Trades are always a big part of every NBA season and this year, we should expect to see plenty of impactful players on the move around the league. Theoretically, every team still has a chance to make the playoffs, but there are some teams we might as well begin to write off because they are either rebuilding or just have not looked good enough to compete over the course of the 82-game season.
The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and New Orleans Pelicans are currently the four worst teams in the league right now record-wise and this may not change anytime soon.
The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons are all still rebuilding with young talents, but it is a little shocking to see the New Orleans Pelicans at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at 1-12 on the year.
Brandon Ingram only playing in six of his team’s first eleven games definitely complicated things for this team and Zion Williamson being out indefinitely as he recovers from offseason foot surgery is not good news for them either, which is why the New Orleans Pelicans are one of the worst teams in the league right now.
Playoff hopes for these four teams may be slim right now, but there are plenty of teams around the league that are going to be right in the thick of things playoff-wise all year long. As a result, there will be a handful of teams looking to add some more talent throughout the year and ahead of the trade deadline.
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The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and New Orleans Pelicans are definitely four teams who could look to leverage some talent/assets now to set themselves up for more future success, so let’s take a look at some of the top trade targets each of these teams have on their roster.