NBA Trade Rumors: Most Likely Destinations for Top Players on Trading Block

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 6, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: Most Likely Destinations for Top Players on Trading Block

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    The 2012-13 NBA preseason rosters have been formed, and the process of forming a rotation has begun. Every franchise will piece together its lineup in ways that will bring about its greatest chance at victory.

    Unfortunately, some teams do not have the players that can lead to maximum achievement. For those select few, the trade deadline will be the most important day of the year.

    As for who could relocate, there are more than a handful of names on the trading block. It's important to make our way through the commotion and find which players are a cut above the rest. In other words: What stars could be on the move?

    Fortunately for those pondering just that, the following slides hold the answers.

Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 31

    Experience: 7 Seasons

     

    Why He's on the Block

    When the Toronto Raptors traded for Kyle Lowry, many viewed it as the end of Jose Calderon's time as the team's starting point guard. According to a report via Lori Ewing of The Canadian Press, Lowry has offered reason for that expectation by becoming the Raptors' vocal leader.

    Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported in mid-July that Calderon was in fact on the trade block. Hasan Alanam of Canada.com offered a translated version of Calderon's interview with Marca.com.

    They haven’t done that because they don’t feel like it. It’s true that they have said that I’m an important player for them this season, because they have thought of me like that from the beginning. However, Bryan (Colangelo) has said that I’m a candidate to be traded because I have a big contract and it’s my last year. They have talked about this more than anything else.

    At this point, it is not a matter of if Jose Calderon will be traded. Instead, we're all left waiting on the "when" and "where."

     

    Potential Destinations

    As of this moment, no potential suitors have been outlined in the Jose Calderon trade sweepstakes. The most logical destinations, however, appear to be the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz.

    The Mavericks appear confident with the arrival of Darren Collison. The fact of the matter is though that Collison has underwhelmed since his breakout rookie season in 2010. For that reason, it's fair to state that the Mavs need a pass-first point guard.

    Jose Calderon certainly fits the bill.

    New Orleans is in a predicament in which its roster is filled with quality players at virtually every position. The one in which they are lacking, however, is point guard. Greivis Vasquez is respectable and Austin Rivers could make the transition to running point, but as of this moment, neither can facilitate an offense with efficiency.

    As for Utah, it may have found its man with Mo Williams. To add an elite facilitator who can run the pick-and-roll with its elite frontcourt, however, would certainly offer this offense the dynamic it should already possess.

     

    2011-12 Season Averages

    16.73 PER, 10.5 PPG, 8.8 APG, 3.0 RPG, 0.9 SPG

Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings

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    Position: Guard/Forward

    Age: 23

    Experience: 3 Seasons

     

    Why He's on the Block

    Over the past six months, both Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee and Ken Berger of CBS Sports have reported that Tyreke Evans is on the trade market. Although the offseason has ended, there is no reason to believe that the position-less star will be around for much longer.

    Not only is Evans scheduled to become a free agent next summer, but he is a player without a position. As the Kings' young core looks to grow together and reach the level they are expected to play at, it's imperative that every role is defined.

    Until Evans is able to thrive at an established position, he remains trade bait. 

     

    Potential Destinations

    When a 23-year-old former Rookie of the Year award winner is on the trade market, there is certain to be interest. Although the teams that could be on the prowl are currently under wraps, speculation suggests that there are potential suitors.

    The Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks could both find a need for a playmaking perimeter player. They're also in possession of what could be lottery draft choices to entice the Kings to make a move.

    The Milwaukee Bucks have taken an offensive initiative by pairing Brandon Jennings with Monta Ellis. The team still lacks a small forward, however, and would certainly benefit from the presence of a slashing scorer.

    Evans could fill that role. The Bucks could offer up draft choices, veteran frontcourt players and point guard Beno Udrih if the Kings' current rotation of inconsistency fails to work as planned.

    As for the Houston Rockets, Chandler Parsons is solid and Royce White has upside. Parsons appears to be more of a Shane Battier-lite than an elite contributor on either end. White, meanwhile, has far too many questions surrounding him to warrant anything less than concern.

    Pair Tyreke Evans with Jeremy Lin and Kevin Martin, and excitement will rise. The offense will be explosive, the fans will be enticed and the season may not be meaningless after all.

