NBA Trade Scenarios: Players Each NBA Team Hopes to Move This Summer
With the NBA playoffs quickly approaching, it's not too soon to begin discussing potential moves and trade scenarios that could happen this summer.
While the 2012 offseason won't have nearly the impact that the 2011 offseason had, there are still plenty of deals that could be made to improve rosters for the future.
Bottom feeders, such as Cleveland and Sacramento, will look to dump expiring salaries in favor of rebuilding, while championship contenders will be looking to acquire veterans to bolster their title chances.
Before the trade deadline this season, the league went trigger happy as it seemed almost every team pulled off some kind of deal. This summer could be very similar as teams look to measure up to all of the moves that were made over the last year.
Some teams will be looking to move certain players over others. Here is a look at players that each team hopes to move this summer.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Baron Davis
Just as Baron Davis showed signs of inspired play in LA under the highlight reels of Blake Griffin, he was traded to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers couldn't be a worse spot for Davis to land. They're in the midst of a massive rebuilding phase and don't have much to look forward to. Davis' lack of motivation will only worsen in Cleveland.
With that being said, Cleveland will push hard to trade him this summer. A title contending team might be interested in picking up the former All-Star. He is still a sold point guard that can score in the 10-15 point range and explode on any given night.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves- Anthony Randolph
Anthony Randolph came over to Minnesota as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal. After a strong sophomore campaign, in which he averaged 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, he saw a dramatic drop off in production when he was dealt to the Knicks.
He became an afterthought as he fell out of Mike D'Antoni's rotation. However, since being dealt to Minnesota, he has played well, averaging 10 points and five boards per game.
Despite Randolph's strong play as of late, the Timberwolves have a plethora of big men with Kevin Love and Darko Milicic manning the middle. This makes Randolph expendable, and the Wolves will be looking to trade the forward this summer.
3. Toronto Raptors- Leandro Barbosa
Barbosa has a player option for next season, so he might enact that in order to bolt Canada. However, if he doesn't, the Raptors will likely try to trade the veteran shooting guard.
He is due $7 million per year and Toronto already has plenty of guards. Barbosa would be a good fit for a playoff team that needs scoring off the bench, such as the Miami Heat.
Barbosa is a good defender and can score very efficiently.
4. Sacramento Kings- Omri Casspi
Second-year shooter Omri Casspi has seen a reduction in minutes recently and has publicly stated his displeasure.
The Israel-native stated his unhappiness earlier this week.
"I know that there are many teams, including some playoff teams, that want me ahead of next season," Casspi wrote. "I hope to find myself in a team that appreciates me as a player and a person, a team that plays like a team."
Being that Casspi isn't a huge part of the Kings roster, they will likely try to avoid him becoming a distraction in the locker room, and ultimately trade him.
Just like Casspi said, there will be some playoff teams looking to get a solid three-point shooter that can stretch the floor and hit open shots.
5. Washington Wizards- Rashard Lewis
As the second highest paid player in the NBA at $20 million a year, Rashard Lewis has no place on a young Wizards team.
Lewis came over to Washington in the blockbuster deal that sent Gilbert Arenas to Orlando, and it will probably be just a half-season rental.
Lewis has only played 32 games for the Wizards since the deal due to injuries. However, the toughest part about Lewis is his bloated contract. It will be hard to move that type of contract, especially considering Lewis' decreased production.
If the Wizards decide to eat some of Lewis' contract, then they most likely will get some interest for the former All-Star. Lewis is still a great shooter from beyond the arc, and has plenty of postseason experience.
A playoff team could use his services, but at a much cheaper rate.
6. LA Clippers- Mo Williams
Mo Williams is in a similar situation to Baron Davis. Although, he is the veteran presence on a young Clipper team, there isn't much use for him on that roster.
The Clippers already have an up and coming backcourt in Eric Bledsoe and Eric Gordon. Additionally, Williams is owed $18 million over the next two seasons, which isn't worth it for a team that is still several years away from contending.
Williams is still a capable starting point guard and could add depth to plenty of teams backcourts. He has great playoff experience from his days in Cleveland with LeBron, so he could add that veteran presence.
Maybe, the Heat could strike a deal for him so he could reunite with LeBron in Miami. Maybe not.
7. New Jersey Nets- Travis Outlaw
One of the most outrageous contracts of the 2010 offseason was that of Travis Outlaw's five-year, $35 million contract.
