NBA Trade Speculation: Every NBA Team's Most Tradable Asset
Beware the 'Ides of March'.
In other words, watch out for the NBA trade deadline that's slowly creeping up on us. It's set for March 15th, which leaves NBA teams a little more than two weeks to prepare a deal that's either going to make or break the rest of their 2011-12 season, playoff hopes and future prospects.
Dwight Howard is obviously at the center of these trade rumors despite the Orlando Magic organization being adamant about keeping the All-Star. Despite several requests to be dealt, his team doesn't seem ready to relinquish him and could still re-sign him over the summer when he becomes a free agent.
Other big name players possibly on the move include Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Michael Beasley.
Included in this piece is each NBA team's most tradable player. By most tradable, we mean which player is the most likely to get traded as well as who's going to reap the most rewards for their former team if they do depart.
Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith
Always at the center of trade rumors, Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith may very well become trade bait if the organization is looking to find a capable offensive threat to pair with Joe Johnson.
Smith is averaging a solid 16 points per game this season, but it's still believed that he's capable of so much more. He's still taking too many jump shots, hitting only 29 percent of his three-pointers, and isn't utilizing his athleticism on the offensive end.
Even with the shortcomings on offense, Smith has done a great job at keeping the defense around the rim modest since the injury to Al Horford. The injury to the Hawks starting center left a huge hole in the middle and Smith has risen to the occasion, averaging a career high ten boards and his usual average of two blocks per game/
It may be the wrong time for the Hawks to trade a frontcourt member of as valuable as Smith, but the 26 year old has been up for grabs for a few years now. Atlanta was trying to trade him as early as last summer.
Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo
Two years ago, the Boston Celtics trading away Rajon Rondo would have sounded like the most insane thing the organization could have done.
Today, it doesn't sound like that bad of an idea. Yes, Rondo is a world class point guard and is arguably the best facilitator and defender at this position, but is it really worth it when you take his immaturity into account?
A few months ago, it was reported that Rondo had lost his temper during a Celtics film session in the middle of the team's series against the Miami Heat in the playoffs. After receiving some flack by an assistant coach, Rondo reportedly took a water bottle and threw it through the video screen that they were watching.
Rondo was also recently suspended two games for throwing a basketball at a referee.
The Celtics are looking for some young talent to replace the likes of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. With Rondo being the only valuable trade chip left in Boston, the Celtics may continue exploring routes involving their All-Star point guard.
Charlotte Bobcats: Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas does not get the credit he deserves—as a draft bust that is.
It was bad enough that the Chicago Bulls traded LaMarcus Aldridge to get him, but the fact that he's on the Charlotte Bobcats now and still can't perform is just as disturbing. The Bobcats have absolutely no offensive weapons outside of rookie Kemba Walker, yet Thomas can't get into any sort of rhythm.
The former No. 4 pick is currently averaging six points on 35 percent shooting to go along with five boards and two blocks per game.
The Bobcats need all the help they can get. They've lost 28 of the first 32 games this season, will be lucky to break 10 wins and clearly wasted a first round pick on Bismack Biyombo.
If it wasn't for Walker, the Bobcats would have absolutely no future to look forward to.
Thomas may not be much of a scorer, but he's a decent defender, rebounder and shot blocker that many teams could use.
Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer has been a wee bit disappointing in his tenure with the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls were fooled by the facade of Boozer being a productive player in Utah when he was paired up with Deron Williams. Now that he's not playing alongside a pass first point guard, Boozer's role has diminished and he's in the middle of one of the worst statistical seasons of his career.
Currently, Boozer is averaging 16 points on 54 percent shooting to go along with only eight boards and two assists per game. The scoring output is his lowest since his second year in the league and his rebounding is as low as it has been since his rookie season with Cleveland.
Boozer is playing well, but not well enough to vault the Bulls over the Miami Heat in the race to the NBA Finals. With Chicago having another power forward like Taj Gibson coming off the bench, Boozer's significance has been brought into question. We have seen the Bulls favor Gibson over Boozer in the fourth quarter quite a few times over the past two years.
The Bulls could use another scorer alongside Derrick Rose as proven by last year's Conference Finals. Trading Boozer and obtaining a spark or two to come off the bench may just be the best bet for this ball club.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Ramon Sessions
Having his name brought up in trade rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ramon Sessions has suddenly become the object of desire to a few teams needing a reliable point guard.
