Last-Minute NBA Trade Deadline Shopping Lists for Each Team

Grant Rindner@grantrindnerContributor IIIFebruary 18, 2013

Last-Minute NBA Trade Deadline Shopping Lists for Each Team

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    For every NBA front office, the All-Star break is the perfect time to reflect on their roster, how they fared in the first half of the season and what they need to tweak heading into the stretch run.

    No matter how good teams like the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have been in the first part of the 2012-13 campaign, both are far from perfect clubs. 

    Obviously, not every shopping list is made equal. A team like the Los Angeles Lakers might have to fully restock the fridge, while the Clippers could make do with one or two minor additions to the proverbial cupboard. Regardless, there is work to be done for every GM who hopes to improve his squad before it's too late.

    With the Feb. 21 trade deadline looming, let's take a look at the last-minute shopping every NBA team should look into in the coming few days.

    Statistics accurate as of February 18th, 2013.

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Atlanta Hawks

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    In the shopping cart: Starting small forward

    The Atlanta Hawks have a pretty well-rounded roster, but the position they clearly need the most help at is small forward. Kyle Korver is having a solid season at the 3, averaging 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from three-point range, but he is a natural 2-guard who cannot defend bigger, more physical forwards.

    Josh Smith can play some 3, but his best position is the power forward, and that leaves DeShawn Stevenson as really the only other option at the position.

    If the Hawks are serious about making a playoff run behind their retooled core, they need to package some of their backcourt assets and reel in a starting-caliber small forward.

     

    In the return aisle: Josh Smith

    Few players have had their names floated around in more trade rumors in 2012-13 than Josh Smith. Smith is having a brilliant year, averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 boards and 4.1 assists per game, but his impending free-agent status and history of tension within the organization makes it difficult to anticipate whether he will sign a long-term deal.

    Atlanta could always keep Smith and build around him, Jeff Teague and Al Horford, but with a number of teams showing interest, this may be the best time to part ways with J-Smoove.

Boston Celtics

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    In the shopping cart: Backup point guard, backup center

    Injuries have decimated a once-deep Boston Celtics roster, and though the team has gone 8-1 since the loss of Rajon Rondo, they need to make some moves in the wake of Leandro Barbosa and Jared Sullinger both being declared out for the season as well.

    The team currently has just three healthy guards on the roster in Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. For depth's sake, they need to snag a pure point guard who can run the pick-and-roll and set up teammates instead of looking for his own shot.

    They also need a big man that can take some pressure off of Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass. Jeff Green can play some power forward, but this team needs a player who can grab boards and not be a total liability foul-wise.

     

    In the return aisle: Courtney Lee

    At this point, Garnett and Paul Pierce are likely staying put, but the team could look to deal Lee, who has not exactly lived up to expectations and is being miscast as a point guard.

    According to Ric Bucher, Memphis is interested in Lee's services, and if Boston can pry a player like Darrell Arthur away from them, it would be well worth exploring.

Brooklyn Nets

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    In the shopping cart: Backup shooting guard, power forward

    The Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of a resurgence in their first year in the Barclays Center, but they are a few roster holes away from true contention. 

    The team, which has not been utilizing sophomore MarShon Brooks much, needs to add some scoring punch off the bench behind Joe Johnson. One option is Ben Gordon, whom the team is discussing acquiring.

    Due to the poor play of Kris Humphries, the team also must hunt for another power forward option. Reggie Evans is too limited of a player to be depended on for 30-plus minutes per game, and Andray Blatche has been excellent coming off the pine, but he's still not a reliable starter.

     

    In the return aisle: Kris Humphries

    Humphries is following up a career-best year by averaging just six points and 6.2 rebounds per game on 43.5 percent shooting from the field. Injuries have hampered his play, but he has also been jerked out of the starting lineup several times in 2012-13.

    If Brooklyn could facilitate a Humphries-for-Paul Millsap deal with the Utah Jazz, that would be an absolute coup for Billy King.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    In the shopping cart: A serviceable big man who isn't Byron Mullens

    This young Charlotte Bobcats team has plenty of talent in the backcourt, but if they are going to return to the playoff conversation anytime soon, they need to acquire a capable big man to play alongside Byron Mullens.

