The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away.
Utah and Cleveland executed a trade that has paid early dividends for the Jazz with Jordan Clarkson helping the bench but that is the only trade this season.
There will be more between now and the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Some teams are looking to solidify their playoff roster; other teams are looking for assets such as draft picks.
Who will be traded? Kevin Love? Andre Drummond?
USA TODAY Sports NBA reporters Jeff Zillgitt and Mark Medina take a look at some of the prominent players who could be moved before the trade deadline and say if they should be traded or not.
TO TRADE OR NOT TO TRADE
Kevin Love, Cleveland: Trade. If the Cavs can get something for him, that’s what they need to do. Love is frustrated with the situation, and he can help a playoff-caliber team.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota: Don’t trade. No need to despite Minnesota’s frustrating season. After this season, Towns still has four years left on his contact. Way too early to make a move when the front office wants to build around him.
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Ben Simmons, Philadelphia: Don’t trade. I get the Sixers are flawed but they were also just a crazy bounce and shot by Leonard from reaching the conference finals last season. Let’s revisit this after the season when we see they do in the playoffs.
Andre Drummond, Detroit: Trade. The Pistons have exhausted their success with Drummond and it doesn’t make sense to pay him $30 million-plus a season while still paying Blake Griffin. Get something for him and get a full-fledged rebuild going.
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio: Trade. Historically, the Spurs don’t make mid-season trades. Their last trade deadline deal came in 2014. But this is fine time to try and yield something for DeRozan who is another a strong season and helping the Spurs with a midseason push for the playoffs.
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Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers: Don’t trade. Kuzma has struggled, but plenty of that stems from missing time with his off-season injury. Give the young third-year player some time, and he will figure out how to excel better with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Jrue Holiday, New Orleans: Don’t trade. The Pelicans have struggled because of Zion Williamson’s injury and, to a lesser extent, Holiday. Keep this core together, and they will make some noise next season.
Chris Paul, Oklahoma City: Trade. CP3 has done wonders in helping the Thunder overachieve and develop its young roster. But the Thunder will owe Paul about $85 million in the next two years. OKC might struggle finding suitors to take on that contract, but it should at least try.
Gary Harris, Denver: Don’t trade. Harris gets mentioned in trade scenarios because his contract (almost $20 million a season) can help match another big-dollar contract. But Denver values continuity chemistry, and in his sixth season, Harris is the longest-tenured Nugget.