5 players to watch out for before the NBA trade deadline

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The deadline for teams to make trades in the NBA tradeline is February 9; time is running out.

The LA Lakers and Washington Wizards were the two most recent teams to complete a trade only last night. Rui Hachimura was acquired by the Lakers, and Kendrick Nunn and a few second-round choices were acquired by the Wizards.

Players who could be traded before the deadline

1. Kyle Lowry

The Miami Heat are still strong Eastern Conference contenders. They might need to put together a new team, though, if they hope to ascend once more to glory. Kyle Lowry is presently a member of the Heat. Lowry was added to the group to serve as its primary facilitator. He’s a shell of his former self now, and he’s growing old, so dealing him might be the first step in the right direction.

2. Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma is a different NBA player who has come out of their shell this year. He has had more possibilities to create plays for himself since moving to Washington. When compared to his stats from his time with the LA Lakers, Kuzma’s numbers this season are noticeably better. Kuzma has improved as a player and has championship experience from the 2020 season. He is a strong trade prospect for the Washington Wizards given those two qualities together, especially given that they are in need of players that can help them win more NBA games.

3. Jordan Clarkson

The Utah Jazz have been quite clear about their commitment to total reconstruction. Jordan Clarkson was expected to be released by the Jazz after Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell were all released. But even if that was never the case, it still remains a possibility. The Jazz might want to take advantage of his heightened trade value before the trade deadline.

4. Deandre Ayton

It’s no secret that Deandre Ayton is dissatisfied with the way things are going for him with the Phoenix Suns. Ayton and coach Monty Williams continue to not get along, in addition to the erratic start to the season. The Suns don’t appear to be competitive at this point, based on how they are currently performing. If Ayton unexpectedly becomes available for purchase before the deadline, it wouldn’t be shocking.

5. DeMar DeRozan

Since 2009, DeMar DeRozan has played in the NBA. He is 33 years old and has seen his career take off ever since joining the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan has unquestionably emerged as the team’s best player and leading scorer. It could be time for Chicago to change its course now that the team is fighting to clinch a postseason spot.

The Bulls currently feature DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine as two of their star players. Letting go of the older DeRozan makes more sense for the team if Chicago decides to start over. LaVine is roughly averaging the same stats as DeMar.

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