The week of the NBA's trade deadline is upon us, which means that teams across the Association are seeking to upgrade at key positions, clear cap space or acquire draft picks in an attempt to accomplish organizational goals.
However, it's important to note that not every club will be able to make a move at the deadline in order to solve its biggest weakness, which means that several rebuilding squads are already in position to watch the deadline pass without making a splash.
With that said, a majority of the league's squads are in a position to move and shake before or on Feb. 20 as options on the trade market abound.
With one of the most important days on the NBA calendar fast approaching, we're here to break down team needs, weaknesses and possible solutions to pressing problems.
** All salary information courtesy of ShamSports.
Biggest Weakness: Center
Solution: Stand pat, this is only temporary
Injuries to Al Horford and Pero Antic have derailed what once promised to be a fruitful 2013-14 campaign for the Atlanta Hawks, but that doesn't mean Danny Ferry should be in the business of making brash decisions at this year's trade deadline.
With Horford out for the season and Antic rehabbing from an ankle fracture, the Hawks' frontcourt has been left with a platoon consisting of All-Star Paul Millsap, the upstart Mike Scott, Elton Brand and Gustavo Ayon.
While that's hardly ideal, Antic figures to be back shortly, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore, and the Hawks shouldn't have a problem qualifying for the playoffs in a downtrodden Eastern Conference upon his return.
Considering this is only a temporary, injury-related weakness, the Hawks should remain patient and let the deadline pass without making a splash.
Biggest Weakness: Off-the-dribble scoring
Solution: Acquire a big-name perimeter scorer
It may be a bit of a fantasy, but if Danny Ainge could package Brandon Bass and Jeff Green together and net an upgrade on the perimeter, he'd have Boston Celtics fans signing his praises.
According to Sporting News' Sean Deveney, Bass has been a popular name on the trade block over the last week while Green remains a bit trickier to move due to the two years and $19 million remaining on his contract.
However, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, Ainge is open to making a splashy move that can improve his team immediately:
“We would do a deal to make our team better and use assets to get better right away,” Ainge, who is remaining back home to work the phones this weekend, said yesterday. “And we would also move veteran players to create flexibility and get draft picks. So we could go either way right now. But right now I think it’s a feeling-out process.”
Don’t misunderstand him when he talks about improvement now. He is not looking to move the Celts a few rungs up the ladder.
“I’m not talking about getting three wins better,” the Celts’ president of basketball operations said. “I’m talking about being able to be significantly better next year.”
With the Celtics possessing one of the league's most aggressive general managers, don't put it past Ainge to try and find a star to complement Rajon Rondo who could help improve the Celtics' 25th-ranked offense that ranks No. 28 overall in three-point shooting.
Biggest Weakness: Too many failing, aging parts
Solution: Sell while you still can
As Bleacher Report's Howard Beck notes in the video above, this season is going to be chalked up as a failure given the monstrous expectations that were put in place for Jason Kidd's star-studded squad.
Yes, the Nets have rebounded and will likely qualify for the playoffs (they occupy the No. 7 seed in the East), but all championship hopes have been dashed, with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers emerging as the conference's favorites.
With Pierce's contract expiring at the end of this season and Kevin Garnett only on the books for one more year at $12 million, Billy King would be wise to try and build for the future, as much as it may pain the team's owner.
Biggest Weakness: Go-to perimeter scoring
Solution: Deal Ben Gordon and a first-round pick for Evan Turner
The Charlotte Bobcats have plenty of key pieces in place, but the one they lack is a perimeter scorer who can create his own shot off-the-dribble.
Kemba Walker has assumed that role in the backcourt, but Steve Clifford can't count on Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to provide the offensive spark his team needs.
Enter Evan Turner, who's in the final year of his rookie contract and will become a restricted free agent this summer.
