Report: Sixers, Nets, Magic, Kings, Rockets, Pelicans, Clippers are top trade deadline buyers
According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, in addition to the aforementioned teams, the LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets, and Orlando Magic are all actively scouring the market to see which players will be available to acquire via trade or after a buyout:
Teams that are most active in trying to acquire help: Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Orlando, Sacramento. Houston, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers. All have been coming up regularly as gauging who might be available to acquire via trade or after a buyout.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 18, 2019
For the Pelicans, general manager Dell Demps is trying to add depth around Anthony Davis in an attempt to make the playoffs and entice the superstar to stick around in New Orleans. The Pelicans have struggled for much of the season due to injuries and that aforementioned lack of depth, so they need to make some kind of addition to help make a run.
The Rockets just barely missed the NBA Finals last season and have dealt with plenty of adversity this season, and they could use more help around James Harden as Chris Paul and Clint Capela recover from their injuries.
The Sixers’ motives for eyeing upgrades are a bit different. According to ESPN, Sixers general manager Elton Brand is pleased with the Jimmy Butler trade, and he’s looking to make the most of it by adding more to the roster:
“When you bring in a four-time All-Star like Jimmy Butler, there’s going to be ripple effects on the entire roster.”
As for the other teams, the Kings, Nets, and Magic are all trying to end playoff droughts, while the Clippers are trying to keep pace in a tough Western Conference.