With several big names being eliminated early in the postseason, NBA executives are monitoring the situation of their teams, especially when they have game-changing superstars in their roster.
According to John Hollinger of the Athletic, NBA executives have their sights set on Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard and Steph Curry.
Lillard still is signed for four years (albeit with the last as a player option) and is still in his prime, so it’s not a full-blown emergency yet. But as our Shams Charania and Jason Quick recently noted, every executive in the league is watching this situation closely, much as they were watching James Harden in Houston a year ago even as the Rockets seemed unaware of the wave crashing toward their shores. (Lillard, it should be said, is not the only big name being keenly observed in this manner. Bradley Beal in Washington and Steph Curry in Golden State are two others in similar straits after early playoff exits).
Superstar players movement is a big part of the NBA the last two seasons with the blockbuster trades of Anthony Davis, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Despite the level of loyalty Curry, Lillard and Beal showed in the past, they have to be on a winning environment as they are heading to their prime or late-prime of their careers.