Predicting Which NBA Players Will Be Trade Bait During the 2014 Offseason

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Predicting Which NBA Players Will Be Trade Bait During the 2014 Offseason
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After yet another mundane NBA trade deadline, there are plenty of big names that could be on the move this summer. The reluctance to pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal in February has left a lot of unfinished business for teams trying to compete in 2014-15. 

This year's NBA trade deadline turned out to be more sizzle than steak. With a potentially loaded draft class this summer and an equally impressive crop of free agents the next two seasons, teams weren't in a rush to push their chips to the middle of the table and pull off any "win now" maneuvers. 

As a result, the biggest name moved at the deadline was center Spencer Hawes, who mysteriously went to the aimless Cleveland Cavaliers. All of the juicy rumors that normally surround the midway point of the season turned out to be just fodder for ambitious columnists and message board posts. 

This summer, that dynamic will change. Teams will go back to the drawing board and begin jockeying for positions. The names on this list of players expected to be dangled in trade talk during the offseason should sound familiar, as they were mostly the same names tossed around in recent weeks. 

The difference is, with an entire summer to work out deals and the pressure on teams to improve, there's a greater likelihood of these guys finding new homes than there was a couple weeks ago. 

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