Nikola Mirotic‘s career-worst three-point percentage (.311) is “troubling,” but even with an inconsistent long-range shot, the Bulls big man has been about a league-average player this year, writes Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com (Insider-only link). In Pelton’s view, that makes Mirotic an intriguing trade candidate — if shots start to fall for the former first-round pick, he’d be a bargain at his current salary, making him a potential buy-low target for teams scouring the trade market.
Within his latest piece for ESPN.com, Pelton identifies a few more possible bargain trade targets in addition to Mirotic. Kenneth Faried, Jared Dudley, Tim Frazier, Richaun Holmes, and Tyus Jones also make the cut. In most cases, these players are on teams that have more than enough depth at their respective positions, which could make them expendable, or at least make them available at a modest price.
With the 2017 trade deadline just a month away and many contending teams looking to upgrade their rosters without shaking things up too significantly, the idea of buying low on a solid rotation player will be very appealing to those clubs.
Today’s discussion question, then, is this: Which players around the NBA do you think buyers should target as a potential buy-low trade candidates? Are any of Pelton’s suggestions particularly appealing, in your opinion, or are there other players flying under the radar that would be affordable and would benefit from a change of scenery?
Jump into the comments section below to weigh in with your thoughts!