The Lakers and Hawks could both desperately use a point guard like Sessions. The Hawks would like a backup to Jeff Teague, and the Lakers would love a starter to replace the decrepit Derek Fisher. The Lakers have had their names associated with Sessions for months and they may just pick him up if they make the right offer.
Sessions has been one of the league's most underrated floor generals since being drafted in 2007 as a second round pick. He's coming off a career-best season where he averaged 13 points on 47 percent shooting to go along with five assists per game. He's suffered a slight regression this season, averaging only 10 points on 38 percent shooting.
With the Cavs going in a great direction with Kyrie Irving and having no thoughts of giving up Daniel Gibson, Sessions may be the one to go if a team is ready to strike a deal with Cleveland.
Dallas Mavericks: Lamar Odom
One of the most depressing sights in this shortened NBA season has been seeing Lamar Odom in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.
Yes, the Dallas Mavericks are playing great as of late, but have you seen Odom? He looks absolutely miserable and it shows in his statistics. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is currently averaging a career low eight points per game on a dismal 36 percent shooting from the field. He's also converting only 26 percent of his three-pointers, and chipping in only five rebounds and two assists per contest.
All of those numbers are career lows, as is the 21 minutes per game he's averaging. The Mavericks would certainly give Odom more minutes if he was actually performing, but to be honest, he's getting the minutes that he deserves.
Odom certainly is the most valuable trade asset for the Mavericks since he's only signed for the year, but a buyout seems more likely by this point.
Denver Nuggets: Corey Brewer
The Denver Nuggets are so stacked on quality bench players that they can't even hand out enough minutes for quality players.
Corey Brewer has been lucky enough to earn 21 minutes per game. The sixth-year forward out of the University of Florida is currently averaging a quiet ten points and three rebounds coming off the bench in his first year with Denver. It's certainly a surprise to see those numbers when you consider the career that Brewer has had.
For one, he's a draft bust. Even if he is playing stellar off the bench this year, he definitely wasn't worth the seventh pick that the Minnesota Timberwolves used on him in 2007. He's averaged over ten points per game only one other time in his career and he's never been a good rebounder for his size.
This has been a breakout season for Brewer, but he's expendable on a team as deep as Denver. Al Harrington, Danilo Gallinari and Rudy Fernandez already take up a lot of time at the three and four, and if Wilson Chandler comes back, the forward sports will become even more congested.
Detroit Pistons: Rodney Stuckey
Rodney Stuckey is an interesting case.
He's stuck between being a point guard and a shooting guard and the Detroit Pistons have had no idea how to utilize him. They've been using him at the two for the majority of the year, but aren't getting as much production as they might have hoped.
The fifth-year guard is averaging 14 points, four assists and three rebounds per game, which is disappointing when you consider that Stuckey was averaging 17 points per game only two years ago. Of course, he was also receiving four more minutes per game than he was this season, as the Pistons now possess a pure point guard in rookie Brandon Knight.
The Pistons are a team looking for an identity. They lost one when they traded away Chauncey Billups and they're still looking. Unfortunately for Stuckey, he's not going to be the one to find it, and that may end up in his eventual departure. The team could benefit from a quality scorer that can help stretch the floor.
Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis
Even though Stephen Curry has been injured a large portion of the season and the Warriors have no reliability off the bench, shooting guard Monta Ellis finds himself averaging his lowest amount of points in three years.
After consecutive seasons where he averaged 26 and 24 points per respectively, Ellis is now averaging only 22 points per game on 43 percent from the field and an awful 30 percent from deep. This comes from a player who appeared to get the whole three-point shooting thing down after converting on two three-pointers per game at a 36 percent clip last season.
Ellis is now barely making over a three per game.
However, Monta is averaging a career high six assists per to go along with four boards. That's not all that bad until you realize that he's been the primary ballhandler with Curry out.
Ellis has been brought up in trade talks before, and the Warriors are only a few bench players and quality defenders away from being a legitimate Western Conference threat. They've announced many times that they have no intention of letting go of Curry, which means that the shooting guard would be the one to go if the Dubs make a blockbuster deal.
Houston Rockets: Kevin Martin
Another star player who has been at the center of trade rumors, Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin could be the next big name player to be on the move.
Martin was traded to the New Orleans Hornets prior to the start of the season, but was quickly sent back to Houston after commissioner David Stern shot down the deal that also sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The former Sacramento King has become widely known around the league as one of the game's top pure scorers. Martin is a deadly jump shooter with range beyond the three-point line, but can sometimes become too dependent on it instead of relying on his driving and slashing ability.
