Wheelin n' Dealin: Top Players Most Likely Dealt Before the Season

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 28, 2010

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While recent rumors are certainly not as scorching hot as they were while LeBron James was a free agent, there are still many intriguing trade rumors circulating around the league.

Which players are most likely on the verge of being dealt before the start of the 2010-11' NBA season?

Rudy Fernandez (SG, POR) - Fernandez has stressed his unhappiness with his role on the Blazers and has turned into a hot name for trade bait as of late.

The two year sharp-shooter from Spain has career averages of 9.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, and 1.8 3PM per game on 40.6 percent shooting from the field and 38.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

The Blazers, according to The Oregonian, are reported to be in contact with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, and Chicago Bulls in an attempt to complete a deal.

Fernandez's contract states that he will make $1.2 million during the upcoming season, with a team option for 2011-12'.

The three-point specialist could become a key contributor to any of the teams mentioned above if a transaction could be made. 

Wilson Chandler (SG/SF, NYK) - New York Knicks three-year guard/forward out of DePaul is another name that has been tossed around in the NBA rumor frying pan.

Although Chandler is coming off of a mere 65 game season, he is a very attractive player due to his physique, age, potential, and contract.

Chandler is entering the final year in his contract which has him making $2.1 million during the 2010-11' season with a $3 million qualifying offer during the following year.

With Italian Danilo Gallinari quickly making a mark in New York, Chandler is a player that could be dealt before the start of the 2010 season.

The Knicks seem to have interest in Rudy Fernandez and it is possible that a Fernandez for Chandler swap could be in the works.

Sasha Vujacic (SG, LAL) - The Lakers re-signed Derek Fisher this offseason and brought seven-year point-guard Steve Blake on board.

Los Angeles opted to let free-agent Jordan Farmar walk, and seem to be high on re-signing shooting-guard Shannon Brown before the start of the season.

With that in mind, L.A. has been rumored to be packaging a deal in which they would ship Sasha Vujacic along with a future first round draft pick to an interested team in an effort to get the Slovenian's contract off their books.

Vujacic will make $5.4 million during the 2010-11' season and will most likely be dealt before the Lakers first take the court for pre-season.

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