With the February 24th NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, every general manager is currently weighing his roster's needs, direction and tradeable assets. We fans excitedly, but nervously, wait for news and scour the internet for the latest rumor because we know that every team is taking and making phone calls.
An opinion on how successful teams can be is starting to form. A select few teams view themselves as a legitimate championship contender and will be looking to tweak their roster and add some depth, but not do anything drastic. Other teams are hoping to elevate themselves from one that can at most make the second or third round to one that can win it all, and will need to make a significant acquisition.
Even more teams have simply making the playoffs as their ceiling and, depending on their mentality, will either look to shed some salary and wait to make a serious run in the future or stock up for one now. Then there are the teams that have no hope of doing anything of consequence this year and will try to gain as many long term assets as possible. In which category do you view your team?
No matter what state your team is in though, there is at least one player on their roster that they would (or should) be trying to trade. The reasons can be one or more of performance issues, too many dollars or years on a contract, the desire to rebuild, injuries or the need to shed some salary.
The player picked from each team is one that I think needs to go in order to address a pressing need his current team has.
Please feel free to comment whether you agree or disagree.