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NBA Trade Speculation: Potential Trade Bait for Each Team in the League

Chris TernateCorrespondent IIJune 14, 2011

NBA Trade Speculation: Potential Trade Bait for Each Team in the League

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 24:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts to a call during a game with the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 24, 2011 in New Or
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    The Dallas Mavericks faced a team in the 2011 NBA Finals that was as, if not more, talented than they were.

    Both teams' rosters are filled with some of the league's prominent names. The Mavs were led by a set of seasoned veterans like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion and Jason Terry. On the side of the Miami Heat was the young and talented All-Star trio of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, not to mention quality veterans like Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Illgauskas.

    The Heat's roster of role players and vets, most of whom took pay cuts for this one chance at glory, was built around their "Big 3", which was quickly assembled mostly due to the saavy Pat Riley. The players couldn't resist the temptation to be on a seemingly instant contender.

    They were trumped, however, by a Dallas Mavericks team that since its previous Finals appearance in 2006, had gone about building a championship team piece by piece by acquiring talent over the course of five years.

    Now, teams across the league will be looking to make moves to make their rosters competitive. So while this past year's free agency fiasco shook up the league, next season's landscape could look even more different. Assuming the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement doesn't cause a lockout, here are some key players from each team that could see a change of scenery.

Atlanta Hawks

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Kirk Hinrich #6 of the Atlanta Hawks against the Orlando Magic during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Kirk Hinrich

    The gritty defender and seasoned vet is an underrated asset in the game. His jumper is solid, capable of hitting from beyond the arc and his lock-down defense makes him a good fit for many teams in the league.

    Assuming he bounces back from injury, his contract—which expires in 2012—also makes him one solid guy the Hawks could shop around. This is especially true considering Joe Johnson's ridiculously high-priced contract, and particularly if scorer Jamal Crawford decides to leave the nest.

Boston Celtics

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22:  Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Boston Celtics reacts against the New York Knicks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  NOTE TO USER
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    Jermaine O'Neal

    With the recent retirement of Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine is now the only O'Neal on the team. However, it might not be for long. The 6'11" center wasn't really the player Boston Celtics thought he was when they picked up big men in Jermaine and Shaq, but he's now at least a movable big man with an expiring contract.

    Avery Bradley

    Bradley and his rookie contract are movable due to the contract's team option. Additionally, considering Shaq's retirement and the fact that Ray Allen has opted to make one last run with the original Big Three, there aren't a whole lot of pieces capable of being moved around.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12:  Stephen Jackson #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts after being called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b
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    Stephen Jackson

    After shipping out an All-Star talent in Gerald Wallace, team captain Stephen Jackson evidently isn't untouchable either. The guard/forward is a capable scorer and team leader, but without a partner to run in tandem with, he might be better to trade, given the Bobcats' slump of sorts.

    Shaun Livingston

    The former prospect is back with the team that he blew out his knee against, but even after some time in the D-League, he hasn't been able to reach his potential. Now, he might make a good piece to add in a package deal if the Bobcats look to make some moves for better talent.

Chicago Bulls

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    Kyle Korver

    Streaky at best this season for the Bulls, Korver just hasn't been able to produce at the level Chicago needed him to. However, when he's hot, he's hot, and Korver is still a very capable shooter many teams would love to have if it doesn't work out in Chicago.

    On another note, his uncanny resemblance to Ashton Kutcher can also be passed off as a celebrity appearance, thus spiking attendance in team arenas. So his $15 million contract actually pays more around $80 million especially with Kutcher's replacement of Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

    Keith Bogans

    Many are quick to give Keith Bogans the boot due to his lack of offensive production this season, but Bogans can still hit a solid three-pointer and is a terrific defender. In effect, he could serve as a good addition to many player package deals. The Bulls need a more talented shooting guard than Bogans, but this doesn't mean he can't make another team's roster very happy.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 15: Antawn Jamison #4  of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with a referee during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 15, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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    Baron Davis

    Whether you believe it to be the universe giving back to Cleveland or not, the Cavaliers snagged the first pick of this year's draft. They could take Arizona's Derrick Williams; however, the NBA is quickly becoming a point guard's league. So naturally, it's expected that they'll take the consensus No. 1 pick, Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. So where does that leave Baron Davis?

    If the Cavs plan to build around Irving, eventually Davis will head to the bench in favor of the younger Irving. In this case, the Cavs could move Davis, who is still a viable talent, along with his $65 million contract to make some room for some other positions.

    Antawn Jamison

    Jamison was left in the wake of the LeBron fiasco and as a result was the team's lone ranger until Baron Davis came to town. Now with two top five picks, the Cavs will most likely draft a new one-two combination in Kyrie Irving and possibly a big man like Enes Kanter with their fourth pick.

