The NBA offseason has flown by. Following the Milwaukee Bucks victory over the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals, there has been plenty of player movement around the league as teams put themselves in a position to be in the finals next year.
The 2021 NBA Draft had plenty of trades completed, as teams moved up and down the board, adding players and clearing cap space for free agency. In NBA free agency, the player movement didn’t stop, as there were a ton of deals agreed to.
While there have been a lot of signings, there haven’t been as many blockbuster trades. Thus far, the biggest name we have seen traded is Russell Westbrook, who the Washington Wizards traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night.
We came into the offseason with the possibility of multiple All-Stars being on the move. Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Ben Simmons are some of the names that have been mentioned as possible trade targets since the offseason began.
With a lot of the available salary-cap money already being spent, the biggest free-agent signings are likely behind us. However, there could still be some big moves this offseason via trades.
What trades could still happen? Here are five swaps we’d still love to see occur this offseason in the NBA.
5. Myles Turner To Washington Wizards
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has been his name involved in a ton of NBA trade rumors. They have been plentiful this offseason, but trade interest in him goes back to even the last offseason when the Pacers engaged in trade talks with the Boston Celtics.
Needing to shake up their roster, the Pacers have once again considered breaking up their frontcourt duo of Domantas Sabonis and Turner. With Sabonis making two straight All-Star games, he is unlikely to be on the move, so it is Turner who will be packing his bags.
The New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets are two teams that have been linked to Turner this offseason. The Celtics were again as well, but we’d love to see Turner end up with the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards and Pacers have already completed a trade this offseason, as Aaron Holiday and the 31st pick in the 2021 NBA Draft were sent to Washington for the 22nd pick, which the Wizards acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers. So, the two sides have experience working with each other.
4. Buddy Hield To LA Clippers
The Sacramento Kings were close to trading Buddy Hield to the Los Angeles Lakers before the 2021 NBA Draft. The framework of a deal was in place, as Los Angeles was sending Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick to Sacramento in exchange for Hield.
At the last minute, Los Angeles pivoted. They decided to instead send that package, in addition to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, to the Washington Wizards for Russell Westbrook.
There is no way that the Kings can bring Hield back knowing he was essentially out the door once already. So, the other Lakers co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers, will swoop in and make a deal for the sharpshooter.
The Clippers are going to need to add some scoring this offseason. While Kawhi Leonard is largely expected to re-sign with the team after opting out, he is likely not going to play during the 2021-22 season. Leonard was injured during the team’s second-round series against the Utah Jazz and underwent surgery recently to fix it.
Hield would give the Clippers a scoring threat alongside Paul George, who carried the team following Leonard’s injury. His 3-point shooting would fit in perfectly and his improving playmaking would be a bonus for the offense, taking even more pressure off of George.
Los Angeles has yet to make any impact moves this offseason. They have been linked to a few players, but only Nicolas Batum has been re-signed