The NBA trade deadline is just a few weeks, with teams polishing their plan of who they want to acquire or let go this February 9.
The trading has already begun, with former Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura becoming a member of the Los Angeles Lakers roster, surprising OKBET players.
As per Real GM, these are the players rumored to be included in the coming trades, as per Real GM.
Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet to the Clippers?
According to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in getting either Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry or Toronto Raptors Fred VanVleet. The reason is that the Clippers need a veteran guard since John Wall and Reggie Jackson are struggling.
While the team only has a first-round pick for the 2028 NBA Draft, they still have second-round picks beyond 2027. In addition, the Clippers can match the salaries of their prospects due to workable contracts even if Lowry makes $28.3 million and VanVleet is testing free agency with an expected value of $22.8 million.
Furthermore, their star, Kawhi Leonard, has previously played with Lowry and VanVleet. Chemistry will not be an issue if the two join them.
Apart from the Heat and Raptors guards, the Clippers are also rumored to be interested in acquiring another veteran point guard in Mike Conley.
Mo Bamba Available for Trading
Twenty-four-year-old Mo Bamba recently signed a two-year $21 million deal with the Orlando Magics. In the 37 games he played as a Magic, he averaged 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1 assist in 17.4 minutes of action.
But with Bol Bol and Mo Wagner playing good basketball, Bamba would most likely fall out of the Magics’ rotation and be part of the upcoming NBA trade.
One of his destinations will be the Clippers, who also need a center. O’Connor suggested that the Los Angeles Clippers should pursue Bamba since they “priced out” on getting Myles Turner or John Collins.
John Collins is part of the NBA Trade Deadline
Atlanta Hawks John Collins had many teams interested in him. The 6’9”, 235lbs power forward also caught the attention of the New Orleans Pelicans, who are under talks with the Hawks’ management.
The team, in the meantime, is piling up offers. They are also comfortable keeping the forward past the NBA trade deadline until they receive an offer worth grabbing.
Who will Get OG Anunoby?
The Raptors seemed to be doing anything to keep Anunoby, as their asking price was multiple unprotected first-round picks for the 6’7”, 232lbs small forward.
Anunoby averages 17.4 pts, 5.7 rebounds, and 2 assists this season. But his salary was low, only $20 million, making him probable to test free agency in 2024.
A competitor has already offered first-round picks, said Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
Chris Paul Out, Fred VanVleet, Terry Rozier in for the Suns?
The Phoenix Suns are planning to let go of veteran floor general Chris Paul. They intend to replace him with Terry Rozier and Fred VanVleet, according to Marc Stein of Substack.
Paul will likely have to go since he only played 27 games because of injuries. With the Suns looking to make the NBA finals, they need to have a healthy point guard—enter Rozier and VanVleet.
The team’s front office is sure that they can get the Hornets’ guard. They are also certain that VanVleet will be out of the Raptors because of their disappointing performance this season.
Warriors to Let Go James Wiseman?
James Wiseman was all hype for the Dubs, and because of his injuries and lack of development, rumors have it that the management is considering moving him prior to the trade deadline.
According to Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, the Golden State Warriors “have indicated in conversations with other teams that the development of third-year center James Wiseman is not aligning with their hopes of squeezing another championship from the core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.”
Moreover, Wiseman “is not ready” yet to be an asset for the Warriors to get another chip. Per an Eastern Conference general manager, the 21-year-old 7-footer only gives his team a “disservice because he needs playing time to develop.”
However, the Dubs will not likely entertain any lowball offers because they are not, said Fox Sports, in “sell-low mode.”
Other Players to be Traded/Wants a Trade
- Due to limited playing time, Evan Fournier wants out of the New York Knicks.
- Charlotte Hornets are looking to ship Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, and Kelly Oubre Jr.
- Utah Jazz is thinking of trading their whole roster except Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler.
- Miami Heat is trying to search for a trade offer for Duncan Robinson.
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