Yes, the Nets missed out on their first preference at small forward (LeBron James), but to give Outlaw that type of money is a crime. He has averaged a solid nine points and four rebounds per game, but seven million dollars a year doesn't match his stats.
Now that the Nets have found their superstar in Deron Williams, they are trying to do everything they can to retain the All-Star point guard.
They can package Outlaw with someone else on the roster to either free up cap space or get a solid player with an expiring contract.
At 6'9" and 205 pounds, Outlaw offers a big body for teams that need to fill their frontcourt voids. He could be enticing for a team like Miami or Dallas.
8. Golden State Warriors- Andris Biedrins
After being drafted with the 11th overall pick in 2004, it is safe to say that Biedrins is a bust. He's had a few good seasons in his seven-year career with the Warriors, but overall he has been soft.
He's a seven-footer that has career averages of eight rebounds per game and 1.2 blocks per game. At seven feet, those are rather pedestrian numbers. He has also been marred by injures over the last three years and with David Lee in place, it seems Biedrins time in Golden State is coming to an end.
Biedrins would be a great asset for a title contending team in need of a big body. He still has good rebounding skills, and would be a great reserve center for a team in need of rebounders and defense.
If he were dealt to a team like Miami, Dallas or Orlando, he wouldn't have to be a primary option, and he could have potential to thrive in that type of role.
9. Detroit Pistons- Richard Hamilton
This is the most obvious choice as far as the Pistons go. Hamilton has been on the hot seat for the last two seasons since Detroit has fallen off the map.
Rip has had a stellar nine-year career in Detroit, where he has experienced unparalleled success. He was part of the 2004 title squad and a team that made six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals trips.
However, his time in Detroit is over. They are in a rebuilding phase and will want to build around younger players like Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe.
The Pistons will have no trouble finding a taker for Hamilton, as his career speaks for itself. He is a clutch performer that has played countless minutes in the spotlight.
10. Utah Jazz- Mehmet Okur
Memhet Okur has been an integral part of the Utah's run as an elite team in the Western Conference over the last few years.
However, injuries have taken a toll on Okur this year, and his production has dropped dramatically. And now that Deron Williams is no longer running the Jazz, it appears the Jazz are headed to rebuilding mode.
Okur is a nine-year veteran with one year and $10 million left on his expiring contract. That makes him a perfect trade chip for the Jazz, who will be looking to free up cap space.
Okur is a perfect bench player for a team seeking a ring. He can score, rebound and shoot well from beyond the arc. He is a pretty complete player and can offer a lot in a reserve role.
A lot of teams will be vying for his services in the offseason.
11. Milwaukee Bucks- Corey Maggette
After the Bucks took the Atlanta Hawks to seven games in the first round of the playoffs last year, things looked very promising for this young Milwaukee team.
However, an array of injuries to key players has the Bucks way behind last year's record and all but out of the postseason.
Corey Maggette was brought in over the summer to provide a scoring punch. He is a career 16-point per game scorer, but has fallen short of expectations this year. He is averaging only 12 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
The Bucks will look to deal him to a contender that is in need of a scorer. Maggette is still very talented and could offer a lot off the bench in a reserve role.
12. Phoenix Suns- Vince Carter
Vince Carter is the perfect candidate for a trade because of his expiring contract. With the Suns days as the class of the Western Conference over now that Amar'e Stoudemire is no longer in Phoenix, Carter doesn't have a reason to stay put.
"Half Man-Half Amazing" is no longer amazing, but he still has the ability to go off on any given night. He has been reduced to a bench role in Phoenix, but that could be just what he needs.
Imagine VC on a championship squad as a sixth man; he could be "amazing" in a sixth man role. He has the potential to be what Jason Terry is to the Mavericks if he can accept that type of role.
Either way, Carter will garner interest from quite a few teams in the offseason.
13. Charlotte Bobcats- Stephen Jackson
After making their franchise's first ever playoff appearance last year, the Charlotte Bobcats have declined a lot. They are all but eliminated from the playoffs, and it's clear that Michael Jordan has put them in a rebuilding phase after dealing the team's best player, Gerald Wallace.
Stephen Jackson is one of the lone remaining high profile players on the team, but he will likely be on the trade market this summer as the Bobcats look to go younger.
Jackson can still score well at 18.5 points per game. He can provide plenty of teams with an immediate scoring boost. His biggest problem is his attitude, which might be troublesome to teams with championship aspirations. Still, there is no denying Jackson's scoring ability, and he could be valuable to some teams.
14. Houston Rockets- Brad Miller
The Rockets future is in limbo with the injury status of Yao Ming still uncertain. Ming is a free agent in the offseason, so it depends on what Houston decides to do with him before this slide makes sense.
If the Rockets do re-sign Yao, that would make Brad Miller expendable. Chuck Hayes has assumed the role of starting center and has performed well. He is averaging eight points and eight boards in just under 30 minutes a game.
If Yao returns to the team and stays healthy, then Hayes would move into a backup role. Miller would no longer be needed in that scenario.
Being that there is a small list of dependable centers in the league, Houston would get a lot of offers for the seven-foot Miller.
15. Indiana Pacers- James Posey
After a four-year absence, the Pacers are back in the postseason. Their young core has propelled them to a decent season.
James Posey, an 11-year veteran, has had a very limited role in his first season with Indiana. Known as a three-point specialist, Posey is only shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc. He doesn't get much minutes with Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones ahead of him in the rotation.
Posey also has an expiring contract, and he would be a great trade chip for a title contender looking for another reliable shooter. And there is also the fact that Posey has two rings, winning one with Miami in 2006 and one with Boston in 2008. So, many playoff teams will be looking to make a play for his services.
16. Memphis Grizzlies- O.J. Mayo
After having a lot of promise being the third overall pick in 2008, Mayo hasn't really grown into the player most people expected him to be. His draft counterparts, Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley, are outshining him by a mile.
Mayo's scoring has gone from 17 points per game last season to 11 points this season. He is now being brought off the bench behind Tony Allen.
With the team needing money to re-sign Zach Randolph in the offseason, Mayo becomes expendable.
This is not to say that Mayo isn't a big part of the Grizzlies playoff push, but it appears that the team's core is Randolph, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr.
A lot of team's could use Mayo's scoring off the bench, and he is still extremely durable at only 23-years-old.
17. New York Knicks- Toney Douglas
The Knicks are in a tough situation with most of their money tied up in Carmelo and Amar'e, and most of the remaining players set to be free agents in the summer. Being that the Knicks gave up so many pieces in the Carmelo deal, New York doesn't have many tradeable assets.
If they want to make this team a true contender and take that next step, they are going to have to make some trades to fill out their roster.
Despite Toney Douglas' strong play recently, he is really the only worthy trading chip on the roster. Shelden Williams, Shawne Williams, Ronny Turiaf, Roger Mason, Jared Jeffries and Anthony Carter will all be free agents this summer, so Douglas is the Knicks main trade bait.
They will be able to acquire a solid veteran role player for the young Douglas, which is something they may have to do in order to improve.
18. New Orleans Hornets- Carl Landry
Carl Landry will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, however, the Hornets might look to use him in a sign-and-trade.
The Hornets will want to keep David West, so freeing up Landry's contract will help their chances in re-signing West.
New Orleans future is very up in the air with West having an Early Termination Option this year, and Chris Paul set to be a free agent at the end of next season.
So, the Hornets are looking to make moves to keep their superstars.
19. Philadelphia 76ers- Andres Nocioni
After being a cellar-dwellar last season, the 76ers have had a rebirth this season under first-year head coach Doug Collins.
However, the Sixers aren't a great offensive team, scoring only 99.3 points per contest. Nocioni was brought in during the offseason to provide shooting and scoring off the bench. Unfortunately, he hasn't produced in his new role, averaging a career low 5.3 points per game in just under 17 minutes.
Philadelphia could use Nocioni as trade bait for a contending team that needs a strong three-point shooter to space the floor. The Sixers already have Andre Iguodala at the three spot, so they can afford to lose Nocioni.
20. Portland Trail Blazers- Rudy Fernandez
The Trail Blazers have been that "up and coming team" in the Western Conference over the last couple of years, but can't seem to get over the hump because of the injury bug.
Greg Oden and Brandon Roy have both missed extensive time over the last few seasons.
And now Rudy Fernandez is grumbling, publicly stating that he's not happy in Portland. The Blazers have such a talented team, so it's unfortunate what is happening to them.
Portland could use Fernandez as a trade chip for the numerous teams that need a young, rising guard. They would look to get some talented pieces in return to surround LeMarcus Aldridge. Wesley Matthews would be asked to step up if Fernandez is dealt.
21. Atlanta Hawks- Josh Smith
With the vast improvement of the Eastern Conference elites over the offseason, the Hawks seem to be stuck in the middle after standing pat.
Most of their money is invested in Joe Johnson's massive contract, which means they don't have much room to make any significant moves via free agency. Their only option might be to get rid of Josh Smith and his $11 million contract.
Smith's defense, rebounding and explosiveness make him invaluable to any team. Teams will be knocking down Atlanta's door this summer if they put him on the market.
22. Denver Nuggets- Raymond Felton
Felton only spent half a year with the Knicks before getting dealt for Carmelo Anthony. While the Nuggets would love to keep Raymond and his 16 points and eight assists, it's just not realistic.
They already have their point guard of the future in Ty Lawson, and they have key free agents to worry about in Nene, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.
On top of that, Felton will be an expiring contract, which makes him a great chip on a team in need of a point guard. Felton has shown what he can do in the spotlight, and a team like Dallas, LA or Utah would be interested in his services.
23. Orlando Magic- J.J. Redick
Obviously, the Orlando Magic don't want to trade J.J. Redick, but they may be forced to for the benefit of the future.
If the Magic fail to win a ring this year, they're going to have trouble convincing franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard to stay. And with all their salary tied up in risky trades (Gilbert Arenas), they can't sign any impact free agents.
So, Redick could be their biggest trade asset in order to either free up space or get a worthy player in return. Redick's $7 million contract would at the very least free up space to make some type of splash in free agency.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder- Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson came to Oklahoma City as part of the Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green swap. While little Nate is a solid role player, he doesn't have much value on a Thunder team with Russell Westbrook and Eric Maynor shoring up the one spot.
Robinson's contract is set to expire at the end of next season, so the Thunder will likely use it to add depth to their bench or free up space to add a solid free agent.
25. Miami Heat- Mike Miller
To most people's standards, Mike Miller has been a bust for the Heat so far. Right before the trade deadline, there were rumors he would be dealt for point guard help. Miami ended up adding Mike Bibby.
Still, Miller has struggled to find his shooting touch and is playing under expectations. While he still has time to prove himself, shooting 36.5 percent from the three-point line is unacceptable.
If Miller doesn't step up in the postseason, he will likely be dealt in the offseason for backcourt depth.
26. Dallas Mavericks- Shawn Marion
The Dallas Mavericks have 11 consecutive 50-win seasons, but nothing to show for it except for one Western Conference championship.
One would think if they don't achieve a title this year that their core would probably be shaken up somewhat.
Shawn Marion would be a viable trading chip for another contender looking for a journeyed swingman. The Mavs don't have many other trading chips, so the Matrix might be utilized as bait.
27. Boston Celtics- Jermaine O'Neal
The Celtics are another team with an uncertain future. Depending on the outcome of this season, Boston might be in for an implosion.
They have major free agents in Glen Davis and potentially Ray Allen (player option). If they keep their core intact, they will likely try to get rid of Jermaine O'Neal and his expiring contract.
He has been plagued by knee injuries once again, and the Celtics will try to shop him around this summer. Their might be some bottom feeders that are looking for an expiring contract that will take O'Neal off Boston's hands.
28. LA Lakers- Ron Artest
Ron Artest was already rumored in deals before the trade deadline after it surfaced that he was unhappy in Los Angeles.
While those rumors died down, he still could be a trade option this summer if the Lakers are looking to bolster their roster. He adds a great defensive presence and playoff experience to any team. The Lakers will probably be looking for a point guard in return.
29. Chicago Bulls- John Lucas or Jannero Pargo
The Bulls have sky rocketed from the eighth seed last year to the first seed in the East this year. A lot of that can be attributed to the MVP-play of Derrick Rose.
Chicago has an abundance of point guards, with John Lucas, Jannero Pargo and C.J. Watson behind Rose. They could deal either Lucas or Pargo for a second round draft pick or another small contract player.
Both Lucas and Pargo have expiring contracts and can be parted with easily.
30. San Antonio Spurs- Antonio McDyess
Antonio McDyess is well traveled in his 15-year career. The Spurs don't necessarily need or want to trade him, but he is simply just one of those players that can be parted with in a package deal.
The Spurs already have an established core of veterans and young players that they won't want to get rid of in the offseason. If the Spurs are looking to make deals this summer, McDyess will probably be considered in a trade.
As of now, the Spurs have the best record in the NBA and don't need to alter their roster in the offseason that much if they win it all this year.