NBA Trade: Prediction for the LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets on deadline day. The NBA trade deadline day is approaching soon and we have seen quite a few rumors and trades happening.
Blake Griffin has traded to the Brooklyn Nets after not playing for the Pistons. Houston Rockets release DeMarcus Cousins after trading him this season. We have seen LeMarcus Aldridge wanting to part ways with the Spurs.
With the NBA trade deadline looming (3 p.m. ET March 25 to be exact), here are some bold predictions for the NBA defending Champions LA Lakers, and the star-studded Brooklyn Nets.
NBA Trade: Los Angeles Lakers: Wait for the Buyout Market
The Los Angeles Lakers need a lift after stumbling into the All-Star break with seven losses over their last 10 outings. That will spur them to do something eventually just not during the trade season.
They don’t have a first-round pick to trade, and their only sizable expiring payroll goes to starting guard Dennis Schroder, their third-leading scorer. If they make a major move (or even a semi-significant swap), they would have to pull from their rotation to do it.
Talen Horton-Tucker could bring something exciting, but the Lakers would want to see what the future holds for their talented 20-year-old
Kyle Kuzma is a familiar name on the trade block, but his contract extension carries the always tricky poison pill restriction. Oh yeah, and he just so happens to be playing the most complete basketball of his career.
There is optimism within the Lakers that they will get strong consideration from Andre Drummond if Drummond ultimately leaves the Cavaliers via buyout, league sources say.
Cleveland’s preference, of course, remains trading Drummond elsewhere before the March 25 trade deadline.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 8, 2021
Alex Caruso is a cult celebrity in Laker Land, but more importantly, he’s a strong player who makes things happen. Montrezl Harrell has not the most flush fit with this squad, but the Lakers possibly knew that when they gave him a two-year, $19 million deal.
NBA Trade: Brooklyn Nets: Trade Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie ripped his ACL and a possibility to become a free agent this offseason by ducking out of a $12.3 million player option for 2021-22.
But for the Brooklyn Nets who cleared the deck to sign both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in 2019 and then cleared the cupboard to land James Harden in January.
Dinwiddie averages 20.6 points and 6.8 assists per night just last season—that’s a big deal.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 12, 2021
“Several teams” are already chasing a Dinwiddie deal, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Nets will probably need to make a few pauses to win the title, and their roster requires a lift at that end to make that happen.