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These NBA Superstars Could Be On The Trade Market

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Could these two NBA stars be available for trade?

While the NBA playoffs are in full swing, teams are also looking toward next season. Here are some big players who could potentially be on the market.

Raptors: Pascal Siakam

The Raptors took a huge swing in 2019 for Kawhi Leonard and it paid off with a championship. The core of the Raptors had looked like they could dominate the NBA for a few years. The Raptors had Kawhi, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, and Fred Vanvleet. Siakam emerged in 2019 as a legitimate star as he broke out with 17 points per game.

After one year Kawhi Leonard decided to leave the Raptors for the Clippers. Most people were down on the Raptors following that year as they just lost their best player, but they were able to prove everyone wrong. The Raptors finished as the second seed in the 2019-2020 year. They were led by Pascal Siakam who was then averaging 22 points per game. They were later sent home in the second round. Since then the Raptors have either missed the playoffs entirely or made the first round and lost.

Siakam was the Raptors’ best player during this stretch as he averaged between 21 points to 24 points. While Siakam did average around 22 points with a good shooting percentage, it was clear he isn’t viewed as a number-one option throughout the NBA. Siakam has gotten his value very high and established himself as a star in the NBA.

Siakam should be dealt for an entire haul, and a few potential fits would be the Nets and Suns, though the Suns one is slightly unlikely. The Nets have found themselves a star in Mikal Bridges, and they have lots of assets and picks to deal for Siakam. They could offer Cam Johnson or Cam Thomas then Joe Harris, and picks. This deal may not be the best they could get through.

The Suns could offer Deandre Ayton and picks. The Raptors get a center with lots of potential, while the Suns get a proven big.


Hawks: Trae Young

Trae Young was drafted in 2018, and he’s quickly become the franchise cornerstone for them. Trae Young broke out in the 2019 season averaging 29.6 points. The Hawk’s most notable playoff year was in 2021 year when they were able to make the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks accumulated a very well-balanced team with Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanović, Kevin Huerter, and other good role players.

Trae Young emerged as a true superstar and the Hawks had a lot of promise going forward. The next year Trae Young averaged 28 and 10. However, his usage rate was top five in the NBA. Trae Young was the entire Hawks’ offense. He was their main scorer and playmaker.

The usage rate Young had was not sustainable for the Hawks to win. Young is a small guard so he gets attacked on defense, and he’s a career 32% three-point shooter. Young clearly can’t be the best player on an NBA championship team. There have been rumors that the Hawks have the green light to shop him around the NBA.

The best fit is the Miami Heat. The Heat have a superstar in Jimmy Butler, but they don’t have enough offensive pieces to contend for a championship. The Heat is always interested in stars, and this would be a good pursuit for them. The Heat may be able to hide Trae Young defensively to make it work on defense. The Heat could build a package around Bam Adebayo or Tyler Herro, Nikola Jovic, and multiple first-round picks. Before all of that, Young has quite the mountain in front of him in the Celtics.

 

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