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NBA trade rumors: Latest buzz before busy 2022 offseason

Vincent Frank

Bookmark. Save. Do your thing. We will be providing constant updates on this page as it relates to the biggest NBA trade rumors leading up to the start of the NBA offseason this coming summer.

Philadelphia 76ers looking to add another star

ESPN’s NBA insider Brian Windhorst reported following Philadelphia’s premature playoff exit that the team is looking to find another star to team up with Joel Embiid and a regressed James Harden. In Windhorst’s own words, “I promise you that Daryl Morey has big giant plans to acquire another star.”

Despite giving up multiple first-round picks to acquire Harden in the Ben Simmons blockbuster, Philadelphia still has the assets to pull off a trade. That includes young guard Tyrese Maxey and the contract of Tobias Harris to make a blockbuster trade happen from a financial perspective.

Related: 2022 NBA Playoff and championship predictions

Deandre Ayton sign-and-trade could be in the cards

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The Phoenix Suns’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the conference semifinals could have wide-ranging ramifications for the team moving forward. Among them, pending restricted free agent Deandre Ayton does not feel valued by the team after they failed to offer him a rookie-level max contract ahead of the 2021-22 season. According to this note from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there’s several teams who are willing to give the former No. 1 pick a max contract.

It’s going to lead to widespread NBA trade rumors suggesting that the Suns pull off a sign-and-trade. The number of teams who can sign Ayton outright without sending salaries out the door is limited to less than five. In turn, the Suns might be able to get someone who fits better with Devin Booker moving forward.

Offseason of change for the Los Angeles Lakers?

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Coming off an ugly 49-loss team, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss made it perfectly clear that she’s not happy with the direction of the organization.

“I’m growing impatient just because we had the fourth-highest payroll in the league. When you spend that kind of money on the luxury tax, you expect to go deep into the playoffs. So, yeah, it was gut-wrenching for me to go out on a limb like that and not get the results that we were looking for. … I’m not happy, I’m not satisfied.”

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss on team’s struggles, via the Los Angeles Times

There’s been NBA trade rumors circulating that the Lakers might look to trade injury-plagued big man Anthony Davis. Right now, that scenarios seems unlikely. However, it could be Los Angeles’ only path to acquire talent around LeBron James. After all, Russell Westbrook’s regression and bloated contract makes him a net-negative in trade talks.

Related: Los Angeles Lakers off-season rumors

Donovan Mitchell wants to remain with Utah Jazz

Utah is coming off yet another premature playoff exit. This time, it came against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. It’s led to continued speculation that Utah might break up the star tandem of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. With that said, Mitchell is still saying all the right things about remaining in Utah.

It’s an interesting thing to look at. Some have speculated that Mitchell might want to join a larger market like New York. Meanwhile, the Knicks have long had interest in him. It now appears that the ony way Mitchell is traded is if Utah’s brass starts anew with a rebuild.

Could Rudy Gobert land with the Golden State Warriors?

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Now that his Utah Jazz have been eliminated from the playoffs in premature fashion once again, it’s time for Gobert to find a new home. The expectation is that the Jazz will do just that once the summer comes calling.

The backdrop here is a continued rift between Gobert and fellow All-Star teammate Donovan Mitchell dating back to March of 2020 when the former tested positive for COVID-19 and gave it to his teammate. In reality, there’s no reason to believe that Utah’s brass would choose keeping Gobert over Mitchell.

Enter into the equation NBA trade rumors suggesting that the Warriors could have interest in Gobert this summer. Golden State lacks a true center with James Wiseman continuing to find himself injury-plagued. The idea of teaming Gobert up with fellow former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green at the cost of young assets and draft picks might be too much for general manager Bob Myers to pass up on. We’ll know more on this situation pending the results of Golden State’s playoff run.

Related: NBA trade rumors, how a Rudy Gobert deal to the Golden State Warriors might look

Charlotte Hornets open to Gordon Hayward trade

Jan 5, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward (20) high fives a teammate during second half action against the Detroit Pistons at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports

The injury-plagued enigma that is one Gordon Hayward could now find himself on a new team next season. After playing just 93 games over the past two years with Charlotte, Hayward ended the 2021-22 campaign sidelined indefinitely to a foot injury. It’s the continuation of injury concerns that have seen the former All-Star play a combined 215 games over the past five seasons.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Charlotte is now open to trading Hayward. Like others on the trade block heading into the offseason, he’s going to be hard to move. In addition to being injury-plagued, Hayward is owed $61.58 million over the next two seasons. Charlotte would likely have to attach some assets to rid itself of his bloated contract.