The NBA trade deadline is approaching and there seem to be plenty of moves on the horizon.
With the NBA trade deadline coming up — February 8, 3 p.m. EST — there are a few big names and even more solid players to be had. Whether squads are looking to add pieces for a playoff run, jettison stars to build for the future or unload cap space, things will get interesting.
- The New Orleans Pelicans have two of the more dominant big men in the game in DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. However, they have yet to form anything more than a low-level playoff contender in the West. The organization must determine if they’ll ever be more than that with Boogie in tow. If they get a deal that makes sense, Cousins could be shipped before the deadline.
- Paul George has yet to give any indication — publicly or to OKC — whether he intends to stay with the Thunder after this season or explore his free agency options. Knowing what they know now — most prevalent being the struggles of George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony together — the Thunder would be remiss if they didn’t take time to listen to what’s available out there if they dangle George.
- Things have not gone as expected thus far for the Clippers in 2017-18, with injuries to wreaking havoc, While results have been better as of late, DeAndre Jordan could still be a name that is on the move. The tricky part for a team acquiring the big man is whether they feel he’s worth the money he’ may demand after the season is over — likely a full-max deal.
- Nikola Mirotic is an interesting piece, as he has been vital to the Bulls’ turnaround this season. However, if Chicago can get a first-round pick for him, they’d be intrigued to pull the trigger. Detroit and Portland are teams said to be interested.
- Willie Hernangomez is unhappy with his playing time with the Knicks and seems open to a move. While he likes the organization and the city of New York, the 2015 second-round pick understandably wants to play.
- Nerlens Noel has fell out of favor and out of the rotation is Dallas, and could be on the move. He’s coming off of wrist surgery, but could be a solid defensive piece for a team that doesn’t need additional scoring in the post.
- The Lakers have had no luck unloading Luol Deng, as it would take the inclusion of valuable future assets. However, they seem open to moving Larry Nance jr., Jordan Clarkson and/or julius Randle before the deadline.
- The Utah Jazz were hoping that Derek Favors could co-exist with Rudy Gobert this season, but it just hasn’t worked out, as they both flourish at the 5. No official talks or destinations have surfaced, but keep an eye on a Favors deal as the deadline approaches.
- Lou Williams is another name to keep on your radar, depending on 1) how the next month unfolds for the Clippers and 2) if the DeAndre Jordan gets moved. Williams is have a resurgent season and could be a viable piece for a playoff contender.