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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Teams That Should Package Lottery Pick for Unhappy Stars

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 31, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: 5 Teams That Should Package Lottery Pick for Unhappy Stars

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    Now that the NBA Draft Lottery is complete and we now know the order of who will be picking where, it's time to start talking trades.

    There are more than a couple teams that are in the lottery now that could benefit from trading out to land a veteran star instead.

    With a draft class that's considered very deep on talent and plenty of teams not in great shape financially, several veteran teams could be trying to unload stars for the chance to move up into the lottery.

    Here's a look at which teams should answer that call and make a trade for a current star instead of using their current pick on a future one.

Golden State Warriors

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    The Warriors are in need of a productive small forward and they can dangle the No. 7 pick to get one.

    Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times reported that the Warriors will attempt to acquire the likes of Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger, Rudy Gay, Josh Smith and others to add a veteran wing player.

    Add a player like that to a starting lineup that includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut and the Warriors could be very good in 2013.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Portland has a pair of lottery picks and needs a point guard badly and there is a very good one who is reportedly unhappy in Houston in Kyle Lowry.

    Adding a future All-Star floor general would make a lot of sense and would be worth parting with one of those first-round picks plus other assets to get it done.

Detroit Pistons

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    The Pistons need an athletic big to pair with Greg Monroe and it could be worth pairing the No. 9 pick plus maybe Ben Gordon's contract and other assets to make a deal to bring a quality big man in.

    While nothing has been rumored, an athletic Pau Gasol would look nice running the floor in a Pistons uniform for a couple of years and the Lakers are a team that could probably benefit from getting into the first round.

Toronto Raptors

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    Toronto's biggest need is a productive small forward, but picking No. 8, the likes of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes and maybe even Perry Jones III could be off the board by the time they select.

    Moving down in the draft or targeting a productive small forward on the trade block could make more sense than rolling the dice on a project.

Houston Rockets

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    The Rockets have a pair of first-round picks, with one being a lottery pick at No. 14.

    Larry Coon says the Rockets are still interested in Pau Gasol and they could use one of those picks to sweeten the pot in order to get the productive big man they desperately need.

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