NBA trade market is reportedly 'very sluggish' as deadline nears

Mike DePrisco
NBC Sports Washington

We are eight days away from the NBA trade deadline, and as plenty of intriguing players, including Wizards forward Davis Bertans, figure to garner plenty of interest around the league, we may not see that many moves. 

At least, that's what Adrian Wojnarowski talked about on ESPN Tuesday night. 

"The one thing you're not hearing among conversation right now, are not many front-line, significant players [are] on the move," Wojnarowski said. "That may change next week, but right now it's a very sluggish, slow trade deadline market right now."

The summer of 2019 saw an unprecedented amount of player movement in free agency. Not only did that completely change the landscape of the NBA, but it dried up almost every team's cap space for the summer of 2020. 

Since this year's free-agent market won't include the star power and teams won't have the same ability to make impactful changes to their roster, you'd think the trade market would be buzzing. Especially in a year where the path to the NBA Finals hasn't been this wide open in years. 

"I had one team tell me today that [they have] gotten fewer calls and made fewer calls than at any time in recent years around the trade deadline," he said. "And this is a team that's usually pretty active."

This goes in line with a recent report that suggested all inquiries to the Wizards regarding Bertans have gone nowhere. It's common for teams to wait as long as possible up until the deadline in order to get the most value possible for their assets. If the Wizards aren't alone in shutting most trade talks down, that would explain what Woj is hearing. 

But it's important to note that things can change quickly. Wojnarowski explained how on Super Bowl Sunday it's generally quiet around the league. Then when everyone re-groups on Monday, conversations typically start to take off. 

All it takes is one trade to set the market. The Rockets are reportedly looking to unload future draft picks to upgrade their roster, so maybe it'll be them. 

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