According to Grantland's Zach Lowe, the Bobcats could be a fit for Turner:
The Bobcats are absolutely serious about pursuing Turner, per several league sources, and the Sixers could take on Ben Gordon’s expiring contract along with one of Charlotte’s extra first-rounders (likely the 2014 pick Portland owes it) if that closes the deal.
It's hard to imagine the Sixers doing a deal for anything less than Ben Gordon's expiring deal and Portland's late first-round pick, but that does feel like fair compensation, with Turner averaging a career-high 17.5 points per game while generating 110 points per 100 possessions.
Biggest Weakness: Lack of cap space
Solution: Free up space for future moves
The Chicago Bulls don't have loads of cap space right now, but a few deadline moves could put them in prime position to wheel and deal this summer.
According to Bleacher Report's John Dorn, there are several moves out there that could help free up the necessary finances to add a big piece this summer, including a deal that involves Taj Gibson:
Shipping Gibson and his $8 million salary for 2014-15 would open up more than $15 million in cap room—a bit shy of the max. If that amount isn't enough to sway a superstar's—namely Carmelo Anthony's—opinion, trading Jimmy Butler's $2 million salary for next year would inch Chicago even closer to max space: more than $17.3 million.
Shedding Carlos Boozer's salary via the amnesty clause this summer would help out further, while Dorn mentions sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy as the Bull with the highest probability of being dealt this week.
The Bulls are only a move and some good luck (see: Derrick Rose) away from getting back on the path to prominence, but they won't be able to fully restore the faith long-term unless Jon Paxson dumps some salaries in the near future.
Biggest Weakness: The Cavs are stuck in basketball purgatory
Solution: Stand pat at the deadline
The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the All-Star break having won four games in a row, leaving them just three games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
However, even if the Cavs do miraculously slip into the postseason, it'll be fools gold and nothing more.
Cleveland ranks among the league's bottom 10 in terms of offensive and defensive efficiency, and owns a net rating of minus-5.6, per Basketball Reference.
But despite being in the midst of a tumultuous season, the Cavs should exercise patience and maintain a bit of perspective as the trade deadline approaches. Dealing Dion Waiters isn't going to solve any problems in the short-term, and the Cavs will always have a chance to explore trades involving the former No. 4 overall pick in the offseason.
Purgatory's the least desirable place of residency in the basketball universe, but blowing things up now is just going to complicate the team's myriad problems.
Instead, Dan Gilbert and Co. should re-tool and reload this offseason in an attempt to get the Cavs trending in a positive direction.
Biggest Weakness: Center
Solution: Try and pry Omer Asik away from Houston
The Dallas Mavericks are fighting to qualify for the playoffs as the occupants of the Western Conference's No. 6 seed, which means that selling the expiring deals of key cogs like Shawn Marion and Vince Carter at the deadline should be out of the question.
If the Mavericks do happen to be in the buying mood, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders suggests that a big man could be in the cards, although he cautions that Mark Cuban may prefer to remain quiet on the trade font:
The Mavericks have a reputation for shaking every tree in the league so maybe that happens after the All-Star break, but Dallas does not seem as interested in change as they have been in years past.
However, should Dallas get greedy over the next few days, Houston Rockets center Omer Asik could be an intriguing commodity, particularly because he represents a defensive upgrade over Samuel Dalembert.
With the Mavs still in need of an imposing presence in the middle, Asik and his rough and tumble ways could prove to be one of the missing pieces that Rick Carlisle's squad is looking for.
Biggest Weakness: Cap situation
Solution: Remain open to trading multiple pieces
Given the Denver Nuggets' middling performance in the loaded Western Conference, you may be unaware that they are the owners of one of the NBA's worst salary cap situations.
Let Grantland's Zach Lowe explain:
The Nuggets quietly have one of the worst cap sheets in the league. They’re basically capped out for both 2014-15 and 2015-16, and every player outside of Ty Lawson and possibly Wilson Chandler has declined in value because of poor play or injury. Denver doesn’t appear ready to hit the reset button completely, and Tim Connelly, the team’s well-regarded new GM, is still getting a feel for what he has here. But the Nuggets should consider deals that restore some salary normalcy, even it costs them Chandler and/or sends them plummeting down the standings.
