The NBA Trade Deadline is one of the most exciting days in the NBA calendar and one of the most unpredictable days of the season.
We’re only two weeks away from the deadline and with the All-Star weekend behind us, teams are now likely setting up some exciting moves.
We’ve already seen a big change in the league after the top contender Brooklyn Nets acquired six-time All-Star Blake Griffin, giving them a forward who adds great depth to the roster as they go deeper into the season.
Here are some of the most intriguing trade rumors that could go down in the next few weeks.
Victor Oladipo to the Golden State Warriors
As we all know, Houston has decided that their days of as a perennial title contender are over after trading superstar James Harden earlier this season and acquiring two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.
However, despite having a pretty good replacement for Harden, the Rockets seems to be ready to flip him again as rumors of a trade deal with Golden State have been spreading like wildfire recently.
According to the reports, the Warriors are very interested in acquiring the 28-year-old explosive guard. This would make sense since Oladipo would be a much better fit next to Steph Curry than Kelly Oubre Jr.
Now that the two-time league MVP is back to playing at a high-level, and because the Warriors have a chance to make it in the playoffs and are only two wins behind the current fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, acquiring a guy like Oladipo could just be what they need.
Oladipo has played only 24 games this season but he’s averaging 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
With Klay Thompson still out, Oladipo’s possible partnership with Curry will be a great sight as both men will complement each other. Oladipo’s explosiveness and stellar defense will be a great partner for Curry’s insane shooting and great passing.
With a package including Oubre Jr and Damion Lee, this trade could push through.
Lonzo Ball to the New York Knicks
The Knicks have been impressive this season.
They racked up wins early on, and have the fifth-seed with a 19-18 record in the East. They also have an All-Star leader in Julius Randle, who’s averaging 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
The Knicks are the second-best defensive team in the league with a defensive rating of 108.1 and are only behind the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers (106.1).
However, their biggest flaw so far is their offense. They’re 29th in the league in both points (104.9 ppg) and assists (21.2 apg) per game.
That’s why it’s not surprising that New York is one of the teams that’s interested in acquiring Lonzo Ball from New Orleans.
The Pelicans have reportedly been open to the idea of trading Ball, who’s been averaging 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.3 steals, although they’re not in the rush in trading him before the deadline.
Despite the fact, teams have still been active in trying to cut a deal with New Orleans and one of those teams is New York.
The Knicks obviously needs an upgrade in the Point Guard position since Frank Ntlikina isn’t cutting it as well as Austin Rivers. Rookie Immanuel Quickly is still too young and raw for the job while Derrick Rose now serves more as a mentor than the main court general of the team.
The addition of Ball, who’s a great playmaker and all-around player, will surely improve the Knicks offense, given that he will have the ball most of the time to make plays and won’t have to surrender to two more proven co-stars like his situation playing with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson.
New York also have the assets to trade for Ball, so it won’t be much of a surprise if New Orleans change their mind and trade him before the Deadline.
Kristaps Porzingis to the Chicago Bulls
Two seasons ago, when Dallas acquired Kristaps Porzingis to play with Luka Doncic, fans were very excited. They finally had their first pair of stars since arguably the time when Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash played together back in the 2000s.
Fans finally got a bright future to look forward to with these two international stars leading the way.
However, things seemsto have changed. After multiple injuries, the Mavericks are now open in trading away the 7’3 Latvian star and it could happen as soon as before the deadline.
Since joining Dallas, Porzingis is yet to see a 60-game season. During the 2019-20 season, he only played 57 games.
This season, he’s only played 20 games but is putting up great numbers with 20.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 blocks.
Despite his numbers, Dallas is now open on trading him to find a better co-star for Doncic, since they’re currently having a disappointing run this season. They’re barely holding onto the eighth-seed in the West with an 18-16 record.
One of the teams that is interested in trading for the former All-Star is the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago is a very interesting team for Porzingis, since they had their first All-Star since Jimmy Butler in Zach LaVine and they have a shot to make the playoffs, given that they’re currently ninth in the East with a 16-18 record and only one win behind the current eighth-seed Toronto (17-19).
The Bulls are reportedly willing to trade away Lauri Markkanen and/or Wendell Carter Jr to acquire Porzingis.
This trade will surely boost Chicago’s chances if they acquire him and he stays healthy, while Dallas could have a great restart with young and healthier guys joining the team.
Lowry to Clippers
The Clippers had a very disappointing run last season. They’re never going to live down losing to Denver in the Western Conference Semifinals despite having 3-1 lead in the series – a result that cost Doc Rivers his job as Head Coach.
This season, after making several changes in the roster, it seems that Kawhi Leonard and Paul Geroge and the whole Clippers squad are locked in on bouncing back.
The Clippers are showing some signs of brilliance this season, sitting comfortably as the fourth seed in the West with a 24-13 record, having the same number of wins as the current third seed Lakers and second seed Phoenix.
But despite their stellar run, the Clippers seems to be focused on improving their squad even more as they’re interested in acquiring Kyle Lowry from Toronto.
The Raptors have been disappointing this season, winning only 17 games and losing 19.
Toronto team leader Lowry has apparently been saying that he’s out of Toronto, according to Ryen Russillo of The Ringer
“The word on that is that Lowry has been telling everybody for a month that he’s getting traded, which is interesting that he’s already like ‘yeah, I’m out of here. So, I don’t know if that’s him saying it, I don’t know if that’s some understanding that he has with the front office, I don’t know that part of it but whenever you ask about Lowry, he thinks he’s leaving. I think they should trade him, by the way.”
It’s fair to note that the player himself has squashed these rumors, and recently posted an Instagram story challenging the “lies” in the media. However, he did also list his Toronto home for sale earlier this year.
The 34-year-old guard is putting up 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds. He’s currently on an expiring contract which means trading him would be a smart move for the Raptors since it could start their restart.
The Clippers, on the other hand, would have that much needed floor general that could help them finally capture that elusive NBA title.
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