NBA teams that didn’t do well in the previous season have been the subject of many trade rumors. Analysts and regular fans alike explore possibilities, some with factual basis, while others purely speculative, keeping NBA fans busy before the start of the season. Here are the latest NBA trade rumors.
1. John Wall to Miami Heat
Recent rumors report that John Wall might leave the Washington Wizards to join the Miami Heat during the 2016-17 NBA regular season.
It’s known that John Wall and Bradley Beal, the backcourt star duo of the Washington Wizards, aren’t exactly in good terms with each other. This bothers the team chemistry; so many analysts are speculating that one of these players will be traded away.
In a CSN interview, Wall said, “I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court… We got to be able to put that to the side.”
One speculation is that the Miami Heat will trade Goran Dragic for John Wall during the regular season. It’s unlikely that Bradley Beal will be the one to leave for another team, since the Wizards actually re-signed him with a hefty 5-year contract worth $128 million.
After losing Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat could use John Wall’s help. Wall and Hassan Whiteside would make a great offensive threat. Wall averaged 19.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game last season.
2. Paul George to Thunder or Lakers
According to Parent Herald the Los Angeles Lakers is willing to trade Brandon Ingram or D’Angelo Russell to get Paul George. Also, the Oklahoma City Thunder is willing to trade Andre Roberson or Enes Kanter for the Pacers superstar.
Tony Heim of Thunderous Intentions asserts that getting Paul George will help the Thunder establish one of the best starting 5 lineups in the league, with Steven Adams, Ersan Ilyasova, Paul George, Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook.
If it doesn’t work out for the Indiana Pacers this season, Paul George might leave for another team as he enters free agency, according to Sportsrageous. Los Angeles Lakers may be the perfect team to trade George, since the team has a lot of young talent to offer, in case the Pacers want to rebuild.
George averaged 23.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
3. Stephen Curry to the Lakers in 2017
One of the more surprising rumors this off-season is Stephen Curry’s possible move to join the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2016-17 NBA regular season.
The general consensus is that Stephen Curry will stay with the Golden State Warriors after he becomes a free agent next summer. But that doesn’t stop rumors from circulating; one possibility that Curry might leave Golden State is if the current super-team with Kevin Durant doesn’t work.
From a financial standpoint, the Lakers are more than capable of offering NBA super stars the salary they deserve next season.