In a league that isn't kind to perpetual mediocrity it would be wise of the Nuggets to jump the gun here and pursue expiring contracts or draft picks in exchange for some of their valuable commodities.
Biggest Weakness: Shooting guard
Solution: Flip Greg Monroe for a proven scorer
The Detroit Pistons need production at shooting guard in the worst kind of way. Rodney Stuckey's been decent, averaging 14 points on 45.1 percent shooting, but Detroit lacks serious depth at the 2, with the rest of the position's depth comprised of Kyle Singler, unproven rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the aging Chauncey Billups.
There's a way to solve that problem, but it's admittedly a tricky one.
Power forward Greg Monroe is slated to be a restricted free agent at season's end, leaving the team with two options should they choose to keep him through the deadline. The first involves matching any offers that come in for Monroe, which could wind up being very, very pricey for a team that's already stacked with frontcourt talent in Josh Smith and Andre Drummond. The second option involves losing Monroe altogether while getting nothing in return for his services.
With those scenarios in mind, it makes some sense for the Pistons to go out and see if they can flip Monroe for a proven scorer at the 2 and extract some value for the talented big man while they still can.
Although a trade of Monroe remains "highly unlikely," according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the risk of keeping him through Feb. 20 is too high, in my opinion.
Biggest Weakness: Backup shooting guard
Solution: Deal for Gary Neal
The Golden State Warriors addressed the backup point guard spot when they acquired Jordan Crawford from the Boston Celtics, but it appears that the Dubs are in the market for a veteran who can help take some of the onus off of Klay Thompson at shooting guard.
According to Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler, the Warriors have expressed interest in Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Gary Neal, who proved to be a valuable piece of the San Antonio Spurs' bench mob during their Western Conference title run last season.
In addition, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Bucks are seeking to move Neal to a "competitive team," a description which applies to the Warriors.
Averaging a career-high 10.2 points per game on a career-worst 38.9 percent shooting from the field, Neal feels like a natural fit in the Warriors' spread attack, one that could appropriately utilize his scoring capabilities.
Biggest Weakness: Versatile defensive stoppers
Solution: Go all-in for Thaddeus Young
As Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley recently noted, the Houston Rockets are in the market for a game-changer, one who could feasibly vault them into the Western Conference title picture along with the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.
With that established, I can't help but think they should go hard after Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young, who remains one of the league's most underrated players despite averaging 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals during the best season of his career.
With the Rockets lacking versatile and hungry defensive stoppers on the wing (sorry, James Harden and Chandler Parsons), the Rockets could shake things up considerably by dealing for Young, who's capable of guarding multiple positions.
It should also be noted that Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler reports that the Rockets have had their eyes on Young all season long.
Biggest Weakness: Danny Granger's sub-par performance
Solution: Attempt to dump Granger, move on if you can't
According to Grantland's Zach Lowe, the Indiana Pacers have been one of the teams making calls in an attempt to dump an expiring deal. The owner of that contract? Forward Danny Granger:
Washington and Indiana have been active on this front, per several league sources, but have found little traction so far. Trading Granger will be especially tough for the Pacers, since they cannot take on even a single dollar of money for next season without jeopardizing their ability to re-sign the terrifying (in a good way!) Lance Stephenson.
Shooting 36 percent from the field and 33 percent from three in 22.7 minutes per game, Granger's production has dropped off considerably since knee injuries ravaged his explosive perimeter potential.
However, as Lowe mentions, dealing Granger likely won't be an easy task. And in all honesty, that may not be such a bad thing.
The Pacers are fine right where they are, boasting a league-best net rating of 8.6, per NBA.com, and aren't going to be in a bind if they can't find a taker for Granger's services. Remember, his contract expires at the end of the year, and perhaps he'll turn the corner when the lights shine brightest during the playoffs.
