Potential NBA Trade Targets Contenders Should Be After

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Potential NBA Trade Targets Contenders Should Be After
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It's that time of year again. 

Teams are firmly deciding whether they're contenders or pretenders, then they're figuring out whether they want to buy or sell before the trading deadline hits. It might seem like it's far off in the future, but 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 20 is going to be here before you know it. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of attractive players out there for teams in search of that final piece to the puzzle. Maybe it's another star scorer who can push the squad over the top. Maybe it's a role player who fills in the last hole.

Regardless, any contender is going to be able to find an attractive trade target.

These 10 players stand out as the most attractive options in the NBA right now, though it's important to take in a trio of factors:

  1. Need isn't taken into account. Maybe no contenders need a defensive center (hypothetically), but that won't keep one off the list.
  2. The players have to be on teams that are willing to sell rather than buy, unless they're unnecessarily extraneous parts of a contending team.
  3. They have to be expendable pieces. The Philadelphia 76ers might be sellers, but they sure won't be selling Michael Carter-Williams.

There's no way all of these guys will change hands. In fact, only two or three of them might end up swapping teams before the deadline.

But they'll all be targets.

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and are current as of Jan. 7.

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