As the NBA season progresses, some teams will be looking to shake things up as notable names find themselves the subject of trade gossip. However, not every target believed to be on the market is worth the trouble of acquiring.
Rapper Mos Def once said, "The shiny apple is bruised but sweet and, if you choose to eat, you could lose your teeth."
That's a perfect metaphor for this year's trade market. While the talent is tempting, there is a considerable risk that comes with any potential deal.
A good example is the Sacramento Kings' recent acquisition of former Grizzlies/Raptors forward Rudy Gay, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gay clearly has the skills to be a solid scoring option, but he comes with a price tag that will pay him close to $18 million this year and a $19.3 million player option for next season.
That's a hefty sum for a player who hasn't carried his teams very far during his seven years in the league. Time will tell if this deal was worth the gamble for the Sacramento Kings.
As for the players on this list, they come with a warning label. They are either grossly overpaid (like Gay), have trouble staying healthy or both.
One thing to keep in mind is that not everyone on this list is currently the subject of trade rumors. However, in the NBA, very few players are untouchable. While a deal may be unlikely (given the circumstances), crazier things have happened in the past.
In the coming weeks, we are sure to see a few trades. If GMs are smart though, they will avoid the 10 men on this list.