We’re nearing the 2024 NBA trade deadline, and teams are gearing up for the big day. With many teams having a win-loss percentage between .400 and .600, there’s uncertainty about who will be buyers or sellers. Here’s a look at what each of the 30 teams might do, considering the latest rumors, team needs, and the overall direction of the franchise.
Boston Celtics: Find a ‘Big Wing’
Even though the Celtics have the best record in the NBA at 28-8, they’re looking to make some additions before the deadline. However, due to a high luxury-tax bill of $39 million, don’t anticipate any major moves. President of basketball operations Brad Stevens did mention the specific position he’s interested in adding to the team’s talented roster.
Brad Stevens, the president of basketball operations, wants to strengthen the team by adding a big wing. He mentioned exploring options within the current roster and keeping an eye on free agency and trades. However, he pointed out that this year, they have limited financial resources compared to previous years.
Charlotte Hornets: Trade Terry Rozier While Stock Is High
The Hornets’ chances of doing well this season have been ruined by injuries. Now, the focus for the rest of the 2023-24 season is on aiming for a top draft pick and gaining more draft assets. This is also an opportune time to explore trade options for Terry Rozier, who has been performing exceptionally well in the absence of LaMelo Ball.
Even though Rozier has been a standout performer for Charlotte this season, he’s approaching 30 and doesn’t align with the team’s younger core of Ball, Williams, and Miller. It makes sense to trade Rozier now, allowing him to join a competitive team and likely securing a valuable first-round draft pick in return.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Add Another Playmaker
At the beginning of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had some concerns about their point guard depth. Now, it’s become a serious issue with Darius Garland’s fractured jaw, Ricky Rubio’s retirement, and Ty Jerome still out due to an ankle injury with no return date set.”
Due to various issues, Donovan Mitchell has been handling a lot of point guard duties for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite being more effective as a shooting guard, the team has used him as a point guard for 58 percent of his playing time this season. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has not consistently included Craig Porter Jr., a talented two-way guard, in the regular rotation, hinting that the Cavs might be considering trades to bolster their point guard situation.
Denver Nuggets: Find a Backup Center
Denver likely doesn’t have to make any moves at the deadline to secure another title. They boast the best starting five in basketball, with an impressive net rating. However, there’s a slight concern about depth, particularly at the center position.
Nikola Jokić is the game-changer for the Nuggets. When he’s playing, they’re dominating opponents by 328 points this season. But when he takes a break, they’ve been outscored by 122 points. While a backup center won’t fix everything, getting someone better than DeAndre Jordan or Zeke Nnaji to help a bit would be great. Similar to last year when they brought in Thomas Bryant, the Nuggets should look for another solid big man in the market.
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