Chandler, Felton, and Fields could be all over the NBA in the near future
At this point everyone knows about the drama involving Carmelo Anthony and his sweepstakes.
However, many people are unaware of the various trade talks going on elsewhere around the league.
The Carmelo bidding contest is rightfully garnering tons of national attention. Up to the minute updates about what the Knicks or Nets are offering are being talked about all day long.
In this stage though, it's the small moves that several teams need to make to catapult themselves to the next level.
Championship contenders like the Mavericks, Hawks, Bulls, Spurs and loads more have moves that need to be made.
Here is a preview of at least one move every NBA team needs to make before the deadline passes.
Anthony Parker is used to guarding top tier players
Rumors circulating the last few days say Boston has interest in Cleveland's Anthony Parker. Though Boston's GM Danny Ainge shot those rumors down and claimed "anything is possible" for the Celtics.
Marquis Daniels went down with a bad neck injury, leaving Boston short of shooting guards.
The Celtics could trade Daniels for Parker straight up and improve their team's IQ level.
Even though Cleveland might not be attracted to this trade, they lose nothing.
Parker is getting older, has an expiring contract, and the season is over for Cleveland.
On top of that, the Cavs would make about $500,000 by putting this trade through.
It's not a huge deal for Boston, but it's one that would strengthen their roster going forward in the playoffs.
The move Toronto needs to make does not impact their immediate roster.
It has to do with team president Bryan Colangelo.
Colangelo's contract is set to expire on June 30th, and it does not appear he is doing much to keep his job.
The Raptors seem to be going deeper and deeper into rebuilding mode as the years go on.
Colangelo has done a decent job of acquiring young players like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Andrea Bargnani and Amir Johnson.
However, he has let more elite talent slip away.
This summer, All-Star power forward Chris Bosh elected to leave town, halting the Raptors in their development.
On top of that, Colangelo drafted Bargnani No. 1 overall in 2006. Now don't get me wrong, Bargnani is a great NBA player.
It's the fact that Colangelo passed on players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo.
Sorry Bryan, but it's your time to leave Toronto and let them have some NBA relevance.
Ford could likely be on the move
This really puzzles me.
For a team that is already in a playoff spot, they seem like they have no desire to keep it.
The Pacers possess three significant expiring contracts in Mike Dunleavy ($10.5 million), T.J. Ford ($8.5 million), and Jeff Foster ($6.6 million).
No team in the NBA has expiring deals like that.
Now Indiana needs to do something to acquire talent with them.
Recently the Atlanta Hawks have been rumored to be looking for a point guard. T.J. Ford might be their man.
If the Pacers are willing, and that's a huge if, they could acquire Marvin Williams from Atlanta for T.J. Ford.
Marvin Williams certainly has his question marks, but Indiana could use him.
He is a fiery player who can score when he wants to. Remember, Marvin was a top draft choice just a few years ago.
Pull the trigger Indiana and help your playoff chances.
Nash is still the top signal caller in Phoenix
Warning to Suns fans, you don't want to hear what is about to be said. Unfortunately, it's true.
Phoenix needs to cash in on Steve Nash and trade him now.
The team is already dysfunctional, and even a genius like Steve Nash can't get them in the playoffs.
I have absolutely no clue who the Suns would get in return for Nash, but you have to believe it can still be a top tier talent.
Plenty of teams looking to elevate to the next level could use Nash.
Teams like Minnesota, Detroit, Portland and even the Knicks could use Nash's services.
The bottom line says even though it's probably time for Nash and Phoenix to part ways, it is extremely doubtful a trade happens before the deadline.
Another team very unlikely to make a trade, Milwaukee is in a sticky situation.
The reason they are doubtful to make a trade is because of wasted money.
The Bucks tied down players Drew Gooden, John Salmons and Corey Maggette for way too much time and money.
Salmons and Gooden both have five years left on their deals, at a combined $13.7 million between the two.
Maggette is being paid $9.6 million over the next three years.
With older players like that being locked down in Milwaukee, it really restricts what the Bucks can do.
The one bright spot for Milwaukee is the gigantic expiring deal of Michael Redd.
Redd is due a whopping $18.3 million for the rest of the year. Not to mention, Redd has not played a single game yet this season.
Expect the Bucks to absorb Redd's contract and try to attack free agency this summer.
Tayshaun Prince brings multiple dimensions to any team he might play for
The Detroit Pistons made the exact same mistake as the Milwaukee Bucks. Detroit overpaid players who have no business making that money.
Two summers ago, the Pistons used their salary cap money to sign Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. Both of them are good players but not nearly for the price Detroit paid.
