NBA Trade Rumors: Five Players Who Will Likely Be Dished By the Deadline
The NBA trade deadline is looming and teams are scrambling to add the final pieces to what they hope will be their year to bring home a NBA title.
Everywhere NBA news is found, players from all over the league have been rumored to be headed to new cities and it is becoming hard to determine which rumors are true and which ones are simply speculation.
The following slideshow highlights five players and takes a closer look at where they may be dealt before the deadline on February 24.
5. Antawn Jamison, Cleveland Cavaliers
Antwan Jamison is one of the few well-known players left on a dismal Cleveland Cavaliers team that has performed horribly in 2010-11.
Since the departure of LeBron James, Jamison became one of the biggest assets on the Cavaliers roster but after the teams' record setting losing streak and struggling ticket sales, a move appears to be inevitable.
Jamison has reportedly been shopped around by Cleveland for several weeks and have gained interest from a hand full of teams.
Jamison is also nearing the end of his deal with the Cavaliers and Cleveland is nowhere near the power position it once held when Jamison was acquired.
Where Will Jamison Go?
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The New Orleans Hornets seem to be at the top of the list for potential suitors for Jamison.
According to Mark Miller of Yahoo! Sports, the Hornets and Cavaliers are currently in negotiations that include both Jamison and point guard, Ramon Sessions.
The Atlanta Hawks are also a sleeper in this trade deal as they have shown interest in Sessions. Cleveland may try to include Jamison in a Sessions deal in order to gain more value.
4. Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons
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Richard "Rip" Hamilton dominated much of the NBA trade discussions before the Carmelo Anthony trade discussions began to heat up several weeks ago.
Hamilton has been rumored to be headed to several teams early in the 2010-11 season but injuries as well as an ongoing fued with head coach John Kuester have seemed to slow down any trade offers.
Hamilton has been sidelined for a good portion of the last month with a groin injury and seems to be recovering slower than expected.
This season, Hamilton has played in 35 games and is averaging slightly over 13 points per outing.
Where Will Hamilton Go?
The Boston Celtics seem to be the only team with some consistent interest in Hamilton.
Boston has struggled with depth on the bench and also bench scoring which could both be helped by acquiring Hamilton.
The Celtics probably would not have to give up much in a trade but they may also be forced to acquire Tayshaun Prince.
Prince and Hamilton together could end up being a reasonably expensive deal when the main purpose of the trade is for bench players.
3. Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets
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Devin Harris has been a quality player for the New Jersey Nets throughout his tenure with the team but quarrels with management, coaches and teammates now have New Jersey looking to ship him elsewhere.
Harris is averaging 15 points per game and, despite putting up decent numbers, is said to be underachieving the in the Nets offensive system.
New Jersey is looking forward as they prepare to possibly have the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Adding more pieces through trade value or other means seems to be the direction that the franchise wants to take.
Where Will Harris Go?
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The Portland Trailblazers are currently the front runners for Harris after talks of a trade between New Jersey and Memphis fell apart in December.
Portland is in the thick of the Western Conference playoff picture and seems to be looking to add some complimentary pieces to Brandon Roy and Andre Miller.
Portland has the proper assets and available bench players in order to make the trade work but the deal may come down to just how much value New Jersey expects to receive.
Teams such as Portland that are looking for the playoffs traditionally do not like to send away loads of talent which may make the Nets re-think their trade possibilities.
2. Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
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Tayshaun Prince is the second Piston on this list and is a testament to where the Detroit franchise currently stands at this point in the season.
Detroit is looking to get some new talent and fresh faces on a team that has consistently been trading away talent for the last several years.
Prince and Rip Hamilton are becoming more of a package deal every time new rumors begin to come forward which leads many to believe that Prince is being sought after heavily.
This season, Prince has played in 55 games while shooting nearly 40 percent from the three point line and averaging 14 points per game.
Where Will Prince Go?
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The Houston Rockets seem more and more likely to lose out on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes with every passing day which makes a move for Tayshaun Prince quite possible.
Houston has not been shy about looking for offensive weapons and Prince could be the perfect value as long as the Rockets do not send away too much talent.
This trade proposal may be a stretch but don't expect anything to happen with the Rockets until the Anthony situation has officially been settled.
1. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
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There is no surprise with the number one player on this list. Carmelo Anthony has dominated trade discussions more than any other player in any other sport has over the course of the last two seasons.
Carmelo keeps playing well with the Nuggets as Denver keeps shopping him around to every team that will listen and sports analysts all over the country are coming up with crazy scenarios about what may happen in his future.
The basic criteria surrounding any Anthony deal is that the Nuggets want significant compensation for his talents and still do not feel like they have gotten a quality offer.
If Denver begins to feel the pressure as the deadline gets closer you can expect Anthony to be dealt for much less than what has been rumored.
Where Will Anthony Go?
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The New York Knicks have been at the head of the Carmelo Anthony talks and as the deadline looms they are expected to up their offer.
The Knicks have been desperate to obtain a franchise cornerstone since LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami and even added Amare Stoudemire in order to help the franchise gain appeal towards free agents.
Anthony has stated before that he wants to play in New York and it is obvious that New York wants Anthony.
I believe this is the only Anthony deal that has a possibly of getting done. If Denver and New York do not work something out, I expect Anthony to play out his contract with the Nuggets and move on from the franchise.