8 NBA Players Who Could Get Moved Before the Trade Deadline

Now that James Harden is out of Houston, who are the next NBA stars to get traded? Bradley Beal? Andre Drummond? We picked out eight players who could be moved.

PJ Tucker Rockets Suns 2019
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Dec 21, 2019; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

PJ Tucker Rockets Suns 2019

The biggest splash of the 2020-21 NBA season has already been made. After nine decorated seasons with the Rockets, James Harden was shipped to a new city. Houston loaded up on future assets in a massive four-team deal that sent the 2018 MVP to Brooklyn, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant.

As expected, Harden is thriving in his new home. The Beard debuted with back-to-back 30-point efforts, including a triple-double in his first game. Nets coach Steve Nash’s squad has won its past four matchups and is narrowly trailing the Lakers as Vegas’ title favorite.

We will not see another star of Harden’s caliber—a year-in, year-out MVP contender—traded before the March 25 deadline. But there are high-level players in the rumor mill, players who could well impact the title picture.

Last year’s deadline led to D’Angelo Russell, Andrew Wiggins, Andre Drummond, Clint Capela, and other big names changing jerseys. Who could do the same before this year’s deadline? Let’s run through it. 

[Ed.’s note: All stats and standings heading into Friday night’s games.]

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal Wizards Suns 2021

Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo Rockets Bulls 2021

PJ Tucker

PJ Tucker Rockets Lakers 2021

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart Celtics Grizzlies 2020

Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine Bulls Thunder 2021

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan Spurs Lakers 2021

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond Cavs Knicks 2021

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose Pistons Heat 2021

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