Top 5 Players Who Became Trade-Eligible This Week

As the NBA Trade Deadline fast approaches on February 9th, the market gets a big boost this week, as a number of impact players became trade-eligible as of Sunday. Not to suggest that any of these will definitely be dealt, but some of them will no doubt be hearing their names in rumors. 

Here's a look at the Top 5 players who are now eligible, and have at least a remote chance to be moved in time for the deadline:

1. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls

The two-time All-Star and premium scorer signed a 5-year, $215M max contract extension this past summer, but has had his name mentioned in rumors surrounding the Bulls, and talks about whether they're inclined to blow things up. Things just haven't meshed with their roster, and they sit at 20-24 in 10th spot in the East, with observers wondering what their next move is.

2. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

Ayton came into Suns training camp visibly unhappy with the way things played out this past summer, as he had accepted an offer sheet from the Indiana Pacers before the Suns finally matched it. He also noted that he'd had no contact with head coach Monty Williams throughout the offseason. He's putting up his usual numbers, but the Suns have struggled (largely due to injuries) and there's no telling how happy he is these days. He could be a trade candidate—either now or in the summer.

3. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Another player who signed a massive max deal in the summer, Beal has still heard his name in chatter that the Los Angeles Lakers would be interested in finding a way to bring him to Hollywood. The Wizards definitely have some big decisions to make—either by the trade deadline or in the offseason.

4. Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors

We heard just today from a rival player that there are rumblings that some Raptors players aren't happy, and that changes are coming. Boucher has been a disappointment this season for Toronto, after signing a 3-year, $35.25M extension this past summer. His numbers are similar to last season, but his 3-point shooting is once again a disappointment, and his minutes off the bench have fluctuated wildly. He could very well be one of those "unhappy" dinos.

5. Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic

The Magic have a plethora of big men, and they've been mentioned as a prime candidate to be a seller at the deadline. At 16-28, they're in Victor Wembanyama tanking territory, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them sell some pieces. 

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