The NBA Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching, having been moved forward to February 8 for this season. There have been many rumors involving some potential trade targets and players who may be unhappy in their current situation. With teams deciding their fate for the rest of the season, some stars may find themselves on the move in February. Here are six players who need to be traded at the deadline.
6. Stanley Johnson
Stanley Johnson is one name who could find himself swapping teams at the trade deadline. The Pistons have been active in trade talks and have reportedly begun to shop Johnson to teams interested in bolstering their depth at the wing. Johnson is under a friendly contract that will lasts until the 2019 season, so several teams could be in the market for the 21-year-old. Throughout his career, Johnson has posted averages of 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds, shooting at a 36.3 percent clip from the field, but he is still just 21-years-old.
5. George Hill
George Hill has yet to settle into his new role in the Kings rebuild, and he may not need to get settled at all. Hill inked a 3-year, $57 million contract with the team this offseason, though he has not lived up to the lucrative deal. Any contender in need of some depth at the guard position should be interested in Hill, as he provides veteran experience and has proven to be a serviceable starter in the league over his 10 year career.
4. Julius Randle
Julius Randle has long been linked with a trade out of Los Angeles as he finds himself losing favor in the logjam that is the Lakers' frontcourt. The Lakers have not been shy in shopping Randle and may very well end up moving their third year player. Randle is averaging just 22.8 minutes per contest, putting up 13.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in his limited floor time.
3. DeAndre Jordan
The Clippers season has been nothing short of a disaster, having had multiple players go down with somewhat serious injuries throughout the season. They no longer look to be a contender in the league and may opt to enter a rebuild, something which DeAndre Jordan would likely not be too keen on as he approaches the age of 30. There are many contenders looking for a center, with DJ being linked to both the Bucks and Cavs in recent weeks. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out.
2. Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson's future with the Lakers is in major jeopardy, as both the player and his team have expressed their desire to part ways via a trade. Clarkson has flashed his potential in the past but he doesn't mesh with the direction the Lakers are heading. Clarkson is still just 25-years-old and could be a valuable asset for any contending team. Expect Clarkson to be in a new uniform by the time the deadline passes.
1. Nikola Mirotic
Nikola Mirotic has excelled in his return to the floor for Chicago, and the team looks ready to part ways with the 26-year-old. They are demanding a first round pick in exchange for the young power forward who is garnering interest from various teams around the league. Mirotic has been superb in 17 games this season, averaging 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds while converting at an outstanding 46.5 percent clip from beyond the arch this year. Many teams will be interested in bringing Mirotic on board as the deadline looms.