    Mullens, to his credit, is averaging 12.8 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, but he has almost no help. Bismack Biyombo has grown as a player, but not considerably, while Tyrus Thomas is always hurt and Jeff Adrien is just 6'7".

     

    In the return aisle: Ben Gordon

    The Bobcats traded for Ben Gordon, ridding themselves of Corey Maggette and bringing in another draft pick from the Detroit Pistons, but the marriage has not exactly worked.

    After an incident between Gordon and coach Mike Dunlap, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the team is even more determined to deal the former Sixth Man of the Year.

    If the team could swing a deal for Kris Humphries, it would hopefully revitalize him and give Charlotte the big man it desperately needs.

Chicago Bulls

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center

    Joakim Noah has played excellent basketball for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 11.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and two blocks per contest en route to his first All-Star berth, but he is also playing superhuman minutes.

    Plantar fasciitis has hampered the big man, and while playing Taj Gibson at the center position works, it is not an ideal long-term situation. Nazr Mohammed has not been able to contribute consistently, and the team should look to add another big man who can defend the hoop and give Noah a longer rest during games.

     

    In the return aisle: Richard Hamilton

    History says that Carlos Boozer should be the player Chicago looks to deal, but Boozer has been playing well and no worthwhile deals have emerged for him.

    Hamilton, on the other hand, has not looked like his former self. He has made 40 starts but is playing just 22.8 minutes per night and averaging 10.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting.

    With Jimmy Butler blossoming and Kirk Hinrich capable of providing better defense than Hamilton, it would make sense for the Bulls to move the former All-Star for some cap relief and maybe a draft pick.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    In the shopping cart: Starting center and veteran leadership

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have some stellar building blocks for the future in Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, but with Anderson Varejao's constant health issues, the team needs to address the future of the center position.

    Tyler Zeller is playing well, averaging eight points and 6.2 rebounds per game, but his upside is uncertain and he may never become a starting-caliber big man.

    One of the league's youngest squads could also use some leadership out on the floor. The team lost Antawn Jamison in free agency, and Luke Walton just won't cut it. It is important for a young team to have a few players who have seen it all before.

     

    In the return aisle: Anderson Varejao

    Varejao is on the hook for $9.1 million in the 2013-14 season and a team option for 2014-15, but there are plenty of teams that could use a big man that skilled.

    Varejao is an excellent rebounder and passer, but he will be 31 years old in September and does not really fit Cleveland's rebuilding model.

Dallas Mavericks

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    In the shopping cart: Point guard

    Whether it adds a replacement for Darren Collison or just some help off the bench, this Dallas Mavericks team desperately needs to improve its play at the point guard spot. Collison started the season well, but he has been erratic since, briefly losing his starting job to Derek Fisher.

    Rodrigue Beaubois has not exactly been stellar, posting 3.8 points and 1.9 assists in limited minutes, making it essential that the Mavs address the lead guard spot.

    One possibility is Dallas trading for Milwaukee point guard Brandon Jennings, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

     

    In the return aisle: Shawn Marion

    Although Marion has said he will not report to a bad team in a trade, the former All-NBA star is likely Dallas' best trade option. Marion is averaging 11.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while connecting on 49.7 percent of his field-goal attempts.

    His ability to play multiple positions and defend at a high level makes him incredibly desirable, even with his slightly cumbersome contract.

    It's not a guarantee by any means, but if Dallas makes a big deal, expect Marion to be the one dealt.

Denver Nuggets

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    In the shopping cart: Backup power forward

    The Denver Nuggets are deep at practically every position on the court, but they could use someone to play off the bench behind Kenneth Faried and spell the second-year power forward. When Faried, who has a habit of getting into foul trouble, goes to the bench, it often forces the team to play small by sliding Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler to the 4, something that is not natural for them.

    If Denver can snag an inexpensive big who can run the floor and chip in on the glass to play 15-20 minutes per night (think: Chris Wilcox), it would strengthen its already-solid rotation and really be a threat in the Western Conference.

     

    In the return aisle: Timofey Mozgov

    With JaVale McGee and Kosta Koufos both playing well, Timofey Mozgov has been the odd man out in Denver's center rotation. Mozgov has said that he expects to be dealt if a decent deal presents itself, and there is really no reason for the Nuggets not to part ways with the Russian big man.

