As the 2014 NBA trade deadline draws closer, a number of teams will aim to take advantage of market-value fluctuations.
For a variety of reasons, some players haven't quite lived up to expectations during the 2013-14 season. Whether it's inexperience, knuckleheadedness or poorly constructed rosters, a number of buy-low players could be on the move in the coming weeks as their teams make a desperate playoff push.
Conversely, certain teams will likely peruse the trade market from now through Feb. 20 in an attempt to sell high on overachieving players. They'll be seeking to cash out on said players before their respective trade values begin plummeting back to Earth.
To identify the NBA's top buy-low and sell-high trade candidates, I compared each player's current per-game statistics to his ESPN preseason fantasy basketball projections. It’s admittedly not an exact science, but it gives a sense as to which players are vastly exceeding or falling short of expectations.
From there, I considered each player’s perceived value, contract situation and likelihood of being moved by the trade deadline to come up with these buy-low and sell-high rankings. I've also listed potential destinations for each player based on current trade rumors and/or potential fit.
Note: All projected 2013-14 per-game stats come from ESPN's fantasy basketball projections. All salary information comes from Spotrac. Unless otherwise noted, all advanced statistics come from either Basketball-Reference or NBA.com/stats. Stats and records are current through Jan. 24.