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Trade rumor rankings: Fred VanVleet, John Wall and more

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With only a few weeks left until the 2022-2023 NBA trade deadline, we’re ranking 10 players in this edition of our trade rumor rankings series as there are too many players to discuss to be limited to just five as we usually do. do.

So far this season, we’ve only seen one deal — a minor pay cut involving the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Noah Wonlehwho is now a free agent.

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However, we must take additional action before the deadline, even if it is not the busiest of trading deadlines.

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Below are the top 10 players that have been featured in trading rumors over the past week, based on their appearances on our site. trading page.

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John Wall (Los Angeles Clippers)

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John Wall

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For the first time since the Houston Rockets, John Wall found himself in an article ranking trading rumors.

It’s because this week, Shams Charania from Athletic reported that the Los Angeles Clippers are looking for frontcourt depth discussed Wall in potential deals.

Wall is currently injured but must return before the trade deadline. He also performed well this season, recording 11.4 points and 5.2 assists, albeit with an underperforming 40.8%.

Considering Wall has an option on a 2023-24 team contract worth a reasonable amount. $6.8 millionit shouldn’t be too hard for the Clippers to find him a new home, though it’s unclear how that would help a team with a lack of backcourt play.

For the latest John Wall rumors and salary information, Click here.

Nerlens Noel (Detroit)

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Serviceable backup big man, Nerlens Noel this week was associated with several teams in trading through different channels.

The first, sports illustrations informed that the Lakers were discussing a trade for Noel:

And perhaps it will be so. I heard that the Lakers and Pistons were discussing a deal that would include both Bogdanovich and Nerlens Noel. With the Pistons demanding draft assets in any deal for Bogdanovich, it’s clear the Lakers will have to forfeit a first-round pick in order to make a deal. Perhaps they will make a second deal to increase the rotation even more. Would they be willing to trade both choices that are currently eligible for a trade?

Then, Athletic mentioned the Miami Heat, the Denver Nuggets, and the Dallas Mavericks. three other teams talked about trading Noel with the Detroit Pistons:

Most likely, the Pistons will simply walk away in the summer with a plan not to exercise Noel’s option or, if they do, to use it for a trade if it comes through. The teams most in talks with the Pistons for Noel to date are the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

Noel hasn’t had much in recent seasons, but the seasoned big man still makes a huge impact defensively with steals and blocks, a valuable skill set for a big man off the bench.

Given that he has $9.7 million player option with his deal for next season, it’s understandable why Noel has so many teams as we approach the trade deadline.

For the latest Nerlens Noel rumors and salary information, Click here.

I Anunobi (Toronto)

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As the Toronto Raptors endure a disappointing season for the first time in a long time, many believe they could become sellers by the trade deadline as they sit 20-26 and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

However, if the teams want to talk And Anunobi with the Raptors, they’d better be willing to part with a lot to get it, at least if recent reports are to be believed.

Sportzshala! Sports’ Jake Fisher reported this week that rival teams were under the impression that it would take Dejont MurrayTrophy type for Raptors to consider sending Anunobis:

Meanwhile, Raptors officials left rival front offices impressed, sources said, that Toronto would need at least an estimated off-season price for Dejonte Murray – several undefended first-round picks – for Toronto to even think about. parting ways with OG Anunoby. famous favorite of Ujiri.

Toronto Star reported similarly recentlystating that it would take two promising players on team-friendly deals and a pick to snatch Anunobi from the Raptors.

Anunobi is an excellent wingback capable of defending multiple positions, currently leading the league in night steals at 2.1 and scoring 17.5 points per game on the other end. Superb modern wing with versatility and double sided impact. It’s understandable why the Raptors expect a lot in exchange for a former standout Indiana player.

For the latest OG Anunoby rumors and salary information, Click here.

Kyle Kuzma (Washington)

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Even with the Washington Wizards disappointing at 19-26, the team still seems to be doing their best to keep their core, at least with regard to their more experienced players.

