There has not been much on the NBA trade front thus far in the 2010-11 season, but as the year goes on and the February 24 trade deadline approaches, expect the trade rumors to begin to drastically heat up.
Furthermore, on December 15 the league restriction on trading newly acquired players will be lifted, so transactions will certainly see a significant spike soon.
And as NBA teams begin to evaluate where they sit, and the contenders are separated from the pretenders, they will have to decide whether they ought to stock up for a playoff run or cut their losses and retool their rosters for the future.
Consequently, large expiring contracts will become a valuable trade commodity, as they allow teams to get under the salary cap and acquire varying levels of financial flexibility.
As a result, many insignificant players will become invaluable trade pieces going forward.
This slideshow will focus on 15 such players, all of whom will likely be traded primarily for the value of their expiring contracts.
Therefore, important contributors with expiring contracts, whose talents outweigh their contract values, or who will probably not be traded, have been left out.
So you won't find the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Richardson, Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford, Nene, Mo Williams, Shane Battier and David West on this list.
However, the impeding free agency of these individuals could very likely be the motivation for teams to acquire expiring contracts to get under the cap.
So without further ado, here are the 15 most desirable contracts to acquire at the trade deadline.