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- The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
- The headlines have been dominated by big names like Anthony Davis and Kristaps Porzingis, but most of the deals made before the deadline will not be blockbusters.
- This piece will focus on 10 under-the-radar players who could be on the move before the deadline.
The NBA trade deadline is this Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, but the craziness is already in full swing. Anthony Davis has demanded a trade out of New Orleans. Kristaps Porzingis was shipped off for Dennis Smith Jr. and cap space. Rodney Hood was acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers.
OK, so maybe that last one wasn’t so crazy.
Davis and Porzingis have grabbed the majority of the trade deadline headlines, but they are far from the only players who are available heading into Thursday. Non-contending teams will be looking to sell off pieces for future assets, while playoff-bound teams will be looking to bolster their rosters.
Let’s look at 10 potential trade targets who are flying a bit under-the-radar at the moment.
Atlanta Hawks SG Kent Bazemore
Contract: 1 year, $18.1 million (with a $19.25M player option for 2019-20)
The Hawks have been better than expected this season, currently owning a 18-35 record and sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. That’s obviously not very good, but Vegas set their win total at just 23.5 for the entire season. They’re on pace to shatter that!
Regardless, the Hawks are clearly playing for Ping Pong balls at this point, and moving on from Bazemore would be a welcome sight. He will almost certainly exercise his option for next season, and the Hawks would love to get his contract off the books.
That said, it’s unclear if he could actually help a contender. The Hawks have been outscored by 8.9 points per 100 possessions with Bazemore on the court this season compared to just 5.4 with him off.
He’s also shooting just 32.6% from 3-point range this season, which is his worst mark since his rookie season. It’s hard to see a contender taking the bait, especially with that player option looming large for next season.
Cleveland Cavaliers SG Alec Burks
Contract: 1 year, $11.25 million
The Cavs have done a nice job acquiring future assets this season. So far, they’ve managed to turn Rodney Hood, Kyle Korver and George Hill into seven draft picks.
Six of those are second-rounders, but any time you can get something for nothing – which is exactly what the Cavs were winning with those guys on the roster – it has to be considered a success.
Burks appears to be the next man up for the Cavaliers, and they should be able to find a taker. He’s shot 38.1% from 3-point range as a member of the Cavs and can serve as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker as well.
Chicago Bulls C Robin Lopez
Contract: 1 year, $14.35 million