Fire up the ol’ Hyperbole wagon, because the NBA trade deadline is but two days away.
All the hoopla surrounding a very good All-Star weekend now gives way to the annual NBA general managers’ swap meet. No sooner had some of those players, like Atlanta’s Al Horford, touched down than the rumor mill started to swirl about potential deals.
Horford, who cut short a Caribbean vacation to take Chris Bosh’s place at the all-star shoot-around, has been linked to a few teams in trade talks, particularly the Boston Celtics. The Hawks’ center, though, might be a better target this summer, as he is a free agent this summer and said to be in line for a five year, $140 million (+) contract from Atlanta.
Horford may not move, due to his impending status, but there are plenty of players rumored and speculated to be available, for the right price of course.
Here are 11 very prominent NBA regulars who may or may not find themselves in different city by Friday.
The Magic want to make the playoffs and have been willing to discuss trading younger assets for established stars like Atlanta’s Jeff Teague to get them there. Forward Tobias Harris, 23 and guard Victor Oladipo, also 23, are rumored to be available as a package in trade and getting Teague in return could be the Magic’s hope. The Magic, who are in 11th place at 23-29 (3.5 games behind eighth place Charlotte), recently signed Harris to a four-year, $64 million deal making him more attractive. He has averaged 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in just under 33 minutes of playing time per game. Oladipo, who has started 28 of 48 games he’s played in, has averaged 14.3 PPG and 4.0 assists. The third-year man will be a free agent in 2017.