We're just over a week away from the NBA Trade Deadline, and there have been plenty of rumors swirling about big-name players that may or may not be available. There is one thing that we know for sure - we're going to see a flurry of moves as we move closer to the deadline. Here are five trades that could happen over the course of the next eight days:
Milwaukee has surprisingly put Greg Monroe on the trade block after signing him to a three-year, $50 million deal this offseason because of his "lack of fit" with the team. Boston is desperately looking for some way to acquire a star, and though Monroe isn't an All-Star, he's a high-quality player that will upgrade their roster and make the Celtics more attractive for top free agents. Both Lee and Zeller can become free agents after the season, giving the Bucks more cap space this summer, along with two picks in the middle of the first round.
Korver is one of three players that the Hawks have made available, and the Cavs have expressed interest in adding him for even more three-point shooting. Atlanta seems likely to blow up their current core to start a small rebuild, and getting Mozgov's expiring contract in return would help them have more flexibility this offseason. And, first-round picks never hurt.
Teague is another player Atlanta has made available, and Boston could very well jump at the chance to acquire a player that was an All-Star last year. The combination of him and Monroe would give the Celtics something serious to work for the next few years and make them more of a threat in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks would get a quality backup point guard (Smart) and starting shooting guard (Bradley) in return, along with some draft picks as they rebuild.
Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings has been the subject of trade rumors ever since the Pistons signed Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $80 million deal this offseason, and now that he's been playing well after having surgery to repair his torn Achilles, his name has come up again. New York is looking for an upgrade at the point guard position, and Jennings is a versatile, starting-caliber guard that can make plays on the perimeter. The Knicks are targeting Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley in free agency, yet there are signs that he'll return to Memphis - and New York can't have Calderon starting if they want to be a playoff team.
Toronto currently holds the Knicks' first-round pick, and plan to use that as a trade chip to help improve their frontcourt. Starting power forward Luis Scola is better off coming off the bench, and the Raptors have targeted Suns forward Markieff Morris as a guy that could fill that starting role. Phoenix has made him available, so it seems to be just a matter of time before these two sides get a deal done.Back to the NBA Newsfeed
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