Scadenza commerciale NBA 2023: cinque squadre, inclusi Clippers e Warriors, devono affrontare la maggior pressione per fare mosse

Molti occhi saranno puntati su queste cinque squadre fino al 9 febbraio...

I fan della NBA adorano l’odore della stagione commerciale al mattino e le emanazioni odorifere sono più pungenti in alcune città rispetto ad altre. Mentre squadre come Boston Celtics , Denver Nuggets e Memphis Grizzlies possono guardare con fiducia alle loro squadre che si avvicinano alla scadenza commerciale del 9 febbraio, altre stanno guardando i loro buchi nel roster come LeBron James che fissa JR Smith.

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Pertanto, a ciascun front office NBA vengono applicati diversi livelli di urgenza . Abbiamo deciso di dare un’occhiata ai cinque franchise che devono affrontare la maggiore pressione in vista della scadenza commerciale del 2023.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

Conclusione: prestazioni insufficienti e mancanza di continuità a causa di infortuni hanno creato un senso di urgenza per un favorito per il titolo preseason che è stato innegabilmente mediocre.

“Ehi, non sai che quando Kawhi Leonard e Paul George sono in campo insieme…” Blah, blah, blah. A questo punto, i Clippers in lotta per il campionato esistono in un universo parallelo con dita da hot dog e Raccacoonie. In questo universo, quello che conta, sono una squadra di .500 con il quarto peggior attacco della NBA. Leonard e George hanno giocato insieme solo 18 partite, e sono 11-7. Non esattamente infonde fiducia.

La buona notizia è che questo elenco è perfettamente costruito per uno scambio, con stipendi di medio livello che possono essere utilizzati come riempimento per un affare più grande o scambiati con un giocatore più adatto a un costo simile. Nic Batum, Reggie Jackson , Robert Covington , Luke Kennard , Marcus Morris Sr. e Norman Powell guadagnano tutti tra i 10 e i 16 milioni di dollari, e quello di Jackson è l’unico contratto in scadenza alla fine di questa stagione. I Clippers hanno anche (finalmente) una scelta al primo turno per penzolare in uno scambio e, dato lo stato attuale della squadra con due stelle che invecchiano, quella selezione del 2028 potrebbe sembrare piuttosto succosa per un potenziale partner.

Point guard is the most obvious area ripe for improvement, with Jackson taking a step back this season and the Clippers sporting a minus-6.6 net rating with John Wall on the floor. Wall’s $6.4 million salary could be useful in a trade, with potential targets such as Utah Jazz vet Mike Conley and — a bigger swing — Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet.

Questa squadra è stata costruita per i campionati, arrivando molto vicino due stagioni fa, ma in questo momento sembra che debba succedere qualcosa, se non altro per scuotere il malessere. Leonard sta iniziando a giocare come il suo vecchio sé, e l’ultima cosa che vuoi fare è sprecare una stagione sana da lui, dal momento che non sappiamo quanti ne ha rimasti. L’urgenza è certamente lì per i Clippers.

2. Rapaci di Toronto

Conclusione: avendo più giocatori di grande impatto diretti verso una scadenza che li manca, potrebbe essere il momento giusto per i Raptors di vendere i loro pezzi e guardare al futuro.

Toronto was listed by our Sam Quinn as one of the potential sellers that could dictate the trade deadline market, as the team possesses an abundance of an otherwise scarce commodity — players who could genuinely impact the title chances of a contending team.

Two-way wing OG Anunoby has reportedly grumbled about his role in the offense, and will command a sizeable extension in the near future. All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet has yet to come to terms on his own extension, and will almost assuredly opt out of the final year of his deal to enter free agency this offseason should they fail to reach an agreement. Gary Trent Jr., a career 38 percent, high-volume 3-point shooter, will also likely decline his option after this season and enter the free-agent market. If you want to think even bigger, All-NBA forward Pascal Siakam — whose contract expires after next season — might also be available if Masai Ujiri and the front office receive an offer they simply can’t refuse.

The pressure on the Raptors this trade deadline revolves around an important decision: Blow it up, stand pat, or something in between.

With reigning Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes presumably off the table, the organization needs to decide which, if any, of Anunoby, VanVleet, Trent and Siakam are essential parts of the future. With a record middling around .500 and no money on the books past 2023-24 outside of Chris Boucher, the Raptors are a legitimate tank/rebuild candidate. All of those pieces would fetch significant assets, and the rest of this season would be dedicated to entering the Victor Wembanyama-Scoot Henderson sweepstakes. A core built around Barnes, this year’s draft pick and whichever young players they fetch in trades wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world — look at how the Utah Jazz have managed to stay relevant despite trading away two All-NBA players.

Al contrario, i Raptors potrebbero decidere che questo, in effetti, è il nucleo costruito per vincere un titolo, e la prima metà di questa stagione è stata semplicemente un colpo di fortuna che presto verrà corretto. Ricorda che i Boston Celtics erano sotto .500 in questo periodo l’anno scorso, prima che diventassero improvvisamente imbattibili e corressero al numero 2 della testa di serie nella Eastern Conference e un’apparizione alle finali NBA. Scambiare uno dei pezzi di Toronto per miglioramenti marginali sembra una mezza misura, ma anche questa è un’opzione.

Il punto è che i Raptors devono prendere una decisione ferma, che comporta molta pressione.

3. Guerrieri dello stato d’oro

In conclusione: i problemi dei Warriors in questa stagione potrebbero essere risolti attraverso uno scambio, ma nel frattempo dovrebbero compromettere il loro ponte verso il futuro.