    So why not move Jamison? Davis and Jamison make for some pretty nice trade bait and given that the Cavs are rebuilding, the timing couldn't be better.

Dallas Mavericks

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27:  Rodrigue Beaubois #3 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mavericks defeated the Suns 91-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge
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    Rodrigue Beaubois

    Why mess up a good thing? The NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks spent five years putting together this team, so while they don't need to break up the squad, they could move a player or two. One guy whose name comes to mind is Rodrigue Beaubois.

    Beaubois was having himself a nice season until he was sidelined with a broken foot. Now, Beaubois has to contest for playing time with J.J. Barea (who is playing fantastically) as well as the bigger DeShawn Stevenson. Maybe he'll be better off being traded to add a new piece to the championship roster.

Denver Nuggets

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 03:  Raymond Felton #20 of the Denver Nuggets reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downlo
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    Raymond Felton

    Ty Lawson will probably get the starting position over Felton. However, Felton, who averages 15 points per game and 8 assists per game, is a more than capable point guard. He shouldn't have trouble finding a new home, but the Nuggets need to think about who they might want in return.

Detroit Pistons

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24:  Richard Hamilton #32 of the Detroit Pistons looks across the court in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24,
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    Rip Hamilton

    The Pistons could package a bunch of their players to make some deals, especially since their Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon experiment didn't pan out. Throw Hamilton into the mix, and teams dealing with the Pistons get a solid shooter who can work without the ball.

    Hamilton is a remnant of the old 2004 championship team, but the Pistons need to rebuild the team around new blood, especially if Tayshaun Prince could leave as well.

Golden State Warriors

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after the ball is given to the Boston Celtics on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Celtics defeated the Warriors 107-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    Monta Ellis

    Everyone knows Monta Ellis is a scoring machine. The thing is, he needs the ball in his hands almost 90 percent of the time in order to have an impact like a poor man's Russell Westbrook. All the while, running mate Stephen Curry has adapted his own game to benefit the team and in the process evolved into a point guard.

    For the Warriors, it shouldn't be hard to find someone to take Ellis, since his scoring talents can compliment almost any team. The choice lies in who they can get in exchange for him.

Houston Rockets

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10:  Courtney Lee #5 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a shot against the Boston Celtics on January 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Rockets defeated the Celtics 108-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg
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    Courtney Lee

    Lee is a solid young shooting guard to come off the bench for Kevin Martin, but without Yao Ming, the Rockets need some major pieces in order to rebuild. Lee is a good throw-in to a trade, but he can't fetch them anyone big on his own.

    Brad Miller

    The Rockets just brought in Miller in light of Yao Ming's absence, but with the Rockets looking to rebuild, why not just move him? Packaging up Lee, Miller and someone else could bring some new blood to Houston. Furthermore, Miller still has some years on him and his short range jumper is still intact.

Indiana Pacers

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 03:  James Posey #41 of the Indiana Pacers puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 3, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadi
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    James Posey

    Posey was inactive in Indiana despite coming to the Pacers with point guard Darren Collison. Now, while Collison has had only good fortune since leaving New Orleans, Posey has been relegated as an inactive backup at his position due to the performances of Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts and even Dahntay Jones to an extent. But Posey has some mileage left, and his shooting is still a plus.

    Dahntay Jones

    Jones played some solid minutes in the Pacers' playoff series against Chicago. He's a decent defender and coupled with Posey  could make make for good trade bait to help build around the young Darren Collison, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Chris Kaman #35 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls the ball against Erick Dampier #25 of the Dallas Mavericks on October 31, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Dallas won 93-84.   NOTE TO USER: User express
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    Chris Kaman

    Once an All-Star, Kaman is now coming off the bench behind DeAndre Jordan. He could start on quite a few teams and would easily draw attention in the trade scene. The Clips could pick up not only a more reasonably priced-back up center but also another player, perhaps for Kaman's contract.

    Randy Foye

    Foye is a quality shooting guard and would be a good piece to move around. Coupled with Kaman, the two could fetch some talent to add around Blake Griffin.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20:  Ron Artest #15 and Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers react while taking on the New Orleans Hornets in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Lo
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    Andrew Bynum

    Before, it seemed that the only troubles for the Lakers' big man came in the form of injuries. Now, it seems that Bynum also suffers from behavioral issuesl. His seriously unnecessary flagrant foul on J.J. Barea in the playoffs made him only more likely to be traded.

    Ron Artest

    Artest was initially a risky move for the Lakers. He's inconsistent, but he's still a quality player. He could fetch the Lakers a big name along with Bynum. The Lakers are better off shipping out potential troublemakers, especially with an aging Kobe Bryant.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    BOSTON - MARCH 10:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics  on March 10, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Grizzlies defeated the Celtics 111-91. NOTE TO USER:
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    O.J. Mayo

    Despite a suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, Mayo played a good game in the playoffs against the Spurs and the Thunder. A talented scorer, Mayo is fast off the dribble and could fill some positions (like SG in Chicago).

