Longer-Shot Trade Candidates Worth Monitoring

Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks

With his 29th birthday on the horizon (July 1), Kent Bazemore doesn’t come close to fitting the Hawks’ timeline. nike nfl cheap jerseys But while the final two years and $37.4 million left on his deal are far from immovable, the team is more concerned with renting out cap space in exchange for picks and prospects.

Unless he’s being dealt as part of massive, Evan Turner-sized salary absorption, the Hawks would be better off waiting for February’s trade deadline or next summer before exploring his market.

Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets

Consider this a hedge against LeBron James (player option) orchestrating an opt-in-and-trade to the Rockets, and nothing more.

Courtney Lee, New York Knicks

Keeping a soon-to-be 33-year-old Courtney Lee doesn’t really jibe with the Knicks’ window. They aren’t going anywhere next season with Kristaps Porzingis recovering from a torn left ACL, and team president Steve Mills wants to use this year’s lottery pick on another wing.

Turning Lee into a mid-end pick or prospect would help keep the Knicks lean entering the 2019 summer and allow them to test three-guard lineups, prioritizing playing time for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina nfl cheap jerseys nike on the wings. But that feels like something they’ll look at more aggressively leading into February’s deadline, when they have a firmer grasp of Porzingis’ recovery and a better understanding of what they’ll be able to do next July.

CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

“It’s been reported that [Neil] Olshey has previously rejected offers for [Damian] Lillard and McCollum,” The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor wrote after the Blazers fell behind 0-3 to the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round. “But that doesn’t mean the phones will stop buzzing. Even before this series, league executives had assumed that Olshey would break up the duo if they failed again. nfl nike jerseys for cheap We’ll find out in due time, but the idea should be entertained.”

Maybe the Blazers consider moving McCollum in hopes of deepening the rotation with some spare parts. But he doesn’t engender the same excitement as a Bradley Beal. He’s older (going on 27), makes All-Star money (three years, $82.5 million) and, as a result, is less likely to pique the interest of rebuilding squads with the assets necessary to make Portland’s backcourt dissolution worth the trouble.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers

Signing Lou Williams to an extension does not preclude the Clippers from starting over this summer.nike cheap nfl jerseys

DeAndre Jordan (player option) and Avery Bradley could leave in free agency, and the front office may decide to prioritize 2019 flexibility contending for a low playoff seed—in which case Williams’ three-year, $24 million deal, with only a partial guarantee in the final season, becomes extremely movable. Don’t sleep on him entering the trade block when his restriction lifts in August.