NBA Trade Deadline: Five Trades That Should Happen

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NBA Trade Deadline: Five Trades That Should Happen

With the NBA trade deadline just 13 days away and the free agent circus set to begin once the season ends, only one thing has remained consistent throughout never-ending whispers and swirls of rumors floating around each team:

Nothing's happened.

Not to say that nothing will happen. Several of the game's premier players, including Amar'e Stoudemire, Andre Iguodala, and Chris Bosh, could be moved before Feb. 18.

Virtually every team, including some of the top title contenders (Lakers, Cavs, Celtics), have been involved in trade rumors, as some teams look to make a run at the 2010 NBA Championship while others look to free cap space for the offseason bonanza.

GM's around the league continue to listen to offers in an effort to make a run at this year's title while not locking themselves into any long-term commitments.

But today, general managers across the league can take the day off. Thanks to the magic of ESPN's NBA Trade Machine, anyone with the most basic knowledge of the salary cap (including yours truly) can pull off blockbuster deals and salary dumps.

Four hours and 27 potential trades later, I've settled on five trades that should go down before the Feb. 18 deadline.

Without further ado...

(Note: the years and money in parenthesis next to each player is the remaining years and salary on that player's contract)

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