There’s no way around it: The defending champs have struggled this season. A recent report said that the Warriors front office isn’t expected to trade any of its three former lottery picks — James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody — prior to the deadline, but that always comes with the “subject to change” caveat. Considering Wiseman would likely have to be in any significant trade Golden State makes, it would appear to be another quiet deadline on the horizon.

However, there is always — always — urgency to maximize Steph Curry’s window of greatness. The Warriors have gone from second in defensive efficiency last season to 14th this year, underscoring the importance of Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II in that championship rotation. Of the three youngsters, only Kuminga seems marginally ready to contribute in a playoff setting, and even he’s been up and down. Donte DiVincenzo has been an excellent addition, but JaMychal Green — expected to fill in as a mobile, switchable big man — hasn’t panned out thus far.

Adding a player like Jakob Poeltl as a backup center with size (something the Warriors sorely lack unless Wiseman figures things out quickly) would likely help the defense, but they would have to get rid of Wiseman to match salary. Same if they went for a big wing like Jalen McDaniels. The Warriors could always stand pat and wait for the buyout market, but is someone like Rudy Gay taking you over the top?

Keep in mind that Golden State also doesn’t want to take on salary that would add to its massive luxury-tax bill, so anyone they trade for would likely have to be a rental on an expiring deal. Would you get rid of one of your young lottery picks for a few months of win-now help?

La maggior parte delle squadre direbbe di no, ma i Warriors hanno un vecchio nucleo di campionato armato con uno dei migliori giocatori della storia al suo apice, il che rende le cose un po ‘più difficili in vista di questa scadenza, certo.

4. Dallas Maverick

In conclusione : Luka Doncic è uno spettacolo personale e potrebbe essere il momento di fare una mossa come dimostrazione di buona fede nei confronti di una superstar generazionale.

Despite Mark Cuban’s insistence that he got it “dead wrong” ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported earlier this month that Luka Doncic has “strongly indicated” that he wants the Mavericks to upgrade the roster before the trade deadline. When your 23-year-old MVP candidate gets testy about needing more help, there’s pretty strong pressure to oblige. And can you really blame him?

Doncic is performing at historic levels, but the Mavs have hovered around .500 for most of the season partly due to losing his running mate — Jalen Brunson — to the New York Knicks this offseason. Dallas didn’t provide any reasonable backcourt replacement for Brunson, and the addition of Christian Wood has hurt the defense as much as it’s helped the offense. What’s left is a Mavericks team unable to win most games unless Doncic goes ballistic — which, fortunately for them, happens quite frequently.

The Mavs have the salaries of Wood, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Spencer Dinwiddie to play with, along with plenty of available future draft picks. What that gets them, and what they’re willing to part with, remains to be seen. Can the front office convince Doncic that holding their assets for a big swing later is smarter than getting marginal help now around the fringes? Will the notoriously ultra-competitive Doncic entertain the concept of essentially punting on a season in which he’s, conservatively, one of the five best players in the NBA?

La free agency di Doncic è ancora lontana nella vita reale (2026), ma in termini di NBA si sta avvicinando più rapidamente. L’ultima cosa che vuoi fare è commettere errori che alla fine potrebbero aiutare a spingere Doncic verso la porta, quindi i Maverick devono gestire questa situazione con delicatezza e saggezza.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

In conclusione: LeBron James non vuole trascorrere gli ultimi giorni della sua carriera in una squadra mediocre, ma il front office e la proprietà sembrano riluttanti a utilizzare le risorse future per prendere quello che potrebbe essere un inutile tentativo di contesa.

LeBron James recently said of his team’s current situation: “Y’all know what the f— should be happening.” Unfortunately, there have been several different iterations throughout Laker land about what, exactly, the f— should be happening. Trade Russell Westbrook? Keep Westbrook but trade Patrick Beverley ? Trade Anthony Davis? Trade LeBron himself?

No matter which version you think is most prudent, it’s hard to argue that the Lakers have any chance of winning an NBA title with their current roster, so there needs to be turnover — whether it’s before the trade deadline or in free agency this coming offseason. James doesn’t seem to be willing to wait, but the fact that he signed an extension that takes him through at least next season relieves a little bit of pressure from the front office.

That being said, there is urgency. The Lakers front office showed as much on Monday, completing the first notable deal of trade season by acquiring forward Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards.

James, soon to be the league’s all-time leading scorer, is averaging nearly 30 points per game and shooting almost 60 percent on 2-pointers. Davis, when he was healthy for a brief stretch, looked like the most dominant player in the league. For all the flak he’s caught for his late-game decision-making (or lack thereof), Westbrook has performed well since moving to the bench, putting up 16.5 points, 7.9 assists and 6.5 rebounds on 44 percent shooting as a reserve. New head coach Darvin Ham seems to have the Lakers playing hard on both ends. There’s something there, no matter how faintly the candle is flickering.

Trading Westbrook for Indiana’s duo of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner has seemingly been rumored since the dawn of time, and the Pacers‘ recent downslide in the absence of Tyrese Haliburton might make that deal slightly more realistic for them. The sticking point in any Westbrook deal has always been the 2027 and/or 2029 first-rounders that the Lakers would have to throw in as compensation. One point of view is that you owe it to James and to your fanbase to go all-in while he’s still performing at this level. The other side is that no deal on the table will truly make the Lakers title contenders this season, so why not hold your chips until next summer, when you also have cap space due to Westbrook’s contract coming off the books.

Puoi certamente vedere entrambe le parti, ma quando il re rende pubblico il voler fare una mossa, aumenta il livello di pressione per Rob Pelinka e soci.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2023-nba-trade-deadline-five-teams-including-clippers-and-warriors-facing-most-pressure-to-make-moves/

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