Ranking the Most Attractive Trade Targets in the NBA

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Ranking the Most Attractive Trade Targets in the NBA
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The NBA trade market can be tough to gauge.

It's basketball's biggest swap meet, with all parties involved trying to keep one leg up on their peers.

Trade chips are immensely valuable. But what makes one better than the next?

Talent is obviously a big part of the equation. Teams can't ask for a king's ransom without something remotely resembling royalty to offer in return.

But trade value doesn't stop there.

Economics play a part in the discussion. Salary commitments, both present and future, have to be considered. Some might bite a big bullet on a piece they'd like to build around; others are searching for major money that will be coming off the books at season's end in hopes of landing a big fish in free agency.

Things like age and experience carry their own weight. Present production isn't always a good indicator of future impact. A good player now might become a great one down the line.

With players like Pau Gasol, Luol Deng and Rajon Rondo churning through the rumor will, which one holds the most attraction in the eyes of their suitors?


*Unless otherwise noted, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and up to date through games on Dec. 17.

**Salary information used via Shamsports.com.

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