NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Players Not Worth the Asking Price
We've heard countless names thrown out by reporters in the offseason. From the superstars like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard to the names you'd expect like Lamar Odom and Monta Ellis and even the absurd like LeBron James.
With the salary cap likely to decrease, teams are looking to shed themselves of some of their larger contracts. These players are talented, but also carry a hefty price tag.
Here are five players on the block who aren't worth their asking price.
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Andrew Bynum has been in the league for six years. For the past few years, I feel like I keep hearing this is the year Bynum is going to break out and now years later, we're still waiting. He's the Houston Texans of the NBA.
He couldn't possibly be in a better situation. He has had the opportunity to play with one of the greatest of all time in Kobe Bryant and has a 7-foot tall frontcont partner in Pau Gasol.
Bynum can't seem to stay on the court. When he's actually on it he's good, but not great. If the Lakers were to make him the centerpiece of a Dwight Howard deal, they shouldn't even think twice about doing it.
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The Memphis Grizzlies were the darlings of the NBA postseason, taking down the Spurs and nearly the Thunder.
They did all of that without their best player, at least money-wise, Rudy Gay. It's never a good sign when your supposed best player gets injured and the team gets better.
The Grizzlies saw that they can succeed without Gay and will be tempted to deal him. If any team takes the bite, they will be overpaying.
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Andre Iguodala's name and trade rumors have gone hand in hand for the past few seasons, yet the 76ers have held onto the talented swingman.
Part of the reason he hasn't been traded is that teams realize he's not worth what it takes to give up. His contract pays him like a star, but he's more of a supporting player. He does everything well, but nothing great. A jack of all trades, master of none.
Teams would be wise to stay away from Iguodala once again this offseason.
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Amid trade rumors last summer, Tony Parker agreed to a four-year extension with the Spurs. Only a year into the deal, it looks like Parker could be on the move again.
In the offseason, he made some comments saying the Spurs' championship window had closed, but later backed off. The Spurs nearly traded him on draft night, but instead traded his backup, George Hill.
The Spurs could still look to deal Parker to get younger and relieve themselves of his contract, but teams would be wise not to listen. His stats have been on the decline the past two years and he's nearing 30. He's also never been a strong passer, failing to ever average seven assists per game.
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Josh Smith has been a key cog in the Atlanta Hawks' resurgence over the past few seasons. However, the Hawks have got themselves in salary cap trouble and need to shed salary, so Smith is on the block.
Smith can fill the stat sheet, but it looks like we've seen all he can do already. The past five seasons his stats have looked almost identical.
Now, that's not entirely a bad thing considering he puts up solid numbers, but if a team thinks they are getting a legit No. 2 option in Smith (like the Magic), then they are sorely mistaken.