NBA Trade Speculation: 10 Players Whose Trade Value Is Plummeting

Matt JonesAnalyst IFebruary 29, 2012

NBA Trade Speculation: 10 Players Whose Trade Value Is Plummeting

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    As the March 15th NBA trade deadline approaches, there are several players whose value to other teams is quickly dropping. 

    Some of these cases are due to injury, some stem from horrible contracts and some simply come from failing to meet expectations. 

    Unless they are thrown into deals that are made for salary related purposes, don't expect there to be many teams burning up the phone lines in an effort to acquire these players. 

Devin Harris, Utah Jazz

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 9.3

    Rebounds: 1.3

    Assists: 4.6

    Field Goal Percentage: 46.7%

    Minutes: 25.8 

    Devin Harris was on the move last season when he was traded to the Utah Jazz, but he will not be traded this year. 

    Harris has hit a rough patch since coming to Utah, battling inconsistencies all season long. 

    He was rumored to be on the trading block earlier this year, but the Jazz have had a hard time finding any takers. 

    Even teams who are in need of an upgrade at the point guard position have not shown much interest in Harris, who has another season left on his contract.

Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 7.8

    Rebounds: 5.5

    Assists: 4.4

    Field Goal Percentage: 41.7%

    Minutes: 28.3

    Boris Diaw was once considered a promising player in the NBA—one the Charlotte Bobcats thought they could build around. 

    Unfortunately, Diaw has been wildly inconsistent and seems to lack passion for the game. 

    Diaw was placed on the trading block earlier this season by the Bobcats, but there have been very few interested teams. 

    One would think that in a contract year Diaw would work to stay in shape so that he could land another contract and extend his career, but that has not been the case. 

    At this point, his only real value comes in the $9 million expiring salary that a team could use to dump at the end of the season. 

Lamar Odom, Dallas Mavericks

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 7.7

    Rebounds: 4.5

    Assists: 1.7

    Field Goal Percentage: 35.7%

    Minutes: 21.4

    Lamar Odom has had a difficult season this year after he was unceremoniously traded away from the Los Angeles Lakers.

    In addition to being a part of the failed attempt to bring Chris Paul the Lakers, and later being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Odom has dealt with significant off-court issues that have affected his play. 

    The Mavericks seem to be committed to Odom and understanding of his situation. 

    Team owner Mark Cuban recently refuted rumors of a possible midseason buyout of Odom's contract when he told ESPN via email:

     "We haven't discussed a buyout and we wouldn't do a buyout. No chance that happens at all. We want to help Lamar work through any personal issues and expect him to be a valuable contributor to the Mavs this season.

    "Players go through challenges from time to time, and we try to be (an) organization that fully supports our players when things are challenging for them. We will do the same for Lamar."

    It has been difficult to watch the reigning Sixth Man of the Year go from the leader of the Lakers bench to dealing with rumors of the end of his career. 

    Hopefully Odom can get his off-court challenges in order soon so that he can make a strong return to the Mavericks.

Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta Hawks

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 4.9

    Rebounds: 1.7

    Assists: 2.6

    Field Goal Percentage: 33.7%

    Minutes: 19.9

    Kirk Hinrich may be a player who is added into a trade to match salaries, but he is not a highly sought-after guard. 

    He does have an attractive $8 million salary that will expire at the end of the season, but his play on the court is not adding to his value. 

    Hinrich has played in only 16 games this season due to injury and has been demoted to a bench role behind Jeff Teague. 

    He is averaging 4.9 points and 2.6 assist per game, which are considerably below his career averages. 

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 11.5

    Rebounds: 3.7

    Assists: 4.5

    Field Goal Percentage: 40.7%

    Minutes: 30.9

    When comparing his on-court production to the salary that he is making, Hedo Turkoglu is one of the worst values in the NBA. 

    Between this year and next, Turkoglu will make $22 million and has a third season player option for about $12 million more.  

