Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 centers in the NBA

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Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 centers in the NBA

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Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 centers in the NBA

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1
Nikola Jokic (Denver)

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Guaranteed money left: $303,037,803 till 2027-28
2021/22 stats: 27.1 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 7.9 apg, 58.3 FG%, 33.7 3P%
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Jokic’s immense value was put to the ultimate test when he propped up a team of mostly role players last season to nearly 50 wins in a stacked conference. His game should age well over the length of the supermax contract he signed, which means he could still return a ransom should the Nuggets decide to trade him down the line.

2
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)

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Guaranteed money left: $229,538,370 till 2026-27
2021/22 stats: 30.6 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 49.9 FG%, 37.1 3P%

The two-time MVP runner-up has so much equity in Philadelphia, they probably still wouldn’t consider trading Embiid even if some of his previous injuries start resurfacing into something long-term. He would probably be a little higher on this list if not for his health history.

3
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)

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Guaranteed money left: $293,849,600 till 2027-28
2021/22 stats: 24.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 52.9 FG%, 41.0 3P%
Agent: Jessica Holtz

Had Towns not signed the supermax extension, the Wolves might have been looking to trade him this offseason. He likely would’ve commanded a Harden-to-the-Nets level haul.

4
Bam Adebayo (Miami)

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Guaranteed money left: $134,896,800 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 19.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 55.7 FG%
Agent: Alex Saratsis

Adebayo being this high while being a center on a maximum contract is a testament to how impactful a defender he is. He is the ideal type of big man a team would want to compete at the highest levels, and that makes him virtually untradeable.

5
Rudy Gobert (Minnesota)

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Guaranteed money left: $169,655,173 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 15.6 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 71.3 FG%
Agent: Bouna Ndiaye

Despite the doubts on his viability in the playoffs, Gobert is still a generational defender who netted the Jazz multiple talented young players and four unprotected future first-round picks.

6
Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento)

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Guaranteed money left: $37,900,000 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 18.9 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 5.2 apg, 57.3 FG%, 31.2 3P%
Agent: Greg Lawrence

Sabonis’s value was thought to be equivalent to the two first-round picks and talented young player the Magic originally received for Nikola Vucevic. The Kings should be able to extract a similar package should they suddenly decide to pivot from him.

7
Jarrett Allen (Cleveland)

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Guaranteed money left: $80,000,000 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 16.1 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 67.7 FG%, 10.0 3P%
Agent: Jim Tanner and Derrick Powell

Allen is now worth way more than the late first-round pick Cleveland gave up to acquire him. If the Cavaliers decide to trade him down the line, they should be able to receive multiple first-round picks for him, especially at his reasonable $20 million annual salary.

8
Deandre Ayton (Phoenix)

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

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Guaranteed money left: $132,929,125 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats:
17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 63.4 FG%, 36.8 3P%
Agent: Bill Duffy and Nima Namakian

Ayton’s trade value should remain high going forward, even after getting the maximum contract he was seeking since the last offseason. He has proven to be one of the most viable centers for the playoffs.

9
Robert Williams (Boston)

Robert Williams fighting for a rebound

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Guaranteed money left: $48,892,860 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 10.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 73.6 FG%
Agent: Kevin Bradbury

Williams’ value is intriguing to gauge. On one hand, he’s been invaluable for the Celtics in their Finals run and will to earn just over the mid-level exception. At the same time, his availability has been poor, and he’s missed time at the worst possible stretches. If he continues to improve and plays in enough games, he could be 20 spots or so higher on this list.

10
Nikola Vucevic (Chicago)

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Guaranteed money left: $22,000,000 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 17.6 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 47.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%
Agent: Bill Duffy

Vucevic had quite the down season, especially from the three-point line, as he struggled to get his shot going with his new team. His value might not ever get to the level of return Chicago originally gave up to get him, but a bounce-back season could get him closer to it.

11
Myles Turner (Indiana)

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Guaranteed money left: $18,000,000 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 12.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 50.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%
Agent: Bill Duffy

Indiana could be open to moving Turner right now if the right offer comes along. A handful of teams like Charlotte, Dallas, Toronto, and the Lakers could use him, which would create a bidding war for him.

12
Jakob Poeltl (San Antonio)

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Guaranteed money left: $9,398,148 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 13.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 61.8 FG%
Agent: Michael Tellem

Poeltl garnered a lot of trade interest during the trade deadline after elevating himself to being one of the league’s better rim protectors. He is due for a raise soon with his contract running out, and it will be interesting to see if the Spurs want to pay him or potentially trade him with a year left on his deal.

13
Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans)

Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans

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Guaranteed money left: $30,135,000 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 17.8 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 54.4 FG%, 36.1 3P%
Agent: Aaron Mintz

Valanciunas is another player the Pelicans acquired who is already worth more than the price they traded to get him, especially now that he’s under team control for another two years. If New Orleans decided to make an upgrade at center, he could be the centerpiece of that trade package along with some draft picks.

14
Clint Capela (Atlanta)

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Guaranteed money left: $62,588,176 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 11.1 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 61.3 FG%
Agent: Darren ‘Mats’ Matsubara

Capela should be much higher on this list should he regain his 2020-21 form. There is no rush to trade him now, but he could be available down the line when Onyeka Okungwu is due for an extension, assuming he develops into a starter.

15
Alperen Sengun (Houston)

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Guaranteed money left: $6,590,040 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 9.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 47.4 FG%, 24.8 3P%
Agent: Sean Kennedy

Sengun will have the keys to the frontcourt now that the Rockets traded Christian Wood. Perhaps this season he will make a leap that gets him closer to bring the lottery-level talent many projected him to be.

16
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland)

Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers

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Guaranteed money left: $70,000,000 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 15.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 53.5 FG%, 26.8 3P%
Agent: Rich Paul

Nurkic is finally more properly paid after being one of the biggest bargain big men the last four years.

17
Bobby Portis (Milwaukee)

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Guaranteed money left: $48,578,208 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 14.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 47.19 FG%, 39.3 3P%
Agent: Mark Bartelstein

Portis fits perfectly for what the Bucks are trying to do on the floor, but it will be interesting to see how his new contract impacts his trade value if they wanted to move on from him.

18
Christian Wood (Dallas)

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Guaranteed money left: $14,317,459 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 17.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 50.1 FG%, 39.0 3P%
Agent: Adam Pensack

Wood is set to play in some of the highest stakes basketball in his career and what will likely be his playoff debut. A successful season with a contender would significantly increase his trade value.

19
Al Horford (Boston)

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Guaranteed money left: $26,500,000 till 2022-23
2021/22 stats: 10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 46.7 FG%, 33.6 3P%
Agent: Jason Glushon

Horford had a renaissance last season reminding fans why teams continue to rely on him in high leverage situations. If he were to become available, there should be plenty of teams interested in the 36-year-old big man.

20
Jonathan Isaac (Orlando)

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Guaranteed money left: $52,000,000 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: -.
Agent: Jeff Wechsler

Isaac hasn’t played in two seasons but still has some trade value considering he was a borderline All-Defensive player when he last played. If he gets consistently healthy and his game continues where he left off, his trade value should skyrocket.

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