An NBA player's current value can be significantly different than his trade value, which is an important concept for everyone participating in the trade deadline frenzy to fully grasp.
If you ask me who the best players in the world are, I'm going to base my evaluation solely off what they can do on the court.
However, if you ask me about the best trade chips, I'm going to include the aforementioned criterion, but also age, contract status, potential and more.
All of those nuggets of information came into play when creating these rankings of the top 100 NBA players in terms of their trade value. I started with my rankings of the top 100 players in the Association and added in the rest of the factors.
I've also added some italics for emphasis when I get to a player who has been filling up the rumor mill.
Theoretically, you would trade a lower-ranked player for a higher-ranked player in a vacuum. That's not how real life works, of course, so act accordingly.
Note: All contract information comes from Spotrac.com. Injured players were not included in this slideshow.