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For many NBA fans, following the latest NBA trade rumors is often just as fun as is watching the games. This is no surprise, especially around the NBA trade deadline. After all, the NBA trade deadline day is often more exciting than some regular-season duels.
And since the trade rumor machine never stops, not even with playoffs in progress, we bring you some of the hottest NBA trade rumors at the moment.
Kristaps Porzingis to Leave Dallas Mavericks
Most NBA trade rumors at this time of the season are nothing more than pure speculation, but that is true for most rumors we suppose. However, losing to Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, despite putting up a great fight in seven games, seems to have ruffled some feathers in Dallas.
We’ve heard reports of disagreements between Doncic and Porzingis before, but those rumors have been intensified now and some of the insiders claim that Porzingis is ready to leave the team in the near future. Some teams that may come calling for the big man are the Hornets, Wizards, Thunder, and Spurs.
Whether the Mavs are ready to move the Latvian big remains to be seen, but given his history of injuries and incidents outside of the court, this may not prove to be as easy a job as some expect. Furthermore, Porzingis has a big contract, so it may be hard to find teams that can match his salary while sending a package that the Mavs find enticing.
Portland Trailblazers to Make Serious Changes
Another first-round exit has shaken things up at Portland and we can expect some major changes in the future. In fact, the first domino has already fallen after coach Terry Stotts has been sacked, while the main candidates for his job are Jason Kidd and Mike D’Antoni.
But a coaching change is probably just the first step in reshaping the look of the Blazers. So, what else could happen in Oregon in the coming months?
Portland Trailblazers to Trade CJ McCollum
Many people believe that CJ McCollum could be traded sometime soon. It’s clear that the backcourt duo of Lillard and McCollum won’t bring the title to Portland, so these NBA trade rumors probably have some merit.
We will see whether this comes to fruition or not and which teams would be interested in CJ McCollum. Our feeling is that some of the contending teams that want to shake things up a bit after the playoffs could put some trade offers for McCollum.
Damian Lillard to Leave Portland Trailblazers
We’ve discussed that the Blazers are going to go through a lot of changes this offseason, but could they actually be forced to trade their superstar? This is not very likely since Lillard has been extremely loyal to Portland so far, but he is clearly not happy with their current situation.
If Lillard ends up demanding a trade, many teams will be interested. Some insiders claim that the New York Knicks are prepared to offer a package around their young prospects like R.J. Barrett, Obi Toppin, and Immanuel Quickly, along with some draft picks.
Boston Celtics to Overhaul Their Backcourt
It’s been a disappointing NBA playoffs season for the Celtics, but the team has been in constant turmoil. Many injuries, ending with the season-ending injury for Jaylen Brown, poor form, and other things led to the first-round exit.
Some changes have already been made in Boston – Brad Stevens has left the coaching post to become the president of basketball operations for the Celtics. His first job is to find his replacement, but the next step is to make some changes to the roster as well.
Kemba Walker to Leave Boston Celtics
One of the most persistent NBA trade rumors at the moment is that Kemba Walker is ready to leave the Celtics. The reports say that both Walker and the Celtics agree that it is time for them to go in different directions, so a trade seems to be imminent since Walker has a contract for one more year, with a player option for the second.
Since he is about to make $37 million if he exercises this option, that seems like the most likely scenario and that means that the Celtics will have to find a willing trade partner. Walker struggled with injuries in the past couple of years, which could limit the number of interested teams, but the playmaker will certainly draw some interest in the near future.
Boston Celtics to Trade for Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton had a fantastic season in which he averaged almost 25 points per game on efficient shooting, but there are reports that the 22-year-old could soon be moving out of Cleveland even though he fits their timeline perfectly.
The reason for these reports is the alleged rift between Sexton and his teammates. If these reports are true, we could see the Cavs moving him since they already did the same thing with Kevin Porter Jr. earlier this season. And since the Celtics will try to move Walker, Sexton could be their main target to replace him.
Myles Turner to Leave Indiana Pacers
After their head coach already left the team, it seems that the Pacers are in for a complete overhaul this offseason. Many of the Pacers’ players feature in the current NBA trade rumors, but none of them as prominently as Myles Turner.
Trade rumors involving Turner have been alive during the current season as well, but they are now picking up steam even more. Among the many interested teams, the reports put Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets as the frontrunners. Other interested teams include the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Knicks.
Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets to Exchange Their Prospects
One of the more persistent NBA trade rumors recently is the potential trade between the Wizards and the Rockets. Even though the Wizards have made the playoffs while the Rockets finished with the worst record in the league, it seems that they could find a common ground.
The rumors suggest that the Wizards could try to acquire Christian Wood, one of the few bright spots this season for the Rockets. Meanwhile, the Wizards would send Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija to Houston, which does sound like a reasonable proposition for a rebuilding team like the Rockets.