The NBA season has just went past the halfway point, with it being clear which teams should be buyers and sellers with the NBA trade deadline fast approaching. The Bulls have been obvious sellers, netting two second round picks for Justin Holiday in their recent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Outside of Chicago, the Lakers have floundered without LeBron James and could be looking for a change very soon to shake up their season. Their lack of shooting has continued to rear its ugly head this year and they could use some floor spacers rather it be on the buyout market or via trade.
The aforementioned Grizzlies are dealing with the fact that they are slipping in the standings, and reports have stated that franchise center Marc Gasol is considering opting out of his player option to become a free agent at the end of the season. They will be faced with a tough decision pretty soon about what direction their franchise is going in, with a top-8 protected draft pick being owed to the Boston Celtics this year.
And among the elite teams in the league, the Warriors and Nuggets appear to be set to fight it out for the top seed in the Western Conference, and both have different sort of reinforcements on the way.
The Nuggets are still waiting to see if rookie Michael Porter Jr. and Isaiah Thomas can provide any sort of value—if either is to return this season—to their balanced lineup.
And the Warriors have All-Star center DeMarcus Cousin slated to return on January 18 against the Clippers. Both possible returns could have big effects on the Western Conference playoff race, with the Cousins return having the possibility to make the already explosive Warriors near unguardable.
As teams around the league get ready for the second half of the season, check out where they rank in our latest power rankings right here.