Players who renewed their contracts during the summer are now free agents, marking the unofficial start of the NBA trade season. There aren’t many potential game-changers in the current pool.
James Harden is one of them, but he can reject any deal. However, there will be 21 more players available in a month’s time. And among them are far more intriguing figures like Bradley Beal, Deandre Ayton, and Zach LaVine.
No matter where you stand on the issue, nobody can dispute the critical importance of having at least a handful of reliable shooters in order to compete in modern basketball. Accordingly, elite shooters are anticipated to fetch a premium price during this year’s NBA trade deadline. These are the three best shooters who could switch teams in the NBA soon.
3. Gary Trent Jr.
The Toronto Raptors have underperformed this year, and general manager Masai Ujiri has to provide direction on the future of many players, including guard Gary Trent Jr. He has the option to leave at the conclusion of the season, and it seems that’s what he intends to do.
The Raptors may decide to completely overhaul their roster in order to create a team around Rookie of the Year winner Scottie Barnes. Trent Jr. is a formidable offensive threat and a game-changing defensive presence. He’s just 24, so whoever buys him will get a great deal.
2. Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic is not the youngest player in the league, but he may be the most dependable. The young players on the Detroit Pistons team really look up to him as a mentor and appreciate his strong leadership.
Nevertheless, Bogdanovic does not fit into their plans at all, and they might make better use of any draft selection. The former Utah Jazz combo forward is an all-around player who is capable of scoring at will, distributing the ball to teammates, and even stepping up on defense.
1. Kyle Kuzma
During his time with the Washington Wizards, Kyle Kuzma has developed into a solid contributor. He was clearly unable to realize his full potential while sharing a court alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
But now that he has shown what he’s capable of, there will be no lack of clubs interested in dealing with Kuzma as a 3-and-D stretch four. If he and Kristaps Porzingis don’t start performing better soon, the Wizards might attempt to trade them.