    Mozgov has some nice upside, but he will never receive the minutes to develop on the Denver roster, and there are plenty of teams that would be willing to take a chance on the raw seven-footer.

Detroit Pistons

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    In the shopping cart: Backup small forward

    Since shipping out Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye for Jose Calderon, the Detroit Pistons have slid Kyle Singler over to the small forward position.

    Singler has played well since then, notching 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game on 47.2 percent shooting from the field, but the team does not have much depth on the wing.

    Corey Maggette has struggled with injury, and while Charlie Villanueva can play the small forward position, he is best suited as a stretch 4, drawing big men outside the paint.

     

    In the return aisle: Rodney Stuckey

    Although no formal trade offers have surfaced for Rodney Stuckey, it is safe to say that with Brandon Knight and Jose Calderon playing well and Kyle Singler coming into his own, the Pistons will look to off-load the erratic combo guard.

    Stuckey has his transcendent moments, but often he jacks up questionable shots, plays subpar defense and has trouble running his team's offense.

    If Detroit can ship out Stuckey and land something meaningful for him, it could find itself back in the playoffs as early as 2013-14.

Golden State Warriors

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    In the shopping cart: Backup shooting guard

    Initially, Brandon Rush was the backup to budding shooting guard Klay Thompson, but since Rush tore his ACL, the team has been forced to use a mix of players since they lack another pure 2-guard.

    That certainly has not hampered the team, as they are off to their most successful season since the "We Believe" era, but having a Rush-type player who plays strong defense and can hit threes off the bench would certainly help.

     

    In the return aisle: Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins

    Golden State has one of the deepest rosters in the league, and as a result, veterans like Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins have barely been utilized by Mark Jackson.

    Jefferson is averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per night, while Biedrins is posting 0.5 points and 3.1 rebounds in 9.2 minutes a contest.

    Both of these players have extremely high salaries, but Jefferson at least still has something left in the tank to provide for a team in need of a veteran presence.

    The two also make significant dents in the Warriors' salary cap, something that team should preserve since they will have to extend several players in the coming years.

Houston Rockets

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center, some veteran leadership

    The Houston Rockets, behind James Harden and Chandler Parsons, have absolutely exceeded fans' expectations and become a playoff contender in the Western Conference. Harden has played unbelievable basketball, Parsons has emerged as a valuable multi-tool, and the team's role players have stepped up admirably.

    What is hampering them, though, is their lack of a veteran presence. This is the youngest team in the NBA, and come playoff time, it would be nice to have a player with proven postseason experience who can rally the team in the locker room.

    They could also use a true center behind Omer Asik, who is a bit foul-prone. With Asik on the bench, the team is forced to go small, and it would be nice to have some size off the pine.

     

    In the return aisle: Toney Douglas

    I could have gone with Jeremy Lin here, but I believe Lin deserves a full season in Houston before his future with the team is assessed. Douglas has played well at times, but he is streaky and often makes questionable decisions.

    With the Rockets picking up Patrick Beverley and Royce White, another ball-handler nearing the start of his NBA career, it might pay for Houston to explore trade options surrounding Douglas.

Indiana Pacers

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    In the shopping cart: Scoring wing

    The Indiana Pacers do not need help at a particular position, but with Danny Granger's prolonged absence, this team has struggled to score. They are just 28th in the league in scoring at 92.8 points per contest.

    Paul George and David West are both playing stellar basketball, but if this team wants to become a contender, they need a true, consistent third option. Whether that comes in the form of a trade, though, or in a player like George Hill or Gerald Green stepping up remains to be seen.

     

    In the return aisle: Danny Granger

    Despite its scoring difficulty, Indiana currently sits at third in the Eastern Conference with a 32-21 record. The team could opt to deal Granger once he returns in favor of some young pieces and cap flexibility.

    One possible rumor has Granger going to Houston, which would net some youthful assets for Indiana and give the Rockets a player with postseason experience to help them out come April and May.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center with skill

    I firmly believe that the L.A. Clippers would be fine if they stood pat and went to war with a healthy roster, but the one area in which they could use an upgrade is the backup center position, unless they make an unexpected major move like dealing for Kevin Garnett.

