In a season of giving, often we are more excited about the receiving aspect of the holidays. NBA teams are the same way. Everybody is looking for the perfect deal, the best bargain, the something for nothing trade that they can pitch to their fans as the next step toward a championship for their fans.
Occasionally, gifts do come from other teams. The Lakers were given the gift of one of the league's most skilled big men (although that trade looks more and more balanced by the day), the Mavericks were given Dirk Nowitzki, and the Celtics were given Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for what amounted to Joe Barry Carroll.
The fact is that there are still one-sided deals out there to be made, but they are difficult to find. Often, a player who falls out of favor with a coach or does not fit particularly well can be had at a discounted rate because of his issues with his team.
Without further ado, here are five players who could be traded in the coming months as the trade deadline approaches.