Most of the news around the NBA offseason centers around free agency, but there is also expected to be a lot of player movement via trade this summer as well. Several notable players are on the trade block, setting the table for a flurry of blockbuster deals. Here are the four players most likely to be traded this offseason:
Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks
The writing has been on the wall for some time, but it's likely that Anthony will not be back with the Knicks next season despite the fact that he has two more years left on his contract and a no-trade clause. The rumors surrounding a potential move have cooled off over the past month, but New York has made it known they would prefer not to have Anthony next season.
Carmelo revealed at the end of the season that he would be open to leaving the Knicks this offseason, marking the first time he has ever said he was open to other options. However, he still has all of the power with his no-trade clause, meaning he'll only go to a contending team he wants to play for. Right now, it appears those two options are the Los Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Rubio has appeared to be on the outs in Minnesota ever since the Timberwolves drafted Kris Dunn in the top five in the 2016 draft, but played exceptionally well and maintained his starting spot all season long. Minnesota may feel like they can't trust Dunn in the starting lineup yet - in which case Rubio would undoubtedly be back - but all signs indicate that they are ready to trade him. The Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans are probably the most likely options for Rubio.
D'Angelo Russell, PG/SG, Los Angeles Lakers
Russell fell out of favor with the Lakers this past season and finished the season playing shooting guard as the team isn't convinced he's a true point guard. After getting the No. 2 pick in the draft lottery, Los Angeles immediately started taking offers for Russell. There figures to be a good market for Russell - who was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft - as many around the league are willing to gamble on his upside. The same teams who are interested in Rubio are also interested in Russell, as well as the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jahlil Okafor, C, Philadelphia 76ers
At some point, the Sixers are going to deal Okafor. They already have plenty of size and would be better served finding a veteran backup center who can provide leadership for this young team. They have been fielding offers for Okafor since the start of last offseason, but haven't found anyone who has met their asking price. Assuming they drop their demands, Okafor should be playing somewhere else next season. The San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards are all teams to watch for him.Back to the NBA Newsfeed