    There is actually a good chance the he is traded before the trade deadline this season, but it is not because he is the player that other teams are targeting in a deal. 

    The Orlando Magic are going to do all they can to package Turkoglu and his bad contract with Dwight Howard, who is the prized trade target of several teams this season. 

    If the Magic can dump this salary, it will help to ease the sting of trading away a superstar and give them more flexibility in building a team for the future. 

Raymond Felton, Portland Trail Blazers

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 10.2

    Rebounds: 2.2

    Assists: 6.2

    Field Goal Percentage: 37.6%

    Minutes: 32.1

    Signing Raymond Felton has not worked out the way it Portland planned, as the former starting point guard has fallen out of favor with the Trail Blazers.

    Felton has been linked to a possible trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that is unlikely.

    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has said that the team will likely stay the same as it is through the end of the season.

    Even though the Lakers and other teams around the league need a point guard, Felton is not the answer, as he has allowed himself to get out of shape and struggled shooting the ball all season long.  

    He does have a $7.5 million contract that will expire at the end of the season, but there are better players than Felton that teams can acquire if they want to rent a player before they dump their salary. 

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 17.5

    Rebound: 8

    Assists: 1.3

    Field Goal Percentage: 44.7

    Minutes: 33.8

    Despite being one of the top players in the league over the last several years, it would be extremely difficult to trade Amar'e Stoudemire. 

    In addition to his numbers being down, there is no way that most teams in the league can afford to pay the approximately $83 million left on his contract over the next several years.

    With that contract and a history of knee problems, the Knicks are committed to Amar'e for the long term, as other NBA teams will not be willing to give up an equal value for him.

    His stock is not dropping as much due to his production, but more for the injury risk that he presents and for his extremely high contract.  

Stephen Jackson, Milwaukee Bucks

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 10.5

    Rebounds: 3.2

    Assists: 3.0

    Field Goal Percentage: 35.7%

    Minutes: 27.4

    Stephen Jackson's struggles both on and off the court have cost him his starting job in Milwaukee. 

    The 33-year-old Jackson has another year remaining on his contract at $10 million, which is too high a price to get much attention from other teams. 

    The only way that Jackson gets traded away from the Bucks is if a team like the New Jersey Nets or the Orlando Magic make an attempt to please Dwight Howard and pair the two together. 

    Jackson has stated that he would like to play in Orlando with Howard, but his being traded to the Magic is highly unlikely given how much his value has dropped in Milwaukee.   

Andray Blatche, Washington Wizards

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 10.3

    Rebounds: 7.1

    Assists: 1.2

    Field Goal Percentage: 38.0% 

    Minutes: 28.5

    After a promising season last year, when he posted career highs in scoring and rebounding, Andray Blatche has played his way to having very little trade value this year. 

    Even before he got injured, Blatche played himself into a bench role for the lowly Wizards. 

    Washington is trying to find a team that will trade for Blatche, who carries with him the reputation of having a bad attitude and a less than stellar work ethic. 

    It will be very difficult for the Wizards to find a trade partner willing to take the big forward who is owed $23 million after this season. 

    Unfortunately for Blatche, he may be a good candidate for the amnesty clause during the offseason. 

Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 13.5

    Rebounds: 8.3

    Assists: 2.6

    Field Goal Percentage: 44.9%

    Minutes: 30.3

    According to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, the Milwaukee Bucks are open to trade offers for center Andrew Bogut. 

    Bogut's career has been frustrating to this point, as he has continually battled injuries and is currently missing most of this season with a fractured ankle. 

    The Aussie is set to make about $27 million over the next two seasons and will be difficult to move. 

    Teams who may be interested in the top pick of the 2005 draft must take his injury history into consideration when looking to trade for Bogut. 

    At the start of the season, his value was much higher, and it would have been easier for the Bucks to trade for other players that would help keep Brandon Jennings around for the long term. 

    After his most recent injury, Bogut's has firmly established a reputation of not being able to stay on the court for extended periods of time.