The NBA Trade Deadline is a few months away, but that doesn’t mean moves can’t happen.
A player like Ben Simmons was involved in trade talks before the start of the season. And while the Sixers are comfortable with trading him in the 2022 offseason, Simmons could still be on the move. And he’s not alone.
There are talks of other players being moved throughout the league, and while some are more realistic than others, they’re still worth mentioning. Here are three players that could be traded soon.
1.) Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross is a veteran wing for the Orlando Magic. Ross is a shooter that could help a team that struggles in that department. And, there are some teams that do struggle with consistent shooting.
Ross averaged a career-best 15.6 points last season. This season, he’s averaging 10.8 and is shooting 30.1 percent from 3-point range.
The veteran looks out of place on a young, rebuilding Magic. It is time for Orlando to part ways with him and possibly get him on a contending team.
Recently, an NBA exec told HoopsHype they believe Ross will be moved.
“He’ll be moved,” as one NBA executive said. “They were trying to move him at the draft. They wanted to put him in a place where he could win. I think he’s worth a couple of second-round picks.”
So, signs show that Ross may be moved soon. Could a team like the Lakers use him? It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
2.) Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield has been the focal point of the Sacramento Kings for a few years now. But his time in Sacramento may be coming to an end.
After a decent start to their season, the Kings are getting worse. They are 6-11 and dropped to the 12th spot in the Western Conference. The Kings fired their head coach Luke Walton on Sunday and named Alvin Gentry their interim head coach.
The Kings are in rebuild mode, and Hield may no longer be a part of those plans. With players like Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell, the Kings have young(er) players to build around. Sacramento could continue their rebuild by trading Hield and possibly getting draft picks in the process.
Hield is a valuable piece that could attract teams. He recently hit 1,209 buckets from downtown in his first 400 NBA games. This is more than the “Splash Brothers” Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Blazers guard Damian Lillard.
Hield nearly joined the Lakers in the offseason, before L. A decided to get Westbrook. So, it is fair to say he’s valuable and a player that teams will pursue. And with the right team, Hield can flourish.
3.) Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon is a veteran in a similar situation as Terrence Ross. He’s a valuable contributor off the bench (when healthy) and can help a team looking to contend. But he’s with a rebuilding team.
The Houston Rockets are the worst team in the league with a record of 1-15. They are on a 14 game losing streak, and despite their talent, the losses will pile on.
At 32 (going on 33), Gordon deserves a change of scenery. He deserves to join a contender and possibly win a championship. However, moving him will be a challenge.
Gordon is owed nearly $20 million next season and has a team option worth nearly $21 million in 2023-24. If a contending team is willing to take on his contract, Gordon could be on the move.
The season is young, but if any of these players change teams, they’ll make an impact.