Whether we're talking about the struggling—but maybe turning it around?—Los Angeles Lakers, the surging San Antonio Spurs or any of the other 28 teams in the Association, each and every NBA team has a best trade chip.
The word "best" guarantees the existence of one, because it means that the values of the different players on each roster can be arranged on some sort of scale. If one can be better than the other, that means there's a "best" waiting out there.
However, it isn't necessarily the team's best player. I mean, duh, LeBron James is the player that would bring back the most to the Miami Heat if he was traded, but he's simply not going to be traded.
As a result, these players are the best combination of: A) able to bring back something in return and B) potentially on the block.
To find out your team's representative, read on.
Note: Contract information comes via Spotrac.com.