There are still plenty of moving parts in free agency, but now may be the perfect time for teams to be aggressive on the trade market.
All around the league, there are players in undesirable situations who should probably be dealt. Whether it’s because they’ve become less necessary after the draft or early free-agent signings, or simply because they’re an asset that could help address bigger needs through a trade, the following players should be dealt now while teams start to feel left out in the musical chairs of free-agency signings.
What’s interesting about the biggest trade candidates, however, is that they all seem to play in the frontcourt. That’s a good sign for teams in need of a strong power forward, but the abundance of players available at that position may drive the price down for teams willing to trade.
In some ways, that makes the trade market similar to the free-agency logjam we saw before LeBron James went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One big trade for a team in need of frontcourt help could set everything else in motion and start the action.
Let’s take a look at a few of the players who need to be traded this offseason.