Before the NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 21, a number of teams are certain to be actively looking to make deals.
Some moves are to improve the current squad in an effort to make a run in the postseason. Others are made to make things better for the organization for the long term.
While this time of year features dozens of rumors and speculation every single day, these teams are the most likely to make a trade over the next week.
With the worst record in the Western Conference, it is obvious that something needs to be done to help the Phoenix Suns.
On one side, the team has been looking to add talented players to improve the long-term prospects of the team. Conversely, the front office has also been looking for ways to dump its current contracts.
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Suns are likely to make a deal in some way:
Phoenix is also among the most active teams in terms of talk. In addition to speaking with the Knicks about a possible Jared Dudley-for-Iman Shumpert trade (that deal is not happening, sources tell me), the Suns have spoken with Utah about Al Jefferson. Those talks haven't gained much traction, though. Clubs calling the Suns have been mostly interested in Dudley, Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris.
It seems as though no one is off limits for the Suns as they attempt to rebuild.
For teams looking to add a small piece to the puzzle before the postseason, Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley would be pretty good options. Gortat is an experienced frontcourt player and Dudley can stretch the floor and play pretty good defense.
This team will likely want to load up on picks as well as they try to get the players necessary to win in this league.
While the Bobcats want to look for ways to improve the roster, they are now looking to get rid of one specific player.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, veteran guard Ben Gordon might be on his way out of town:
After a bout of disruptive behavior from Ben Gordon targeted at Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap, the franchise's desire to trade the guard has deepened, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Gordon basically refused to stop bouncing the ball while his coach Mike Dunlap attempted to talk to the team. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports that this is not a unique issue:
This was not the first indication Gordon is frustrated with his role. When Dunlap pulled him from a game in late January, Gordon took inordinately long to leave the court and his expression showed considerable frustration. The two have met at least twice concerning Gordon’s role.
On a team that has struggled all year long, this is not the type of distraction that is needed.
Then again, Gordon is still a deadly outside shooter that could help any contender, assuming he fixes his attitude.
This seems like a deal that is very likely to get done in one way or another.
One team that could use an outside shooter like Gordon is the Brooklyn Nets, and the team has discussed a possibility of a trade.
However, the more likely move for this organization is for a power forward to fill the black hole in the lineup. After a good season last year, Kris Humphries has not done much and Andray Blatche is not much better.
Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reports that the team has discussed a few options:
According to league sources familiar with the Nets thinking, they're still searching to add a big man, but don't believe that they are going to wind up with [Josh] Smith or [Ben] Gordon...
The Nets are focusing on Utah's Paul Millsap or another power forward to add by the trading deadline. The Nets and Jazz have been trading partners in the past, highlighted by the Nets' bold move to get [Deron] Williams at the 2011 mid-season deadline.
Brooklyn is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference in its first year since moving from New Jersey.
The team has already made a number of bold moves in order to compete for a title right away; do not be surprised if it pulls off one more.
Paul Millsap would add not only scoring but rebounding as well, both of which are desperately needed for this squad to be able to contend this year.