As the clock ticks down towards the 2017 NBA trade deadline, teams are preparing their best offers and looking to swing some deals that will set them up well beyond this season. There have already been significant moves made, including DeMarcus Cousins going to New Orleans and Serge Ibaka going to Toronto. While some teams have made their intentions clear, others remain shrouded in mystery. Here is a preview of where teams could stand at this year 's deadline.
The Obvious Choices:
Buyers: Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets…show more content… Miles, and Monta Ellis could all be on the table and the Pacers could be one of the most fascinating teams to watch at the deadline.
Denver Nuggets: As mentioned before, the Nuggets have already added Mason Plumlee and could still add more to their lineup, while also making drastic moves at the deadline. Names like Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay are very much in play, and the team could be in the market for an upgrade at point guard. Like Indiana, their situation is very fluid and they could buy and sell at the same time.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have already cleared out Miles Plumlee in exchange for the more manageable contracts of Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes, and could still make some selling moves. However, their core is one of the most exciting in the NBA, and they could seek to cash in some assets for another long-term piece. As of now, the Bucks could stand pat, but may also do some slight dealing on both sides of the aisle.
The Toss Ups:
Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks are smack in the middle of the playoff hunt, yet there does not seem to be a clear answer as to what they might do. They already traded away Kyle Korver, but also appear poised for upgrades. When it comes down to it, the Hawks will only seek to add a player and take a risk with re-signing Paul Millsap this offseason.
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls have struggled all season with poor three-point shooting, depth issues, and road woes. However, they are right in the thick of things