NBA Trade Speculation: 12 Players Not on the Block Who Should Get Dealt
With the offseason upon us (and no, I'm not going to even mention the L-word), there are many trades and signings to be done around the association.
While so many names, both big and small, are on the trading block, there are also a plethora of able players who probably should be moved, even if no one is talking about it. We'll call these the "underrated trade-ables".
With all that in mind, here are 12 of these players that should be moved this summer.
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As much as you hate to admit it, Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley are very similar players.
If they really work hard at it, they can most definitely co-exist in the T'Wolves rotation. At the same time, I believe that Beasley has a far better upside and therefore, even despite recent troubles with the law, should be kept in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
The possibilities on who the Pups could acquire in exchange are endless.
If put together in the proper package, Kirk Hinrich and a pick or two could get the Atlanta Hawks a star.
By parting ways with the club he played less than a full season with, Hinrich would then be able to allow the door to open for Jeff Teague, a point guard who showed massive potential this past season.
Hear me out on this one before you ask for my head on a silver platter.
If I'm general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, I've got to assume that the club is set at the two and three even without Brandon Roy as a part of the mix. Wesley Matthews has blossomed into a star, and Gerald Wallace has been at the rank for years now, and even now he's still in his 20s.
I believe the team would be better off trading Roy for a legitimate center since, at this point, it seems to be their only glaring need.
D.J. Augustin has all the tools necessary to become a solid starting point guard in this league.
Unfortunately for him, so does Kemba Walker, the team's first-round pick in June's draft.
The Bobcats currently are in need of some help around the wings, and it might be wise to deal Augustin while his value is as high as it is.
Keith Bogans has got to be confused right now as to what his role will be on the 2011-12 Chicago Bulls' roster.
Kyle Korver, Jimmy Butler, and Ronnie Brewer are all superior offensively to the former Kentucky Wildcat, and both Butler and Brewer are just as good defensively.
Chicago might as well deal him and receive a second-rounder or a role player in exchange.
I know fellow Los Angeles Clipper center Chris Kaman is a popular name on the trading block, but what boggles my mind is that everyone is convinced that DeAndre Jordan is the center of the future.
What exactly has he done to prove this statement to be factual?
In all honesty, he can't create his own shot (something Kaman can do especially well) and he doesn't do anything that is game-changing. I'd shop him if I were the Clips, and I'd see what I could receive for the 22-year-old.
If Kyrie Irving is the supposed savior that most pin him to be in Cleveland, why not see what you can get for Baron Davis in return?
The Cavs are relatively thin at small forward. Maybe they could work out a deal where a solid role player would then take his talents to Cleveland.
Had it not been for fellow wing Mike Miller, James Jones would have played a much more integral role in the Miami Heat saga this past season.
Jones' forte lies in what he can do beyond the arc, and many teams might be interested in his services. It's not like he's especially elated with sitting on the bench 90 percent of the game.
Steve Nash might have been on the trading block a month or so ago, but just about every whisper has diminished since draft week.
If the Suns really had a legitimate conversation in regards to swapping the 37-year-old for the Timberwolves' second overall pick in the draft, just imagine what other top-heavy offers they could see.
Although, come to think of it, not every general manager is as stupid as David Kahn so you never know.
Nate Robinson has had an incredibly see-sawing career.
Now as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he's listed as the fourth point guard, he is essentially worthless.
Maybe he can find salvation elsewhere.
Whether you are acknowledging it or not, the Washington Wizards are putting together an insanely athletic and talented team.
The team also acknowledges hustle, and one guy who doesn't do his fair share is Andray Blatche. The team should, in my opinion, move forward with the ultra-potential filled JaVale McGee, who is far superior in nearly every facet of the game (most importantly of course, dunking).
Blatche still could get the Wizards a first-rounder; you never know.
Whenever the logjam that is the Utah Jazz frontcourt is mentioned, the odd man out seems to always be Al Jefferson.
However, Paul Millsap would be a solid value for any team to trade for. He's both younger and better defensively than the 26-year-old Jefferson is.
Most importantly, we know Millsap is clutch and has the ability to score many points in just seconds. Now that's prolific.