NBA general managers tasked with rebuilding a team generally view their rosters as having just two types of players. The first kind are the keepers. They're rare. Typically marked by rookie-scale contracts and unrealized star potential, these are the assets that teams want to have around during a rebuilding effort.
The second kind are, well...everyone else. And that larger category is best viewed as being trade bait.
Because if a player isn't young, cheap and loaded with upside, there's no place for him on a team that is starting from scratch.
So as the Boston Celtics head into the dog days of August with the likes of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and Rajon Rondo on the roster, don't be surprised when trade talks start to get louder. In fact, expect it.
There's no such thing as an iron-clad guarantee in the unpredictable world of the NBA offseason, but there are a few teams that seem like locks to wheel and deal before the 2013-14 campaign kicks off.