NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Players Who Are Most Likely to Change Teams

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIFebruary 15, 2013

NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Players Who Are Most Likely to Change Teams

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    The 2013 NBA trade deadline is scheduled to come and go at 12:00 p.m Pacific Time on February 21, 2013. With that being known, speculation is certain to grow in reference to potential trades.

    The question is, which players are most likely to be dealt?

    From stars to quality role players, the NBA is likely to see some of their more notable names change uniforms. With that being said, there are rumors that simply do not hold weight.

    So who is going to be on the move?

Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 29

    Experience: Ninth Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    15.60 PER, 12.6 PPG, 2.2 APG, 1.9 RPG, 40.9% 3PT


    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Ben Gordon had a heated exchange with head coach Mike Dunlap.

    This has added to an already powerful desire for the franchise to trade Gordon.

    Chances are, the Bobcats would be forced to eat a part of Gordon's salary. He's set to make $13.2 million in 2013-14 and hasn't averaged upwards of 15 points per game since 2009.

    With that being said, Gordon has shot at least 40 percent from beyond the arc in three consecutive seasons.

    That's the type of number that could lead to a team taking a chance on the former UCONN star.

    A team with trade exceptions and a need for a shooter could make a deal for Gordon. Expect Charlotte to do all they can to make it work.

    A Gordon-for-Kris Humphries swap with the Brooklyn Nets suddenly sounds very attractive.

Kris Humphries, Brooklyn Nets

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 28

    Experience: Ninth Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    13.86 PER, 19.3 MPG, 6.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG


    Rumors first broke during the second week of February that Kris Humphries could be involved in a trade for Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats (via ESPN).

    Humphries has since been linked to a potential trade for Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks (via ESPN New York).

    Now, it appears as if Brooklyn is shifting their attention to Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz (via The New York Daily News). One can only imagine that Humphries will be involved in this proposition, as well.

    The question is, who would take Humphries when he's owed $12 million in 2013-14?

    Whoever does will get a very solid player. They'll also get a player whose contract will take up a great deal of their cap space.

    One way or another, Humphries will be dealt.

Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 23

    Experience: Fourth Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    16.62 PER, 18.5 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 SPG


    Chad Ford of ESPN Insider previously reported that Brandon Jennings had "irreconcilable differences" with the Milwaukee Bucks.

    According to Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Jennings has vehemently denied that report.

    Unfortunately, that doesn't mean Jennings won't be on the move.

    The Bucks still remember when Jennings stated he'd be "doing his homework" on major market teams. With that in mind, Milwaukee may be inclined to deal their star point guard.

    Even if that weren't the case, we can expect an aggressive push for Jennings by other teams with trade pieces.

    Marc Stein of ESPN reports that the Dallas Mavericks are interested in Jennings and could make an offer if he's made available.

    With Dirk Nowitzki back but playmakers limited, it's not hard to imagine Dallas pulling the trigger.

    As nice as it would be to see Jennings remain with the Bucks, it's quite unlikely.

Paul Millsap, Utah Jazz

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 28

    Experience: Seventh Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    20.66 PER, 15.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG


    If the San Antonio Spurs offer an attractive enough package for Al Jefferson, it's likely that Paul Millsap will stay put.

    With that being said, Millsap is the only thing between Derrick Favors and the starting power forward spot.

    Don't think for a second that Utah plans on wasting time in bringing their star, Favors, along. If that means trading Millsap's expiring contract, so be it.

    Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News reports that the Brooklyn Nets are interested in acquiring Millsap.

    Realistically, Utah could lose both Millsap and Jefferson this offseason. Both players will be the most attractive players at their respective positions once the top stars go off the market.

    In turn, they'll receive big money to play a key role for a postseason contender.

    The likelihood that either man wants to have a temporary starting job as Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter make their way into the starting lineup is slim to none. If anyone could keep their job, however, it's Jefferson.

    For that reason, you can expect to see Millsap dealt—just as NBA executives expect.

J.J. Redick, Orlando Magic

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 28

    Experience: Seventh Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    16.79 PER, 15.3 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.4 RPG, 40.3% 3PT


    J.J. Redick is one of the most commonly referenced names when it comes to the word "trade."

    A major reason why is his sharpshooting ability and the fact that the Orlando Magic are all but eliminated from the 2013 postseason.

    According to Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider, however, executives around the league are beginning to believe that Redick won't be traded.

    General manager Rob Hennigan is a product of the famed Oklahoma City Thunder front office. For that reason, we can imagine he will only make a move if it significantly improves his team.

    Specifically if it involves a player of Redick's caliber.

    With that being said, there are too many contenders that are desperate for three-point shooting for Redick to remain in Orlando. Someone will offer a draft choice and an expiring contract, which may be enough to pry Redick loose.

    If not, Redick's loyalty will be tested by a rebuilding project with the Magic.

Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks

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    Position: Forward

    Age: 27

    Experience: Ninth Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    17.92 PER, 17.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.1 BPG, 1.2 SPG


    Statistically speaking, Josh Smith has broken the barrier of elite and stepped into the realm of the regular season legendary.

    Smith is presently averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He's also shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.

    Per, Smith is on pace to post the 14th season in NBA history with at least 17.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.

    He'd the first to do while shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.

    According to Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider, those numbers have done nothing to sway general manager Danny Ferry into thinking Smith is worth a max contract.

    As a result, Smith is quite likely to be dealt by the trade deadline.

    Many executives around the league believe Atlanta GM Danny Ferry is intent on moving Josh Smith before the deadline. On Wednesday, three opposing GMs told me definitively that Ferry has decided not to re-sign Smith in free agency this summer and is trying hard to move him within the next week.

    The question is, where will Smith end up?

    The Brooklyn Nets are rumored to be "aggressively pursuing" Smith (via ESPN New York). The San Antonio Spurs are interested, as well (via Yahoo! Sports).

    Where he ends up is unclear, but it's unlikely to remain Atlanta.