Detroit signed the pair to five-year deals at a combined $18 million a year between them.
The bad part about it? Neither of these guys even start for Detroit on a regular basis.
There are zero teams in the NBA that pay a quarter of their salary cap to two guys who don't even start.
However, the Pistons do have some trade bait possibilities.
Tayshaun Prince is sitting on a $11.1 million expiring deal. Not only is that a quality expiring contract, Tayshaun can still score and defend at a high level.
On top of Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton has been trade bait all season.
Hamilton was originally to be involved in a Carmelo Anthony three team deal. However, the deal fell through, and for some reason, Rip is still on the bench.
Detroit has seen no recent trade rumors, but it's hard to believe they can keep Rip on the bench the next two seasons without doing something with him.
Don't be surprised if the Pistons can find a suitor for Rip, possibly getting prospects or picks in return.
Jeff Green can be a stud when needed
Oklahoma City, a team full of youth and raw talent, does not necessarily need to make a move this year.
They are one of the few developing teams that will be really, really good in a few years.
However, they will have to resign the right parts.
Morris Peterson has a $6 million expiring contract. The easy way out would be to trade that away for a veteran player that can help the team immediately.
There is just one glaring problem with that.
Key big man Jeff Green is set to be a free agent this off season.
Green will more than likely be looking for at least a five-year deal, so the Thunder have to hold onto Peterson to be able to compensate for Green's new deal.
Everyone else on the team is either too young or too valuable to trade away.
Sit back Thunder fans, and watch this team grow into a dynasty.
The Hornets front office has some explaining to do
The Hornets are getting ready to be in a very tough situation.
Chris Paul and David West are set to be free agents next off season. Adding insult to injury, the Hornets are over the salary cap and have no legit trade options.
They do possess expiring contracts, but none of them are over $5 million.
It almost impossible for the Hornets to get picks or prospects for such low expiring deals on such bad players.
The Hornets are going to have one heck of time trying to convince Chris Paul to stay in New Orleans.
While the team does play good and regularly overachieves, they are nowhere near a real contender.
Anticipate New Orleans to sit back this trade deadline and hope to develop new ways to plead CP3 to stay in town.
By this time next year, Chris Paul will be the talk of every single NBA trade rumor (aka the Carmelo situation times 10).
The Hornets have to make serious moves either by the deadline or this summer. Good luck.
Miami needs Thabeet's defensive presence down low
The Miami Heat came into this season with tons of hype.
The have showed flashes of the team everyone thought they would be while laying eggs in other games.
However, I believe I found a trade that might just fit.
Trade for Hasheem Thabeet of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Now there is no way to know what the Grizzlies want for Thabeet, but how much can it be?
The 7'3" center has underachieved badly in his short NBA career, causing many to refer to him as a "bust" candidate.
If anyone is capable of making a bad player look good, it's the big three down in South Beach.
Besides, Thabeet won't have to be overly effective to make the Heat a much better team.
By just sitting down low, rebounding balls, disrupting shots, playing good defense and making easy layups he will have a whole new career in Miami.
Come on Miami, acquire a position player you desperately need. You won't regret it.
The reigning rookie of the year is ready for this season to be over
While the Kings are easily one of the worst teams in the NBA, they are without a doubt in one of the best situations.
Sacramento is currently $13 million under the salary cap.
On top of that, Samuel Dalembert has a $13.4 million expiring deal.
This give the Kings tons of wiggle room.
Building around hybrid point guard Tyreke Evans and the troubled DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings are finally developing a good core.
Anticipate Sacramento staying quiet this trade deadline, but not for long after.
The Kings are on pace for another top five pick, giving them time to scout out another first round gem.
After they pick up another top talent, they will have the money to swoop in a top tier free agent (if anyone is willing to go to Sacramento).
This won't be the Kings year, but watch out for this young team down the road.
John Wall has some serious skills
Washington is in serious trouble.
Besides rookie point guard John Wall, there is almost nothing to be excited for on this team.
The team traded troubled guard Gilbert Arenas for veteran Rashard Lewis later this year.
The general feeling is that both teams did nothing to get better in this move.
Washington recently won their first road game of the year, with little help from the mega contract of Rashard Lewis.
Lewis recently stated he has tendinitis in his knee, not something you want to hear from a player who gets $19.5 million over the next three years.
Don't expect any action out of the Wizards this deadline because they don't possess anything worth trading.
Washington will settle for another top five pick, hopefully draft a good sidekick to John Wall and then try to see what they can get out of free agency.
Be aggressive Washington, John Wall needs some serious help
The Clippers have one obvious player they need to trade and one obvious position they need to acquire.
The player? Chris Kaman.
