The NBA trade deadline is rapidly approaching and some players who are on the market are a huge risk for potential teams interested in their services.
Among some of the riskiest names on the market are Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks, J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic and Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors.
Whether it has to do with their contract situation, overall effort on the floor or their limited abilities on a basketball court, each of these guys have an inherent risk associated with them.
Let's take a closer look at exactly why these players are a risky bet.
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
Smith certainly has the talent to be a franchise player for whatever team is trying to acquire him as he is a potent scorer and rebounder, but he does come with some negatives.
For starters, Smith's effort on a nightly basis can certainly be questioned.
Smith is good for a double-double per night, but he has been known to take games off throughout the course of his career and that's a troubling sign for any team looking to make a trade this season or a max contract offer after the season.
Also, Smith will become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, so any team dealing for him runs the risk of giving up a large package of players and/or picks for a guy who could be a half-season rental.
The Hawks forward likely won't agree to a contract extension anytime soon, and instead will look to weigh his options this summer as he tries to find the right fit for the right price.
J.J. Redick, Orlando Magic
Redick is in the midst of the best season of his career thus far.
The Magic guard is averaging 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game, all of which are career highs. There's no question that he can be a great addition for a team in need of scoring and three-point shooting.
However, Redick will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2012-13 campaign and could fly the coop after just half of a season with whatever team trades for him.
Granted, Redick won't command a max contract this offseason and could be re-signed without breaking the bank, but that doesn't change the fact that teams are taking a huge risk in dealing players and/or picks for the Duke product.
Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors
Bargnani's name has been on the market for quite some time now, but the Raptors have yet to move him. The Toronto center is a former No. 1 overall pick and has never lived up to expectations during his NBA career.
Bargnani is averaging 14.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, which are his lowest totals since the 2007-08 season. Furthermore, Bargnani is a horrid interior defender, so any team that wishes to deal for him will have a liability roaming the paint on a game-to-game basis.
The Italian is also no stranger to the trainer's room. Not only has he missed significant time this season, but Bargnani has also been hit by the injury bug the past two seasons after missing 16 games during the 2010-11 season, and 35 games last season.
The only positive for Bargnani is that he's under contract through the 2014-15 season, but that doesn't come close to erasing all the negatives he brings to the table.