The NBA business season begins unofficially on December 15.
Why? This is the date when most players who sign contracts in the offseason will be eligible for an exchange.
There were, of course, a decent number of players who were already eligible for the exchange, but now the fund is much larger. This means more business goals and shifting the way for teams to create business packages.
Now, a month after the close of the trade, there are 10 players who can be exchanged this season, without a specific order.
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1. Ben Simmons, 76 years old
It’s no secret that the 76ers have been researching stores for Simmons for several months. Their asking price? An All-Star player of caliber and / or several selections in the first round of the draft, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of teams interested in Simmons – it might be easier to list which teams haven’t shown interest in Simmons at the moment – but we’re still waiting for someone to give the 76ers what they want. I’m looking for.
It is possible that it will extend beyond the off-season and beyond.
2. Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Pacers
In early December, The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz reported that the Pacers are “sensitive to business dialogue with rival teams” gathering around three of their major players, including Sabonis and Turner. Kicker, it looks like the Pacers are breaking up with only one of the two big men. Sabonis, a double All-Star, is the top scorer, rebounder and player, but Turner offers a unique combination of three-point shooting and center-blocking.
3. Caris LeVert, Pacers
LeVert is another player mentioned in the Charanie and Kravitz report, about which the Pacers are open to discussion. LeVert’s numbers are slightly lower this season and he has a long history of injury, but when he’s healthy, he has proven to be a talented shooter. In the seasons 2019-20 and 2020-21 (92 matches) he had an average of 19.5 points per match at shooting splits 0.433 /, 343 /, 759.
4. Buddy Hield, kings
Hield has established himself as one of the league’s most feared shooters. His career has 40.2 percent shooting from a 3-point range at high volume – no one has ever made as many 3-points as Hield during the first five seasons of his career. Hield is down $ 23.1 million this season. His salary falls in each of the next two seasons to $ 21.2 million in 2022-23 and $ 19.3 million in 2023-24.
5. Marvin Bagley, Kings
Bagley, number two of the 2018 NBA Draft, has only made 140 games at this point in his career, mostly due to injuries. To his great dismay, his agent was not in Sacramento’s rotation to start this season. Since then, he has appeared in 22 games and shown promising results, but in the season he has an average of 21.0 minutes per game in his career.
According to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee Kings, they buy a package that includes both Hilde and Bagley.
6. Thaddeus Young, Spurs
Young spent one of the best seasons of his career in 2020-21, filling gaps on the Chicago bench as a small ball center. He wasn’t part of the San Antonio rotation this season, but The Athletic’s Shams Charania said before the season that the Spurs were “expected to be very interested in the veteran from competing teams.” At the end of the season he will be an unlimited free agent.
7. Eric Gordon, Rockets
Gordon started the season off the bench, but started his last 24 games, averaging 15.0 points and 4.1 assists with 49.0 percent field shooting and 42.7 percent three-point range. It would come as no surprise if Gordon also attracted the interest of bidders before the end of this season.
8. Goran Dragic, Raptors
In the season came questions about how long Dragic will be at the Raptors. He started in Toronto’s first game of the season, but was quickly removed from the rotation and is no longer on the team for personal reasons. Dragic may be destined to buy the Raptors, which will allow him to finish the season with the team of his choice, but his $ 19.4 million salary could help them match contracts in the deal.
9. Terrence Ross, Magic
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Magic “sought draft capital” in interviews for Ross. Ross’s score is declining this season, but off the bench he has proven to be an explosive shooter who can warm up in a hurry. In 2018-19, he finished fifth in the sixth man of the year vote, averaging 15.1 points per game on the bench.
10. Jerami Grant, Pistons
With an average of 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, Grant finished second to Julie Randl last season in the poll for the best player. He is reporting similar numbers this season, although he is currently out with a ligament outcrop. Its combination of three-point shooting and defensive versatility with a bit of gaming will make it a popular business target among rivals who need a wing.
According to Jake Fischer of the Bleacher Report, the Pistons are calling for Grant.