The position? Small forward.
How many suitors will come after Kaman and his two-year, $11.8 million deal? Not many.
If the Clippers can find the right team searching for a center, they could be a serious threat in the second half of the season.
Going further than that, the Clips would be set up for a bright future.
With young guns Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and a quality small forward, there might actually be another team in Los Angeles.
Kaman came back for one game right before the All-Star break, which is probably too late for teams to risk trading for him.
If Los Angeles can't deal Kaman this year, watch out for the Clippers to make something happen this offseason.
Poor Troy Murphy. He has been victimized this year just like Rip Hamilton of Detroit.
All of this should be coming to an end very soon for T-Murph.
Even if Murphy is part of a deal sending him out of New Jersey, rumors have it he will immediately be dealt to Golden State afterwards.
This trade would really make sense for Golden State.
They would be shipping out Dan Gadzuric ($7.2 million expiring deal) with Brandon Wright ($3.4 million expiring deal) to get Murphy.
Murphy will fit right back in with the Warriors for a few reasons.
Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry love to stretch the floor.
Unfortunately, they don't have a big man they can kick the ball out to for threes. Now they will.
The Warriors would be wise to trade for Murphy, and then resign him to a much lower deal this offseason.
The Grizzlies are getting ready for a face lift. Whether it occurs this week or this summer, is entirely up to Memphis' front office.
Zach Randolph and his $17.6 million mega deal is set to expire after this year.
All signs have pointed to the Grizzlies not resigning the aging Randolph.
If they truly are not going to resign him, why not trade him?
Memphis obviously needs to ditch his contract so they can pay Marc Gasol this summer.
The Grizz need to build around the names Gasol, Gay and Conley.
Another player that is holding the Grizzlies back is O.J. Mayo.
Mayo has seen controversy this year from fighting teammates to failing drug tests.
Don't be surprised if Memphis moves Mayo for the appropriate value in return.
The options are wide open in Memphis, whether they want to make moves or not.
When Lebron left Cleveland everyone (besides Dan Gilbert) knew it would be bad.
Nobody expected this. The Cavs are on pace to easily be placed among the worst teams in NBA history.
Teams have looked into acquiring different Cavaliers. Cleveland needs to listen long and hard.
This team is not working and is not going anywhere soon.
Cleveland needs to trade just about every player they have for draft picks.
Atlanta has called about point guard Ramon Sessions. Boston and Chicago have supposedly called about Anthony Parker.
The Cavs should seek nothing in return besides players who have a future in this league.
Blow it up Cleveland, and start all over.
Everything besides sticking with your current roster makes sense right now.
The problems of the Utah Jazz are growing quickly.
Almost out of nowhere, head coach Jerry Sloan retired at the drop of a hat.
The issues did not end.
After supposedly being the main reason for Sloan's exit, Williams' name has come up in recent trade rumors.
CBSSports reported over the All Star weekend that Deron Williams had said he "plans to go to New York after his contract expires."
While the rumors have very little credibility, it does not help Utah's team chemistry going forward.
Expect Deron Williams to be in a similar situation as Carmelo Anthony at this time next year.
Utah's best move right now is to ditch Andrei Kirilenko and his $17.8 million expiring deal along with Deron Williams.
Jazz fans might think I sound insane, but it's much better to avoid controversy and start all over while you can.
Dwight needs some help down low
With all the trades Orlando has made, they might have created more problems.
The Magic now have a loaded back court but no one in the front court to help Dwight Howard.
The slightest of rumors were brought up about a week ago. It involved Zach Randolph going to Orlando.
If the Magic can somehow pull of acquiring Z-Bo, they will easily be the favorites in the East.
The financial's of trading Jason Richardson for Randolph can work. It's the part of convincing Memphis to accept the deal that makes this nearly impossible.
Maybe if Orlando threw in a first round pick (or two) along with some young prospects (Daniel Orton, Earl Clark) this could happen.
While it's very far-fetched, this deal would create tons of immediate success in Orlando.
Philadelphia has been on a roller coaster ride so far this season.
Franchise player Andre Iguodala has been injured and disappointing. First round pick Evan Turner has been a let down for a No. 2 overall pick.
On the flip side, Philadelphia has seen players emerge and reemerge.
Third year player Jrue Holiday has been very effective and held his own at point guard. As well as veteran Elton Brand, who has been resurgent for the 76ers.
Philadelphia has two expiring contracts that need to go.
The 76ers could trade the expiring deals of Jason Kapono and Darius Songaila for Chris Kaman of the Clippers.
Philadelphia desperately needs a center, and Kaman would fill that void.
