NBA trades will be the name of the game this summer as some teams attempt to shed salaries of high-priced players. Other contending teams could very well look to find NBA All-Stars to team up with their already-elite players.
Could the Washington Wizards pull the plug on a Bradley Beal trade? Perhaps, the Brooklyn Nets attempt to get more pieces to surround Kevin Durant and James Harden by moving Kyrie Irving.
Get your NBA trade machine out, here’s a look at 20 star players who could be dealt this coming summer.
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
There was some talk that the 27-year-old Grant might be moved ahead of the March NBA trade deadline. This came with the former second-round pick in the midst of a career season and after having signed a modest three-year, $60 million contract last offseason. Grant has responded by averaging 22.6 points and 4.8 rebounds on 36% shooting from distance this season. Despite that, he does not fit into Detroit’s long-term rebuild and could potentially be had this summer.
Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers
There was surprisingly some talk of Indiana moving Brogdon ahead of the deadline this past March after acquiring him in a sign-and-trade with the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2019. Whether the 28-year-old combo guard fits into the Pacers’ future remains to be seen. He’s averaging 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists on 40% shooting from distance thus far this season. He also carries a $21.7 million cap hit for the 2021-22 season. That could force Indiana’s hands after it acquired Caris LeVert in the blockbuster James Harden trade.
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors
In the midst of a breakout season with Golden State, Wiggins has finally morphed into that three-and-D player most figured he’d be when he was the No. 1 selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 26-year-old forward is averaging 18.0 points and 4.7 rebounds on career-best marks from the field (47%) and three-point range (38%). He’s also playing elite defense. At issue here is Wiggins’ long-term fit in Golden State and the possibility that the Warriors pull off a blockbuster trade during the summer. If so, Wiggins and his contract would have to be moved.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
For what seems like ever, the 32-year-old Love has been on the NBA trade block. His advanced age coupled with a horrible contract ($60.2 million over the next two seasons) has made it nearly impossible for Cleveland to trade the five-time All-Star. With that said, the team could very well decide to take back another bad contract while offering draft pick compensation to rid itself of Love. If so, another contending squad might take a look at a still competent stretch-four.
Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
Just a year after signing a $140.79 million contract, Walker found himself on the NBA trade block ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. That’s primarily due to continued concerns over his knee. Here’s a guy who has been limited to 90 games since Boston picked him up. He’s also set to make a combined $73.6 million over the next two seasons. Despite this, there’s a chance another team picks him up on the cheap from a compensation standpoint. The All-Star is still averaging north of 19 points since the start of the 2019-20 season.