the playoffs for the Pelicans, his supporting cast has not been very good despite having DeMarcus Cousins for a very short amount of time. AD has been one of the best players in the league for years, and at only 25 years of age, Davis still has his best basketball ahead of him. Considering the Pelicans probably won't be making any major moves to make them a contender, trading Davis seems to be inevitable for them.
The Mavericks could be an interesting new team for Davis to play for, as Luka Doncic is already crushing it for Dallas as a 19-year-old. Dennis Smith Jr. is another talented young star for them, but considering the way Doncic has played, including Smith Jr. in a trade for a star player is something the Mavericks could definitely consider. Trading for Davis would be a big-time move for Dallas, as having Luka Doncic and AD playing together would be something special for a long time. With them about to lose Dirk Nowitski to retirement, this would be a great way to usher in the next generation of Mavericks basketball.