Trade Deadline Buzz

February 21, 2017

By Justin Lasher

 

With the NBA trade deadline just around the corner (Thursday at 3pm), trade rumors are a plenty.  Some teams are jockeying for playoff position and a potential run to try to unseat Golden State and Cleveland in their respective conferences.  Other teams have an eye on the future and are in full rebuilding mode.  I will take a look at some of the bigger names that we are hearing that may be potentially on the move, or at the very least, shopped around.

Carmelo Anthony

Phil Jackson hasn’t been coy at all in his wish to trade Melo.  The Cavaliers have said no, multiple times.  The Clippers have raised an eye brow at obtaining Anthony, but that’s about it.  Jackson will have to find some magic if he gets his wish of sending Carmelo packing.

Possible Trade Partners:  Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls   

Percent Chance of Being Traded:  5%

Jimmy Butler

Butler is already a star for a Bulls team that has under performed this season, and he is still improving.  If I were a General Manager, I’d be doing whatever I could to pry Butler away from Chicago.  The Bulls however, are more wishy washy then John Kerry, and can’t make a decision on what they want to do with their star forward.  They’ve been close to trading him away multiple times, but can’t seem to pull the trigger.  I do believe that it will benefit Jimmy Butler as well as Chicago to part ways.

Possible Trade Partners:  Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

Percent Chance of Being Traded:  20%

Ricky Rubio

It is being stated that the T-Wolves would love to part ways with Rubio and give the reigns to the offense to rookie Kris Dunn.  Rubio is a talent for sure, and selfishly, I would love to see him in a Knicks uniform.

Possible Trade Partners:  Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

Percent Chance of Being Traded:  85%

Jahlil Okafor

Okafor is a young, but talented big.  The 76ers have many of these types of players with Okafor, Nerlens Noel, and Joel Embiid.  It appears they are most willing to part ways with Okafor.  In his second season, Okafor is averaging a respectable 11.4 pts, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.

Possible Trade Partners:  Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics

Percent Chance of Being Traded:  85%

Others likely to be traded/included in trades:

Reggie Jackson (Detroit Pistons)

Derrick Rose (New York Knicks)

 

Stay tuned to Just Average Sports Guys the next couple of days as we discuss any and all deals that will happen.

 

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