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NBA Trade Speculation: 10 Players Whose Trade Values Are Soaring

Matt JonesAnalyst IMarch 1, 2012

NBA Trade Speculation: 10 Players Whose Trade Values Are Soaring

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    As the March 15 trade deadline approaches, here are 10 players whose trade values are high and could realistically be moved. 

    There are many great players in the league who have high trade values, but most of them are not going anywhere. 

    This list is comprised of players who have already either been linked to trade rumors or are playing on a team that would be willing to part with them to improve its roster. 

Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 15.7

    Rebounds: 9.1

    Assists: 2.1

    Field-Goal Percentage: 49.6%

    Minutes: 31.1

    While there have not been any specific trade rumors involving forward Paul Millsap, he is in a tough situation with the Utah Jazz. 

    With nine games left before the trade deadline, Utah needs to decide whether it will stick with Millsap and Al Jefferson or give more playing time to Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. 

    The Jazz have several good frontcourt players but desperately need a point guard who can lead the team and run the offense. 

    Of the players currently on the roster, Millsap has the most value due to his strong work ethic, rebounding skills and the toughness he brings to the floor every night. 

    Millsap is owed only $7.2 million next season and would be a great deadline pickup for a team looking for help in the middle.

Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 17.0

    Rebounds: 10.6

    Assists: 3.1

    Field-Goal Percentage: 50.2%

    Minutes: 37.1

    It seems like a new Pau Gasol trade rumor comes out every day. 

    So far this season, Gasol has been linked to trades with many teams in the league looking to make a deal and add the Lakers star. 

    Gasol has been connected to the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and, most recently, the Houston Rockets in a deal for Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola. 

    Clearly, the Los Angeles Lakers have no problem trying to move Gasol while his value to other teams is still high. 

    The Spaniard star has been a key part of the team's championship runs over the last few seasons and has plenty to offer a new team in need of a big man. 

Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 20.7

    Rebounds: 4.0

    Assists: 1.0

    Field-Goal Percentage: 51.0

    Minutes: 28.7

    Despite missing most of this season with a foot injury, Brook Lopez has already shown that he still has high trade value. 

    In just his third game back from the injury this season, Lopez scored 38 points against the Dallas Mavericks. 

    That performance alone has made the young center a more valuable piece in a possible trade package to to acquire Dwight Howard

    If Lopez can continue to perform at a high level in the games leading up to the trade deadline, the New Jersey Nets may have enough to pull off a trade for the Magic center. 

Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 15.9

    Rebounds: 5.2

    Assists: 7.5

    Field-Goal Percentage: 42.4 

    Minutes: 35.5

    Kyle Lowry is quietly enjoying the best season of his career with the Houston Rockets and is increasing his value to opposing teams around the league. 

    Lowry has been linked to reports of a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, who desperately need a point guard to help Kobe Bryant and run the offense. 

    Already a good defender and solid playmaker, Lowry has improved his outside shooting this season to become a real offensive weapon.

    Lowry would make a great addition to the Lakers, or any other team in need of a player at the point guard position. 

Chris Kaman, New Orleans Hornets

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 11.8

    Rebounds: 7.7 

    Assists: 1.8

    Field-Goal Percentage: 41.3

    Minutes: 26.8

    There is always a need for a quality center in the NBA, and Chris Kaman can be that player for many teams around the league. 

    After being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, the seven-foot center could once again be on the move. 

    The Hornets are a team that needs to acquire as many assets as possible. Trading Kaman would be a much smarter move than let him walk away for nothing.

    Not only does the 29-year-old Kaman play well in the middle, he also carries with him a $14 million expiring contract that will be attractive to teams looking to decrease salary. 

    Reports have most recently linked Kaman to the Miami Heat

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 19.9

    Rebounds: 15.3

    Assists: 2.1

    Field-Goal Percentage: 55.4

    Minutes: 38.3

    Dwight Howard has been the top trade target on several team's wish list all season long. 

    The rumor mill for the Orlando Magic center heats up on a daily basis, so much so that it's hard to keep up with all of the speculation coming out. 

    Some of the best options for Howard include two of his preferred destinations in the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, but the Golden State Warriors aren't giving up on putting together a package for the star center. 

    Howard is the reigning three-time Defensive Player of the Year and is leading the league in rebounds per game while averaging the highest per game rebounding total of his career.

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 14.1

    Rebounds: 4.8

    Assists: 9.6

    Field-Goal Percentage: 47.4

    Minutes: 36.7

    It is time for Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge to make some moves to improve this team. 

    Point guard Rajon Rondo is the most logical choice to be sent packing and easily has the most trade value next to the aging stars on the Celtics roster. 

    Rondo has already been linked to trade rumors for Pau Gasol this season, and new report from ESPN's Chris Broussard now indicates that the Celtics are aggressively shopping Rondo to teams around the league. 

    Despite the trade rumors, Rondo continues to play well and recently recorded his third triple-double of the season in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    It may be tough for the Celtics to give up Rondo, but it's a move that makes sense for the future of the franchise, especially if they can get a power forward or center of equal value in return. 

Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 12.8

    Rebounds: 5.3

    Assists: 1.0

    Field-Goal Percentage: 44.0

    Minutes: 25.8

    Even though he has battled injuries and had to come off the bench in Minnesota this season, Michael Beasley remains a player whose trade value is on the rise. 

    He recently scored 27 points in a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers and has performed admirably as a role player for the Timberwolves.

    Although a recent trade proposal involving Beasley was rejected by the Los Angeles Lakers, there will be other plenty of other teams interested in the athletic fourth-year player.

    Beasley has a manageable contract and will generate a lot of interest around the league as the trade deadline approaches.

Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets

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    2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 21.9

    Rebounds: 3.5

    Assists: 8.3

    Field-Goal Percentage: 40.8

    Minutes: 37.3

    Unless the New Jersey Nets find a way to acquire Dwight Howard from the the Orlando Magic, Deron Williams will not be with the team next season. 

    Williams was traded from the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline last year amid fears that the All-Star point guard would not re-sign for the long term, and the team would be left with nothing. 

    The Nets are now in that same spot and could lose out on their star point guard along with Howard. 

    Williams recently told Hoopsworld.com that, “My priority is winning a championship, I don’t know where I’m going to be next season, and I have to be ready to take my game to the next level, wherever I am.”

    This same report indicated that Williams likes to play in Dallas, and he would be a good fit there. The Mavericks are better suited to add Williams as a free agent, but there's an outside chance they get desperate and acquire him through trade. 

    Deron's All-Star play has been the lone bright spot on a struggling Nets team this season. 

Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors

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     2011-2012 Per Game Statistics

    Points: 22.2

    Rebounds: 3.5

    Assists: 5.7

    Field-Goal Percentage: 43.1

    Minutes: 37.2

    The leading scorer for the Golden State Warriors has been connected to trades with the Orlando Magic in a couple of ways this season. 

    The first was an attempt to complete a trade that would bring Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Golden State and hope against hope that he would re-sign there. 

    Howard would be a great addition to the Warriors and would help head coach Mark Jackson's efforts to improve the team's defense.

    The second way he has been linked to trades still involves the Orlando Magic, but it doesn't involve Dwight Howard. 

    The Magic are rumored to be looking to bring Ellis to Orlando to play alongside Dwight Howard in hopes that he would be enough to convince Howard to stay with the team.

    Regardless of whether he ends up in Orlando or with another team, Monta's top-tier scoring ability gives him a very high trade value. 

    The Golden State Warriors need a big defensive player, and Ellis is the best thing they can offer in a trade for one. 

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