Top 5 NBA Centers Available This Summer

The NBA is packed with top-tier centers, but getting a solid second-tier center this summer could be surprisingly cheap.

"Atlanta, sources said, continues to pursue deals for veteran center Clint Capela, who’s entering the final year of a contract that still owes the 30-year-old rim protector $22 million,” tweeted Zach Langley. “Atlanta will listen at No. 1, but the Hawks appear intent on holding firm.”

Nikola Jokic snagged his third MVP in four years, Joel Embiid was scoring like crazy before he got hurt , and Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren were top rookies. While these stars are untouchable, there are still plenty of good centers potentially up for grabs soon.

Potential Trade Targets:

Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
At 36, Brook Lopez is still a defensive beast. He tied for second in blocked shots per game and contested nearly half of opponents’ shots at the rim—the best in the league! The Bucks might trade him even though he’s great at both defense and shooting threes (148 made last season). Any team would benefit from having him.

Clint Capela (Atlanta Hawks)
With Onyeka Okongwu ready to step up and Atlanta’s No. 1 pick possibly being a center too, Capela might be on his way out. He’s not versatile but excels at what he does: protecting the rim and grabbing rebounds—especially offensive ones. He doesn’t shoot far from the basket but is excellent at converting second chances.

Fans might think trading these players could shake things up!

Walker Kessler (Utah Jazz)
Kessler had a rough sophomore year after finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting previously. Utah’s roster changes didn’t help either. Despite this, he’s still an amazing shot-blocker with an average of 2.4 blocks per game in limited minutes. A new environment might just be what Kessler needs to thrive again.

Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks)
Robinson remains a strong defender but may become expendable due to Isaiah Hartenstein’s free agency status this summer. His contract isn’t too heavy—just over $27M for two more seasons—and drops under $13M by 2025-26. For teams needing defense without breaking the bank, Robinson is worth considering despite recent injuries.

Isaiah Stewart (Detroit Pistons)
Drafted in 2021 by Troy Weaver (who has since left), Stewart now faces competition from Jalen Duren and James Wiseman plus possibly another center drafted soon! Though likely destined as a backup big man wherever he goes next due to improved three-point shooting skills (38% last season), Stewart’s $45M over three years ($15M option fourth year) might seem steep—but remember he’s only 23 with potential growth ahead!

What do you think about these possible trades?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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