There isn't always fire when it comes to the smoke of trade rumors. In fact, most trade rumors turn out only to be speculation anyway. It could be a comment that came from a coach, general manager, player agent or even a player, but rare is the occasion when the juiciest of rumors come to fruition.
People are always looking for their team to improve, and the quickest way to change the look of a franchise is with the super-, ultra-, mega-blockbuster deal. We, the desktop general managers at home, convince ourselves that such a deal works across the board for both parties. The reality is that we can make those deals on paper and in our head because our job isn't contingent on the success of our negotiation.
The following 15 players have either been mentioned previously as trade bait or could conceivably be out there, depending on how their team performs this season. Factors to consider would be the player's age, the player contract and the years left on the deal. Also to be strongly considered would be the presence of a prospect on the team that would benefit from more playing time if a veteran was shuttled off.
I'll hardly slap my money-back guarantee on these 15 speculative picks, but I think you'll agree with the logic behind my choices. So all of you closet GM's, pull up a chair to the negotiating table; I've got an offer (or 15) that you can't refuse. Enjoy now!