With Indiana sitting pretty atop the Eastern Conference, there are very few weaknesses Frank Vogel needs to worry about moving forward.
Biggest Weakness: Backup bigs
Solution: Try and trade Jared Dudley for a backup center
As things stand, the Los Angeles Clippers are sorely lacking quality depth in the frontcourt behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
For a team with championship aspirations, it's hard to imagine that Doc Rivers would feel confident entering the postseason with Antawn Jamison, Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens as his secondary and tertiary options off the bench, but that's the sad truth right now.
One way to temporarily solve that problem would be to unload forward Jared Dudley for a competent center.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Clippers have a desire to move Dudley slightly more than midway through his first season in L.A.:
The Clippers have been described this week as "itchy" to make a deal, with veteran swingman Jared Dudley unexpectedly available mere months after arriving in L.A. with J.J. Redick in the Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade extravaganza
Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers is one option, but he's likely not the sturdy, rugged defender the Clippers would be looking for to shore up their interior depth.
Simply in need of a stopgap, it'll be interesting to see if the Clippers can find a team willing to take on Dudley and the remaining years on his contract.
Biggest Weakness: Health
Solution: Wait it out
The Los Angeles Lakers are banged up beyond belief, own the Association's fourth-best lottery odds (10.35 percent chance of obtaining the No. 1 overall pick) and are certain to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05.
A quick rundown of the team's most severe injuries reminds us that Steve Nash is eternally hurt, Nick Young is dealing with a non-displaced knee fracture and Kobe Bryant continues to rehab without a definitive timetable after suffering a tibial fracture.
At this point, there's no move worth making that will improve the Lakers as they continue to sink deeper and deeper into the Western Conference abyss.
Trading Pau Gasol could net the Lakers a draft pick and some cap relief, but it remains to be seen if L.A. is willing to wave the white flag entirely and part ways with the Spaniard.
Biggest Weakness: Three-point shooting
Solution: Deal for Mike Dunleavy
After a sluggish start, the Memphis Grizzlies have played their way back into the Western Conference playoff picture. Unfortunately, like the past two years, the Grizzlies have been incapable of shooting proficiently from beyond the arc.
Memphis has finished among the league's seven worst three-point shooting teams dating back to 2011-12, and rank 26th in 2013-14, shooting 34.2 percent from deep. Dave Joerger's squad also ranks last in three-point attempt rate (number of field-goals attempted that are threes) with a mark of .176.
The addition of Courtney Lee has helped slightly in that regard, but he's posting numbers consistent with team averages, canning just 34.4 percent of his looks from distance since being acquired by Memphis.
As such, it would benefit the Grizzlies to see if they could nab a reliable marksmen. And as previously mentioned, the Chicago Bulls look like a team that could be in the mood to sell at this year's deadline.
Should that be the case, Memphis could do worse than exploring the availability of Bulls swingman Mike Dunleavy, who's shooting 38 percent from three this season.
The better news is that Dunleavy is accompanied by a relatively cheap price tag (one year, $3.3 million remaining), which makes him an ideal floor spacer for a Grizzlies team with postseason aspirations.
Biggest Weakness: Health
Solution: Make a play for Caron Butler
Now, that's obviously not a problem that can be fixed at the trade deadline, and as Skolnick notes, Miami has very few tradable assets to work with.
With that established, Skolnick suggests that the Heat could potentially make a play for Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler, although a buyout would need to take place before Miami signs the 33-year-old swingman.
A trade in the classic sense is likely out of the question for the Heat, so fans shouldn't expect Pat Riley to pull the trigger on a swap this Thursday.
Biggest Weakness: Roster construction
Solution: Deal as many bad contracts as possible
With the NBA's worst record, it should come as no surprise that the Milwaukee Bucks have a horribly constructed roster, one that is loaded with unsightly contracts.
