NBA trade rumors are a hot topic around the league pretty much year round, but once we head into December the rumblings and whispers become more significant for multiple reasons.
The most obvious reason is that, with a month gone and over 20 percent of the season complete, teams have a good idea of what to make of their roster. They generally know whether or not they're going to be one of the league's top teams, a team fighting for a playoff spot or one that needs to develop younger players in hopes of improving in the second half or building confidence heading into next season.
Since coaches and front offices have a general understanding of what their specific strengths and weaknesses are, the buyers (or the contenders) usually start to dab the trade waters to see if they can't pull off a deal that will help them now.
On the flip side, the sellers (the bottom-dwellers) want to know if there's anything they can get in return that will help them long-term.
We've heard plenty of names getting tossed around so far this season—guys like Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Gilbert Arenas have been in headlines since the summer.
But, there are a few other interesting names (Steve Nash, Josh Smith, Terrence Williams) have been linked to trade rumors as well, though there hasn't been any concrete evidence that these players will be moved—just more speculation than anything else.
In a perfect world, all of the league's top teams would add an extra piece just to make the playoffs that much more exciting.
So what would it look like if that were the case and a bunch of marquee names were moved to contenders before February's deadline?
Allow me to present five players that would make a significant impact on their new respective teams should a deal ever take place.
(Note: I am not suggesting that these trades will actually happen, just that it would be tremendously entertaining and exciting if these players wound up on these teams.)