Martin is in the middle of a down season. After averaging better than 21 points per game for the past two years, he is now averaging only 18 points per game on 42 percent shooting. He's converting on two three-pointers per game at a 36 percent clip to go along with a disappointing three boards and three assists per game.
The Rockets are looking for some defensive help at the two and three as well as an All-Star who can put this team over the top.
Indiana Pacers: A.J. Price
There aren't many players on the Indiana Pacers that can be traded away since most of the team's roster pieces have a set role to play.
If the team were to get rid of anyone, however, it would be backup point guard A.J. Price. The third year guard is shooting below 40 percent for the second consecutive season and is putting up a mere five points, two boards and two assists per game in only 12 minutes per game.
His minutes are the lowest of his career after averaging 16 minutes per game in his first two seasons. It seems that the sudden emergence of Paul George and the improved play of Daren Collison has sent Price to an eternal spot on the bench. Price simply isn't fitting in even though he has plenty of potential.
Price hasn't shown much in three years, but he has proven to have a deadly jumper within the perimeter. Outside of the arc, he has shot 35 percent or lower in all three of his NBA seasons.
The Pacers haven't shown much of a need for him this year and some team that needs a backup point guard or any sort of depth could put Price to good use.
Los Angeles Clippers: Mo Williams
The Los Angeles Clippers have too many point guards.
In fact, they were so stacked on point guards that they had to start one at shooting guard. That player happened to be Chauncey Billups, who will unfortunately be out for the rest of the season to mend a torn Achilles tendon.
Even without Billups, the Clippers are overloaded on floor generals. Chris Paul, Mo Williams, Randy Foye and Eric Bledsoe are all capable of handling the ball when on the floor.
Paul is too valuable, and Bledsoe and Foye have upside as young players, leaving us with Mo Williams. The ten-year veteran is having a solid season averaging 13 points on 43 percent shooting, converting 38 percent of his three-pointers, while dishing out three assists and grabbing two boards per game.
Williams has become a large part of the offense for this team, but there isn't a better time to trade him than now. The Clippers have absolutely no consistent scoring off the bench at the four and five and are overloaded with talent at the one, two and three. Trading Williams away for a big who can score would make this Clippers team even more dangerous.
Los Angeles Lakers: Pau Gasol/Andrew Bynum
Why pick one of them? Each one of them could very well be traded any second now.
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum have played huge roles on the Los Angeles Lakers this year in the midst of Lamar Odom's absence. However, the Lakers have no one else to look to for offensive support outside of Kobe Bryant and these two dominant big men.
Gasol was actually traded to the Houston Rockets earlier this year in the trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. It didn't work out, as we all know, and it led to Lamar Odom demanding a trade and a number of questions surrounding Gasol's standing with the team. Even Kobe Bryant has done some serious talking involving Gasol and the prospect of a trade.
"If they're going to do something, I wish they would just ... do it. It's hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and stuff. It's hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he's hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would either come out and either trade him or not trade him."
Strong words from a strong player. Having Gasol in limbo is bad enough, but having Bryant go against the wishes of the organization is something that the Lakers do not want to deal with at this time.
Bynum's standing with the team is the same as it's always been: tumultuous. He's in the middle of an All-Star season, averaging 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game, but the Lakers obsession with Dwight Howard could have Bynum possibly on the outside looking when the deadline strikes.
Memphis Grizzlies: O.J. Mayo
A perennial target of trade rumors, O.J. Mayo still is, and always has been, the Memphis Grizzlies' most tradable asset.
The fourth-year guard was met with huge expectations coming out of USC in 2008 after being taken with the third pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He would get traded to the Grizzlies for Kevin Love on draft day, which is probably a move that the Grizzlies would like to have back even though they have their own version of Kevin Love in Zach Randolph.
Mayo impressed in his first two seasons, averaging 19 and 18 points per game respectively, but quickly fell off in his third season playing behind defensive specialist Tony Allen. Mayo averaged only 11 points last season and still has that same seat on the bench this year.
O.J. is currently averaging 12 points per game with improved shooting percentages, while also averaging three boards and two assists per contest.
Miami Heat: Mike Miller
Mike Miller may be shooting 52 percent from deep this season, but he's still not living up to the expectations the Miami Heat had when they signed him last year.
