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3 Star NBA Scorers That Could Get Traded This Season

David Kaestle
D'Angelo Russell is averaging 22.7 points per game this season.
D'Angelo Russell is averaging 22.7 points per game this season. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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The NBA has become a league of musical chairs, especially over the last decade or so. Every trade deadline and offseason, there seems to be some level of league-altering moves made, with different stars being traded or choosing to take their talents elsewhere in free agency.

This season could be no different. Sunday, Dec. 15 is an important day on the NBA calendar. It marks the day in which players acquired or signed during the most recent offseason are eligible to be traded. With a record number of NBA free agents this past summer, this date now opens up trade possibilities for quite a few players.

There have been plenty of rumors floating around about various trades, including many involving stars. With that in mind, let's take a look at three star scorers who could be dealt between Dec. 15 and the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

1. D'Angelo Russell, PG, Golden State Warriors

D'Angelo Russell bringing the ball up the court against the Boston Celtics.
D'Angelo Russell bringing the ball up the court against the Boston Celtics. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are having a horrendous season. They currently own the worst record in the NBA at 5-21 and coming off five consecutive NBA Finals appearances, this is certainly unfamiliar territory for them. While they are currently in line for the top pick in the NBA Draft, D'Angelo Russell remains their biggest trade piece. With Klay Thompson and Steph Curry set to miss most, if not all, of the season, Russell is arguably the Warriors' best offensive player. People questioned how Russell would fit into the Warriors' offense and future plans though, which of course has fostered a feeling he might be a trade target after Dec. 15. Still only 23 years old and a potential franchise point guard for years to come, Russell will have a number of suitors if the Warriors make him available on the trade market. Given their current state of affairs, it wouldn't be a surprise if that happens.

2. Kevin Love, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

Kevin Love in a recent game against the Miami Heat.
Kevin Love in a recent game against the Miami Heat. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Ever since LeBron James left Cleveland for Los Angeles, Kevin Love has been the subject of numerous trade rumors. The Cavaliers are at the beginning of what could be a lengthy rebuild, and Love remains their lone proven star. Although, moving the star power forward could prove to be more difficult than some might think. Cleveland is reportedly looking for a first-round pick in return, but Love's massive 4-year, $120 million contract could throw a wrench into the proceedings. A trade makes sense from Cleveland's perspective, but whether or not a deal happens will come down to if both sides can find mutually beneficial common ground.

3. Kyle Kuzma, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

Kyle Kuzma runs down the court in a game against the Phoenix Suns.
Kyle Kuzma runs down the court in a game against the Phoenix Suns. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Kyle Kuzma was the one young player the Los Angeles Lakers were able to hang on to when acquiring Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. Although, this season hasn't exactly played out as the the Lakers or Kuzma had envisioned. He's endured some injuries and when he has played, he's only averaged 11.1 points per game (PPG). He's also only averaging 23.2 minutes per game (MPG), which is the lowest mark of his career by a pretty significant margin. Whether Kuzma's troubles are based on injury or fit alongside James and Davis is yet to be determined, but if the Lakers feel its the latter, they could make the young star available while he can still fetch a significant package.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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