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NBA Rumors: Trades that Need to Happen

The NBA trade deadline is months away but rumors continue to swirl

The 2022-23 NBA season is only a few weeks old, but there are already trade rumors swirling, with a few notable names that could be dealt before or at the trade deadline in February.

At this point in the season, most teams want to get a feel for their new roster and whether moves need to be made. Usually, the first two months of the season are relatively quiet, with few or no trades going down.

However, things are changing in this era of the NBA. As a result, general managers and fanbases get impatient and may make moves before they should due to added pressure that comes with everyone having a voice on social media.

Here are three players that could be among the next notable players moved.

Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers

The biggest name on the trade market for the last year has been Westbrook. The Lakers have been desperate to move the controversial point guard but have been able to do so because he's been a problem both on and off the floor.

Although a move has yet to be made in Los Angeles, Westbrook could still be sent packing sooner rather than later. A rumor surfaced that the team wouldn't make a deal before Thanksgiving in order to see what they have.

It may be only a matter of time before the Lakers find a deal they want and pull the trigger on a trade to officially put an end to what has been a disastrous stint in Los Angeles for Westbrook.

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

Ironically enough, one player that Westbrook could be traded for is Turner of the Pacers. He has been linked to the Lakers on more than one occasion, with talk of Buddy Hield also being included in the deal with Los Angeles.

Turner stirred the pot a bit more on Monday by addressing the trade rumors involving the Lakers. He basically lobbied for the team to make a deal for him, but there's no telling whether Los Angeles will make a deal or even if Turner would be involved, considering Hield's shooting is more of a need at this point if the Lakers were to select one of the two.

However, Turner's expiring contract will be an attractive trade piece for teams around the league. As a result, he could be a hot commodity before the NBA trade deadline.

Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns appear to be back to form as a legitimate title contender in the Western Conference. Devin Booker and company are riding high atop the West standings along with the upstart Portland Trail Blazers.

Although the Suns don't need to make a trade at this point, Crowder has let it be known that he wants out of Phoenix. He hasn't played a game this season and is seemingly waiting until the Suns move him, whether it's now or before February's deadline.

The Miami Heat could be a team to watch in the Crowder sweepstakes. He expressed a desire to be traded back to his old team, and Miami could use him since it has struggled so far this season.