10 Young NBA Stars Who Need New Teams Before the Trade Deadline

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By: Aquib Nawab


Once seen as a cornerstone for the New Orleans Pelicans, now finds himself needing a new team. His average of 2.9 points per game this season doesn’t reflect his potential. He could be eyeing teams like the Charlotte Hornets or Portland Trail Blazers for a fresh start.

1. Kira Lewis Jr.

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The 27th pick by the Miami Heat in the 2022 NBA Draft, has shown potential but needs more space to grow. With his talent, a move to a team like the Utah Jazz or Chicago Bulls could offer him the opportunities he needs to flourish.

2. Nikola Jovic

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3. Bol Bol

His journey with the Phoenix Suns has been challenging, with limited playing time. A player of his caliber deserves a better chance, possibly with the Washington Wizards or New Orleans Pelicans, where he can showcase his true potential.

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Isaiah Jackson of the Indiana Pacers, despite impressive averages, finds himself overshadowed in a team with many talents. A move to either the Philadelphia 76ers or Houston Rockets could provide him with the platform he needs to shine.

4. Isaiah Jackson

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His situation at the Boston Celtics is a tale of unmet potential. Despite a strong skill set, he struggles for significant playing time. Teams like the Utah Jazz or Charlotte Hornets could offer him the role he seeks.

5. Payton Pritchard

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6. Collin Sexton

Currently with the Utah Jazz, has been a consistent performer but might benefit from a new environment. A move to the Indiana Pacers or Sacramento Kings could help him become a more central figure in the team.

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His talent is evident, but his role with the Detroit Pistons hasn’t allowed him to fully display his skills. A team change, perhaps to the Charlotte Hornets or Oklahoma City Thunder, could be the key to unlocking his full potential.

7. Jaden Ivey

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Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs has proven himself on the court, but to leverage his talents on a contending team, a move may be beneficial. Teams like the Dallas Mavericks or Sacramento Kings could be ideal for his skill set.

8. Keldon Johnson

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9. Jonathan Kuminga

Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors has shown promise but needs a more defined role. A shift to a team like the Utah Jazz or Charlotte Hornets could provide the opportunity for him to become a more impactful player.

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Cam Thomas of the Brooklyn Nets is a scoring sensation waiting for his chance to shine. Averaging 23.9 points per game, he needs a team that will give him a central role, like the Chicago Bulls or Portland Trail Blazers.

10. Cam Thomas

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