Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during the first half of a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 31, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images


  • Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson are expected to lead the field in buyout candidates
  • Three-and-D players like Justin Holiday, Will Barton and Terrence Ross could also be available
  • Frank Kaminsky may be a name that floats for teams in need of a center

The NBA landscape has changed drastically following one of the biggest trade deadlines in recent memory and title hopefuls are looking to improve their depth in the buyout market.

Below are a few names likely headed to negotiate a buyout with their new teams.

Russell Westbrook

The Los Angeles Lakers turned over a big chunk of their roster to bring themselves closer to playoff contention and Russell Westbrook was one of the casualties as part of a three-team deal that sent him to the Utah Jazz.

While him playing out the rest of the season in a Jazz uniform is definitely possible, there is still a big chance that he speaks with the organization to negotiate a buyout and link up with a title-contending team.

With averages of 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.5 assists and one steal per game plus a dynamic motor powering him on, "Mr. Triple Double" would be a more than worthy addition to a team's bench mob.

Should a buyout materialize, look for teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks to take a flier on him.

Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers
Injured Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers cheers on his team during their game Golden State Warriors in the first half at Chase Center on April 07, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Justin Holiday

One of three Holiday brothers in the NBA, Justin Holiday finds himself on the Houston Rockets alongside Frank Kaminsky after they were traded by the Atlanta Hawks ahead of the trade deadline.

A three-and-D wing that flows great in any offense while providing strong defense in one-on-one situations, the former Indiana Pacer has a lot of potential as a swingman off the bench and it should be noted that guys like him are highly coveted in the NBA today.

It would not be surprising, therefore, to see him be courted by teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers in the coming days.

Justin Holiday #8 of the Indiana Pacers gives directions to Aaron Holiday #3 and Domantas Sabonis #11
Justin Holiday #8 of the Indiana Pacers gives directions to Aaron Holiday #3 and Domantas Sabonis #11 Getty Images | Tim Nwachukwu

Will Barton

Another 3-and-D wing, Will Barton made the 3-and-D position his own during the height of his popularity as a member of the Denver Nuggets after spending eight seasons with them.

Currently, Barton is on the Washington Wizards who are outside the play-in picture with a record of 25-29–virtually tied with the Toronto Raptors and just a half-game behind the Chicago Bulls.

The former Sixth Man of the Year contender is no longer the defensive monster that he was due to multiple injuries throughout his career, but his resume is more than enough to carry him to another franchise in desperate need of a wing if he comes to a buyout with the Wizards.

 Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot over Donatas Motiejunas #28 of the San Antonio Spurs
Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot over Donatas Motiejunas #28 of the San Antonio Spurs Getty Images | Matthew Stockman

Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Charlotte Clippers for Mason Plumlee, but it does not mean that his value should be seen as any less after the move.

There is little chance that Jackson plays out the rest of the season for the Hornets as they already have Dennis Smith Jr. and Theo Maledon backing up LaMelo Ball at one point.

Sources report he is already working on a buyout.

Much like Westbrook, teams in dire need of a combo guard are expected to bring in Jackson with franchises like the Knicks, Bulls and Phoenix Suns.

Reggie Jackson
#1 Reggie Jackson of the Los Angeles Clippers following his game-winner against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 3, 2022. House of Highlights/YouTube Screenshot

Terrence Ross

Again another 3-and-D wing, the Orlando Magic's Terrence Ross is in the midst of a career slump after only logging eight points, two boards and 1.3 assists on 43.1% shooting from the field and 38.1 from beyond-the-arc.

Despite those numbers, Ross is still set to be a valuable piece to any NBA title contender because of his ability to shoot the ball from the bench while providing wing defense.

Be it due to the arrival of super rookie Paolo Banchero and a dearth of young talent, Ross' best course of option may be to ask for a buyout and take his talents to a playoff-bound franchise.

Teams expected to go after Ross are the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Suns.

The New Orleans Pelicans could get a big lift from Terrence Ross if they can strike a deal with the Orlando Magic. Pictured: Terrence Ross #31 of the Orlando Magic gets fouled by T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers won 116-115. Getty Images/Drew Hallowell

Frank Kaminsky

As previously mentioned, Frank Kaminsky is currently with the Houston Rockets with Justin Holiday after being dealt by the Atlanta Hawks and is a prime candidate for bench depth on playoff-bound teams as well.

The former Wisconsin Badger is a decent center that can help clog up the lane and cover for those ahead of him on the depth chart while being perfectly capable of swatting away shots with his long reach.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings all could use his presence.

Frank Kaminsky
Frank Kaminsky as a member of the Phoenix Suns. 12 News/YouTube Screenshot