LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and despite a strong start, Kyrie Irving and the new-look Boston Celtics remain an unknown.
And according to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, this is likely to mean other Eastern Conference teams feel like they have a chance. When teams think they have a chance, they often look for that move to put them over the top.
All of it could lead to increased activity leading up to the NBA trade deadline Feb. 8, according to Wojnarowski during an appearance on ESPN.
“There’s a lot of teams between 7-4 and 4-7 who still are trying to figure out who they are and where they’re playing,” Wojnarowski said. “In the East, are the Cavs vulnerable here? They’ve looked very vulnerable. There are multiple teams thinking, ‘Hey, we have a chance.’ There’s several teams in the East who think they can get to the Eastern Conference finals.
“In the West, I don’t think anybody’s feeling has changed about Golden State.”
“With so many teams in the East thinking, ‘We have a chance’, executives think there’s going to be a lot of activity this year,” he said.
“As one said to me, you may see a lot more West-to-East deals, as some teams in the West just don’t think they can compete. So they’re unloading salary or trying to create flexibility for the summer.
“You may see some of these contenders in the East trying to load up and you may see that talent surge from East to West, you may see it come back this year.”