    DeAndre Jordan is a dynamic finisher and shot-blocker, but his inability to create offense is a problem that seriously limits how long he can play.

    If Los Angeles could add another big man who can effectively post up, it would be a nice asset to have off the bench to throw different offensive looks at opponents.

     

    In the return aisle: Caron Butler

    Until Chris Paul signs an extension, the Clippers simply need to hold onto Eric Bledsoe.

    On the other hand, the player they have who is absolutely expendable is Caron Butler. Butler, whose minutes are being jerked around wildly, is averaging 10.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting just 42.1 percent from the field.

    Though he is earning $8 million this season, some team in need of a small forward (like the Atlanta Hawks) may consider dealing for the former All-Star.

    With Matt Barnes playing the best basketball of his career, it makes Butler a tradeable asset so long as Los Angeles nets something worthwhile in return.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center/power forward, injection of youth

    With Jordan Hill out for the remainder of the season and Pau Gasol sidelined for the foreseeable future with a plantar fascia tear, the Los Angeles Lakers could seriously use another big man to play behind Dwight Howard.

    Antawn Jamison has picked up his play, but he is really a combo forward. The same goes for Earl Clark, which means that the team needs to bring in a player who can bang in the paint and spell Howard when he is in foul trouble.

    Beyond that, this team just needs young legs who are willing to hustle in transition and play aggressive defense. The closest thing they have is Metta World Peace, and he is anything but young.

     

    In the return aisle: Pau Gasol

    Howard could very easily go here, but I think that this team, for whatever reason, would be more willing to deal Gasol before D12.

    Gasol, due to a combination of cumbersome injuries and a system that does not suit his skill set, is averaging just 13.4 points and eight rebounds, but when healthy, he is among the league's most talented big men.

    If the Lakers could deal Gasol and somehow procure multiple pieces that could provide depth and energy for Los Angeles, the team would have to seriously consider doing so.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    In the shopping cart: Backup shooting guard (who can shoot)

    By parting ways with not only Rudy Gay, but also Wayne Ellington, the Memphis Grizzlies' perimeter depth took a serious hit. The team has Jerryd Bayless, but he is best suited as a reserve point guard due to his small stature.

    Tony Allen is an elite defender, but he is pretty close to an offensive liability, and this team could desperately use a guard who can stroke it from outside to open up the floor for post players. Often, opponents will pack the paint against Memphis and dare them to win from the perimeter, something the Grizzlies can very rarely do.

     

    In the return aisle: Darrell Arthur

    In the Rudy Gay deal, Memphis acquired Ed Davis, a big man who is too talented to be sitting at fourth on the depth chart.

    Darrell Arthur is a good player, but he no longer possesses the upside Davis has, and given his reasonable contract, he could potentially bring in a young shooting guard and maybe even a decent draft pick.

    Moving Arthur would give Davis a chance to shine while also potentially netting Memphis the impact guard it needs.

Miami Heat

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    In the shopping cart: A center, any center

    Behind LeBron James' MVP play, the Miami Heat are rolling, but the team is last in the league in rebounds, at 38.9 per game. They often use a small lineup with LeBron at the 4, and though it works, it leaves them extremely vulnerable in the paint.

    Chris Bosh is a good player, but he may not cut it at center in the playoffs against a team like the Indiana Pacers or Chicago Bulls.

     

    In the return aisle: Mike Miller

    With Ray Allen's play picking up and Shane Battier still putting in a good defensive effort, Mike Miller has become the forgotten man in Miami's rotation.

    He is still a good shooter but is playing just 13.9 minutes per game and shooting 39.1 percent from the field en route to 3.6 points per night.

    Miller's hefty contract is going to make it quite difficult to find any potential suitors, but Miami should be looking aggressively to offload the former Rookie of the Year.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    In the shopping cart: Backup point guard (facilitator)

    The backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis and the surprising play of Larry Sanders has the Milwaukee Bucks in playoff contention, but for this team to secure a postseason berth, they need to acquire a point guard who looks to pass instead of score.

