NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Role Players Who Would Make Good Deadline Targets

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2013

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Things are starting to heat up around the NBA with the trade deadline just a couple of days away. Teams have begun the search for a player who can help them make some noise in the playoffs without mortgaging the future to do it.

We're not talking about marquee names like Josh Smith or Kevin Garnett, who have found themselves a part of the rumor mill in recent weeks. Those type of assets are costly.

Some teams just need a minor upgrade to complete their roster.

Here's a look at three players who would be solid additions for numerous teams hoping to make a smaller deadline deal. They aren't going to carry a team to a championship, but they can help one get in the mix.


Rip Hamilton

Hamilton isn't the versatile threat he was during his prime with the Detroit Pistons, but he's still a reliable veteran who could come off the bench and give a contender solid minutes. He's averaging 11 points in 23 minutes for the Chicago Bulls this season.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports the Bulls are willing to move him for the right price, as they look to avoid the luxury tax. Since it doesn't look like Chicago is a serious threat in the East this season, it can save money by unloading some salary.

The great thing about Hamilton is that he can bring his championship experience to a team, fill a key role off the bench and be a consummate professional every step of the way. Every title hopeful needs a couple of players like that.


J.J. Redick

When the Orlando Magic drafted Redick with the 11th overall pick in 2006, it was unclear how he would fit in the NBA. He was a sharpshooter with limited ability to help a team in other areas.

After a slow start to his career, he's carved out a niche for himself in recent seasons.

He's averaging 15 points and four assists this season, so it's no surprise he's become a popular target. Alex Kennedy of reports the New York Knicks are one of the interested teams as they look to solidify their spot in the East.

Redick is the type of player who can provide an instant boost off the bench. When he's in the zone, few players in the league are better pure shooters than him. He's shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 89 percent from the free-throw line. That can help a lot of teams.


Sebastian Telfair

Telfair doesn't receive a lot of attention because he's never posted huge numbers. He's never averaged more than 10 points per game despite being in the league for nearly a decade. That makes it easy to understand how he would get overlooked.

What makes him an interesting trade target is his ability to run an offense. The Phoenix Suns point guard has never turned the ball over more than twice per game in his career, even when he was playing over 30 minutes a night.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reports the Suns are attempting to move him so Kendall Marshall can get more minutes down the stretch. A team with a veteran point guard that needs a backup should feel comfortable letting Telfair fill the role.