Predicting 9 NBA Stars Who Will Be on the Trade Block Next Season
Every season there are players who find their way onto the trade block one way or the other.
Sometimes it is because they haven't performed to expectations, or because the value of the player outweighs the production he's bringing to the team.
Last season, Kyle Lowry, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard were a few of the players who found their way to the trade block. Will those players find themselves on the trade block once again next season, or will it be a new group of players?
Ahead is a list of 10 NBA stars who will be on the trade block this offseason and in 2013.
It's not shocking to see Dwight Howard's name on this list is it?
After opting into the last year of his contract with the Magic, Howard's back to his usual antics of toeing a trade demand and wanting to stay (via SheridanHoops.com).
If Howard keeps this up he'll definitely find himself on the trade block, just like he did this past season. And for good reason. The Magic would be incredibly foolish to go through the entirety of next season without seeing what kind of return they could get in Howard.
Teams That Should Be Interested: L.A. Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets
Carlos Boozer hasn't been nearly as dominant with the Bulls as he was with the Jazz a few seasons ago.
The Bulls can't afford to pay Boozer $47.1 million over the next three seasons without him bringing more production to the court.
With Rose out for a few months next season, the Bulls will especially need Boozer's help.
If he fails to do that he'll certainly find himself on the trading block, because there's no doubt that he would be a valuable commodity for a number of teams looking for a veteran power forward.
Teams That Should Be Interest: L.A. Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats
Tyreke Evans hasn't exactly been the franchise player that the Kings wanted him to be when they selected him fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
Luckily for the Kings, there would undoubtedly be a significant amount of interest in the former Memphis star if he were to hit the trade block. Evans is a freakish athlete at 6'6'' and 220 pounds, with the ball-handling skills of a point guard and the scoring abilities of a shooting guard.
The Kings could certainly generate interest in Evans by putting him on the trade block, and they'd be foolish not to do that, because he's certainly not ever going to be a franchise player to build around.
With the right team, as an athletic option at the wing, Evans could become the player most thought he would be.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards
Josh Smith will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season and Smith's talents will certainly be in high demand.
With the massive contract of Joe Johnson weighing the Hawks down, they might not have enough to offer to re-sign him, and that's exactly why they will try to move him before he hits the market.
Losing Smith as a free agent would be a massive loss for the Hawks.
Trading Smith would ensure that the Hawks get at least something in return for one of their franchise players. I'll be shocked if Smith's name isn't mentioned around the 2013 trade deadline.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Denver Nuggets
The Toronto Raptors are heading nowhere fast with the talent they currently have on their roster, which means it's time to start exploring ways to get rid of talent that hasn't worked out for them.
Jose Calderon isn't a bad player, but he's certainly shown that without a legitimate superstar around him he can't will a team to victory himself.
With a lottery pick this season, it's time for the Raptors to start moving away from the aging talent on their roster. Calderon isn't a franchise player, and it's time to start building around the other talent the Raptors have.
There will be teams looking for a veteran point guard to make a push for the 2012-13 playoffs, and the Raptors would be wise to maximize Calderon's value by putting him on the trade block.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix Suns
Kyle Lowry might not even make it to next season with the Houston Rockets to be on the trade block, but if the Rockets retain him through the offseason and don't fire Kevin McHale, Lowry will find his way to the trade block at some point next season (via CBS Sports).
Lowry's talents would be in high demand, assuming that he can stay healthy for an entire season.
With teams looking to find a franchise point guard, the Rockets could certainly maximize Lowry's value.
Considering Lowry has already created drama surrounding his future in Houston, I'd be shocked if the Rockets don't respond by seeing what they can get for the young, athletic point guard.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, L.A. Lakers
It's shocking that DeAndre Jordan is scheduled to get paid $30 million over the next three seasons.
Jordan's career averages of 7.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and two blocks per game doesn't warrant anywhere near that kind of money, especially when you consider that Jordan's production comes mainly in transition.
With a number of free-agent decisions to make this offseason, the Clippers could look like a very different team next season.
If Jordan isn't able to develop offensively this offseason and become a productive member of the Clippers' half-court offense, he would be an ideal candidate to be thrown on the trade block. I'm sure a number of teams would love to have his defensive abilities in their frontcourt.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers
Pau Gasol is no stranger to being thrown on the trade block. He made it to the Lakers via a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.
The good thing about Gasol is that he consistently handles being a part of trade speculation in a very professional manner.
Gasol's play has been inconsistent as of late with L.A., and with a number of teams looking for a veteran power forward/center to solidify their frontcourt, I wouldn't be shocked if the Lakers tried to move his contract.
Gasol is scheduled to make $38 million over the next two seasons, and with Kobe schedule to make $58 million over the next two seasons, the Lakers would be smart to rid themselves of Gasol's contract because he's certainly replaceable.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons
Amar'e Stoudemire has been a shell of his former self ever since he moved to the Big Apple two seasons ago.
The way that he's played, especially last season, doesn't warrant the $54 million that he's scheduled to make all the way through the 2014-15 season.
It doesn't help Stoudemire's case that he hasn't exactly helped the Knicks' chemistry.
If Stoudemire can't figure out how to play some defense and help New York be more competitive than they've been the past two seasons, he'll be the Knicks superstar that hits the trade block. It's sad to say, but he's the most expendable superstar on their team.
Teams That Should Be Interested: Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings
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