Prazo final de negociação da NBA de 2023: cinco times, incluindo Clippers e Warriors, enfrentam maior pressão para fazer movimentos

Muitos olhares estarão voltados para essas cinco equipes até 9 de fevereiro...

Os fãs da NBA adoram o cheiro da temporada comercial pela manhã, e as emanações odoríferas são mais pungentes em algumas cidades do que em outras. Enquanto times como o Boston Celtics , Denver Nuggets e Memphis Grizzlies podem olhar para suas equipes com confiança no prazo de negociação de 9 de fevereiro, outros estão olhando para seus buracos na lista, como LeBron James olhando para JR Smith.

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Portanto, vários níveis de urgência estão sendo aplicados a cada front office da NBA . Decidimos dar uma olhada nas cinco franquias que enfrentam mais pressão no prazo comercial de 2023.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

Resumindo: o baixo desempenho e a falta de continuidade devido a lesões criaram um senso de urgência para um favorito ao título da pré-temporada que tem sido inegavelmente medíocre.

“Ei, você não sabe que quando Kawhi Leonard e Paul George estão juntos na quadra…” Blá, blá, blá. Neste ponto, os Clippers, que disputam o campeonato, existem em um universo paralelo com dedos de cachorro-quente e Raccacoonie. Neste universo – o que importa – eles são um time de 0,500 com o quarto pior ataque da NBA. Leonard e George jogaram apenas 18 partidas juntos e estão 11-7. Não é exatamente inspirador de confiança.

A boa notícia é que esta lista é perfeitamente construída para uma troca, com salários de nível médio que podem ser usados ​​como preenchimento para um acordo maior ou trocados por um jogador mais adequado a um custo semelhante. Nic Batum, Reggie Jackson , Robert Covington , Luke Kennard , Marcus Morris Sr. e Norman Powell ganham entre $ 10-16 milhões, e o de Jackson é o único contrato que expira no final desta temporada. Os Clippers também (finalmente) têm uma escolha de primeira rodada para negociar e, dado o estado atual da equipe com duas estrelas envelhecidas, a seleção de 2028 pode parecer bastante suculenta para um parceiro em potencial.

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.

Esta equipe foi construída para campeonatos, chegando extremamente perto há duas temporadas, mas agora parece que algo precisa acontecer, pelo menos para sacudir o mal-estar. Leonard está começando a jogar como antes, e a última coisa que você quer é desperdiçar uma temporada saudável dele, já que não sabemos quantos ele ainda tem. A urgência certamente existe para os Clippers.

2. Toronto Raptors

Resumindo: possuindo vários jogadores impactantes indo em direção a um prazo que não os possui, pode ser a hora certa para os Raptors venderem suas peças e olharem para o 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.

Por outro lado, o Raptors poderia decidir que este, de fato, é o núcleo construído para conquistar um título, e a primeira metade desta temporada foi simplesmente um acaso que logo será corrigido. Lembre-se de que o Boston Celtics estava abaixo de 0,500 nesta época no ano passado, antes de repentinamente se tornar imbatível e correr para o segundo lugar na Conferência Leste e uma aparição nas finais da NBA. Trocar uma das peças de Toronto por melhorias marginais parece uma meia-medida, mas também é uma opção.

A questão é que os Raptors precisam tomar uma decisão firme, que vem com muita pressão.

3. Golden State Warriors

Resumindo: os problemas dos Warriors nesta temporada poderiam ser remediados por meio de uma troca, mas eles teriam que comprometer sua ponte para o futuro no processo.

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?

A maioria das equipes diria que não, mas os Warriors têm um núcleo de campeonato envelhecido armado com um dos melhores jogadores da história em seu ápice – o que torna as coisas um pouco mais difíceis neste prazo, com certeza.

4. Dallas Mavericks

Resumindo: Luka Doncic é um show de um homem só, e pode ser hora de fazer uma jogada como uma demonstração de boa fé para uma superestrela geracional.

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?

A agência gratuita de Doncic ainda está longe na vida real (2026), mas em termos da NBA está se aproximando mais rapidamente. A última coisa que você quer fazer é cometer qualquer erro que possa eventualmente ajudar a empurrar Doncic em direção à porta, então os Mavericks têm que lidar com essa situação com delicadeza e sabedoria.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

Resumindo: LeBron James não quer passar os últimos dias de sua carreira em um time medíocre, mas o front office e a propriedade parecem hesitantes em utilizar ativos futuros para fazer o que poderia ser uma tentativa inútil de contenção.

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.

Você certamente pode ver os dois lados, mas quando o Rei vem a público sobre querer fazer uma jogada, isso aumenta o nível de pressão para Rob Pelinka e companhia.

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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