Nikola Jokic (Denver)
Jokic earned a second consecutive MVP last season after leading a depleted Nuggets roster to 48 wins. Expectations were high for the Nuggets with the returns of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., and they’re already off to a good start with the league’s fourth-best offense.
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
Guaranteed money left: $243,728,770 till 2026-27
The two-time MVP runner-up has so much equity in Philadelphia, they probably still wouldn’t consider trading him even if some of his previous injuries start resurfacing into something long-term.
Anthony Davis (LA Lakers)
Guaranteed money left: $121,800,240 till 2024-25
Agent: Rich Paul
It’s possible we find out what his actual trade value if the Lakers’ season continues to go nowhere. He’s playing great right now, though.
Rudy Gobert (Minnesota)
Guaranteed money left: $169,655,173 till 2025-26
Agent: Bouna Ndiaye
The Wolves are off to a rough start and could be in serious trouble if they don’t turn things around soon. 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.
Bam Adebayo (Miami)
Guaranteed money left: $134,896,800 till 2025-26
Agent: Alex Saratsis
He’s a super impactful defender already, but if he can make the next step offensively and become a higher usage scorer that would increase his value significantly.
Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento)
Jarrett Allen (Cleveland)
Allen is now worth way more than the late first-round pick Cleveland gave up to acquire him. The one-time All-Star and Evan Mobley are the foundation for the league’s No. 4 defense despite going smaller after acquiring Donovan Mitchell.
Deandre Ayton (Phoenix)
Jakob Poeltl (San Antonio)
Poeltl garnered a lot of trade interest in last year’s 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.
Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City)
Guaranteed money left: $20,277,240 till 2023-24
Agent: Bill Duffy
Holmgren is out for the season with a foot injury but his value should remain high over the next few seasons despite any skepticism about his length and durability.
Myles Turner (Indiana)
Guaranteed money left: $18,000,000 till 2022-23
Agent: Bill Duffy
Indiana could be open to moving Turner right now if the right offer comes along. The eight-year veteran is off to what could be a career season with highs in scoring, efficiency, rebounds and blocks.
Alperen Sengun (Houston)
Guaranteed money left: $6,911,640 till 2023-24
Agent: Sean Kennedy
Sengun is a jack-of-all-trades big man on offense with his ability to pass and score efficiently in the paint. He has a lot of work to improve defensively but he’s already a great rebounder and one of the best offensive rebounders in the league.
Kristaps Porzingis (Washington)
Guaranteed money left: $69,849,600 till 2023-24
Agent: Janis Porzingis
Porzingis is off to a strong start to the season despite his numbers looking more or less the same as in previous years. He’s been arguably Washington’s most impactful player since he opens up their spacing and defensively is disruptive in the paint.
Robert Williams (Boston)
Guaranteed money left: $48,892,860 till 2025-26
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.
Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans)
Valanciunas is one of the league’s best rebounders and scorers at the rim. His long-term fit next to Zion projects to be great but could also be the centerpiece of a consolidation trade along with their surplus of draft picks.
Nikola Vucevic (Chicago)
Vucevic had quite the down season last year, 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.
Clint Capela (Atlanta)
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland)
Guaranteed money left: $70,000,000 till 2025-26
Agent: Rich Paul
Christian Wood (Dallas)
Guaranteed money left: $14,317,459 till 2022-23
Agent: Adam Pensack