Before the madness of this summers free-agency begins, the February 18th trade deadline is becoming the next hot topic. So far the biggest name being thrown around is Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors, but other big time players are being considered as well. Here are the top five players available to trade this deadline.
5.) Jose Calderon
The Raptors point guard has struggled with injuries this season, but when healthy can be a heavy attribute to the Raptors offense. Having played with all-star Chris Bosh for five years now, Jose can find Chris anywhere on the floor. He's also a threat from downtown shooting 41.7% so far this season. Jose is averaging 11.7 PPG, 6.0 APG, and 2.0 RPG. The Raptors may be willing to let their point guard go because of their depth. They already have Jarret Jack running the point, and rookie DeMar DeRozan appears to be their future starter. Jose is still at a point in his career where he can contribute offensively and defensively. If the Raptors want to set him lose, now would be the time.
4.) Zydrunas Ilgauskas
For the Cavaliers sake, I hope these rumors and just that. Ilgauskas has taken the back seat behind Shaq this season and with less minutes, his numbers are down. When Shaq was out for six games, Z averaged 8.8 PPG and 7.0 RPG. The Cavaliers do owe some loyalty to Zydrunas as he has been with the team since 1997. Z's career numbers are pretty impressive and if a team could land him a starting spot, you could see his numbers back in double digits.
3.) Tracy McGrady
The disgruntled guard has probably see the last of his time in Houston and will be looking for a new team shortly. Somebody has to give this dude a chance. Not sure exactly why Houston won't play him, but T-Mac is still capable of putting up some big time numbers. Two seasons ago when he was moderately healthy, Tracy averaged 21.6 PPG. He's only played 41 games in the past two season, but appears to be healthy and ready to go. Not sure what team would go for him, but one thing is clear at this point. It appears he will be starting in the all-star game for the West.
2.) Kevin Martin
I was completely shocked when I saw this dudes stats. Martin is currently averaging 27.9 PPG. He has only played seven games this season, but he has yet to have a bad game. I saw his name floating around with Jose Calderon is a possible point guard swap but I hope Sac-town wouldn't give up this kid. With Tyreke Evans playing like a ROY and Jason Thompson coming on to the scene, the Kings can be really good if they keep their players.
1.) Christopher Bosh
I know this is the last thing Toronto fans want to hear, but yes, it is a possibility. And why would we blame Bosh if he left? Like I've said before, you bring in Hedo Turkoglu, Jarret Jack, Reggie Evans, and Marco Bellinelli and your struggling to stay above .500? Jermaine O'Neal didn't work out and Shawn Marion could only bare being a Raptor for half a season. You got rid of my boy Jamario Moon (just kidding). But seriously, Colangelo has brought in all these players and the Raptors are currently 21-20. If I were Colangelo, first the coach has to go because what else is there to do. Jay Triano seems like a nice dude but he apparently can't run a team with plenty of potential to a record over .500. Secondly I would trade Bosh and try to get a couple young players for him. If this scenario with Oklahoma City is true, I'd try getting a player like Jeff Green and/or James Harden. With DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, and Marco Bellinelli, the Raptors could try to rebuild and start with a fresh young team. As a Bosh fan, I just want to see him play on a team that will win games. I'd love to see him play in the West where the competition is a bit more fierce, but dominating on an eastern conference team would be nice too.
Another player I left out was Gilbert Arenas. Pending his legal situation, the Wizards might choose to release him and therefore he would be signed by a team. I'm not sure if the Wizards would trade him, but it looks like Gilbert won't be wearing an NBA jersey for at least a few months.
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