The NBA‘s trading deadline, which is February 9, 2023, will be here before we know it, and on December 15, teams can start trading players they signed as free agents over the summer.
Pretty soon, trade activity will start to ramp up, and these two players may attract sizable interest, as their teams need to find a way to unload them and bring back some value for them.
1. Jae Crowder – Phoenix Suns
Jae Crowder has not played yet this season as the Phoenix Suns are trying to trade him, but he can still provide some value for the right team.
The veteran forward can provide physical defense and timely 3-point shooting, and at age 32, he has made nine playoff appearances, including two trips to the NBA Finals in 2020 and 2021.
Crowder is in the last year of his contract which will pay him nearly $10.2 million this year, and not only could he provide some teams with valuable 3-and-D play, but also salary cap relief should they choose not to give him a new contract.
2. Bojan Bogdanovic – Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons have a real shot at winning the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, but Bojan Bogdanovic is a skilled enough player to perhaps prevent them from doing so.
The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 20.3 points a game on 49.8 percent shooting, both career-highs, while hitting 39.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.
The severity of Cade Cunningham’s shin injury has signaled to opposing front offices that veteran sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic could be available for trade.
The Suns and Lakers were two teams engaged with Utah about Bogdanovic trades this summer.
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Bogdanovic could be the final piece to a championship puzzle for a number of good and great teams around the NBA.
The Suns and Los Angeles Lakers, among other teams, are reportedly interested in him.