As we approach the last month before the deadline for NBA 2020-21 trading, things in the market are starting to heat up a bit.
Just today it was announced that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be seated Andre Drummond until they manage to find a trading partner for the All-Star Giants. And Drummond’s name is far from the only major topic discussed in the latest report.
Below we took the five players who appeared most often on our rumor page during the previous week and sorted them in order of appearance.
5 Harrison Barnes (Sacramento)
It’s funny how things work in the NBA league. Just last year, Harrison Barnes’ the contract was basically considered an immobile albatross. It is now reported that teams like the Boston Celtics are interested in a swingman with a gap from the floor due to the fact that he is playing this campaign extremely consistently.
However, the Sacramento Kings, 12-14 in year and 11th in the West, are desperate to make the playoffs this year, and as such reportedly haven’t shown much hint to move their foursome (over Athletic):
Harrison Barnes plays some of the best basketball in his career and is known to be on the Boston radar (and probably several others). The Celtics are reportedly looking for ways to make good use of the $ 28.5 million trade exemption they created in Gordon Hayward’s signature with Charlotte. So far, sources say the teams have got the impression that the Kings are not interested in moving Barnes.
Barnes is averaging 16.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season as he shoots 40.2 percent off the bow.
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4 Kyle Lowry (Toronto)
Article from Bleacher Report put Kyle Lowry straight into the hustle and bustle of trade rumors last week, causing confusion among Toronto Raptors fans and several other teams, namely those reportedly interested in the NBA champions.
According to Reports for bleach Jake Fischer, Toronto, which started this campaign disappointingly, is considering relocating Lowry to open up an even bigger role for his hinterland partner Fred VanVleet, give Malachi Flynn, choosing a team in the first round in 2020, the opportunity to play and, most importantly, because his contract expires, which is why it’s wise to consider getting value out of him, instead of losing him for nothing out of this season.
Some of the teams Fischer mentioned in his report as potential Lowry suitors include the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans. Los Angeles and Miami, especially the two ambitious teams this year, make a lot of sense as Lowry’s landing sites.
Lowry is in the final year of a deal that pays him $ 30.5 million this season, so his relocation will require gymnastics with a salary of whatever stakeholder wants his services, but given that the nearly 35-year-old general is still sets up 17.7 points and 6.5 assists this year, teams were able to see him and it’s worth the hassle.
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3 Nemanja Bjelica (Sacramento)
After being out of the rotation of the kings for almost a month, stretch-4 Nemanja Bjelica he returned to the combination last week for Sacramento, playing 27.4 minutes in two games in which he averaged 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while scoring from five attempts from depth.
It is quite obvious that the kings are currently trying to increase the trade value of Bjelica in order to deal with the big Serbian man sooner rather than later, and, according to reports, there are various interested parties.
Just a few days ago, we reported that the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat are two interested teams in achieving Bjelica’s services (via Sacramento Bee):
Two contenders for the Eastern Conference playoffs are believed to be interested in the veteran, one who went to the NBA Finals last season and the other who hopes to get there this season. One of those teams is the Miami Heat, a club that can accept Bjelica’s contract using its $ 7.6 million trade exemption, a source from the league told Sacramento Bee. The Philadelphia 76ers are also “famous among teams considering a 32-year-old striker,” according to Sam Amick of Athletic.
Bjelica, an underrated passer and a good scorer for three points, would be a great help to the two candidates for the Eastern Conference.
His contract, which is extremely friendly towards the team, which expires this season and pays him only 7.2 million dollars, will also be a factor that will undoubtedly increase the interest in Bjelica in the trade market.
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2 Andre Drummond (Cleveland)
An explosion was reported Monday morning in rumors of a Drummond trade Shams Charania i Adrian Wojnarowski published reports on the future of the great man with the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers, making Drummond currently the hottest name on the market.
First, Charania reported that Cleveland and Toronto were discussing a potential deal for a double All-Star center, which makes a lot of sense given how bad the team’s current starting center is, Aaron Baynes, performed this year:
Wojnarowski then reported that Drummond would no longer be part of the Cavs rotation as the team worked to find a new home for him:
Wojnarowski also mentioned that although Cleveland has talked to teams on the Drummond front, no deal is forthcoming and negotiations have not yet become serious with any club.
Complicating matters as far as Drummond’s trade is concerned is the fact that, although he has a contract that expires, that business still pays him $ 28.8 million this season, which potentially makes the trade extremely difficult to put together financially.
Will any team want to pack multiple valuable salaries just for a half-season Drummond rental before they see him hit an unlimited free agency this season?
Maybe, but that’s not given either.
That’s why talks about buying Drummond have been so difficult in recent weeks. Speaking of which, buying Drummond, for Charani, would reportedly bring interest to the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets, teams that lack wages and assets to trade for the big man, but would like to sign him as a free agent.
At the end of the day, Drummond is a double-double machine that completes almost anything in color, so there’s no doubt it could help candidates who need it. His salary and the upcoming free engagement only complicate things.
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1 Bradley Beal (Washington)
It’s almost stupid to keep putting up Bradley Beal at the top of this chart every week given the ultimate probability that the Washington Wizards will trade him this season, but the numbers are numbers, and his name still appears in rumors of trading more often than any other player, so they really have no choice.
The most interesting thing that came out on the Beal trade front last week came with kindness Yahoo! Sports, who spoke with Beal ‘s agent Mark Bartelstein about the star 2-guard. Most importantly, Bartelstein talked about why Beal wants to remain a wizard in the foreseeable future:
“He doesn’t want to give up on anything,” Beal agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports & Entertainment told Yahoo Sports. “He is an incredibly loyal guy and he always wants to feel like he did everything he could to help someone or someone be successful. This is the way he was raised and on which his values are based. It is rooted in him. That’s what makes it, in my opinion, so unique. He does the right things. ”
“It’s the team that created him, the team that invested in him, and he desperately wants to make them a championship candidate,” Bartelstein, who has represented Beala since the 2012 draft, told Yahoo Sports. “She wants to make it happen. That’s how it is. It does not look for an easy way out. He challenges himself. The evolution of his game speaks volumes about how committed he is and how hard he works. ”
That leaves us where we’ve been for months on this issue: Beal doesn’t want to leave Washington (right now anyway), and the Wizards don’t want to change their superstar.
That may change over the next five or more weeks, but for now, all signs indicate that Beal will stay with the wizards for at least the rest of the 2020-21 campaign.
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