The trade market has been eerily quiet over the past couple of weeks. There have been a number of relatively significant moves, but none that has been of the landscape-shifting variety. There’s always a possibility that nothing of this nature transpires before the February 6 deadline. But at this point, it’s hard to shake off that feeling that we’re in the eye of the storm.
There have been a lot of big names that have been rumored to be on the move. And today, we take a look at four players that are likely going to be playing for another team following what should be a frantic trade deadline.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons superstar big man Andre Drummond gets top honors on our list. The Pistons have been bad this season (they’re now on a five-game losing streak), and by the looks of things, a postseason berth is becoming more and more unlikely. This has prompted the team’s front office to rethink their position moving forward. Should they finally decide that it’s time to move on from their current core, then Drummond will be the first name on the block. As one of the best big men in the league today, the 26-year-old will certainly have no shortage of suitors.
Andre Iguodala, Memphis Grizzlies
Another Andre that should be making the move soon is Andre Iguodala of the Memphis Grizzlies. The three-time NBA champ has refused to play for the Grizzlies, and has been looking for a way out. Memphis understands that the demand is high for a battle-tested veteran like Iguodala. Which is why they have been holding out on a possible trade deal as they patiently wait for the best offer. The Grizzlies have reportedly informed other teams about what they want in exchange for Iggy. So it would be a surprise if they somehow fail to move him before the deadline.
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers rising star Kyle Kuzma has also seen his name thrown around in the rumor mill of late. Simply put, he is surplus to requirements in L.A. And the Lakers front office are smart enough to figure that they will probably be better off trading the highly-promising 24-year-old. Kuzma has shown the potential to be a cornerstone-caliber player, so the Lakers will definitely be placing a hefty price tag on the 6-foot-8 power forward. Whatever they will get in return will be crucial in their title challenge this term.
Robert Covington, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are likely going to ship off Robert Covington for the same reason the Pistons are trading away Drummond. The Wolves have been one of the biggest underachieving teams of the season, and while they aren’t exactly going to blow up their roster — it would be franchise suicide to part ways with a generational talent like Karl-Anthony Towns — guys like Covington should be free for the taking. The 3-and-D specialist won’t come cheap, though, and contenders looking to bolster up their wing depth must be willing to part ways with some future assets.
We’re just days away from the deadline, and it’s probably only going to be a matter of time before the first domino falls. We will be covering everything here, so be sure to check back regularly for updates.