     

    2011-12 Season Averages

    16.48 PER, 16.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.3 SPG

Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 29

    Experience: 8 Seasons

     

    Why He's on the Block

    According to Sam Amick of SportsIllustrated.com, Kevin Martin does not plan to re-sign with the Houston Rockets once his contract expires this summer. With this being known and rookie Jeremy Lamb chomping at the bit for playing time, Martin becomes a top trade possibility.

    Per a report via Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the word "possibility" doesn't do Martin justice. The Rockets were supposedly shopping him around this past summer, eventually failing to move him when their attempts to land Dwight Howard fell through.

    With a star rookie at his position and the Rockets expected to scratch the bottom of the barrel, a trade appears to be on the horizon.

     

    Potential Destinations

    Roughly a year ago, the Houston Rockets attempted to trade Kevin Martin to the New Orleans Hornets. With Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers both in their long-term plans, however, it appears as if the Hornets are out of play.

    Speculative options include the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.

    For the Bulls, Richard Hamilton and Marco Belinelli can both shoot the lights out. The fact of the matter is, neither player is a true No. 1 scoring option. They are limited by age or ability, which Kevin Martin is not.

    Although Martin is a very weak defender, he is the type of scorer who could take a very big weight off of Derrick Rose's shoulders.

    As for the Jazz, it's no secret that they lack legitimate scoring options on the perimeter. Although Mo Williams could potentially fill that role, he will also be tasked with running the point. To have Kevin Martin to defer to would certainly make his job easier.

     

    2011-12 Season Averages

    16.60 PER, 17.1 PPG, 2.8 APG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 SPG

Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 27

    Experience: 6 Seasons

     

    Why He's on the Block

    When the Utah Jazz traded franchise point guard Deron Williams, one could only assume that they were receiving a future star in return. As fate would have it, power forward Derrick Favors is beginning to live up to the hype as a dominant force in the paint.

    The only issue is, Paul Millsap is ahead of him on the depth chart. Unfortunately for Millsap, that may not last much longer.

    According to Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, Millsap and the Utah Jazz are unlikely to sign a contract extension before he enters free agency in 2013. This has led to speculation that the team would move forward and replace him in the starting lineup with its future star, Favors.

    Not only is Millsap in a contract season, but he's also stunting the growth of a franchise cornerstone. If that's not the recipe for a trade, what is?

     

    Potential Destinations

    At this point, Millsap's potential destinations are merely speculation. There are a handful of teams that could benefit from his presence, but the Houston Rockets are the clear-cut favorite.

    The Rockets have exactly what the Utah Jazz need: An expendable shooting guard who can light the scoreboard up. As previously alluded to, Kevin Martin is on the trade market and would bring a perimeter scoring option to the Jazz, something the team has lacked for ages.

    Both teams would end up with expiring contracts that can bring star power and production. There is no reason to oppose this trade except for the teams wanting to hold onto their players.

     

    2011-12 Season Averages

    21.85 PER, 16.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 33

    Experience: 12 Seasons

     

    Why He's on the Block

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Orlando Magic were shopping Hedo Turkoglu prior to last season's trade deadline. With the team acquiring rookie Maurice Harkless in the infamous Dwight Howard trade, the likelihood that they do the same in 2012-13 certainly rises.

    Turkoglu's monster contract will be difficult to package. He's owed $23,815,850 over the next two seasons and, at 33 years old, appears unworthy of such a hefty contract.

    With that being said, Turkoglu remains one of the most well-rounded players at his position. He posted 2012 season averages of 10.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game on 35.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

    Any team who needs a ball handling 3 is likely to consider Hedo Turkoglu.

     

    Potential Destinations

    Is there anyone who would take a chance on Hedo Turkoglu? As long as the Orlando Magic are willing to eat up a portion of his contract, the answer will be yes.

    But who?

    Although this remains speculation, the most likely move for Turk is to end up with a contender. A team such as the Los Angeles Clippers has questions at small forward due to Caron Butler's lengthy history of injury and Grant Hill's age.

    If the Magic take on enough of Turkoglu's contract, Los Angeles could be in his future.

    Another team to watch is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs love ball-handling bigs that can pass. Although Turkoglu is not too much of a threat from the post, he is a sound facilitator who can dribble and shoot the three.

    To put it simply, he's a San Antonio Spur.

     

    2011-12 Season Averages

    11.78 PER, 10.9 PPG, 4.4 APG, 3.8 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 35.3% 3PT