The NBA buyout market is now seemingly set to grow after the 2023 NBA trade deadline passed on Thursday.
There’s a ton of players who were moved during the deadline that could now hit in-season free agency, including new Utah Jazz guard Russell Westbrook and John Wall of the Houston Rockets.
Meanwhile, some other veterans will likely be bought out here soon. Former All-Star Kevin Love has fallen out of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rotation. He’s now likely headed to another team here soon. Below, we look at the top-10 players likely to hit the NBA buyout market and potential landing spots.
10. Danny Green, forward, Houston Rockets
As far as veteran three-and-D wings go, Green could be a valuable asset on the NBA buyout market. The 35-year-old was just acquired by the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade. He’s not going to be long for that rebuilding team.
Despite having played just three games with the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering a torn ACL in last season’s NBA Playoffs, there’s a lot to like here. From 2014-22, Green averaged 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds on 39% shooting from distance. He’s also a strong perimeter defender.
Potential destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors
9. Serge Ibaka, forward, Indiana Pacers
It’s been a bit since Ibaka was seen as one of the better all-around forwards during his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors. With that said, the veteran could be a nice addition for a contending team.
Acquired by the Indiana Pacers during the trade deadline, Ibaka is averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds on the season. However, he’s a career 36% three-point shooter and can open things up on the second unit for a contending team.
Potential destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks