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NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2011 Offseason

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NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2011 Offseason
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Rudy Gay could be one of many big names on the move this offseason

With the NBA playoffs in full swing and only eight teams remaining, I thought maybe it was time to take a look at the offseason trade landscape. This season should be a bit more active than the last, as the new CBA will be in place and teams will be less concerned about taking long, expensive contracts.

Add to that the fact that the free-agent market looks barren with Carmelo Anthony and Zach Randolph signing their extensions. As it stands now, the Chandlers, Tyson and Wilson (no relation), will be the big names with there being serious doubt that Tyson will actually ever reach the market.

That leaves teams like the Timberwolves, Pacers and Kings left with a bunch of cap space and no place to put it. The Pacers, especially, will feel pressure to do something with it, as they made the playoffs and had that decent showing against the Bulls in the first round. If they didn't use it and didn't return to the playoffs, they would face the prospect of losing the few fans they just picked up.

In Minnesota, David Kahn has to know that this will be his last season drafting a top-five pick one way or the other, and he will know that he needs to vastly improve that team. Since he seems to choose his draft picks with a dartboard, you would think he has to make a big move on the trade front.

We'll get to Sacramento in just a minute.

So on with my five bold offseason predictions.

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