Not only would Kaman help the team improve record-wise, they would automatically be a team to reckon with come playoff time.
Cuban is not afraid to speak his mind
The Mavericks have been one of the surprise teams of 2010.
After losing shooting guard Caron Butler to a season ending injury, Dallas has been able to hold up well.
The Mavs currently sit at 40-16, good enough for second place in the West.
There is a common phrase that might apply to Dallas in their situation. It states, "If it's not broken, don't fix it."
Dallas may want to re-evalute themselves before settling on that motto.
Several top teams in the West will be making moves to position themselves ahead of Dallas.
If Mark Cuban can't make a trade to upgrade the shooting guard position, Dallas could be in line for another early exit.
Known for being a very aggressive owner, Cuban never hesitates to trade.
If the right offer is presented, don't be shocked if Cuban completely alters the look of the Mavs.
Charlotte has been up and down this year.
Starting off the year very sub-par under Larry Brown, a coaching change had to be made.
It did not take long for Brown to be out and Paul Silas to come in.
Since Silas has let the players "run free," the team has looked much better.
However, everything isn't all good in Bobcat land.
It's tough to say where the change needs to happen, but someone has to be traded from Charlotte.
If owner Michael Jordan and the Bobcats stand put with their roster, take that as a notion they are giving up on the season.
Charlotte has two quality expiring contracts in Boris Diaw ($9 million) and Nazr Mohammed ($6.8 million).
Whether the Bobcats ditch those contracts or not is true testament to Jordan and the front office.
Charlotte might be one of the most interesting teams to keep an eye on this trade deadline.
The Lakers have been up and down all year.
They have beat big time opponents like Boston, Orlando, and Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, they have laid eggs and lost to Charlotte, Sacramento and even Cleveland.
With Carmelo rumors going on forever now, the Lakers supposedly had their hat in the ring.
Reports said that the Lakers had to opportunity to acquire 'Melo for Andrew Bynum. Andrew Bynum!
How could the Lakers not accept that deal?!
Andrew Bynum gets injured every opportunity he gets. Considering how young he is, Bynum will only get more fragile as the years go on.
If the Nuggets really did offer Anthony for Bynum, I pray to god the Lakers did not seriously reject that.
If the Lakers did decline it, somebody is going to be very upset when Bynum does not pan out.
Make the smart move L.A. and trade for 'Melo while you have a chance.
In the Eastern Conference the Chicago Bulls are commonly overlooked by Boston, Miami and Orlando.
However, Derrick Rose and company are bursting onto the national scene.
Rose is having an outstanding year and is thought to be the MVP by many experts.
There is just one thing Chicago needs to get to the next level. A shooting guard.
Chicago is rumored to be in talks for J.R. Smith, Courtney Lee and Anthony Parker.
Of those three, Courtney Lee would be the best fit.
He is a high IQ player, makes minimal mistakes, makes open shots, and can play quality defense on the perimeter.
Neither Smith nor Parker can do all of those at the level of Lee.
If Chicago wants to seriously contend with the elite teams in the East, they have to acquire a shooting guard to help out.
Keith Bogans simply has no offensive game, limiting Derrick Rose's "drive and kick" options.
The trade would most likely involve young product Omer Asik, which Chicago should be reluctant to give up.
Expect the Bulls to make a move before the deadline, but it might come at the expense of their front court.
San Antonio is enjoying one of the best regular seasons in the team's recent history.
Unfortunately, the regular season does not matter besides playoff seeding.
The Spurs need to make a move to stay atop the Western Conference.
Shane Battier to San Antonio would be a great addition.
It is hard to say who the Spurs would give up for Battier, but they need to make it happen.
The Spurs play very smart basketball, and so does Battier.
Battier's ability to defend, make good decisions, not turn the ball over, use veteran leadership and clutch instincts make him a perfect fit.
If the Spurs are serious about winning it this season, they need a guy like Battier who can guard Kobe Bryant.
The Spurs will most likely stay quiet this trade deadline, which could be a very costly mistake.
New Jersey, as of right now, is the biggest loser of this trade deadline.
They lost out on Carmelo Anthony and will likely trade point guard Devin Harris.
Harris has recently expressed his frustration with the organization.
Without Devin Harris the Nets will go deeper into the rebuilding stage.
There are some bright spots for New Jersey though.
They have several first round picks and have to do a great job of using them.
They also have the expiring contract of Troy Murphy that is likely to be dealt. More value could easily be coming New Jerseys way for him.
Even though New Jersey missed out on every free agent this summer and then lost the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, they still have some things going there way.
The Nets have good young players Derrick Favors and Brook Lopez to build around.
