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10 Most Likely trades during the 2018-19 NBA season

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Most franchises have been busy stockpiling their teams with talent and assets, although the NBA arms race will near a brief end as teams try to already finalize their roster spots for training camp.

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Most franchises have been busy stockpiling their teams with talent and assets, although the NBA arms race will near a brief end as teams try to already finalize their roster spots for training camp.

Despite everyone getting ready for the beginning of the season, executives and the management alike have been thinking beyond their current rosters for sure. For an exciting season ahead, there will definitely be surprises that that will change the NBA landscape.

Without further ado, here are the ten trades likely to happen during the 2018-19 NBA season.

10. Kent Bazemore for Pau Gasol and Bryn Forbes

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Bazemore is being paid around $18.5 million a year to babysit a young Hawks club. At 29-years-old and with a lot still left in the tank, he is an ideal piece to a contender. With a decent three-and-D skill set that is highly coveted around the league, Bazemore will get a lot of suitors.

He averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while shooting 39 percent from the three-point arc. His near All-star price tag might discourage teams to pursue him, but the Spurs may offer a trade that could despite the luxurious cost.

Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol is one of the best big men to ever play in this generation. Despite being 38-years-old with the obvious physical decline, Gasol has managed to evolve on the court and make his game age gracefully. With playing with some of the best in the league, imagine the wealth of basketball wisdom the Spanish big man could impart.

On the other hand, Bryn Forbes is an intriguing young piece with a lot of upside that has the possibility to turn into a future three-and-D contributor.

The Hawks need young talent to develop as they move into the future. Gasol fits the bill as a mentor to the youngsters, especially to one of their prized prospects, John Collins. Bryn Forbes adds to the pool of young talent to develop, while Bazemore fits the mold that the Spurs clearly lack, a defensive wing who can shoot from the outside.

9. Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, and more for Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and more.

It was a tough climb from obscurity to relevance for former Pistons president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy. While he did inherit an underwhelming team, even with big splashes like the acquisition of former Clipper star Blake Griffin, it felt like something was amiss. For a weaker Eastern conference that definitely was a problem.

Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Warriors, Pistons

It is clear that the Pistons needed an overhaul, without compromising their playoff chances.

Firstly, accepting that Reggie Jackson would never be a franchise-altering piece is a good start. Secondly, acknowledging that the undeniable All-star talent of Andre Drummond is just not the kind of talent that they need to move forward.

For the Grizzlies, however, they needed to be younger and more relevant in the West. A minor reboot to be competitive enough, while assimilating a new identity in Memphis.

The Grizzlies send Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Dillon Brooks, a second rounder, and a future first rounder, while the Pistons send Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer, Stanley Johnson, and a second rounder.

Marc Gasol, David Fizdale

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On paper, it looks like the Grizzlies got this one due to the more youthful pieces acquired. It will take some time before those pieces finally come together in a new environment. Pairing Jaren Jackson Jr with Andre Drummond will be a scary twin tower combo in the future. The pick they get won’t matter that much, due to the Pistons to be projected as a playoff team.

Motor City gets a much-needed mature and more experienced Big 3 of Gasol, Griffin, and Conley. Brooks is a nice young piece you can slot from guard position to wing. He showed flashed of brilliance in starting 74 games for the Grizzlies.

The Pistons move on to another era without compromising their playoff chances while amassing some assets at the same time. The Grizzlies finally let go of the Grit and Grind era and embrace the youth movement with established young pieces while they discover their identity.

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