The NBA Trade deadline is nine days away, meaning front office executives and GMs are talking, while not “actively shopping.” If the last two years of NBA Trade Deadline deals (2011 and 2010) are any indication, the usual names that we’ve heard all season will be discussed.
There are a few big names involved who we don’t know about, and several complementary pieces will inevitably be dealt. All this is an effort by teams to position themselves closer to the title this year or rebuild for titles to come.
After a very hectic first half of the season, here’s what we know thus far that could shape how this year’s deadline plays out:
- Brandon Jennings is already “exploring” his options for next season;
- At their best, Boston may not have enough to contend with Miami or Chicago in the East;
- Golden State must decide who they’ll keep long-term: Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry;
- Kobe Bryant has more great years in him than we might have expected;
- Steve Nash is wasting the last of his great years in Phoenix;
- We’re no closer to finding out what the Magic will do about Dwight Howard.
Despite the recent surge of the Los Angeles Lakers, their current roster may not have enough to contend for a title this year, let alone the Western Conference. While these trade scenarios are not based on insider information or founded rumors, on some level, these deals make sense for the teams involved.
So, before you shake your head at any of these deals, saying that they would never happen, let me be the first to agree with you. However, it’s always fun to wonder.