The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday, February 19th, which means that general managers are going to be on the phone around the clock for the next 48 hours or so. Every year around this time of the year, general managers are figuring out whether or not their team has a legitimate chance of making the playoffs and winning a championship or whether or not they should sell their assets in order to gain future draft picks to build for the future.
Nowadays, there are only a handful of players that will play on the same team for their entire careers. More often than not, players will leave their current teams during free agency or they will get traded before their contracts are even expire. In fact, some players have already changed scenery.
Rajon Rondo has moved from the only home that he has ever known in Boston to Dallas. Jeff Green, a fellow Celtic, has moved to Memphis to play for the Grizzlies. Mo Williams was recently traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Charlotte Hornets to replace injured Kemba Walker. Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have moved from the Big Apple to Cleveland and now have a shot at winning a Championship. And with just a couple of days left before the trade deadline expires, teams are frantically trying to find ways to improve their teams in order to make a playoff push before it is too late. As soon as the deadline is over, teams will have to stand pat and make the most out of the current rosters that they have.
It is always hard to predict whether or not giant pieces will be moved or smaller pieces will be moved, but here are some of the top 10 most likely players to change scenery in the next couple of days.
10 Terrence Ross – Toronto Raptors
9 Jose Calderon – New York Knicks
8 Kenneth Faried – Denver Nuggets
7 Isaiah Thomas – Phoenix Suns
6 Lance Stephenson – Charlotte Hornets
5 Reggie Jackson – Oklahoma City Thunder
4 Arron Afflalo – Denver Nuggets
3 Enes Kanter – Utah Jazz
2 Brook Lopez – Brooklyn Nets
1 Goran Dragic – Phoenix Suns
The rumors are that the Phoenix Suns are ready to give up on their three headed small ball line-up that features Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas. And of the three guards, Dragic has been the most vocal about his discontentment. Dragic flourished last year in the Suns offense as the primary ball handler. This season, he is averaging 16.2 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Additionally, Dragic is making $7.5 million and he is on the books for one more year next year for the same price. This makes Dragic one of the best bargains by far in the NBA, so if Phoenix wants to move him, teams throughout the league will be drooling for his services.
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