5 NBA deals that could happen before February's trade deadline |
The NBA trade deadline takes place on the 7th of February and pretenders and contenders will be looking to bolster their teams. The Eastern Conference has seen a surprise as the Milwaukee Bucks have excelled while the Boston Celtics have been overall bad. The NBA post season is just around the corner and bet-NJ.com can keep basketball fans aware of great odds all season. In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets have soared while last year's best team, the Houston Rockets, have failed to fully take flight. The trade deadline is fast approaching and these teams could test the market.
Which players could move teams and help a contender down the final NBA regular season stretch?
The Washington Wizards have struggled through the first half of the season. Washington has posted a below .500 record and is expected to go into a rebuilding phase in the offseason. The Charlotte Hornets, who are postseason contenders, are tracking Bradley Beal and want to add his 23.6 points per game to their team.
Jeremy Lin burst onto the NBA scene in 2011 with the New York Knicks. Since then, he has bounced around as a credible guard in the NBA. Lin has been used off the bench this season for the Atlanta Hawks playing in 32 games. He averages 10.5 ppg. Lin makes over $12 million a season, but is out of contract in the summer. The Hawks want to move him now and get something before they lose him for free.
Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday is being courted by the Houston Rockets. Last year's best team in the NBA's regular season is in need of perimeter shooting upgrades. Holiday would provide further quality on the hardwood. Holiday averages 7.9 ppg while playing fewer than 22 minutes a night. The Rockets have enquired about Holiday and it could be a matter of days before the deal occurs.
Rumours have it that Cleveland Cavaliers power forward is available for the right price. The Cavs are bottom of the Eastern Conference and life post-LeBron James hasn't been good. Cleveland is ready to rebuild and moving Love for the right assortment of players would work out. Love is in the first season of a four-year, $120m contract. It appears the Cavs may want to get out from under that hefty deal already. Love averages 19 points this season, but he has been plagued by injuries.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been playing well in place of LeBron James, but that doesn't mean the Lakers will keep him around. LA is currently in the Western Conference's playoff places, but the team wants to upgrade other areas. Caldwell-Pope averages 11.8 ppg in 22.5 minutes. Houston is interested in adding Caldwell-Pope to alleviate their shooting problems. Reports indicate Caldwell-Pope is the Rockets' No. 1 target in the trade market. Caldwell-Pope is in the last season of is $12m a season contract. It is a small fee for a player with so much promise. The Lakers can either move him now or lose him for free. It is more likely the former will occur.