New Jersey is way too active to not make a trade before the deadline. At this point it's a matter of "when" and not "if."
It's time for things to be blown up in Houston.
Fire Rick Adelman first.
Then trade Courtney Lee, Shane Battier and Terrence Williams.
Get quality, young talent or draft picks for these guys and start all over.
Let Yao's mega contract expire after this year and build around Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin and Luis Scola.
After the Rockets get rid of Yao and Battier's contract they will have plenty of cap room.
Houston needs to start fresh and attack free agency this summer.
The Rockets will be making moves before the deadline without a doubt.
They are traditionally one of the most active teams in the NBA, and this deadline will be no different.
Anticipate Houston to make a few trades before Thursday's trade deadline.
Portland might just be on the cusp of making a great move.
Rumors report that Portland could be shipping Andre Miller and Joel Pryzbilla to New Jersey for Devin Harris and Troy Murphy.
Both of the players Portland would acquire would be huge for their team going forward.
Devin Harris is a quick point guard that can score and pass when he needs to. On top of that, Troy Murphy has been resting all season and can step out and shoot threes.
With the pending return of Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby, this could not come at a better time.
Portland's lineup going into the playoffs could be Devin Harris, Brandon Roy, Wes Matthews, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Marcus Camby. Wow.
Add to the fact they will have guys like Rudy Fernandez, Troy Murphy and Nicholas Batum coming off the bench.
If this deal is pulled off (and it should be,) the Blazers will be one of the hardest teams in the NBA to guard.
Keep an eye out for Portland to make a strong second half push after the trade deadline.
Like the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta has a serious chance to be a real contender.
The Hawks are on the prowl looking for a point guard.
The names of Ramon Sessions of Cleveland and Devin Harris of New Jersey have already come up.
Either one would be a great fit, but Sessions would gel better in Atlanta.
Sessions has had a great year so far and getting shipped to a playoff team would only boost his confidence.
The Hawks could give up a few expiring contracts in exchange for Sessions.
Rumors also say Atlanta is trying to ship out Jamal Crawford and his $10.8 million expiring deal.
If the trade with Cleveland does not work out, Atlanta could trade Crawford for Harris.
Both of these deals are very possible and would make perfect sense for playoff bound Atlanta.
Minnesota dealing for Anthony Randolph makes sense for several reasons.
The T-Wolves are young, rebuilding and have a lot of potential.
Those three characteristics pretty much describe Randolph's NBA career so far.
Randolph has been a slow grower throughout his short NBA run.
However it probably isn't all his fault. Randolph has played under sporadic head coaches Don Nelson and Mike D'Antoni.
Usually if you play under those guys you are somewhat of a "boom or bust" player in the rotation.
Randolph has not received a real chance yet.
He is only 21 years old and would fit right into the T-Wolves ongoing rebuilding effort.
Expect Randolph to get decent minutes for the rest of the season in Minnesota.
Reports came along last night that the Carmelo Anthony saga is finally over.
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and a few role players are supposedly on their way to New York in exchange for Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a first round pick.
Talk about a big deal.
Even though the Nuggets lost their superstar Carmelo Anthony, they got plenty of quality value in return.
Gallinari, Chandler and Mozgov are quickly turning into NBA starters.
Plus, Raymond Felton has shown this year he has plenty of quality basketball left in him.
It will take some getting used to in Denver, but they could be a dangerous team in the playoffs.
They probably won't gel for 15-25 games, which is right when the playoffs roll around.
Expect George Karl to have these guys ready to make some sort of playoff run this year.
Don't be shocked if Denver is not done dealing yet either. They have plenty of pieces that have significant trade value.
The Knicks got their wish. They have traded for Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets.
New York definitely had to give up a lot of big pieces to acquire him though.
The Knicks and D'Antoni will miss players Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler.
The final trade offer sends Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman out to New York.
In exchange the Nuggets received Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton and a first round pick.
However, if we break this down, it might not be a whole lot of value lost for New York.
Raymond Felton for Chauncey Billups is close to an even deal. Felton is probably better at running the Knicks offense, but Billups oozes playoff experience and big play ability.
Wilson Chandler is on an expiring contract. So now the Knicks will use the money they would pay Chandler (and more) to sign Carmelo on an extension.
The players New York will really miss are Gallinari and Mozgov. Both were European products that fit in great with Mike D'Antoni's system.
However, the Knicks now have the three headed monster of Anthony, Billups, and Stoudemire.
On top of that they were able to keep Landry Fields. Fields is having a great rookie season and is a very underrated player on the floor.
Watch out for New York to make some more moves and solidify their roster for a big playoff run.
Congratulations New York, you are NBA relevant again.