    Now, he could make for some pretty tantalizing trade bait for many teams in the league.

Miami Heat

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    MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    Chris Bosh

    With almost every one of its players' contracts expiring, the Heat don't have too many options. There is even a chance that the CBA will interfere with their hopes of keeping the super team intact.

    If you had to move one of the Big 3's gigantic contracts, ultimately it would be that of Chris Bosh. Sure, the Heat could move players like Mike Miller or Udonis Haslem, but why not move Bosh and get at least two players for the price of "Bosh Spice".

    Joel Anthony

    Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem were originally parts of the lineup Pat Riley envision for the Heat. Joel Anthony would have come off the bench. So why not package Anthony with Bosh and fetch a couple of cheaper big men to fill the void in the post? Additionally, they should resign a guy like Illgauskas if they can, and soon they could have some more affordable presence in the paint.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Corey Maggette #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    Corey Maggette

    The Bucks were expected to be the young sleeper team of the 2010-2011 season. However, things didn't go according to plan.

    With Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut anchoring the team, Milwaukee has the ability to move a guy like Maggette, who can still produce at a starter's level.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 15:  Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 128-122.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Darko Milicic

    A couple years back, Milicic expected to return to Europe to play basketball. His team option in 2014 makes his $20 million contract movable.

    The T-Wolves can ship Darko off in order to pick up someone who is better-suited to run with the soon-to- arrive Ricky Rubio.

New Jersey Nets

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Jordan Farmar #2 of the New Jersey Netsstands on the court in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 100-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    Jordan Farmar

    After two championship seasons with the Lakers, Farmar decided to leave and head to New Jersey, where he played as the starting point guard. He later lost that starting position with the arrival of Deron Williams.

    Now, Farmar is the team's secondary point guard and could be packaged in a deal in order to load up the roster at another position or two.

    The team is supposed to be built around Williams and Brook Lopez. Assuming they stay, the Nets could easily give up Farmar to keep Williams.

New Orleans Hornets

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets walks off the court after a 98-80 loss as Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles after winning the series in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA P
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    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul has bounced back from injury, played MVP-caliber seasons, led a valiant effort against the Los Angeles Lakers and even assisted in the effort to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The guy has done big things for the Hornets and for the city of New Orleans both on and off the court.

    But alas, all good things must come to an end. Paul has stayed with the Hornets, but he clearly somewhat wishes to leave as well. He even hinted at the possible formation of his own "Big 3" with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in New York at Anthony's wedding.

    Why not give him what he wants? The Hornets can send him over to the Knicks and enter a rebuilding stage of sorts. In return, they could get one of the next guys on the list...

New York Knicks

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    MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Chauncey Billups #4 of the New York Knicks stands on the court during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by
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    Chauncey Billups

    At 34, Mr. Big Shot isn't getting any younger. So while the former NBA Finals MVP is still rolling with the Knicks, his teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are hoping they'll be joined in New York by the Hornets' All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

    If that's the case, Billups could be moved for Paul. Point guard for point guard, Chauncey Billups isn't a bad consolation prize for the Hornets. Plus, they could pick up another player such as:

    Landry Fields

    The NBA All-Rookie First Team honoree could be a great young pick-up for the Hornets. While the Knicks would be losing out on a young talent, they'd be getting Chris Paul in return. No real losers on either end here.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 201
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    Russell Westbrook

    The dynamic duo of Westbrook and Kevin Durant is a very exciting combo to have on your team. The thing is that Westbrook was a shooting guard at UCLA, and his style of play hasn't changed much. The guy is a scorer, but when you have scoring champ and franchise player like Kevin Durant in the lineup, the ball needs to be in his hands instead.

    Scott Brooks even benched Westbrook during the playoffs in favor of James Harden and Eric Maynor. Maybe it was a one-time thing, or maybe it just isn't meant to be. 

    Nate Robinson

    When the former three-time Slam Dunk champion landed on the roster of the guard-heavy Oklahoma City Thunder, his chances for playing time diminished. Despite his size, Robinson still has the elevation and shooting to become an offensive weapon.

    While the Thunder traded for Kendrick Perkins in order to get big in the West, Robinson could be a tool in getting some size in OKC.

Orlando Magic

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic walks to the bench after a turnover to the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgi
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    Dwight Howard

    Superman made his decision not to sign his contract extension with the Magic and become a free agent in 2012. So why not try to move him? Howard played an MVP season in Orlando, but the team clearly hasn't been able to surround him with the right mix to win a championship.