There's O.J. Mayo and his $8 million annual salary, Ersan Ilyasova's loaded deal through 2015-16, the unthinkably stupid Zaza Pachulia agreement ($5.2 million per year through 2015-16) and, well, you get the point.
With just under $50 million on the books next season, per Sham Sports, the Bucks could do well to clean house if they find any willing trade partners.
The good news is Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Bucks have been active in pursuit of deadline deals:
The Bucks are definitely open for business. Almost anything outside of Giannis Antetokounmpo or John Henson is going to get consideration. The Bucks have been as active as almost anyone in gauging what’s out there. They haven’t really gotten to the offering point on anything, but it does seem like they are going to do something at the deadline.
Who they trade remains to be seen, but it feels like a virtual lock that the Bucks will find a way to move and shake come Feb. 20.
Biggest Weakness: Defensive stability
Solution: Explore Taj Gibson's availability
The Minnesota Timberwolves rank No. 9 overall in terms of defensive efficiency, according to Basketball Reference, surrendering 104.4 points per 100 possessions.
That mark may seem impressive, but in reality the Timberwolves' defense is in need of a face lift. Why, you ask?
Well, Minnesota ranks dead last in opponent's field-goal percentage, allowing the opposition to shoot 46.8 percent from the field through the All-Star break.
One potential fix for Minnesota's inconsistent defense? How about a trade for Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, who owns an individual defensive rating better than all but one Timberwolves player (Gorgui Dieng) this season.
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Bleacher Report Team Stream Now), Gibson could be dealt if the Bulls are in the business of chasing a max-contract free agent. The logic behind the move, according to Cowley, would be to stay out of the luxury tax should the Bulls believe that acquiring another superstar down the road is a possibility.
Gibson's due at least $8 million over each of the next three seasons, but there's no denying that he'd be a terrific complement to Kevin Love. That, or the Timberwolves could nab Gibson as insurance and brace for the possibility that Love does bolt in the summer of 2015.
Biggest Weakness: Too many redundant talents at guard
Solution: Ship out Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers remains an intriguing prospect, but given the redundant talents the New Orleans Pelicans possess at shooting guard, it's hard to imagine the former Duke standout carving out a permanent niche with his first NBA employer.
Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon (usage rates of 27.5 and 23.5, respectively) have hogged the minutes as ball-dominant shooting guards, leaving Rivers with just 15.7 minutes per game.
As such, it would make sense for the Pelicans to try and cut their losses and admit that they made a mistake with Rivers, as Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler suggests they may:
Rivers has seen his minutes increase over the last 14 games, which might be showcasing him for a deal. The Pelicans usually play trades close to the vest, but their posture is one of a team willing to listen to trades and the fact that they have so many duplicated pieces they might be a dark horse to make a splashy move.
Although it would be more financially beneficial to move Gordon or Evans, Rivers figures to be an easier sell given his lower price tag.
Biggest Weakness: No sidekick capable of complementing Carmelo Anthony
Solution: Is there one?
The New York Knicks have entered a full-fledged tailspin during the 2013-14 season, and the bad news is that there doesn't appear to be any relief in sight.
Aside from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have a smorgasbord of streaky, inconsistent players, including J.R. Smith, the injured Andrea Bargnani and the broken down Amar'e Stoudemire. None of those players are fit to be trustworthy second options, plain and simple.
And if the Knicks are serious about selling Anthony on a future in New York, adding a reliable weapon to flank him should be the team's priority.
According to Basketball Insiders' Bill Ingram, the Knicks have been searching for a player that fits said description, but there's just one problem: New York has no attractive assets.
Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. aren't going to net New York the second star it covets, and don't even get me started on the team's lack of draft picks.
It's a sad truth, but the Knicks are stuck in an awfully tough spot after hemorrhaging first-round picks, which has left them to watch as the roster has crumbled around Anthony.
Biggest Weakness: Two-way perimeter depth
Solution: Deal for C.J. Miles
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the market for a two-way wing player.
