Year after year, the NBA trade deadline is full of surprises. Fans and analysts watch closely to see who ends up where, and while there are a number of predictable moves, it's the bombshells that get people talking.
Despite the notion that some teams are content with where they stand, no squad is perfect. Every franchise is competing for a championship—either now or down the road—and every group has at least one asset it should be willing to part with before the deadline hits on Feb. 20.
For some, that trade piece is easy to identify. Pau Gasol has been the focus of rumors for years, and nobody should be shocked if the Los Angeles Lakers finally pull the trigger.
Blake Griffin, on the other hand, is a very different story—one we'll come to in just a bit—but he's someone who shouldn't be untouchable in the eyes of the L.A. Clippers.
It's not always easy to part ways with players, but the NBA is a business. Wheeling and dealing comes with the territory, and very few players are exempt this time of year.
*Statistics and rankings are accurate as of Jan. 20 at midnight ET.
**All salary-related information is courtesy of HoopsHype.com.