It was announced this week Athletic that Washington is considering trade Rui Hachimuraone of the Wizards’ recent mistakes in the first round, in the hope that this will help them re-sign Kuzma to a long-term contract this off-season.:

The Wizards have also been interested in several teams regarding potential deals involving star forward Kyle Kuzma, but moving Hachimura will ease the forward field jam and put the franchise in a better financial position to focus on re-signing Kuzma and possibly re-signing. Kristaps Porzingis in the off-season.

Kuzma is currently in the midst of a career year, averaging 21.7 points per game and 45.7% shooting from the floor, so it’s understandable why the Wizards would want to keep him. At the same time, even with Kuzma, who puts up huge numbers, Kristaps Porzingis playing at my New York level and Bradley Beal still around, Washington is still not a good basketball team.

Why invest even more money to support something that doesn’t work?

The Wizards may have to look down on some changes pretty soon, because wallowing in mediocrity for years is not the way to compete in the NBA.

For the latest Kyle Kuzma rumors and salary information, Click here.

Mike Conley (Utah)

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With the Clippers desperately lacking playmaking at point guard – Reggie Jackson leaves a lot to be desired in this regard – one trade target prospective contenders were tied to is Floor Veteran General Mike Conley.

Charanya, Mark Stein and Fisher all mentioned that Los Angeles was showing interest in Conley. Charania wrote this week:

The Timberwolves and Clippers are showing interest in Jazz defenseman Mike Conley Jr., league sources say.

While Stein reported:

Sources say they also have trading interest in Utah’s Mike Conley Jr. amid growing belief in the league that the Jazz, who have dropped to 9th in the West 22-24 after their strong start, could become a much needed seller in this market. term.

To which Fischer added:

Conley, even in a bad year, is still averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 assists on 36.8 percent shooting out of three.

For a Clippers team that relies so heavily on the hard hitting of their two stars, simply having a mature point guard who not only looks for his own hit but tries to set teammates up for an easy look would be a godsend.

Follow Los Angeles and Conley here.

For the latest Mike Conley rumors and salary information, Click here.

Fred VanVleet (Toronto)

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As discussed above, the Raptors are struggling this season and may want to start a quick recovery.

According to this week’s report, they may be moving in. Fred VanVliet on time, even if fans of the Toronto franchise may find it surprising:

Probably one of these two players [getting traded]Story by: Gary Trent Jr., Fred Vanvliet. After years of struggling to develop, the Raptors need more members with lighter contracts. Trading Trent Jr. or VanVleet is the easiest way to acquire these items. I’ve already written about how difficult the Vanvliet situation is; for this reason, I consider Trent the more likely player to move, although it may be closer than some might think.

However, Fischer does not entirely believe this, believing that the only reason VanVleet is being discussed as a trade candidate is due to his relatively poor year:

Fred VanVleet’s apparent trade seems to have more to do with his poor performance this season as the smaller guard nears his 29th birthday than the front office’s willingness to part ways with such a central team leader.

Harania also intervened here, stating that the Suns and Magic are potential contenders for VanVleet as free agents.. Could this spark interest from these two clubs in VanVleet as a trade item?

We just have to wait a few weeks to find out.

For the latest Fred VanVliet rumors and salary information, Click here.

Eric Gordon (Houston)

Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon

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Watch almost any Eric Gordon interview after this season’s game and you’ll see a player desperate for a change of scenery and tired of being stuck in a rebuild. He doesn’t really try to hide his feelings.

ESPN did it again this week in a podcast:

Tim McMahon: Eric Gordon, I think he made it clear that he was fed up with all this rebuilding, he would rather go ahead and move on to, you know, a team that has a chance to win now or get a contract extension.

Charania reported this week that the asking price for Gordon from the Houston Rockets is a first-round pick or a good young player.

Meanwhile, Stein reported this weekend that the Milwaukee Bucks are also potential fans of Gordon, although they prefer to send a few second-rounders in exchange for a sharp guard 2.

Gordon is one of those players who are more likely to be traded by that date, that’s clear.

For the latest Eric Gordon rumors and salary information, Click here.

Jacob Poeltle (San Antonio)



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