It was only a couple of weeks ago when the NBA Trade Deadline just passed. Now, everyone is looking ahead to the playoffs and the potential matchups that will take place.
But it's fun to look even further down the line, right? And when you're talking about where players are heading next, it makes it even better.
This summer there will be a ton of stars that will be available. Some, of course, will be free agents — Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kyle Lowry, and others will all be looking to cash in on a lucrative contract. At the same time, there will be a ton of players on the trading block. Names like Andre Drummond, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George will all rumored to be traded in February, only to stick with their current teams for the remainder of the season.
The offseason, however, is a different beast. Teams are more willing to trade away picks. They're also willing to bring in stars because it will give them a full season to work things out instead of a couple of months.
But who will be on the move? Let's take a look at 15 NBA players who will be on a new team by the time next season begins.
15 Iman Shumpert
14 Greg Monroe
When the Milwaukee Bucks inked Greg Monroe to a three-year, $50 million pact two years ago, it was seen as a coup because it's rare when small market teams attract some of the bigger names on the market. Unfortunately, however, the big man's traditional back-to-the-basket offense hasn't meshed well with Jason Kidd's fast-paced offense and has been a player that's been often mentioned in trade rumors. But just because the Bucks don't want him, doesn't mean he's not useful. Monroe is still young (26 years old), can play both power forward and center, and excels at two things that you want in big men — scoring and rebounding. His current averages of 12 points and seven rebounds a game don't equal his monetary value but will still catch the eyes of plenty of teams this offseason.
13 Ricky Rubio
As the clock was ticking away on the NBA Trade Deadline, it was all but certain that Ricky Rubio was on his way out of a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform. With Tom Thibodeau looking at Kris Dunn as the future at point guard and more of a scoring punch coming out of the backcourt, Rubio is expendable — after all, while he is one of the top table-setters in the game, his career mark of 10 points per game underwhelm. With that being said, that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a tremendous fit on teams that are looking for a pass-first lead guard.
12 Derrick Rose
As mentioned in the previous slide, Ricky Rubio was largely linked to the New York Knicks during the NBA Trade Deadline. Who was on the other end of the deal, you ask? Derrick Rose. Rose, of course, saw some of his best years under Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls, and the head coach/president of basketball operations believes he can get the best out of the point guard. At this stage of his career, Rose is someone who can score at a high rate but does little else — after all, he's averaging nearly 18 points per game but just four assists.
11 Jahlil Okafor
Sticking with the theme of the NBA Trade Deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers made an odd decision. Since they've decided to build around Joel Embiid, one of Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor was expected to be traded. Noel looked like the perfect complement to Embiid while Okafor has the same sort of skillset, but the Sixers decided it was best to part ways with the defensive-minded Noel. Heading into the final days of trading, Okafor took a step back in production and wasn't in high demand — but at just 21 years of age, he can rebound his stock before the year ends.
10 Jrue Holiday
With New Orleans pairing DeMarcus Cousins with Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have a one-two punch in the frontcourt that hasn't been seen since David Robinson and Tim Duncan were playing together with the San Antonio Spurs. But when you have two big men that thrive with the ball in their hands, you need a point guard to spread the love — and that's exactly what Jrue Holiday has brought to the Pelicans. The 26-year-old point guard is having one of the best seasons in his career, as evidenced by his 16 points and seven assists per game averages.
9 Andre Drummond
The Detroit Pistons have looked like a team that's on the cusp of making noise in the Eastern Conference, only to see things not go their way. That situation has continued into this season, and it looks like Andre Drummond is someone who could be on the move. In a surprising twist, Stan Van Gundy had trade talks about the center, so it's expected that those efforts will be ramped up during the offseason. Why is that a surprise? Drummond is still young (23), is a double-double machine, and is considered one of the best shot blockers in the game.
8 Andre Iguodala
When looking up and down the Golden State Warriors roster, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green steal all the headlines. But their success isn't stat driven — and Andre Iguodala is a huge part of that. His stats are far from gaudy — Iguodala is currently averaging seven points, four rebounds, and three assists per game — but his leadership, ability to defend multiple positions, and consistent play makes him a force night in and night out.
7 Paul Millsap
When looking up and down all NBA rosters, there may not be a more underrated player than Paul Millsap. The forward is a do-it-all-for-you type of player — and most importantly, he's a model citizen off the court. This season has been no different, as the 2017 All-Star has averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game while keeping the Hawks in a playoff position despite losing some key contributors. But for whatever reason, the organization has continuously shopped their top talent — and the situation will come to a head this offseason.
6 Gordon Hayward
5 Carmelo Anthony
I'm not sure what's more surprising — the fact that Carmelo Anthony hasn't forced a trade or that he's still on the New York Knicks altogether. But even though he still has a full no-trade clause, it's hard to believe he's playing in New York when next season begins. While he's getting up there in age (32) and has some injury concerns, there's no denying he can score at a high rate, as evidenced by his average of 23 points per game. It's noted that he would only accept trades to the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers, so expect him to wind up with one of those three teams this offseason.
4 Dwyane Wade
When Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls this past offseason, there was a mixed reaction across the league. While it was awesome to see a future Hall of Famer play for his hometown team, it was odd to see Wade suit up in any other uniform but a Miami Heat one. Unfortunately, however, the homecoming has been anything but fun as the Bulls have gone through a number of off the court incidents which have translated to a sub .500 record.
3 Jimmy Butler
2 Blake Griffin
1 Paul George
It's been no secret that Paul George has grown frustrated with the situation in Indiana. The Pacers seem to have gone one step forward and two steps back in the last few years, and their championship window seems to have closed, with the Cavs still dominating and the Celtics looking poised to return to championship glory in the near future. NBA Insider Sam Amick has said time and time again that George is "hell bent" on joining his hometown Lakers in free agency in 2018. While the Lakers don't seem to be close to contention, perhaps George just wants to play in front of friends and family.
When it's that obvious that a player wants out, it makes sense to trade him while you could still get something for him.
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