NBA Trade Deadline: Tracy McGrady and 6 Players Teams Should Consider
It's time to wheel and deal. It's time to outwardly admit, "Hey, we're not good enough to beat the Spurs or the Celtics—or even the Timberwolves."
OK, maybe everyone can beat Minnesota, but you see where we're going.
Time is running out as we approach the NBA trade deadline Thursday at 2:00 p.m. CST.
Current and former All-Stars Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Deron Williams and Devin Harris all switched teams this week. But what about the guys who make up the rest of the roster?
Let's take a look at seven impact players teams should consider adding to their rosters as they head into spring with visions of a summer parade in their sights.
James Posey, Indiana Pacers
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James Posey has proven to be an impact player for two championship teams in the last five seasons.
In his first year with the Miami Heat in 2006, he came off the bench to play key crunch-time minutes en route to the Heat's first NBA title.
Two seasons later, the Boston Celtics added Posey to a trio of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and won their first championship in 22 years.
Posey has two years left on a deal that pays him just over $7 million this season. He has fallen out of Frank Vogel's rotation with the Pacers in recent weeks.
Posey is a positive locker room presence and can adjust to a new team in 25 games—just in time for the playoffs. He is a good defender with a knack for making big shots.
Jason Kapono, Philadelphia 76ers
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The Philadelphia 76ers are making a strong push toward the playoffs under new head coach Doug Collins.
Jason Kapono doesn't seem to be part of those plans. However, he's a dead-eye shooter who doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He could really help a contender that's looking to add shooting to its bench.
Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets
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Though undersized, Aaron Brooks is a speedy guard who can really put points on the board. Think Nate Robinson on the Celtics.
At this point, it looks as though the Rockets would rather keep Kyle Lowry, making Brooks expendable.
Shane Battier, Houston Rockets
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Shane Battier is your classic blue-collar glue guy.
He plays team-ball on both ends of the court and would be an asset to any team looking to go deep in the playoffs.
Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons
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Richard Hamilton's time in Detroit looks to be nearing an end, as he has played in just one game since Jan. 10.
His shooting and playoff experience are certainly something for teams to consider when looking to make roster improvements.
Kirk Hinrich, Washington Wizards
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After seven years in Chicago, Captain Kirk was traded to Washington in the offseason.
With the future of the franchise in the hands of guys like John Wall and Nick Young, Hinrich could be on his way out again. According to ESPN.com, Atlanta is in talks to acquire the eight-year combo guard.
Tracy McGrady, Detroit Pistons
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T-Mac has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence of late and may well have played himself into a new uniform.
His size and versatility could help a number of teams looking to improve for the final third of the season.