NBA Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Bottom-Feeders That Must Deal for Draft Picks

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NBA Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Bottom-Feeders That Must Deal for Draft Picks
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The top teams in the league are clear: the Heat, the Thunder, the Bulls, and the Spurs will be fighting for supremacy come April. Plenty of other teams will be fighting for placement in the playoffs. . .Denver, Minnesota, New York, Houston... 

But that leaves a few teams out. These teams don't know whether they need to stand pat with what they have or completely start over. They have no direction and no idea where they will be in a few years.

Many of them could do well with a high draft pick or a few extra ones in this upcoming draft and drafts to come. These are the teams that have trade-able assets and that need to make deals to build a more secure future.

This upcoming draft is the best place to start, as there are many strong candidates to build a team around. 

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