The NBA trade deadline isn't until February, but it's never too early to try and trade for a star, as the Sixers showed us when they mercifully pried Jimmy Butler from the Timberwolves earlier this month. Who's next on the move? These seven candidates are the most likely ones to get dealt.
7. JR Smith
This one is more of a certainty than a rumor, with Smith leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to practice on his own in the anticipation of a trade. With the Cavs tanking and Smith not getting any younger, this was a divorce bound to happen. Expect it sooner rather than later.
6. Kevin Love
On that note, if the Cavs are truly tanking, they should look to jettison all the talent they can for future assets, and Love is their best asset--even at age 30. His toe injury will put the kibosh on any deal until he's healthy, but once he returns in the new year, the Cavs could look to deal him to a contender before the deadline.
5. Terry Rozier
The trade rumors have been swirling around the young Celtics point guard after a recent tweet, and while Rozier insists he's not looking for an out, it's hard to envision a future for him as a starter in Boston if the Celts are all in on Kyrie Irving. Look for Rozier to be moved for other reinforcements--and knowing Danny Ainge, they're likely to be far more than he's worth.
4. Jusuf Nurkic
This one is less of a "let's get all we can for Nurkic" and more of a "let's see how we can parlay Nurkic into the landing a bigger fish." The Blazers are all in this year with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and they're looking for more talent to load up with. Nurkic is a very solid center, but the Blazers could center a package around the Bosnian if they want to land a real superstar--like one of the next few guys on this list.
3. John Wall
With the recent reports that Washington is willing to trade Wall and his co-star amid dissent in the Wizards' locker room, it's no surprise that his name is high on our list. Wall is a superstar, so he's bound to attract lots of attention on the trade market, even if he would require a particular fit to be best utilized.
2. Bradley Beal
That being said, if the Wiz are going to move either of their stars anytime soon, my money's on it being Beal. Wall's contract is just too big for a lot of teams to reasonably take on, and Beal is an All-Star as well--and a younger one at that, at 25 years of age. If I'm an NBA GM, I'm making calls on Beal every day until he's dealt.
1. Draymond Green
This one would be a bold, bold move from the NBA's top team--but given the recent tension among the Warriors' stars, and the fact that both Green's and fellow star Klay Thompson's contracts are up at the end of the season, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Dubs trade the talented but troubled star to clear cap space for a Klay deal, and to protect the Warriors' future in case KD leaves in free agency.