Whilst Trade Season in the NBA unofficially starts on December 15, it traditionally doesn't start to heat up until mid January.
This season, it looks increasingly likely that the first domino to fall will be Detroit centre Andre Drummond, reportedly a target of the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks.
With the NBA title race being perhaps more open than at any point in the last 10 years, it's expected that a glut of championship pretenders will try to upgrade themselves to contenders.
As any economist will tell you, to have a buyer you need a seller. Today, we'll look at those NBA teams that are looking to upgrade, and those that may be looking to offload some talent.
Where possible, we've ignored teams that are looking to move from OK to good - we're focusing on the potential transactions that can effect the playoffs.
Likewise, we're ignoring teams that have a single significant asset that could be moved. Rather, we're examining teams that may look to move multiple players.
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BUYERS: Philadelphia 76ers
Potential targets: JJ Redick (Pelicans), Davis Bertans (Wizards), Robert Covington (Timberwolves), Evan Fournier (Magic), Patrick Mills (Spurs)
The Sixers are a huge, switchable, disruptive defensive force. Even down to dynamic rookie Matisse Thybulle and veteran James Ennis, this team plays defense. Their issues are at the other end of the floor, where teams simply build a wall and dare the Sixers to shoot over it. That's what happens when your two best players both want to operate in the same space around the basket.
Over the years, Philly have tinkered with the fit around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, with limited success on the offensive end. Maybe these two just won't work long term. Whether or not that's the case, don't expect GM Elton Brand to cut ties with either this season. So how to build around them?
The Sixers have, to a degree, already done that back in early 2018. They had shooting around their Big Two in JJ Redick, Dario Saric and Robert Covington, but they upgraded the bench with Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova – both signed specifically for their shooting. Propping up the bench units with elite shooting might be their best path.
Does Philly look to the buyout market and hope to strike gold again, or do they make a trade?
Al Horford is the rumoured odd man out, should the Sixers trade. He's worked as intended in minutes without Embiid and given Joel's injury history, is Horford worth keeping around?
SELLERS: Sacramento Kings
Potential departures: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon.
The Kings are – as per usual – going nowhere.
Bogdan Bogdanovic recently turned down a 4 year, $50 million extension, so it seems certain that he's headed elsewhere. Luckily for the Kings, he's a multi skilled guard that can score, create and play defense. He can even play as a nominal small forward in the right circumstance. He's in demand. Miami and the Lakers would be ideal fits. The Sixers would be smart to take a peek, as well.
Dewayne Dedmon is another who wants out – although he's been a lot more vocal about it. As an athletic big who protects the rim and has legitimate 3 point range, and has a relatively affordable $13 million contract through the 2022 season, he's a rare bird. He'd be the perfect fit in Boston both as a player and on the cap sheet.
Trevor Ariza is just about cooked at this point. Would a contender take him on, given he has $12 million owed next season, to boost a title bid? A return to Houston, perhaps?