With the 2020-21 NBA season one month away from its March 25, 2021, trade deadline, rumors involving several superstars are starting to heat up. Thanks to the fun-filled analysis that you’re about to get, you’re going to find out which household name players could be traded. Some of these you can even bet on happening. That’s right, our NBA specials props list a few of these players, with odds on which teams may grab ’em.
Let’s get started with one of the biggest names that could become available.
Ben Simmons – PG – Philadelphia 76ers
Now in his fourth full season, the 24-year-old Simmons is a player that is clearly skilled. The top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is a 6-9 point guard that can do a little bit of everything – except shoot from the perimeter.
This season Simmons is averaging 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game. For his career, Simmons has put up 16.3 points, 8.3 boards, and 8.0 assists per game. Still, Simmons was apparently in the mix to be traded for James Harden earlier this season and I suspect he could still be moved. Simmons is a classic enigma. He’s clearly athletically gifted, but also severely passive. Simmons has no perimeter shot and is a player that always leaves you – and Sixers fans – wondering why he didn’t do more.
P.J. Tucker – F – Houston Rockets
Let me start by saying that everyone in the NBA loves P.J. Tucker. The 6-5, 35-year-old swingman is one of the most versatile players in the league. Tucker is “only” averaging 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game but he makes his presence felt more than a supreme talent like the aforementioned Ben Simmons. Tucker is one of the best corner three-point shooters in the league, he’s got some serious mental toughness and heart and brings a ton of veteran leadership to the locker room. Rumors have the Bucks and Lakers reportedly in hot pursuit of Tucker.
Kemba Walker – G – Boston Celtics
A recent report says Boston GM Danny Ainge “tried like hell” to move the 30-year-old, four-time, All-Star, but found no takers. Boston hasn’t gotten the production out of Walker it was expecting. Walker’s recent knee issues make him a bit difficult to move, but you’d better believe the C’s are looking to do that.
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Kyle Lowry – PG – Toronto Raptors
There aren’t a ton of trade rumors surrounding the 34-year-old floor general, but Lowry will be a free agent after this season and that could make him attractive to a title contender if Toronto is thinking about completely handing the keys to its car to Fred VanVleet. Lowry is averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game and would fit perfectly on his hometown Philadelphia 76ers roster – in place of Simmons.
Lou Williams – SG – LA Clippers
The sweet-shooting 34-year-old combo guard is averaging a modest 12.3 points per game after averaging 18.2 points per game last season and over 20.0 points per game in the two previous seasons. Williams’ numbers are down because he’s only playing 22.4 minutes per game after averaging over 28 minutes per game in two of the last three seasons. Still, Williams is on an $8 million expiring contract that makes the three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner extremely attractive to any title contender looking for scoring.
JJ Redick – SG – New Orleans Pelicans
The 36-year-old Redick will be a free agent after this season and is still one of the best perimeter shooters around, though you’d never know it this season. With new head coach Stan Van Gundy in charge in New Orleans, Redick has been chained to the bench while playing just 18.0 minutes per game, his lowest mark in 12 seasons. Redick is putting up 8.0 points per game after averaging double figures in scoring for 10 straight seasons. Ironically, Redick began his career chained to the bench under Van Gundy after being drafted by Orlando in 2006. This is a bad marriage that needs to end immediately. Any contender would be wise to go after the dead-eye sniper.
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Lonzo Ball – PG – New Orleans Pelicans
As far as 23-year-old Lonzo Ball is concerned, there are constant rumors that the Pels will move the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The eldest of the three Ball brothers is averaging a decent 14.3 points per game while shooting a healthy 39.1% from 3-point distance. Ball does shoot just 42.7% from the field while averaging 5.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Rumors say that several teams are inquiring about Ball and I suspect New Orleans will be happy to move him.
Kevin Love – PF – Cleveland Cavaliers
No one hears much about the 32-year-old Love anymore as he suits up in the abyss that is Cleveland, but the 5-time All-Star could still be moved in the right deal. Love has only played in two games but he did put up 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. Cleveland is at the beginning of its latest rebuild and won’t contend any time soon – if ever. I’m sure the Cavs would love to move Love, pardon the pun, but the fact that he’s owed almost $60 million over the next two seasons, makes moving him difficult – if not impossible.
Patty Mills – G – San Antonio Spurs
The 32-year-old combo guard is having a fine season for San Antonio by averaging 13.2 points per game on 40% shooting from beyond the arc. The second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft could be moved to a contender looking for perimeter scoring and leadership off the bench.
Bradley Beal – SG – Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards superstar guard Bradley Beal is the name you hear mentioned most when it comes to superstars that could be on the move. Beal is averaging a league-high 32.9 points per game and several teams like Philadelphia, Miami, and the LA Clippers have been mentioned in rumors as potential trade partners. However, there’s a reason that Beal is at the bottom of my list of potential superstars that could be on the move. Beal has reportedly informed the Wizards that he doesn’t want to be traded and Washington has told all potential trade partners that Beal is off the table despite the rampant rumors. Everyone wants a piece of Beal, but he apparently doesn’t want to leave the nation’s capital.
There are a bunch of other veterans that could be moved before the annual trade deadline. Here’s a look at some names on the list.
Andre Drummond – C – Cleveland Cavaliers
JaVale McGee – C – Cleveland Cavaliers
Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon – SF – Orlando Magic
John Collins – PF – Atlanta Hawks
Blake Griffin — F — Detroit Pistonsd