The 2021 NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching. The lead-up to the deadline is one of the most hectic, fast-paced times in the NBA calendar. However, this year’s deadline could be a little tamer than years past. There already are plenty of intriguing NBA trade rumors to track.
The NBA expanded the playoffs this season, as 10 teams will make it instead of eight. The top 6 seeds will be safe, while the bottom four will have a play-in tournament to make the eight-team field.
As a result of that change, there will be a lot more teams alive for a playoff spot than in years past, making the clear designation between buyers and sellers more skewed. Teams such as the Houston Rockets, who are in second to last in the Western Conference, are only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot.
Because of that, there will be plenty of rumors swirling. Outside of Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who doesn’t want to leave Washington, there aren’t many All-Star caliber players available as in years past.
Despite that, you know contending teams will be looking to add that one piece to put them over the top as true NBA title contenders. Here are five players that could be on the move prior to the deadline on March 25th.