Here's hoping the NBA trade deadline in 2014 is much more exciting than the "action" that occurred last year.
Almost nothing happened, and we basketball fans were left trying to get excited about swaps like the one that sent Dahntay Jones to the Atlanta Hawks and Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks. Yay!
Well, this year is going to be different...we hope.
There are actually quite a few prominent names on the trade block, and the stacked nature of the 2014 draft class makes tanking more likely for quite a few struggling teams. Additionally, the Western Conference is a giant mess of good teams, and the Eastern Conference is wide open after the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, so the right move could create a new semi-contender.
We're going to see some action as the Association's 30 franchises try to figure out their paths for the near future.
But who are the best players available?
It's important to note these 10 potential trading chips aren't being ranked by their skill on the court, nor are they ranked by the merits of their 2013-14 seasons. Instead, the countdown proceeds toward the player who will draw the most interest if he's officially placed on the block, which combines each of the previous two elements while looking toward the future.
Additionally, not all of these players will be made available, but there are situations in which each of them could.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current as of Jan. 29 and come from Basketball-Reference.