Huge NBA trades! This will change everything!2021|08:34
The NBA trade deadline is approaching fast, and contending teams are making their last push to improve the rosters in the race for the championship. There are a few obvious candidates that will find a new home very soon, and a lot more that you should keep an eye on. So let’s check them out. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it. The most recent trend this season has been that teams decide they would trade a player, and they sit him out, avoiding the risk of injury or.. Idk lowering his trade value maybe. So we already know of 3 guys that are for sure going to be traded, just on that simple fact that teams aren’t playing them at all. First up, it’s Andre Drummond. As soon as the Cavaliers got Jarett Allen, a great young piece at the center position, it was obvious that Andre will not be a part of this team long term. The one potential destination that has been mentioned are the Los Angeles Lakers, who now all of a sudden are looking for another big man with all the injuries that Anthony Davis has been dealing with, and the fact that they didn’t get the inside presence they were looking for from Harrell and Gasol. Now thing is, LA is a candidate for Drummond in case there is a buyout, since he’s in the last year of his contract. But the Cavs would ideally love to get something in return for him, and this is where things get a bit complicated. The big man is making almost 29 million dollars this season, and with the NBA’s rule of salary matching, that’s a lot of players that would need to be involved in the trade. And all that for a possible few month rental, since once again as I said, he will be a free agent this summer. The Raptors were one of the teams that at least had a phone call about him, but, the salary matching makes things pretty difficult. So it remains to be seen if he’ll get bought out and if that opens up the door for the Lakers. Next is one of my favorite players in the league. P.J. Tucker has also been informed that will not be active for games as the Houston Rockets are trying to find the best possible deal in their process of rebuilding in this post James Harden era. At 35 years of age, Tucker is certainly better off helping a contender than being stuck on a team just now putting the groundwork for the next decade. Although the numbers will show that he’s been struggling this season, at only 4 and a half points and shooting 31 and half percent from three, this is mostly due to the complete shake up in the roster, and playing with misfit pieces on a team going nowhere. GMs and coaches know exactly what they will get from P.J. and that is energy, effort, defense, stability, and of course if you pair him with a dominant player, on the pass off the double team, Tucker will be in the corner, and will knock down that three pointer. And we know he’s been among the league leaders from the corners for the past 5 years. I don’t see a contender that wouldn’t want him, so there are countless potential landing spots for him. And with only 8 million per year, his contract is easily tradable so I guess the Rockets only wait for the best offer and this will be executed. In my opinion, if he goes to one of the top 3 teams in any conference, that team will immediately become the most dangerous title candidate. But again, this is just my opinion. Moving on, another guy that's currently chillin 'in the freezer, put on ice by his team is Lamarcus Aldridge. The San Antonio Spurs recently announced that the 2 sides mutually agreed that it would be best to trade him so at the moment they too are looking at scenarios that could benefit them. At 13.5 points and 4.5 rebounds he is definitely way past his prime but at the same time he could come in as a golden opportunity for contenders needing some size and some mid range shots and Lamarcus will always be automatic from there. The Miami Heat have been extremely interested in him as he could be a huge upgrade to their big man depth. Other than Bam Adebayo, the team can’t really rely on Myers Leonard and Kelly Olynuk for another deep run in the playoffs, so the fact that these 2 guys are also on an expiring contract just like Aldridge, can possibly get them traded alongside some draft picks, to sweeten the deal for the Spurs, and to make them pull the trigger on this trade. Personally, I would love to see him with the Heat and that would make things very interesting in the eastern conference. Another guy who’s been involved in a ton of rumors lately is Kyle Lowry. The slow start that the Toronto Raptors had, and they are nowhere near in position for a title contention, points to a possibility for a rebuild and moving away from the 34 year old point guard. That 34 year old point guard however is still averaging 18 points and 7 assists per game, shooting 40% from downtown which is a great stat line, and one that could definitely raise a team to the next level. A championship level.