    Jennings and Ellis are both scorers by nature, and this can often inhibit the Bucks' ball movement as they rely on their two stars.

    With a veteran point guard who can run the pick-and-roll, Milwaukee's offense would gain a new, much-needed dimension.

     

    In the return aisle: Drew Gooden

    Drew Gooden has barely been a factor for Milwaukee, playing just 9.8 minutes on average in 12 appearances this season.

    Gooden is a good player when healthy, but the Bucks' deep frontcourt makes it difficult to find minutes for him.

    It might be hard to find a taker for Gooden's contract, but any offer should be enough for Milwaukee to pull the trigger.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    In the shopping cart: Starting shooting guard, reserve small forward

    What the Minnesota Timberwolves really need is a miracle doctor, but barring that, this team could seriously use some stopgaps at the wing positions.

    Brandon Roy has missed the brunt of the 2012-13 campaign due to lingering knee problems, and Andrei Kirilenko has played well but missed his share of time, too.

    Reserve Chase Budinger, who tore his meniscus early in the season, is nearing a return but still rehabbing from the injury.

     

    In the return aisle: Luke Ridnour

    Averaging 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 dimes per game, Luke Ridnour has actually played good basketball for Minnesota, but the reality is just that he is not a starting 2-guard at 6'2".

    Ricky Rubio's play has picked up, and the team has Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea off the pine, making Ridnour a luxury the team can afford to deal for the right offer.

    One possibility has Ridnour going to New York to provide the Knicks with some backcourt depth.

New Orleans Hornets

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    In the shopping cart: Starting small forward

    Injuries have turned what could have been a promising New Orleans Hornets season into somewhat of a nightmare, but with Eric Gordon back, this team has looked like one with a bright future.

    A position they need to address, though, is small forward. Al-Farouq Aminu appears not to be the answer, as he is consistently in and out of Monty Williams' doghouse and does not put in effort every night.

    New Orleans has plenty of young assets, and it could package a few of them to land a starting-caliber small forward like Paul Millsap to build around for the future.

     

    In the return aisle: Jason Smith

    Rumors have swirled that the team could be gauging Eric Gordon's trade value, but Gordon, when healthy, is too good of a player for the Hornets to sell low on.

    With Robin Lopez, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson all playing good basketball, it appears that Jason Smith could be on the trade block in the near future.

    Smith is a solid player with a decent mid-range jumper, but he is not a starting-caliber big man and could be put in a package to net a wing player that the Hornets could certainly use.

New York Knicks

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center/power forward

    Who would have guessed that 38-year-olds Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby would miss extended periods? Surprise!

    Despite having Amar'e Stoudemire excelling as a sixth man, the New York Knicks are still in need of some help up front, especially if Wallace and Camby cannot return to action.

    Tyson Chandler is yet again providing New York with top-notch defense, but he is also playing superhuman minutes. The Knicks need to make sure he does not wear down before playoff time.

     

    In the return aisle: Ronnie Brewer

    Most of New York's assets are difficult to deal, but one player it could possible part with is Ronnie Brewer.

    Iman Shumpert's return has made minutes hard to come by for Brewer. However, despite his lack of an offensive game, Brewer's top-shelf perimeter defense means that he could find a role on most teams in the league.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center with skill

    Even with James Harden lighting it up in Houston, the Oklahoma City Thunder have not missed a beat, racing out to a 39-14 record behind the stellar play of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

    What has hurt the Thunder at times, though, has been their lack of production from the center position. Kendrick Perkins has had his moments, but he is averaging just 4.6 points and shooting 48.6 percent from the field.

    Perkins is a good low-post defender, but he cannot produce much consistent offense on his own. The same goes for his backup, Nick Collison, and his backup's backup, Hasheem Thabeet.

     

    In the return aisle: Eric Maynor

    After the 2010-11 season, Eric Maynor was looked at by many as a fast-rising point guard, but a torn ACL in 2011-12 significantly hurt his growth.

    This year, he has lost the backup point guard position to Reggie Jackson, and he has been relegated to spot duty in blowouts.

    Some team should still be willing to roll the dice with Maynor, though, and Oklahoma City would be wise to part ways with the VCU product.

