More than the NFL or the MLB, the NBA is a league driven by trades where the possibility of being uprooted and relocated for a myriad of reasons is a constant possibility for players. Even the elite can find themselves embroiled in trade talks after one underachieving season or a clash with their coach or front office.
As the 2012-13 season rapidly approaches, there are several recognizable faces who will find themselves in the thick of trade speculation and the constant source of chatter on ESPN, the internet and between basketball fans.
Whether they are unhappy with their current situation, facing impending free agency or not living up to expectations, the result is the same: a spot on the trade block and the constant feeling of apprehension and uncertainty that comes along with it.
While the offseason moves of Dwight Howard and Deron Williams should keep trade speculation from spiraling out of control as it did in 2011-12, let’s take a look at several high-profile players who may wind up in new jerseys before the coming season is through.