With two months still to go before the 2015/16 NBA season starts, there’s plenty of time left for teams to fine-tune their rosters by making some trades.
Though the majority of business has been done, there are enough rumors flying around to suggest there should be some more player movement before the end of October.
Here, we take a look at three of the latest rumors concerning NBA players.
Financial reasons could see Chalmers leave the Miami Heat, the only NBA team he has played for in his career. Entering the final season of his contract with the Heat, there are reports that the team are ready to trade Chalmers out to reduce their luxury tax bill. A five-year deal for Goran Dragic means the Heat can probably manage without Chalmers, while there are also rumors that Luol Deng could go the same way. Chalmers has recently admitted he is unsure of his future at the Heat following the speculation that his place on the roster is under threat. The Utah Jazz are said to be showing an interest in Chalmers after point guard Dante Exum suffered a serious injury which could mean he doesn’t play any part in the coming season. The Jazz are also rumored to be keeping an eye on Garrett Temple’s situation with the Washington Wizards as they look to trade a replacement for Exum.
There is every chance that Crawford could swap one of the favourites in the NBA betting for another, as the LA Clippers guard is said to be attracting interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Crawford certainly isn’t thought to be unhappy in Los Angeles, but the acquisition of Lance Stephenson is going to reduce his opportunities further in the coming months. He contributed an average of 15.8 points per game off the bench last season and, even though he is now 35, he can still have a positive influence on matches. He would also be a useful complement to LeBron James with the Cavs, if the interest is followed up.
It’s widely expected that Morris will be on the move from the Phoenix Suns before the new season starts. It’s not necessarily that the Suns want rid of the power forward, but more that Morris himself wants out after his twin brother Marcus was sent to the Detroit Pistons. That has left Markieff Morris feeling a little bit disrespected and he has asked to be traded. He has been strongly linked with both the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets, and he would be a solid addition to both of those teams. Points wise, Morris is coming off the back of his best season in the NBA. He averaged 15.3 points per game last season, along with a 46.5% shooting, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Even though he is just starting the first year of a new four-year deal with the Suns, it’s probably now in the team’s best interests to seek out a trade and avoid any bad blood and negativity spilling over into the season.