Which NBA players will be moved before the trade deadline?
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 6th and teams have just a few more days to acquire players for a second half of the season push for the playoffs. While some teams will be adding potential championship-winning players, others will seek to move high-priced players off their sinking ships of playoff hopes. Basketball fans are debating which big names will move on deadline day to improve their teams’ playoff potential. Fans can find the latest bet bonuses for NBA games in the second half of the season at Tipico and wager on their favorite teams.
With the trade deadline day countdown on, which players will be moved before the end of day?
Memphis Grizzlies are one game under .500 after 49 games this season. They are still in the hunt for the eighth playoff seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. The Grizzlies may make the playoffs, but that hasn’t stopped them from shopping around swingman Andre Iguldala.
The former Golden State Warriors player is 36, but his veteran leadership could put the Milwaukee Bucks on the course to win the NBA Championship. Reports claim the Grizzlies have spoken to Milwaukee about trading Iguldala for a 2020 protected NBA Draft first-round pick. Other teams are interested in Iguldala including the Philadelphia 76ers, where he would make a lot of sense to improve that inconsistent team.
Derrick Rose has rediscovered his best play in Detroit this season with the Pistons. However, with Blake Griffin out for the rest of the season, the Pistons are sellers rather than buyers ahead of the trade deadline and Rose is likely to be traded before Thursday.
Rose averages over 18 points per game and 5.9 assists in just 26.7 minutes a night. Rose could end up with the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers and find himself in an NBA Finals race. The Lakers need a playmaker and Rose ticks all the boxes off the bench.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is a five-time All-Star and holdover from the team’s NBA Championship-winning season. It looks like his time in Cleveland is up, however.
The Portland Trail Blazers, ninth in the Western Conference and chasing the playoffs, are interested. The fifth-placed Houston Rockets also make sense for Love. The forward averages 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.
San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan has one season left on his contract with a massive $28 million due to him next year. All season, reports have claimed the Spurs and DeRozan have been in talks over a new deal. However, it looks like both sides are looking at what could be on offer prior to the trade deadline before agreeing a new contract.
The Miami Heat are tied for third in the NBA’s Eastern Conference after 50 games and a shooting guard of DeRozan’s quality would be perfect. However, Miami president Pat Riley doesn’t have much cap space to work with unless San Antonio takes a massive contract off of the Heat’s hands.