With Evan Turner presumably a tad bit expensive for Oklahoma City's taste, CBS Sports' Royce Young suggests Cleveland Cavaliers swingman C.J. Miles as a two-way shooter who could feasibly help the Thunder in the short-term.
Young also notes that Thunder general manager Sam Presti signed Miles to a two-year offer sheet back in 2008, so there could feasibly be some interest from the Western Conference's premier squad.
Pairing Miles with a shooter like Jeremy Lamb off the bench could be huge for OKC's title hopes, and it wouldn't come at a steep cost considering that Miles' contract is set to expire at season's end.
Biggest Weakness: None, considering the state of the rebuild
Solution: Stockpile assets
The Orlando Magic don't have any pressing needs they need to address at this year's trade deadline.
This is a team that's poised to take its time and do the rebuilding process right, even if it means more losses in the short-term. With Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris all still developing and two first-round picks on the way in June (one from Denver), there's no need for Orlando to add pieces that will complicate its salary cap situation.
However, as Bleacher Report's Howard Beck notes, shooting guard Arron Afflalo—who's in the midst of a breakout season—could be a hot commodity by the time Thursday rolls around, particularly if the Magic can acquire more draft picks that will help complete this lengthy process.
Should the right offer roll around, parting with the remaining two years and $15 million on Afflalo's contract could be rather enticing.
Biggest Weakness: Still trail the Milwaukee Bucks for the league's worst record
Solution: Trade Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes
Let's make one thing clear: The Philadelphia 76ers aren't in the business of solving their biggest weakness at the 2014 trade deadline. In fact, they have too many deficiencies to count.
Instead, the Sixers should be looking to stockpile as many future assets as possible, namely in the form of draft picks. After all, the 2014 draft is when Philadelphia should be looking to solve its most pressing problems.
One way to acquire more picks would be to ship out Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, each of whom owns an expiring contract. Thaddeus Young is undoubtedly the most valuable trade chip the Sixers own, but he still has a year remaining on his contract and could be more attractive to prospective buyers at this year's draft or at the 2015 trade deadline when his deal is of the expiring variety.
Finding parties interested in Turner and Hawes' services doesn't figure to be too difficult, but equal compensation may be harder to come by as it pertains to future first-round picks.
Biggest Weakness: Interior Depth
Solution: Deal for Pau Gasol
It's no secret that the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers have discussed a trade for Pau Gasol, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
And given that Miles Plumlee's production has tapered off since a red-hot start, acquiring Gasol (if the price is right) feels like a no-brainer for a Suns team that's seeking to shock the Western Conference and qualify for the postseason.
Plumlee averaged a season-low 8.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in January, numbers that represented a departure from averages of 9.8 points and 9.9 rebounds the month prior.
According to Bleacher Report's Dan Favale, a deal between the Lakers and Suns makes plenty of sense given Gasol's contract situation and the Suns' treasure trove of draft picks:
Point is, the Suns have draft picks to spare. They're past the point of needing three or four selections in one draft. That ship sailed when they entered the playoff conversation.
Of course, they could refuse to fork over a first-rounder for what may be a three-month rental, but a win-win situation is predicated on them not being so frugal. The Lakers aren't going to dump Gasol for financial purposes alone.
It may not be a long-term acquisition, but bringing Gasol in to provide a steadying presence in the Phoenix frontcourt would be a low-risk, high-reward proposition for the Suns at this point in the season.
Biggest Weakness: Backup Center
Solution: Trade for Spencer Hawes
Now that Portland Trail Blazers backup center Joel Freeland is expected to miss four to eight weeks with a sprained MCL, per CSN Northwest's Chris Haynes, it would make sense for Neil Olshey to pursue some depth to help fortify his frontcourt.
Meyers Leonard still possesses a fair bit of potential, but he's rather unproven and isn't exactly the sort of backup you want to be relying on in big rotational spots come springtime.
As a solution, perhaps the Blazers could strike a deal for Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes, who's posting terrific numbers in a contract year.
Averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and a career-best 40.3 percent from three, Hawes could give the Blazers another versatile three-point threat who also happens to excel as a passer (3.3 assists per game).
Biggest Weakness: Off-the-dribble perimeter scoring
Solution: Trade for Evan Turner
The reported interest makes sense given Kawhi Leonard's broken hand, Danny Green's struggles and Turner's expiring contract. What's more interesting is that the Spurs figure to own a late first-round pick, the kind that the Sixers are interested in, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
San Antonio could do worse than renting Turner for a few months as they seek to capture a second consecutive Western Conference title, with the former No. 2 overall pick potentially blossoming in the Spurs' disciplined system.
Biggest Weakness: Perimeter defense
Solution: Trade Jimmer Fredette for a wing defender
Believe it or not, the Sacramento Kings have an above-average offense, one that ranks No. 13 overall in terms of efficiency.
However, that story changes drastically on the defensive end, where Mike Malone's young squad ranks No. 28 in defensive efficiency.
One of the primary causes? Opponents are shooting 37.5 percent from three against the Kings this season, a mark which ranks third-worst among all teams.
With a roster that's loaded with offensive studs like Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay, the Kings could use a stable perimeter defender.
In order to acquire one, moving Jimmer Fredette could conceivably be an option, as the former BYU standout has a contract that expires at season's end. His recent 24-point outburst against the New York Knicks could help boost his trade value slightly as well.
Biggest Weakness: None too glaring
Solution: Hold on to all key pieces
It sounds crazy, but the Toronto Raptors are in a great spot. They lead the Atlantic Division by three-and-a-half games over the Brooklyn Nets, sit four games over .500 and have exceeded preseason expectations.
Not only that, but the Raptors have been one of the league's steadiest teams on both ends of the floor, ranking No. 11 and No. 7 in offensive and defensive efficiency, respectively, per Basketball Reference.
And while trade talk surrounding point guard Kyle Lowry has been prevalent throughout the Raptors' overachieving campaign, the All-Star snub has been a revelation since Rudy Gay was traded to the Sacramento Kings.
In fact, according to Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley, Lowry's numbers have been so good that he's actually played his way off the trade block in a contract year:
As good as he's been all year, he's been even better since Gay left the picture. In the 33 games since Gay's removal, Lowry has notched 18.0 points (on .444/.402/.801 shooting), 8.0 assists (against 2.2 turnovers), 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
With a roster in place that's capable of winning a first-round playoff series, the Raptors should maintain the chemistry they've established and stand pat at the deadline.
Biggest Weakness: They have plenty on both sides of the ball, but none require immediate attention
Solution: Let the deadline pass quietly
Like the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, the Utah Jazz are in no rush to compete for a playoff spot. Such is life when you commit to a full rebuild.
As a result, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey shouldn't be presented with too many compelling options at the trade deadline.
Remember: This is a team that went out of its way to acquire the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, which will give Utah $20 million of cap space heading into a key summer of adding and subtracting. Not only that, but forward Marvin Williams will see his deal expire at season's end, dropping Utah's cap number to just $31.5 million, per ShamSports.
Adding long-term salary is the last thing Utah should be in the market to do, meaning more losses will be on the way as the league's 23rd-ranked offense and 29th-ranked defense lumbers its way to the finish line.
Biggest Weakness: Backup point guard
Solution: Trade for Andre Miller or Beno Udrih
According to CSN Washington's J. Michael (via Bleacher Report's Team Stream Now), the Washington Wizards will be in the market for a backup point guard at this week's trade deadline, with two of the team's primary targets being Andre Miller and Beno Udrih.
Both Garrett Temple and Eric Maynor have failed to impress as the second in command behind John Wall, with both averaging just a shade over two points in 11.5 and 9.3 minutes per game, respectively.
With Washington in the mix for one of the Eastern Conference's very attainable playoff spots, acquiring a veteran point guard who can competently take charge of the team's second unit should be the Wizards' top priority moving forward.