Now that Carmelo Anthony is off of the trading block, the trading deadline will now go back to the normalcy of rumors, speculation, and a whole lot of talk. But, just because there are no more superstars about to be moved, does not mean that there are not several other contributors that are about to change uniforms.
The playoff picture has begun to clarify itself, and we are separating the contenders from the pretenders. Teams are trying to upgrade, before they scour the waiver wire for players cut by teams after trades.
These are the best players remaining that playoff teams can trade for to have the biggest impact on the remainder of the season.
The Bobcats are motivated to move Jackson and Wallace. Jackson has big game experience, and the veteran savvy to be a good contributor without the behavioral problems teams use to shy away from.
The biggest thing against him is his large contract that has two more years left after this one. He could be a great addition to a contender, but could also join a team on the cusp of the playoffs looking for a big push, a la the Bucks last year when they acquired John Salmons.
Miller is harder to move because of his contract. The Heat experiment has all but failed, leaving Miller in an awkward situation because he knows the team wants to get rid of him.
Miller is a good player, but he will be hard to move. Look for the Heat to pick up waiver wire veterans in a few weeks.
In 39 games this season, Camby is averaging 11.3 boards per game. Thats not too bad for a guy that hasn't been spoken about too often in Portland. Both he and Miller are on the block and the aging center will be a nice piece for a veteran team (this is your guy Miami!).
He still has one more year left on his contract, but for 11.3 rebounds per game, I think teams will find cap room to open up for the veteran center.
Sessions has a few years left on his deal, but comes at a good price. He has been impressive for the Cavaliers despite the poor team record, and both his youth and point guard abilities make him an attractive player for both young and veteran teams.
Sessions teammate, teams like Parker's ability to hit open shots and play good defense. The Bulls are looking to acquire the guard/forward for his versatility and shot making ability in the open floor.
He comes at a low cost, and his expiring contract makes him a low commitment rental. The Cavaliers can still get some good value for him, so keep updating your computers because he could be traded at any minute.
This is Miller's last year of his contract excluding his team option. Miller is no stranger to deadline trades, and is a consummate professional. In his mid-30s, Miller offers stability and some scoring pop at the point guard position.
The Blazers are eager to trade for him, and it would come at no surprise if they unloaded him for .50 cents on the dollar.
The Celtics are interested in Battier's services mostly as a defensive stopper and outside shooting threat. Other championship teams would also love to have him for his leadership, expiring contract, and experience.
The Rockets will want at least a first round pick for him, but it is unknown how much they desire to part with the veteran.
Lee has been on three teams in three years, so why not make it a fourth. He is another target on the Bulls, who covet a shooter. Lee has played well for the Rockets this season, and teams surely have not forgotten his impact on the Orlando Magic's finals run a few years ago.
I know the Nuggets front office has told us that they no longer want to part with Gallinari, but this group of guys has impressed me with their tactical moves in the Anthony trade. What do people want most?..Things they cant have.
The Clippers have already offered the Timberwolves unprotected first round pick. The Nuggets will now grin as more offers come in for the budding young star. They said they would not mind flipping him in a trade, so why not believe that it can actually happen?
Rumors are circulating that Randolph might be on his way to the Magic. This trade makes sense both economically and basketball wise for the magic. They receive a double-double machine, and a guy that can come in and take a lot of the low post pressure off of Howard.
The Grizzlies look at Zach Randolph as a player they will probably lose in free agency, and getting a Brandon Bass in return also eases the blow.
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