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With an estimated 40 percent of the players hitting the free-agent market this summer, to say it’s been an active week would be a vast understatement.
However, that the en masse agreements have been made, the buyout and trade markets are beginning to take shape.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN put together a list of nine players who could be on the move in the next dew weeks, including the likes of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Marc Gasol of the Toronto Raptors.
Other players mentioned by Windhorst on his list are Jeff Teague and Robert Covington of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat, Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder of the Memphis Grizzlies and Kyle Korver, currently a member of the Phoenix Suns, but after being traded twice in the last week he’s expected to be released and become an unrestricted free agent.
Windhorst writes another high-profile player who could be moved is Bradley Beal, on whom the Washington Wizards have not yet pulled the trigger even though they are facing a major rebuild.
Here are snippets on what Windhorst has to say about each player:
* Love — “Love and the team knew when he signed the deal that there was a good chance he wouldn’t finish it in Cleveland, and a trade may be inevitable at some point. Interest in Love could ramp up if he plays well for Team USA in the World Cup this summer in China.”
* Iguodala — “When the posturing is finished, there will be haggling over how much Iguodala may have to give up in guaranteed money to get out. He’s going to be available and numerous teams will be after him. The Lakers, where his old agent Rob Pelinka is the GM, are a strong option.”
* Dragic — “He’s coming off an injury-plagued season where he missed two months after knee surgery and saw his numbers plummet. But Heat would have to have another point guard option worked out as part of a deal.”
* Gasol (if Kawhi Leonard opts to not re-sign with the newly crowned NBA champions) — “Toronto would have to pivot in that case and Gasol could be a tool for a deal, as he’s in the final year of his deal and will make $25.6 million.”
* Teague — “Teague had ankle surgery in April, (D’Angelo) Russell is going to Golden State and the Wolves lost Derrick Rose in free agency, so they’d need another point-guard option to make a deal.”
* Crowder — “The Grizzlies, who will soon officially acquire him in the Mike Conley deal, are in draft-pick-acquisition mode and this is another chance.”
* Covington — “The Wolves were offering him around at the draft as they looked to move up. Depending on his return to health, league executives believe he could be on the market again.”
* Thompson — “The Cavs are likely to try to deal Thompson or center John Henson, who played only 14 games last season, by the trade deadline.”
* Korver — “Korver spent his formative years in LA as a Lakers fan and his connection to LeBron James could create a possible reunion.”