Once the 2019-20 NBA season finally concludes in October, there’s going to be a mad rush of teams looking to sign star free agents and trade some of their own high-priced veterans.
Given that the offseason will be truncated before the 2020-21 campaign starts in December, moves are going to come at a near never-ending clip.
From an All-Star guard in San Antonio to an embattled big man in Philadelphia, multiple big-name players will likely change cities once the 2019-20 season concludes. Here, I look at 10 of the biggest names likely to move on to other teams.
DeMar DeRozan, guard, San Antonio Spurs
The 30-year-old DeRozan has a player option of $27.8 million for next season. Given that the free-agent market in October is expected to be barren, the belief is that DeRozan will indeed exercise said option in order to get one final long-term deal. A four-time All-Star, DeRozan is averaging 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists on 53% shooting from the field this season. San Antonio is likely heading into a complete rebuild, so the veteran wing moving on to another team makes the most sense.
Kevin Love, forward/center, Cleveland Cavaliers
It’s almost a foregone conclusion that Cleveland will trade Love this coming fall. He’s made it known he wants out of dodge with the team in the midst of a complete rebuild. At 31 years old, it’s not a secret that the veteran would like to play for a contender. And despite his recent injury issues, Love’s $32.26 million salary for the 2020-21 campaign could be attractive in a salary-matching scenario. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds on 37% shooting from distance this past season. That type of shooting from a big man is valuable.
Paul Millsap, forward, Denver Nuggets
Denver has a rising star in power forward Michael Porter Jr. He’s expected to start moving forward in a frontcourt that includes All-Star center Nikola Jokic. What exactly does this mean for Millsap? Barring some type of heroics in Orlando once the season resumes, he will be looking for another team in free agency. Don’t expect the 35-year-old big man to break the bank on a long-term deal. Though, he’s still a capable three-point shooter from the stretch-four position. That is valuable in today’s NBA. Look for the four-time All-Star to latch on with another contender.