Which trades could be happening before the NBA Finals?
The NBA Finals have begun.
And they’re happening fast.
There are so many teams in this NBA playoffs, each vying to become the first to make the playoffs without LeBron James.
Here are the latest trade rumors to watch as the season gets underway.
The Lakers get LeBron back and then some.
The Los Angeles Lakers have made some big moves this off-season.
They signed forward Jordan Clarkson and center Julius Randle to long-term deals, both to teams in the Western Conference.
The team also signed point guard Julius Randles father, who is currently on the trade block.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have been in the playoff race for months, having clinched the second seed by winning the Western conference and making the NBA finals.
But that didn’t stop them from taking on a much bigger role in the East this off season, and it may have led to their recent slump.
If you’ve got any thoughts on which team could be on the verge of taking the second seeds, be sure to leave them in the comments.
The Cavs trade for a player that can help them in any way.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a lot of moves this offseason, but one move that stood out was the signing of veteran guard/forward Kevin Love to a four-year, $42 million contract.
Love is a proven veteran, with three seasons left on his deal, but he’s not a superstar.
He’s not LeBron James, either.
But the Cavaliers have added a player with the potential to be that superstar in this offseason.
The 26-year-old has shown glimpses of being a star in his first three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but now he’s ready to step up and help them make the leap to the next level.
The Sixers get a lot from Nerlens Noel and Nerlene Noel.
Philadelphia acquired Nerles Noel from the Portland Trail Blazers for a second-round pick, a conditional 2019 second-rounder, a 2018 second-overall pick, and a 2018 first-round selection.
The 76ers also traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Joel Embiid and a 2019 second round pick.
Nerlen Noel is a big reason the Sixers are in the postseason, and he’s going to have a lot to prove as he tries to recapture his former All-Star form.
The Kings get a good pick in the 2020 draft.
The Sacramento Kings have some talent on the roster, but they also have a glaring need for a big man.
In addition to the two picks acquired from Portland, they also got a 2019 first-rounder in exchange for guard Andrew Nicholson and forward Isaiah Briscoe.
If the Kings can find a way to fit in all of those players in their starting lineup, they could be a very good team.
The Celtics get a big free agent in Isaiah Thomas.
The Boston Celtics have made several big moves in the offseason, including acquiring point guard Isaiah Thomas in a blockbuster trade with the Charlotte Hornets.
The 20-year old has proven to be a star since coming over from Indiana, and if he can regain his All-NBA form, he could be an impact player for a long time.
The Raptors get a second straight No. 2 overall pick in 2019.
Toronto has had a pretty good off-year thus far, and they’re finally getting into the playoffs.
But they still have a big need for one of the top big men in the NBA in DeMar DeRozan, who will be 33 years old at the start of the 2019-2020 season.
They acquired a 2019 No. 3 overall pick and 2019 second overall pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that sent Jamal Murray and MarShon Brooks to Toronto.
The Pacers trade two first- and second-year players in 2019 and 2020.
The Indiana Pacers have made quite a few moves this summer, including trading point guard Josh McRoberts and forward George Hill to the Los, Angeles Clippers and the Cleveland Cavs for two first and two second-graders, the 2019 first overall pick, the 2020 second overall draft pick and a 2021 first round pick (along with two future first rounders).
They also added guard/center Luis Scola to a trade that sent guard/lineup leader Nate Robinson to Brooklyn.
If those moves make sense, they’re definitely worth considering.
The Suns get a couple big players in 2018.
The Phoenix Suns have been a team to watch this off year.
They’re in the playoffs, but that hasn’t stopped them from making some big trade moves.
They traded forward Markelle Fultz to the Washington Wizards for the 2018 first overall draft and 2018 second overall selection.
They also sent 2019 second baseman Aaron Gordon to the Toronto Raptors for 2019 second pick, 2019 second and 2019 third overall draft picks, and 2019 first round picks.
If they can put together another strong trade deadline haul this summer — and maybe they’ll — they could make the