His three-point shooting percentage is beautiful for the Heat, but the fact that he's only averaging six points per game has to be disappointing. Sorry, but six points per game doesn't exactly translate to $30 million over five years. Not on this planet.
The Heat signed Miller to become their sixth man and average double figures. Instead, Miller has played timid and been injured for the majority of his time in South Beach.
Miami isn't expected to make any trades since they're near the top of the NBA record-wise and are riding one of the most dominant winning streaks we've ever seen, but if any player is going to be dealt from this team, expect it to be Mike Miller.
Milwaukee Bucks: Drew Gooden
There's a reason why Drew Gooden has been a member of nine NBA teams since he was drafted in 2003—he's extremely expendable. In fact, he's the epitome of expendable.
NBA franchises go through Gooden faster than the Kardashians go through professional athletes at the ESPY's. Jokes aside, Gooden has been traded too many times to count and easily finds himself as the Milwaukee Bucks most tradable asset.
Gooden is in his second season with the Bucks after playing 35 injury riddled games with the team last year. In 28 healthy games this year, Drew is averaging 13 points on 43 percent shooting and only six boards per game. His rebounding total is the lowest it has been since his rookie year in the league when he was playing with Memphis.
He's not exceeding expectations and he's not playing below them. He's just playing average basketball. Gooden's still not driving as much as he should, taking too many jump shots, and not committing to defense.
Who wants to be lucky number ten?
Minnesota Timberwolves: Michael Beasley
For some strange reason, the Los Angeles Lakers rejected a tradde that would have brought in Minnesota Timbewolves forward Michael Beasley.
Why didn't they obtain him? They decided a first-round pick was too much to give up. If they want to continue struggling with Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace as their small forwards, then more power to them. It just seems insane that the Lakers are willing to hold on to a draft pick instead of obtaining one of the league's better scorers.
Of course, the trade isn't perfect. Beasley does work a lot better when the ball is in his hands the majority of the game, and has showed that he doesn't work particularly well with superstars. Just look at his original pairing with Dwyane Wade in Miami.
Beasley's been having a roller coaster ride of a year with the Wolves this season. Injuries have taken a toll, but the emergence of rookie Derrick Williams has also taken some time away from Beasley. He's averaging 13 points and five boards per game only a year after he averaged a career high 19 points per game.
With the Wolves impressed by the development of Williams, Beasley could very well be on the way out.
New Jersey Nets: Brook Lopez
Even after scoring 38 points in a win against the Dallas Mavericks, there's no doubt that the New Jersey Nets still have Brook Lopez up on the trading block.
Lopez is specifically on the trade block for a potential deal involving Dwight Howard. The Nets and Orlando Magic have been discussing this trade for months, but the Magic ownership has been hesitant on pulling the trigger and now insists that they plan on attempting to re-sign Howard when he becomes a free agent this summer.
After averaging a stellar 20 points per game to go with a paltry six boards per game, Lopez hasn't had any time to improve after hurting his foot in the preseason. The injury caused him to miss a large portion of the first half of the season and he's only played in three games this year. Luckily for the Nets, it seems that he hasn't missed a beat.
Losing Lopez would be tough for the Nets, but they need all the help they can get in order to surround Deron Williams with talent.
New Orleans Hornets: Chris Kaman
After spending a portion of his season sitting at home and waiting to get traded, Chris Kaman has rejoined the New Orleans Hornets after the team failed to find any quality offers.
Kaman's a solid center, but the Hornets are more invested in Emeka Okafor. The fact that Kaman is injury prone and in the last year of his lucrative contract also have the Hornets scrambling to make a deal before the deadline.
He's currently averaging 12 points on 41 percent shooting and eight boards per game in 26 games. He has yet to deal with any of the injuries that have derailed three of the past four seasons. In those three years, Kaman played in 56 games or less, including two seasons with less than 40 games being played.
Despite his injury concerns, adding Kaman would be a huge boost for the majority of the league's teams. He can rebound and block shots at an effective rate, and also has the ability to score in the post.
If the Hornets are smart, they'll move Kaman.
New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony doesn't fit with the New York Knicks.
Jeremy Lin can coexist with guys like Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, but Anthony simply doesn't fit into the equation of playing with another scorer like Stoudemire and a ball handler like Lin. Anthony needs to dominate the ball in order to thrive.
The Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combination is able to work because they learned how to play off the ball. Anthony has shown that he isn't willing to learn or adjust to a new system in order to succeed. He's a scoring machine that wants to do nothing other than put up points, and it's done nothing but hurt the Knicks.
Trust me, the Knicks were better off when they had Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari. They at least made New York a competent team with an identity and heart. This Knicks team is disjointed and out of sorts with no intention of improving unless they get rid of the black hole that is Carmelo Anthony.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Daequan Cook
Much like the Indiana Pacers, the Oklahoma City Thunder also happen to have a roster that has few players worthy of being traded.
However, if one player was designated to be sent to another team it would be "sharpshooter" Daequan Cook. The former three-point shootout champion had an up-and-down career in Miami, where he shot as well as 39 percent from deep before shooting 32 percent the next year.
He's facing a similar situation in Oklahoma City. Cook shot 42 percent from deep last year, but is only converting on 34 percent of his three-pointers this year. He recently went through a slump where he shot just 1-of-18 from beyond the arc.
In fact, the entire month of February has been a disappointment as he shot 30 percent or worse in eight of the 14 games he played in.
Cook is third on the team in three-point conversions behind James Harden and Kevin Durant, but the Thunder may want to trade him for a more reliable source of offense.
Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard
Did you expect anybody else in this slide?
Everyone on the Orlando Magic is up for grabs, but the team has attempted to do all they can to keep Dwight Howard happy with the team that drafted him in 2004. They haven't been doing too bad of a job at it either as they're currently 22-13, good enough for second place in the Southeast division and fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
However, the Magic still aren't giving Howard enough looks. They're taking 26 three-pointers per game and Howard's only taking 13 shots per game. The Magic rank first in three-point makes as well as attempts, but that's not the right way to play if they have any intention of going deep into the playoffs.
Face it, post players win championships and three-pointers win games. No championship team has ever relied on three-pointers as heavily as the Magic have over the past few years. However, I can name quite a few teams that won a few titles when they had an All-Star big man dominating in the middle.
The Phoenix Suns of the 2000's and the Denver Nuggets of the 1980's didn't win anything but Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal won quite a few. All the Magic have to do is look at history if they want to create a team that wants to win a title.
Or they can continue to have an unhappy Dwight Howard and a team that relies on 30 three-pointers a night.
Philadelphia 76ers: Elton Brand
Even with his $80 million contract set to expire soon, moving Elton Brand for some offensive help might be the smartest thing the Philadelphia 76ers can do.
You might have been thinking Andre Iguodala was going to show up on this slide, but I went with Brand since the team has a capable backup in Thaddeus Young to immediately replace him.
Brand's time with the Sixers has been forgettable. He played in only 29 games his first year with the team and then played 76 injury plagued games the next year. Elton finally got healthy enough to play in 81 games last season, and averaged 15 points on 51 percent shooting and eight rebounds per game.
But this year has been a nightmare. The team's scoring has been balanced, but Elton is playing well below expectations. He's averaging ten points on 45 percent shooting and only six rebounds per game, and he doesn't have the excuse of being injured.
The Sixers have a quality team on their hands and they're only a piece or two away from competing for the top spot in the East.
Phoenix Suns: Robin Lopez
The inferior Lopez brother of the Phoenix Suns deserves to be traded a whole lot more than his twin in New Jersey.
The one in the Nets uniform can at least play some offense. Robin Lopez of the Suns hasn't proven that he can do much aside from take up space in the lane and look like Sideshow Bob from 'The Simpsons'. The 15th pick of the 2008 draft hasn't even come close to living up to the expectations that his brother has been exceeding since he was taken a few picks before him in the same draft.
Robin Lopez is playing in less than 12 minutes per game and is in the midst of what could the worst season of his professional career. He's averaging only four points on 42 percent shooting to go along with three rebounds per game.
While he may not be much, NBA teams will always give up more to acquire a seven-footer. Lopez doesn't have much going for him, but his size will play a factor on any team that's willing to take a gamble on a draft bust.
Portland Trail Blazers: Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace is definitely making the Charlotte Bobcats regret their decision to trade him for Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, Joel Przybilla and a pair of draft picks.
The Bobcats loss has been the Blazers gain. "G-Force" has been playing his usual terrific basketball and is averaging 13 points, six boards and three assists per game in his first full season in Portland. He's hitting only 28 percent of his three-pointers, but his versatility and athleticism makes up for it on both ends of the floor.
