7 NBA Players Most Likely to Be Dealt Before the Trade Deadline

Ethan NorofCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2012

7 NBA Players Most Likely to Be Dealt Before the Trade Deadline

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    There are going to be a lot of trade rumors between now and the March 15th NBA trade deadline, and fans will be forced to separate fact from fiction.

    With the vast amount of Internet discussion about possible trade proposals, teams looking to make a strong playoff push in the second half of the season will be in the market to see what could potentially be added to the fold.

    It will be very interesting to see who winds up getting dealt, but these seven players are all guys who could certainly find greener pastures elsewhere.

Ramon Sessions

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    Ramon Sessions' name will continue to surface in rumors until he's dealt somewhere, and he seems to be destined to play elsewhere by the end of the season.

    The Cavs would be foolish to retain him and let him walk after the season for nothing, when several teams would be willing to give up something in exchange for his services right now.

    With the large number of teams in this league that need a point guard plus the fact that he makes less than $5 million this season, Sessions is a highly appealing option.

Raymond Felton

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    The Raymond Felton experiment hasn't worked out as well as some had hoped when the team initially acquired him before the season.

    The Trail Blazers have sent him to the bench in favor of Jamal Crawford, and the point guard is clearly disgruntled with his diminishing role.

    Like Ramon Sessions, Felton could interest a number of teams looking for a short-term solution at point guard, and it certainly helps that his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Stephen Jackson

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    The Bucks would probably be willing to part with Stephen Jackson for very little in return, and there is just no way the veteran's future is in Milwaukee under Scott Skiles.

    The two have never seen eye-to-eye since Jackson arrived, and he's been relegated to a bench role for the majority of the season.

    It would be seriously surprising if the team keeps Jackson in the fold beyond the trade deadline, as this is a situation that could turn into a bigger distraction than it already is.

Michael Beasley

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    Michael Beasley will be a restricted free agent in the offseason, and it's become very clear that his future is not with the Timberwolves.

    Despite being the second overall selection behind Derrick Rose, Beasley hasn't blossomed the way so many expected him to, and there have been rumblings that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in acquiring him.

    There will be more than just the Lakers in the hunt for Beasley's services, but it shouldn't take a huge bounty in return to lure him out of Minnesota.

Kirk Hinrich

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    Kirk Hinrich's expiring contract makes him a natural candidate to be dealt, and since his return, the veteran has taken playing time away from Jeff Teague.

    The Hawks would be wise to move Hinrich for future assets that can help the team long term, as it's highly unlikely that the club will push to re-sign Hinrich in the offseason.

    He could appeal to a number of teams looking to add a veteran presence in the backcourt, and the fact that his deal comes off the books after the season makes it a low-risk gamble for interested parties.

Rajon Rondo

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    Rajon Rondo's name has swirled in rumors since before Chris Paul was traded to Los Angeles, and it hasn't slowed down this season.

    There appears to be some very serious hesitancy in Boston rebuilding around Rondo, and if the team can land an impact player in exchange for him, the Celtics would likely entertain the proposal with a careful eye.

    The Los Angeles Lakers would love to trade for a player like Rondo, and Danny Ainge will have to make a decision about whether or not Rondo is a piece to build around for the future.

Dwight Howard

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    If the Orlando Magic choose not to trade Dwight Howard before the deadline, it will be a mistake that the team lives with for a very long time.

    Howard has given every indication that he's planning to sign a long-term deal elsewhere, and despite leaving the door open for a potential return, it's hard to believe he'll re-sign with the Magic, considering that his request to be traded remains on the table.

    There is heavy speculation swirling that the Nets are the front-runner for Howard at this time, and it would be shocking if he's in an Orlando uniform beyond March 15th.