December is about the time we start to hear the NBA trade rumors. It’s still more than two months out form the NBA trade deadline but let’s look at some players whose names are heating up around a potential trade.
Should the Cavaliers already give up on the Donovan Mitchell experiment? They traded a lot for him, including Lauri Markkanen who has been great since he left Cleveland. The Cavaliers also just lost Evan Mobley and Darius Garland for a long period of time and are just 6th in the Eastern Conference. Mitchell hasn’t been playing due to an illness which some people think is actually due to trade talks. The Knicks are always a candidate to go after top 15 players like Mitchell.
The guy that was a big part of the package to get Donovan Mitchell is on the trade block reportedly. Lauri Markkanen has been great but the Jazz have not been. It is rumored they want a ton of picks or a young player plus picks. It may be worth it for a contending team looking to get a stretch-the-floor-big man who is an elite scorer.
The Chicago Bulls started off the season terribly and then Zach LaVine got hurt. Since he has been hurt the Bulls have won seven of the 10 games he has missed. LaVine, Demar Derozan, and Nikola Vucevic have been in trade rumors for seemingly two years now but it seems like LaVine is the most likely to go. The Lakers have been his biggest suitor it seems, among other teams like the Kings and Heat.
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