The basketball media world loves crazy scenarios. It seems like almost every other day there is a rumor about a star player wanting out, a trade surrounding them that could be made at any second, or even just a rumor that they like a specific city a lot. Just a few words uttered from a player’s mouth and a few hand-picked facts can change the opinions of many on a player’s situation. For example: Did you hear that (insert star player here) was born and raised in Detriot, and his best friend is on the Pistons? These 2 facts may be true, but have no correlation to a player’s actual thoughts on their current contract.
Now here we are, in an age of basketball which heavily relies on the free-agent market and the trade block to produce the star players that teams need in order to win. However, the list of players available is not as long as it seems. In this article, I will highlight three players who are often thought to be available but actually have a very small likelihood of changing teams any time soon.
Coming into the 2020-2021 season, it was no secret that Bradley Beal was underwhelmed with the previous season from his team. They were invited to the bubble and entered as the 10th seed. However, the team played so poorly in that time span that they fell to the 11th seed. As we find ourselves in the middle of the playoffs, the Wizards find themselves as the 8th seed, facing a talented 76ers team that will likely defeat them in the first round.
However as Russell Westbrook settles into Washington and the Wizards’ young core continues to develop, Beal has nothing to worry about. Many rumors have come about that he may be unhappy, but it seems like the superstar guard wants to spend his prime years in Washington, and there is almost no reason not to.
Ever since being drafted, Dame Dolla has been the face of Portland basketball. With buzzer-beaters that crush opposing fans and rap songs that make hype up fans, Lillard has become one of the most famous basketball players to fans across the world. However, he has also been able to do this without leaving the small market of Portland, Oregon.
Most superstars crave the bright lights, the nightlife, and the chance to play in a large market, but Lillard has made it clear he values the city and its team over anything else. Rumors have always been flying around of Damian’s departure, but realistically, Lillard would never abandon the city of Portland.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the worst teams in the NBA over the past few seasons, and with the vast amounts of youth on this team, a change will need to be made quickly to get this team back on track. However, as poor a position that the Timberwolves are in, it seems very unlikely to me that Karl Anthony-Towns would ever consider wanting out.
He has the chance now to play with one of his best friends in D’Angelo Russell and has a talented core group surrounding him. After some time, KAT may see that it is fit for him to part ways with the team, but with the lack of time the group has played together, it will take a few seasons for that day to come.