Amid the hype surrounding NBA free agency this offseason, the trade market will be one of the less talked about aspects of player movement. Despite the incredible players that could potentially find new homes as a result of free agency, trades should be discussed a bit more prominently.
Looking at the great players that moved via trade over the last two decades—Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Elton Brand, Tracy McGrady, among others—it is clear that obtaining a star player this way can be fairly easy.
While it is highly unlikely that any stars on par with the ones mentioned above will be traded this offseason, the market is likely to be hot as teams attempt to shed salary and others try to find quality players to fill their rosters after a disappointing free agency period.
Whether it is an upgrade at a position or simply a need for salary relief, there will be countless teams looking to get rid of players, and, given the number of teams under the cap, there will be many suitors.
Without further ado, here are the five most likely high-profile players to be traded this offseason.