Community Shootaround: Bargain Trade Targets

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!

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17 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: Bargain Trade Targets

  1. Serge Ibaka as a rental. Magic are 4 games out of the playoffs and 4 from a top 3 pick in the draft.

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  2. Brandon Knight, Jusuf Nurkic

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    • Definitely think Knight and Nurkic are the two most underrated. I’d put Holmes, Will Barton, KJ McDaniels, and Ben McLemore as some young guys who need a change of scenery.

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  3. weezlur11

    Nikola vucevic. Double double machine and magic have to many bigs. And on a reasonable deal

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  4. apostica

    The trail blazers should try to get Ibaka and the pelicans should trade Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday they beeing on their last year on their contracts

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  5. Connorsoxfan

    Ibaka looks good on pretty much any playoff team. If the Raptors can’t let away Millsap, Ibaka would be a good fallback.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Pry away*

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  6. marshmallowman

    he’s just trying to be the 311est of the nba

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  7. Game Of Sloans

    Anyone you get from the magic will probably come with a free pick as well.

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  8. Cigamodnalro

    Mario Hezonja could be a dynamite pickup for a team with a strong development staff that is willing to give him a shot

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  9. acarneglia

    Spencer Hawes or Roy Hibbert could be a good pickup for a team in need of depth at the 4 or 5. (Hawes could play both, Hibbert is strictly a Center)

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  10. Spurskid

    Bulls get kyle anderson, davis bertans,bryn forbes
    Spurs get Nikola Mirotic

    Bus lineup
    Rondo
    Dwade
    Jimmy butler
    Davis bertans
    Robin lopez

    Reserves
    Cannon
    MCW
    Bryne forbes
    Kyle anderson
    Denzel valentine
    Jerian grant
    Taj gibson
    Bobby portis

    Spurs lineup
    Tony parker
    Danny green
    Kwhai leonard
    Lamarcus aldridge
    Pau gasol

    Reserves
    Patty mills
    Dmurry
    Jonathan simmons
    Manu ginobli
    Nikola Mirotic
    David lee
    Dwyane dedmond

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    • Joe Love

      Awful trade. Bertans and Anderson are going to be long time Spurs. Haven’t you noticed, they’re basically a young Bonner and Diaw. All of your trade propositions are horrible! Nikola will probably be buried on a bench somewhere or out of the league soon. He’s shown flashes, but not enough.

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      • Spurskid

        You need to watch more spurs games both guys bring something to the table bertans is a great young shooter and he can also attack the basket ..maybe a little more athletic then mirotic he is a great passer as well for his size, but the spurs have way to much shooters and mirotic can provide some type of spark for the spurs bench i know mirotic is a shooter as well but the bulls dont seem to know how he can fit what they do in Chicago…as for anderson he is a point guard in a small forwards body he has the length and not to mention high basketball iQ.. to me the bulls will benfit more then the spurs will in this trade i purposed this trade for the spurs to strengthen thier bench…dont expect much playing time for him anyway…and as for bryne forbes he is a prospect player that the bulls can play with if they dont see any progress with bryne waive him to me he belongs in the dleague right now….

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        • Joe Love

          You still don’t get it. The Spurs are keeping Bertans and Anderson. They’re worth fifteen of Mirotic. The Spurs don’t need anything Mirotic offers. I’ve watched most of their games this season. Second best record in the league.

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  11. Strauss

    Who cares. The Bulls front office is clueless in building a team. And Reinsdorf doesn’t know what’s going on since being in a home.

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  12. Z-A

    Ersan Ilyasova. I think he’ll get dealt. So he’d be most underrated since he’s rarely mentioned in trades.

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