Players Likeliest to Hit Trade Block After 2013 NBA Draft

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterJune 28, 2013

Players Likeliest to Hit Trade Block After 2013 NBA Draft

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    The next wave of young talent is ready to make a mark on the league after the 2013 NBA draft. 

    The draft has added up to 60 new jobs for incoming players, but some veterans will lose their jobs because of it.

    Though many players will get some seasoning in the D-League and overseas before challenging for a spot, a number will in fact be earning playing time in 2013-14. 

    For NBA teams looking to improve themselves through trades this summer, the following players likely just hit the market.

Marcin Gortat, C, Phoenix Suns

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    Marcin Gortat is a veteran on an expiring contract playing for a lottery team.

    If those reasons alone didn't justify a trade, the drafting of his replacement Thursday night most certainly did.

    The Suns took University of Maryland center Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA draft. The 20-year-old big man was in the discussion to go first overall and is an impressive 7'1" and 255 pounds.

    Phoenix, now in rebuilding mode, isn't likely to have Gortat in its big picture and could look to deal him at the trade deadline, if not before.

    Gortat is still playing at a high level and should attract a good number of buyers.

Greivis Vasquez, PG, New Orleans Pelicans

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    Greivis Vasquez was probably feeling pretty good when the Pelicans announced their first-round pick.

    After all, it appeared he had another alley-oop partner in newly drafted Nerlens Noel. Even better, the Pelicans had passed on Michigan point guard Trey Burke, someone plenty of mock drafts said was going to take his place.

    Then came the trade news. Noel, a Pelican for all of five minutes, would be going to the Philadelphia 76ers in a trade that would bring point guard Jrue Holiday to the Bayou.


    With Austin Rivers and newly drafted Pierre Jackson also on the depth chart, expect Vasquez to hit the market rather quickly.

Arron Afflalo, SG, Orlando Magic

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    If Arron Afflalo wasn't on his way out of Orlando before the draft, he should be packing his bags now. 

    There were rumors (via ESPN) before the draft that Afflalo would be going to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal for Eric Bledsoe, but nothing materialized.

    The drafting of shooting guard Victor Oladipo from Indiana should more than seal his fate, as Afflalo is older, more expensive and doesn't hold nearly the potential that the former Hoosier does.

    After playing for a successful Denver Nuggets team the year before and then going to a 20-62 Magic team, Afflalo shouldn't be too disappointed if and when Orlando ships him out.

Luol Deng, SF, Chicago Bulls

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    Tony Snell is a do-it-all small forward from New Mexico who can play lockdown defense. He seems like a perfect fit for a Bulls team that absolutely preaches D under head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Deng is a poster child for defense, and he has been a large part of the Bulls' success for the past nine seasons.

    That being said, Chicago is well over the salary cap, and Deng is entering the last year of a deal that will pay him $14.3 million. 

    With Snell on board and the emergence of shooting guard/small forward Jimmy Butler last season, Chicago should now feel confident that it could trade Deng without much of a setback. 

Rodney Stuckey, SG, Detroit Pistons

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    Rodney Stuckey has probably already worn out his welcome in Detroit, and he may even be bought out before he can be traded.

    With one year left on his contract at $8.5 million, Stuckey may carry some value as a scorer off the bench or at least as an expiring contract to another team.

    Many thought the Pistons would draft nearby star Trey Burke out of Michigan, but instead they drafted a shooting guard in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

    Despite his drop in production in recent seasons, Stuckey is still just 27 years old and may just need a change of scenery.

    If the Pistons can get anything other than a bad contract back for their veteran shooting guard, they should pull the trigger.

Kendrick Perkins, C, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Kendrick Perkins has, in all likelihood, been on the trading block for a few years now, but he's needed even less now with the drafting of Steven Adams from Pittsburgh.

    Sporting a PER of 8.20 (league average is 15.00) last season, Perkins has been in a steep decline ever since he swapped his green jersey for a blue one.

    Owed over $18 million the next two seasons, it's likely the Thunder try to trade Perkins for someone, anyone, who will free them of his subpar play and bloated contract.

    Adams is still very much a project, but something tells me even he could put up a higher efficiency rating as rookie than Perkins would at age 28.

Trevor Ariza, SF, Washinton Wizards

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    Trevor Ariza elected to return to the Wizards next season by picking up his $7.7 million player option. This was before they drafted Georgetown standout forward Otto Porter Jr.

    While this may or may not have been a factor in Ariza's decision, it's worth noting that he shouldn't plan on being a starter in Washington next season.

    The Wizards already have Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton on the roster at small forward to go along with Porter.

    Ariza is the most likely to be traded, due to his expiring contract and the fact that he's just plain better than either of the other two small forwards on the roster.

    Porter was drafted to be the future at the position in D.C., and all others should be fighting for a backup job behind him.

Anderson Varejao/Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    The selection of Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall was a curious one, as he plays the same position as the Cavs' most improved player last season, Tristan Thompson.

    While Thompson has played center in the past, at 6'9" he can get bullied around by players like Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert and Dwight HowardThis makes it possible the Cavs could move either Thompson or their starting center, Anderson Varejao.

    Varejao is a fantastic player when healthy, but he has only played in a combined 81 games the past three seasons.

    With Bennett now on board, it's very possible one will be moved, as Cleveland won't want to leave the top pick on the bench for very long.