When teams make trades before the NBA trade deadline, it is often to make a better financial situation heading into the summer. Many teams will buy out players’ contracts in order to free up cap space for the next trade window, making these bought out players available to be signed by other teams after being waived.
In his 16th season in the league, Carmelo Anthony is without a team. Anthony, who has a career average of 24.0 points per game, was waived by the Chicago Bulls after being traded from Houston in January. The buyout has brought attention from many teams, including the LA Lakers, who are looking for any form of offense in their preparation for the postseason. Expect Melo to land a roster spot by the end of February, with the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings all looking to be interested in adding the small forward.
Robin Lopez was among many players who exited Chicago this trade window. The Bulls have began rebuilding for their future after starting this season 12-42. Lopez only started 8 games this season, and was receiving just 17.1 minutes per game with Chicago. Lopez has averaged 10+ points for each of his last three seasons prior to the 2018-19 season with the Bulls, and he will be looking to bring back his production with a better team around him.
Kanter had expressed his desire to leave the Knicks, but New York was unable to find a trading partner. When the Knicks traded away Kristaps Porzingis, the rebuild in New York began, setting off a chain reaction of events that ultimately allowed Kanter to be bought out by the Knicks, making him available to be picked up by another team. Kanter was averaging 14.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for a poor Knicks team this season. Kanter has proven that he can be a productive big man in many different types of systems, and will offer a team a terrific low post presence that will rebound with the best of them. Kanter will likely go to a team who is vying for a playoff spot, with the Blazers, Lakers, Wizards, and Heat all reportedly considering the idea of adding Kanter.