Teams in the NBA would sometimes prefer to get a proven player instead of taking a shot in the dark on an incoming prospect. In the 2021 NBA Draft, we could see a slew of trades take place by teams located in the lottery (the first 14 picks).
The Detroit Pistons hold the No. 1 overall pick and the overwhelming consensus is that Cade Cunningham will be the name announced to begin the 2021 NBA Draft.
This year’s NBA free agency class is thin on talent at the top of the class. Aside from Kawhi Leonard, the once highly anticipated group of talent has long since seen superstars like Giannis Antetokounmpo agree to long-term contract extensions.
If teams want to make a major change to their roster without having to take the risk of hoping they hit on a selection in the NBA Draft, the trade market could have some genuinely intriguing options.
There are some teams in the NBA Draft Lottery who surely will hold onto their pick and be satisfied with doing so. Other teams, particularly those who feel they could be contenders next season, could look to make a more aggressive effort to pursue a trade.
Even though it’s unlikely we see a trade by the teams near the top of the order, let’s look at one ideal trade target for each team in the NBA Draft Lottery.