    Maybe he can make like Orlando's last great big man, Shaq, and jump ship to Los Angeles where he can team up with Kobe and go for a ring.

    Gilbert Arenas

    When the Orlando Magic made the huge move to bring in Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas, they took a big risk. Now that the experiment has failed to live up to Dwight Howard's expectations, it's time to try to clean house a bit.

    If Howard goes, maybe Arenas can go with him, or perhaps somewhere else to help Orlando rebuild.

Philadelphia 76ers

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 25:  Guard Andr Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia Sixers brings up the ball against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Sixers 111-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg
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    Andre Iguodala

    Similar to Monta Ellis in Golden State, Iguodala is being shopped around the league. The small forward is being kept under close watch, as Philly will be careful to scout out all its options before trading Iguodala—and rightfully so.

    Iguodala is an excellent young athlete and member of the gold medal-winning FIBA Championship team. You can bet he's one of the hottest commodities right now.

    Its been rumored that he and Ellis could switch places. This seems pretty plausible right now.

Phoenix Suns

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 30:  Vince Carter #25 of the Phoenix Suns high fives teammate Steve Nash #13 after scoring against the New Orleans Hornets during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 30, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Horne
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    Vince Carter

    The Vince Carter experiment failed in Phoenix.

    On a team with a heavy reliance on two aging, former superstars in Grant Hill and Steve Nash, any scoring assistance is much appreciated. Unfortunately, Carter just couldn't deliver the goods.

    Now, with his contract soon expiring, Carter can be shipped out to make room for the Suns in order to make one (possibly final) run towards a title. However, a title run might not even be in the Suns' future anytime soon either, especially if Steve Nash gets moved.

    Steve Nash

    Everyone celebrated when the prodigal son returned to Phoenix and became a back-to-back MVP. However, he's been unable to check off the last thing on his list: an NBA title. Nonetheless, despite his age, Nash is still among the best point guards in the league today.

Portland Trailblazers

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 28:  Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on during a break in the action against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on December 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Blazers 95-77. NOTE TO USER: User ex
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    Rudy Fernandez

    Fernandez is a talented guard capable of handling the ball, and he's shown he can get up to the rim. He's come off the bench to play some point guard and is already a shooting guard.

    His agent demanded a trade, so maybe the Blazers will grant his wish. He's a great talent to have at guard, but on a loaded team like the Blazers, the decision would probably come down to Brandon Roy or Fernandez.

    Roy has shown himself to be great but has been injury-prone in his career. On the other hand, Fernandez is good and will still get better.

    Still, Fernandez might benefit from a move and a chance to be one of the head honchos on another team.

Sacramento Kings

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    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14: Beno Udrih #19 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 14, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
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    Beno Udrih

    It is likely that Udrih would end up staying with the Kings; however, in this league you never know. Tyreke Evans could stay as a point guard and continue to follow that role. If that's the case, Udrih could be traded to make room for a marquee player to add to the combo of Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. Or, he could end up staying and playing point while Evans moves to the shooting guard position.

San Antonio Spurs

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 23:  Antonio McDyess #34 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. McDyess went on to foul out of the game as the Nuggets defeated
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    Antonio Mcdyess

    Tim Duncan doesn't seem to have the same hop he once had. So if the Spurs hope to stay relevant in a West full of young sleepers, their best chance might be to stay big. Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner might be some of Duncan's other big men, but the West is especially physical.

    Moving an aging but still capable Mcdyess would free up some space and send a trusted veteran off to another team.

Toronto Raptors

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph,
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    Andrea Bargnani

    Bargnani has proven that he is an offensive asset, particularly with his ability to shoot from the perimeter. Power forward would ultimately be the best position for him. With the possibility of a smaller capable shooter like a Kemba Walker being drafted, the Raptors might think it best to pursue a defensive big man instead.

    Bargnani has drawn comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki, and with the Mavs' 2011 Championship, those comparisions might make him even more desirable.

Utah Jazz

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 28:  Mehmet Okur #13 of the Utah Jazz heads down court against the Denver Nuggets during NBA action at Pepsi Center on October 28, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Jazz 114-105.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Mehmet Okur

    The former All-Star was recently bit by the injury bug but will likely return sometime this upcoming season. He may not be putting up the kinds of numbers he did before, but he still has the size and shooting to make him good trade bait.

Washington Wizards

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    MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Rashard Lewis #9 of the  Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Miami Heat  at American Airlines Arena on February 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and
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    Rashard Lewis

    The Wizards have height, but they need some more talent for franchise player and team captain John Wall to work with. In order to do so, as is the case with so many of the league's teams, they need to get rid of their huge contracts. Rashard Lewis and his gigantic contract are a prime example.

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