Which teams will be looking for upgrades? Which front offices are ready to sell? Yes, that’s about that time – the NBA trade deadline is just around the corner.
The Nets kicked off the commercial season in January by acquire James Harden from the Rockets as part of a massive four-team deal. Now the question is how much more action we will see more amid one of the most unpredictable times in NBA history.
Here’s everything you need to know before the 2021 NBA trade deadline.
What is the NBA trade deadline?
- Dated: March 25, 2021
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, March 25. The deadline is 3 p.m. ET, although news of some trades may emerge soon after that deadline.
What are the main targets at the NBA trade deadline?
Bradley Beal, magicians: The NBA’s top scorer is only listed here so we can put the rumors to rest. Washington has consistently pushed back the idea of trading Beal, and Beal has never indicated he wants to be traded, according to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of Athletic. Feel free to jump on the business machine and create some hypothetical deals, but Beal won’t be leaving Washington unless there is a major change in his relationship with the franchise.
Kyle Lowry, raptors: Wait, passing from the best player in franchise history? Yes, the Raptors can consider that option. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that, if the Raptors and Lowry decide it’s best to go their separate ways, Lowry would rather join the 76ers. (That’s a big “if” with Toronto still in the playoff picture.)
Nikola Vucevic, Magic: Several teams have expressed interest in the All-Star center, after Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, including the Celtics, Heat, Hornets and Spurs. The asking price will be high, however, as Vucevic is in the middle of a career year and under contract for two more seasons.
LaMarcus Aldridge, spurs: No need for anonymous sources. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has just come out and said Aldridge will not be with the squad to move forward as San Antonio works on business scenarios.
“We have mutually agreed to work on some opportunities for him, and it will be elsewhere. So he won’t be with the team to move forward.
– Gregg Popovich on Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge mutually agreeing to separate. pic.twitter.com/CCXk0w9x04
– FOX Sports South West (@FOXSportsSW) March 11, 2021
André Drummond, Cavaliers: The 27-year-old tall man continues to be absent from games as the Cavs search for the best possible commercial package. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst Reports that Cleveland “play hardball” and not just give up on Drummond.
PJ Tucker, Rockets: Several suitors have expressed interest in Tucker, who fits pretty much anywhere, but he might not be the only Houston player on the trading block. A deputy general manager Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer told that the Rockets “are going to burn the house” and start a rebuild.
UPDATE: Tucker is heading for Milwaukee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: Houston trades the 2022 first-round pick of PJ Tucker, Rodions Kurucs and Bucks in Milwaukee for DJ Augustin, DJ Wilson, and the unprotected 2023 first-round pick. Houston is also right to trade its 2021 second-round pick against Milwaukee’s FRP pick unless it drops 1-9.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2021
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