NBA Trade Rumors: Ranking the 5 Best Glue Guys That Could Be Traded This Week
Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo all have one thing in common: none have ever won a championship without great role players on their team.
While many big names have been floated around this NBA trade deadline, it's often the great role players and glue guys who can make the difference between playoff pretender and contender.
Like the Robert Horrys and Rick Foxes of yesteryear, keep an eye on these five players who could be on the move and end up being the final piece to some lucky teams championship puzzle.
Anthony Parker, Cleveland Cavaliers
Would Look Good On: Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls
Parker is the ultimate glue guy, someone who can do a little bit of everything but isn't dominant at any one aspect.
A great teammate and locker room presence, the Cavs brought Parker back this season on a one-year deal to be a steadying influence on Kyrie Irving in the back-court.
Parker can still create his own shot and knock down the corner three pretty well, and can play both the shooting guard and small forward positions. A team like the Thunder could use his veteran presence, and the Clippers and Bulls would be wise to pick up Parker to fill their shallow shooting guard spots.
Only signed for $2.2 million this season, look for Parker to be flipped to a contender, most likely for a future second round pick.
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
Would Look Good On: Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic
Grant Hill is the consummate professional. Also, despite being 39 years old, he has increased his scoring each month this season.
For the month of March, Hill is averaging 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists and 1 block per game for a Phoenix team that's been playing some good basketball lately.
Even if the Suns choose to keep Steve Nash and Hill, they'll likely get bounced in the first round of the playoffs should they make them, so it would make sense for them to acquire some young talent and draft picks instead.
Hill could start for the Lakers or Hawks to provide a lift for the playoffs or add some stability and scoring off the bench for the Magic should they choose to keep Dwight Howard.
Hill has an expiring contract of $6.5 million, and would be the perfect pickup for a playoff team.
Boris Diaw, Charlotte Bobcats
Would Look Good On: Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Weight Watchers
Diaw may make DeSagana Diop look like a swimsuit model these days, but he still remains one of the better passing big men in the league.
As it stands, nobody wants Diaw in Charlotte, not even Diaw, as he's been inactive recently and has discussed a buyout with the team.
With an expiring $9 million contract, I expect the Bobcats to be able to find a trade partner closer to the deadline, particularly a contender who could use some size.
Dallas could use another big, and the Atlanta Hawks have been somewhat thin ever since Al Horford went down.
Diaw should come cheap and could be a nice addition if he becomes motivated after being traded to a contender.
Trevor Ariza, New Orleans Hornets
Would Look Good On: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics
Ariza was originally added to New Orleans to provide an extra weapon to run with Chris Paul.
Now that Paul's gone, New Orleans would be wise to trade Ariza if they don't feel he's part of their future plans.
The former Laker and Rocket is still just 26 years old and puts up averages of 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
At 6'8" and 210, Ariza is best suited for the three but could also see time at shooting guard and power forward. His youth and athleticism would be perfect for the Celtics and Magic, and a return to LA would be a nice upgrade for the Lakers.
If New Orleans decides to clean house, look for Ariza to be one of the first to go.
Gerald Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers
Would Look Good On: Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks
Portland currently sits two games out of the Western Conference playoff race, so it's conceivable they may try to be buyers at the trade deadline and Wallace would indeed stay.
That being said, Wallace would be a great pickup for many teams, as he borders on tremendous role player and NBA star. He can score, rebound and defend extremely well and doesn't need the ball in his hands to be effective.
Wallace would represent a nice upgrade at small forward for the Lakers and Hawks, or could be a stopgap for the plethora of young small forwards on the Rockets.
His availability all depends on what the Blazers want to do. If they can find an upgrade for Raymond Felton, expect Wallace to stay put. If not, teams looking for a great defender and do-it-all small forward should make a call to Portland.