Still, the Blazers can trade him without much of a problem. They currently have Nicolas Batum coming off the bench and could have him replace Wallace at the three if traded. If Wallace were traded for some quality bench help, Portland would be able to surround LaMarcus Aldridge with even more talent.
Sacramento Kings: John Salmons
When players go to Sacramento, do they see their career evaporate right in front of their eyes?
Forward J.J. Hickson had a budding career in Cleveland before going to the Kings, and now John Salmons has seen his relatively solid career fall way off after re-joining Sacramento.
For years, Salmons was a multi-category contributor for the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and even the Kings. However, this second stint in Sac Town has been absolutely horrendous.
Averaging 28 minutes per contest, Salmons is averaging only seven points per game on 37 percent from the field, and he's not exactly making an impact anywhere else.
It's hard to believe that someone who averaged as much as 20 points per game only two years ago is now an underachieving role player on the Pacific Division's worst team.
San Antonio Spurs: Richard Jefferson
When the San Antonio Spurs decided not to amnesty Richard Jefferson, it was one of the more surprising moves of the offseason.
I wonder if they regret it yet. Jefferson was disappointing in his first two seasons as a Spur, but this year has been his worst to date. He's averaging less than 10 points per game for the first time since his rookie season, shooting 44 percent from the field and grabbing only three rebounds per game.
He is making two three-pointers per game at a 44 percent clip, but don't you expect so much more from Jefferson? Isn't he supposed to be a slasher, driver and a perimeter threat? Not anymore. Now a veteran player, RJ's skills have eroded and turned him into a spot-up shooter.
The Spurs don't have much of a need for Jefferson. They have plenty of young, talented players on the bench who woud gladly take his place.
Toronto Raptors: Amir Johnson
Sorry, Toronto, but I don't think Amir Johnson is going to be the next Chris Bosh.
The Raptors might have given Johnson an excessive amount of money to give the illusion that he's the next Bosh, but he clearly isn't, and it shows in his regression this season.
The second round pick of the Detroit Pistons back in 2005 has been having another mediocre season, averaging only seven points, seven rebounds and a block per game. Quite the disappointment when you consider Johnson was averaging nearly ten points and seven boards per game last year. His minutes haven't dropped off—he's just not as involved on the offensive end of the floor.
Johnson doesn't have too many redeeming qualities. Yes, he can defend well and grab rebounds at an efficient rate, but there are plenty of players that are 6'9" with the physical attributes that Johnson possesses.
The Raptors could trade away anyone on their team, but letting go of Johnson for a quality starting center, some help off the bench or a quality defender would brighten the outlook of this abysmal organization.
Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap
For a team with a losing record, the Utah Jazz are absolutely stacked in the frontcourt.
Strange, too, considering that a strong frontcourt is one of the essentials to a successful team. The Jazz have one of the league's top scoring centers in Al Jefferson and another great scorer and rebounder in Paul Millsap, but are seriously thin in the backcourt. Devin Harris and Josh Howard have been starting as of late, and they're not playing like they did when they were on the Mavericks.
With such an obvious need for backcourt help, the Jazz could be thinking about giving up a player like Millsap. After all, his spot would be filled by Derrick Favors, an athletic young talent with tons of upside.
Millsap had a breakout season last year averaging 17 points on 53 percent shooting and eight rebounds per game. He's since seen his scoring output drop to 16 points on 50 percent shooting, but his rebounding has actually improved to nine per game.
Washington Wizards: Rashard Lewis
You can actually consider everyone on the Washington Wizards as tradable. The team is so disjointed and out of place that no one truly deserves a permanent roster spot. Outside of John Wall needs to be on this team next year.
Wall is the only player on this team with talent and heart, using his knowledge of the game rather than just relying on physical attributes.
Anyone on the Wizards can be traded, but we decided to go with the obvious option of Rashard Lewis. One of the NBA's highest paid players has been depressingly bad since leaving the Orlando Magic and is currently having one of the worst seasons of his career.
In his second year with the Wizards, Lewis is averaging only eight points on 39 percent shooting. Couple that with 24 percent shooting from deep and a dismal four rebounds per game and you have yourself a player that needs to be far, far away from this Washington club.
Of course, trading Lewis is going to be tough when you consider his contract. The only reason the Magic were able to get rid of him was because they swapped an equally horrible contract that belonged to Gilbert Arenas. Unless a team is looking to make an ugly investment, Lewis is going to stay planted in Washington.
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