Orlando Magic

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    In the shopping cart: Draft picks, backup point guard

    The Orlando Magic started the 2012-13 season decently, but they have seen nearly all of their significant players miss extended time while their record has plummeted as a result.

    What Orlando should look to do is move some of its veterans for potential draft picks and grab a young backup for Jameer Nelson who could potentially become a starter down the road.

    Nelson has had some good games, but he simply does not fit into the equation for this rebuilding Magic team.

     

    In the return aisle: Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick, Josh McRoberts

    The Orlando Magic have a lot of players that they should look to deal before the deadline.

    Moving Turkoglu will be impossible because of his suspension and general terribleness, while Davis' foot injury hurts his value. McRoberts has been used sparingly and largely as a small forward, which does not fit his skill set.

    Redick is easily their best moveable asset, and given that he will be a free agent in the 2013 offseason, it would behoove Orlando to find a taker for the silky-smooth shooting guard.

Philadelphia 76ers

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    In the shopping cart: Backup point guard

    Jrue Holiday has been nothing short of sensational for the Philadelphia 76ers, but the team has literally no depth behind him.

    Royal Ivey has played extremely sporadically for the Sixers, while Maalik Wayns did not exactly pan out in his rookie season.

    Philadelphia is a ways out of playoff contention, but it could certainly use some help in the backcourt behind its All-Star if it wants to find a way to the No. 8 seed.

     

    In the return aisle: Evan Turner

    Evan Turner has had a good year for Philly, averaging 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, but he is shooting just 42.7 percent from the field.

    Heading into the All-Star break, he was mired in a shooting slump, but many were surprised when rumors of a potential trade emerged from ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Turner is a versatile player with plenty of upside, but if the Sixers want to move him, they can likely grab some nice veteran pieces to provide immediate help for Holiday.

Phoenix Suns

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    In the shopping cart: Non-Michael Beasley small forward

    The Phoenix Suns have a lot of problems, but the one they most need to address is the small forward situation. Michael Beasley has been incredibly inconsistent, going in and out of the doghouse and being largely inefficient as a scorer.

    The Suns have a quality point guard in Goran Dragic and good big men in Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat, but they have a serious issue on the wing. The team needs to rid itself of Beasley and his associated headaches and snag a defensive-minded forward who can actually play passable defense.

     

    In the return aisle: Michael Beasley, Jared Dudley

    I've addressed this already, but Phoenix really needs to deal Beasley. He is not good for the culture of a rebuilding team given his lack of defensive intensity and habit of making poor decisions.

    With that, the team also appears to be dangling Jared Dudley on the trade market. Though Dudley reportedly does not want to leave, plenty of clubs could use a good wing defender who can shoot the ball too.

    Rumors of a Dudley-for-Shumpert deal have been quashed, but if Phoenix could land a Shumpert-caliber piece, it would be well worth doing so.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    In the shopping cart: Any kind of depth

    The Portland Trail Blazers have one of the best starting fives in the NBA, but what has hampered the team all season long has been its inability to rely on consistent production from its bench.

    The starters are forced to play superhuman minutes, because without them in the game, the Blazers cannot produce consistent points or come up with defensive stops.

    It does not matter at which position the Blazers acquire depth; it simply matters that they bring in someone capable of playing 20-plus minutes per game.

     

    In the return aisle: Luke Babbitt

    There is really no one that Portland could deal if it doesn't want to fall out of playoff contention, so the only option would be to ship out a bench player like Luke Babbitt.

    Babbitt is not much more than a three-point shooter, but he can occasionally chip in on the glass and is a reliable option from deep when he spots up.

    In reality, though, the only thing Portland has to deal is a first-round draft pick.

Sacramento Kings

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    In the shopping cart: Starting small forward, backup point guard

    The Sacramento Kings have plenty of young talent, but they have two glaring needs holding them back.

    This team has a number of ball-dominating guards, but it lacks an unselfish point guard who can set up plays and make his teammates better. A team like this needs someone who can execute a pick-and-roll and create easy shots for his teammates, not just jack up three-pointers.

    There is also a hole at small forward, where the veteran John Salmons has been the regular starter. Salmons has played decently, but this team needs to find a long-term anchor at the position, and that is certainly not Salmons.

