How do the Lakers improve? Do the Sixers trade Tobias Harris?
We’re just a little over two weeks away from the 2022 NBA trade deadline, and there’s been no shortage of rumors to keep us occupied until deals actually start happening. With the race to the NBA Finals as open as ever this season, there could be a big portion of the league looking to improve their roster with a trade. Even teams like the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns, who currently sit atop the rankings in both conferences, could look to make minor tweaks to best position themselves before the playoffs start.
So many teams could be active either as buyers looking to improve, or sellers wanting to stockpile young players and draft picks for the future. With that in mind, here are five of the most interesting teams ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
Los Angeles Lakers
This season certainly hasn’t gone the way the Lakers were expecting after a busy offseason that saw them add a wealth of veteran talent highlighted by the trade to bring in former league MVP Russell Westbrook. However, Westbrook’s fit in L.A. has been rather messy, as his ball-dominant style and inefficient shooting is harming the Lakers on offense.
But that isn’t the lone issue with the Lakers this season. There’s the injury to Anthony Davis, who is just returning from a 17-game absence due to a sprained MCL, that’s held L.A. back. The depth for the Lakers hasn’t been great, which isn’t surprising given they traded most of it away in the deal for Westbrook. You add all that up, and the Lakers project to be one of the most interesting teams ahead of the deadline.
There’s been rumors of a John Wall-for-Westbrook swap, something that would come at a hefty price on the Lakers’ end. L.A. is also reportedly open to shopping Talen Horton-Tucker, which is ironic given the Lakers refused to trade him in order to acquire veteran guard Kyle Lowry at last season’s trade deadline. Lowry ultimately signed with the Heat this past summer, where he’s helped them climb to the top of the East standings.
Right now Horton-Tucker remains the only valuable trade asset the Lakers possess, but a potential trade to move Westbrook is the main attraction ahead of the deadline. L.A. isn’t operating from a position of power, so it’ll take some smart maneuvering to get a favorable deal done, but everyone will certainly be watching to see what it does.
If you were waiting for a Ben Simmons bombshell trade before the deadline, that’s not likely to happen as the 76ers prefer to wait until the summer when there are bigger stars to chase — like James Harden — as a potential target. A recent report indicated that Harden wants to enter unrestricted free agency this summer, and that he potentially may be looking at other places outside of Brooklyn, with Philadelphia being a potential target.
While a move of that size may not come until the offseason, that doesn’t mean Philadelphia won’t be active to improve its roster right now. The one player everyone is looking at is Tobias Harris, who has been brought up as a trade target the past few weeks. Harris has underwhelmed this season, and with Joel Embiid in the midst of another MVP-caliber year, it seems wrong for Philadelphia to not try everything in its power to improve the roster right now for a deep playoff run.
Perhaps the Sixers explore the trade option suggested by our own Michael Klaskey-Blomain: swapping Harris for Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum. That would be a huge shakeup for a Portland team in desperate need of one, and it would surround Embiid with yet another perimeter scorer who could also create for himself when needed. Unlike a deal surrounding Simmons, trading away Harris may be easier right now as there will likely be several suitors who could use a No. 2 or No. 3 scoring option who can also defend. It’s just a matter of what Philadelphia wants in return for Harris, and what team will be willing to take on the remaining $76.8 million owed to him over the next two years.
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