The NBA’s 2023 trade deadline on February 9 is just a few weeks away, so of course there’s been no shortage of rumors to keep our minds churning. We already have one trade, like the Los Angeles LakersRui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks on Monday, but it certainly won’t be the last deal as we inch closer to one of the busiest days on the league calendar.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest rumours:
Wizards are determined not to trade Kyle Kuzma
Washington already pulled off a trade that gave them three second-round picks and Kendrick Nunn in exchange for 2019 lottery pick Rui Hachimura, who was sent to the Lakers. Although some may think that it is a sign of a possible rebuild on the horizon for the Wizards, the team has informed others around the league that Kyle Kuzma will not be available in a trade before February 9, according to Yahoo Sports. Kuzma has drawn interest from the Suns and Hawks because of his excellent play this season (averaging 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and four assists). Kuzma has already indicated that he plans to narrow down his player options to test the waters of free agency this summer. If Kuzma signs elsewhere this summer the Wizards risk losing him for nothing, so it might be worth trading him now if they don’t think he can be kept in the offseason.
Lakers are not done?
LA doesn’t appear to be making deals, and while Hachimura provides some much-needed wing depth and 3-point shooting, the Lakers are looking for more. One package the Lakers could shop around is a lottery-protected first-round pick and Patrick Beverley in exchange for frontcourt help or additional wing depth, per the Athletics. The Lakers don’t have much to offer other teams with their lack of trade assets, so it’s unclear who they could realistically get with that deal. However, Beverley could still be an inspiration off the bench for some opposing teams looking to upgrade their defense. If LA doesn’t get the player they want from that package alone, adding additional assets is off the table for them, per all three reports.
Pistons still looking for an unprotected first round pick for Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic is a player that several opposing teams would like, but Detroit is certain that any deal will come at a high price. The Lakers have been a team consistently linked to Bogdanovic, per the Athletics, but the Pistons are asking for an unprotected first-round pick in exchange for the 21-points-a-night forward. As stated above in the tidbit about Beverley, however, the Lakers are only shopping with a lottery-protected first-round pick. Both teams are playing hardball right now, and there’s no shortage of teams interested in Bogdanovic who might be willing to give the Pistons what they’re looking for, but it might not come until a moment before the trade deadline.
OG Anunoby was offered three Esicíní first round picks
Toronto is a team stuck between a rock and a hard place at the midway point of the season. The Raptors are 21-27, good for 11th place in the East, just two games back from the final playoff spot. They’re not bad enough that they need to go into full tank mode, but they’re also not good enough right now to make them a contender in the East. Several teams are in this position every season, and the trade deadline determines which direction the franchise ultimately chooses. The Raptors have a wealth of talent on their roster that would give them a significant number of assets, and it appears they have already received one offer that would result in them receiving several first-round picks in the future.
The IS Toronto Star One team has reportedly offered the Raptors three first-round picks in exchange for OG Anunoby, a deal similar to what the Spurs got for Dejounte Murray. That kind of draft capital would give the Raptors the flexibility to build around Scottie Barnes through the next few drafts while tanking, or if that’s not their style, they could be packaged together to swing for a big star. We’ll have to wait and see if Toronto is willing to part with any of its core members (Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam could also be shipped out for decent returns), and what the Raptors get back because the amount could they do swing. the NBA landscape for the rest of the season.