2022 NBA Trade Deadline Odds: Will Ben Simmons, James Harden, Russell Westbrook & More Get Moved Thursday?
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2022 NBA Trade Deadline Betting Odds
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We will finally get a resolution to the circling trade rumors surrounding Ben Simmons, James Harden and other notable names as the deadline hits at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Simmons and Harden are the biggest names we’ve heard in trade rumors, but they’re not the most likely to move. At least according to the betting market.
DraftKings has posted odds on six different players to get traded, with Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner and Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant the two most likely. Both players are -110 to get traded by the deadline.
The Pacers already moved one big man in Domantas Sabonis in a deal that returned guard Tyrese Haliburton from the Kings. Turner’s name has been floated in trade talks for months. He has one year left on his deal following this season.
Grant also has one more year left on his deal with the Pistons and can be an impact player for a team making a push. Detroit, meanwhile, can receive more assets as the team builds around No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham.
But let’s get to the stars.
Simmons is +110 to get traded and it seems he’d be most likely moved for Harden (+125). The Simmons-for-Harden swap has been the talk all month as Harden’s issues have surfaced with the Nets. Simmons has not played this season for Philadelphia, but president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, has insisted he won’t just give away his disgruntled star.
Morey made a big move for Harden once in Houston. Will he do it again in Philadelphia?
The less likely (but still intriguing) names on the odds board are Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard.
Westbrook — and the Lakers as a whole — have been a mess all season and sit with a 26-30 record entering deadline day. It’s clear Los Angeles hasn’t found a way to make the pieces work, but it’s not all that easy finding a taker — or a cap fit — on Westbrook’s $44 million cap figure for this season or the $47 million left on his contract next season, assuming he exercises his player option.
The Trail Blazers have traded Lillard’s long-time backcourt mate in CJ McCollum and sold off Larry Nance and Robert Covington as the team slashes payroll. Is Lillard next?
Portland is trying to leak that it plans to build around Lillard, but that seems like a story saved for the offseason. Lillard recently underwent abdominal surgery and his timeline to return is unknown.
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