5. Tyson Chandler- Phoenix Suns
Tyson Chandler is entering this offseason with the Suns due $13 million this year and $13.59 million next offseason. The Suns currently hold the number 1 pick in the NBA draft and are considering taking either center Deandre Ayton or guard Luka Doncic. If the Suns choose to go with Ayton it is very likely that they will look to move Chandler to open up cap space. They will do this in order to attract key players to come to play alongside their young core in, Booker and Ayton. Chandler can still be a key asset to a team either as a mentor or playing sparingly for a championship contender that needs a rim protector and rebounding.
Possible Teams Interested: Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Kenneth Faried- Denver Nuggets
Kenneth Faried finds himself in a tough spot with the Denver Nuggets this offseason. With four big men getting minutes ahead of him this year and with the last year first round pick behind him it is best that Faried finds a new home where he will be valued appropriately. Faried can still be a useful asset for a team looking for a rim runner who is also a tenacious rebounder with a high motor. He can also add depth for teams looking to strengthen their frontcourt.
Possible Teams Interested: Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers
3. Ryan Anderson- Houston Rockets
Ryan Anderson, once a key asset, to the Houston Rockets had his minutes cut short mid-season. This could be due to the fact that the Rockets will look to move on from Anderson, who is due around $20 million over the next 3 years. Anderson’s salary is one of the main reasons that will prevent the Rockets from being able to land another key free agent this offseason. Anderson is still a more than capable shooter and can be a valuable stretch four for a team in the association.
Possible Teams Interested: Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder
2. Hassan Whiteside- Miami Heat
Towards the end of the season and specifically into the playoffs Whiteside’s minutes were greatly reduced. This obviously caused frustration between Whiteside and the Heat organization. It seemed that the reason his minutes were reduced was due to the fact that the Heat felt more comfortable stretching the floor, which is not of Whiteside’s strengths. Whiteside is still one of the leagues best-shot blockers and can easily be the third best player on a championship contending team. Look out for the Heat throwing Whiteside’s name around in trade packages this offseason because they can expect a beneficial package in return since he has seen his role reduced within their organization.
Possible Teams Interested: Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks,
1. Dennis Schroder- Atlanta Hawks
Unsatisfied with the position the Atlanta Hawks are in, a week ago Dennis Schroder expressed interest in being traded to a championship contender. Schroder is one of the leagues most underrated talents averaging 19.4 points per game and 6.2 assists per game this season. At only 24 years of age Schroder will only get better, so if the Hawks are willing to part ways with him expect some teams to have some interest in forming a package to trade for him. Below I listed a couple teams that both have the pieces and may have interest in trading for Schroder. One team in specific that Dennis named as a team he would prefer to be traded to that I could see as a good fit is the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers not only could improve at the point guard position from who they have now, Darren Collison, but they also have the pieces that could interest this rebuilding Hawks team.
Possible Teams Interested: Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs
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