That, or they just want to play exceptional basketball and are succeeding.
In succeeding, though, these players are, by chance or design, drumming up their value outside of incumbent digs. They have never been more desirable to the league's buyers; they have never been more certain to command the highest possible asking price in return for their services.
Our dive into the underbelly of climbing trade values is not without conditions. We're steering clear of those who obviously won't be making rumor-mill cameos. Stephen Curry's trade value has never been higher, and the Golden State Warriors have never been more likely to vomit all over the notion that they should move him.
Please also note that we're not predicting who will be dealt, just identifying players who could enter the speculation fray as the Feb. 18 cutoff nears.
Value is specific to this season only and will be determined by individual stat lines, importance to current teams, salaries and all that good stuff. Not all of those included are superstars. Very few of them are, in fact, since it's exponentially harder for the Association's best megastuds to build upon their stardom.
Assuming need, you should want these players on your favorite team.
You should also know it's going to cost a whole lot to get them.