     

    In the return aisle: Tyreke Evans

    After deciding not to tender Tyreke Evans an extension, it appears that Sacramento is poised to part ways with the former Rookie of the Year.

    Whether it is through a trade or free agency remains to be seen, but it is a safe bet that Evans will not be a part of the Kings when the 2013-14 season tips off. He is a talented player, but he has declined considerably during his time in the league and simply no longer fits the squad.

San Antonio Spurs

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    In the shopping cart: Backup power forward

    The San Antonio Spurs, who boast an NBA-best record of 42-12, do not really have any major needs at the trade deadline, but if they do make a move, it should be for someone who can spell Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.

    Duncan has been playing at a torrid pace, while Splitter has matured well in his third season in the league.

    However, the team still ranks just 25th in the league in rebounds per game with 40.9, and as a result, it could use another player who can bang in the paint better than someone like Boris Diaw.

     

    In the return aisle: DeJuan Blair

    Not long ago, DeJuan Blair was starting at center for San Antonio and providing some grit and hustle inside, but he has fallen out of the rotation and is now barely seeing the court.

    Blair is just 6'7" and does not have much of an offensive game, but he can finish in the paint and use his body well to grab tough rebounds.

    The 23-year-old would likely garner serious interest on the trade market, and it would be wise for the Spurs to pursue a deal by Feb. 21.

Toronto Raptors

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    In the shopping cart: Backup center, backup power forward

    The Toronto Raptors showed they are serious about building a winner by dealing for Rudy Gay, but before this team returns to the playoff conversation, it desperately needs to improve its interior play.

    Andrea Bargnani can score, but he struggles with his health and is not a reliable post defender or rebounder by any stretch of the imagination.

    Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas are both solid players with upside, but they need time to mature and should not be depended on too heavily at the moment.

     

    In the return aisle: Andrea Bargnani

    Bargnani is averaging 14.8 points per game but shooting an unacceptable 40.9 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from three-point territory. To make matters worse, the seven-footer is grabbing a mere 3.9 boards per contest.

    Reportedly, a trade for Carlos Boozer is a possibility, and though Boozer has had his own ups and downs, he is a significant improvement over Bargnani, even with his salary.

    If the Raptors have the opportunity to land a Boozer-caliber player for the underachieving Bargnani, they would be fools not to do so.

Utah Jazz

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    In the shopping cart: Starting point guard

    This one is simple: With Mo Williams still sidelined due to a thumb injury, this Utah Jazz team needs to add a starting-caliber point guard—and fast—if it wants to stay in the playoff chase.

    Even when Williams returns, he is clearly not the future for the Jazz, and they would be foolish to retain him long-term since he does not fit with the identity of this young, athletic squad.

    The Jazz have plenty of capable scorers. They need a point guard capable of setting up his teammates in transition and also hitting the open shot if defenses play off him.

     

    In the return aisle: Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap

    A deal of either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap seems imminent for Utah, but at this point no one knows which of the two big men the team will choose to part ways with.

    Recent rumors have centered around a Millsap-for-Eric Bledsoe deal, one that would give Utah the perfect point guard for its system while sending out a capable forward to help the Clippers' title hunt.

    If Utah could swing this deal and potentially land a player like Caron Butler, it would be foolish to turn it down.

Washington Wizards

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    In the shopping cart: Scoring forward

    The Washington Wizards have been playing solid basketball since John Wall's return from a knee injury, but the team still has a great deal of difficulty scoring.

    The backcourt of Wall, Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford provides a decent punch, but this team could really use a forward it could depend on for consistent offense.

    Martell Webster is playing decently, but he is streaky and not shooting particularly well from the field. The same goes for Kevin Seraphin, who has seen his minutes cut drastically recently.

     

    In the return aisle: Jordan Crawford

    Obviously, this is not a guarantee, but with Wall and Beal playing well, it may be time for Washington to explore shipping out Crawford.

    Though a good player, Crawford makes horrendous decisions and takes shots that he simply should not be taking while playing lackadaisical defense to boot.

    Even with this stigma, some team in need of a scoring punch would likely swoop in to grab Crawford and likely tender the Wizards a solid offer as a result.