Although the NBA still remains in its lockout, it's a good idea to predict in advance the trade value of every player on the team's roster. I mean, just think of all the time we have to discuss this stuff.
The Philadelphia Sixers made a lot of improvements last season, without a doubt. However, there is still room for improvement, and I think every Sixers fan knows that there are still moves that need to be made in order to turn the team into a legitimate contender.
Lavoy Allen, the recently drafted second-rounder out of Temple, could become a useful bench player for the Sixers.
However, trading-wise, he does not have much value, and the only way he would get dealt is being a throw-in.
At this point in his career, Andres Nocioni is best as a veteran, tough-guy bench player.
Nocioni's contract is currently at $6,650,000 for two more years. It would be a challenge to find a team that would willing to trade for Nocioni and the money he demands.
Obviously, Nocioni would not be a centerpiece of a trade, but he could be included in a major trade to make the deal work out financially. But honestly, don't expect much value from him.
Marreese Speights had potential, but now, sadly, he only has the potential to have potential.
Speights proved that he cannot play defense effectively and he has not shown any signs of dominance in the paint.
The only thing that attracts teams to Speights is his expiring contract. So maybe if there is a team who needs a center badly and might want to take a chance on Speights, he could get traded. But that's the only way I see him being dealt.
Craig Brackins is not known by most Sixers fans, but has a lot of potential in my opinion. In fact, he averaged over 20 points and eight rebounds per game in the D-League this year. Brackins can play both small and power forward.
Trading-wise, he does not draw much value unless a team is looking to build around young guys.
Nikola Vucevic has potential to be a solid center in the league. After drafting him just this summer, I do no think the Sixers would consider trading him.
But we all know every player has their price, and Vucevic could strike interest in teams looking for young centers. However, this was the Sixers' exact same stance before drafting him. They would not want to create that problem again.
Jodie Meeks played one key role in the offense last year, and that was being the three-point sharpshooter. This role also helped the Sixers spread the floor.
Out of the entire lineup, he was one of if not the most improved player.
As for trade value, he has some for a few reasons. First, he is a very good three-point shooter, while the other reasons are that he has youth, potential and, most importantly, an expiring contract.
In case you didn't know, the NBA is all about contracts, and if a major deal is made surrounding Andre Iguodala, don't be surprised if the Sixers need to throw in a player like Meeks. Although his expiring contract is small, it still strikes some attention from teams willing to deal.
Lou Williams is a game changer, playmaker, show stopper—however you would like to call him. You get the memo.
Williams can change the pace of the game at any point in time and has proven to be a very clutch player. His raw talent comes with a good jump shot—both mid- and long-range—and solid ball handling.
He definitely would strike interest in teams looking for a scorer, but I don't believe the Sixers would trade him.
What a solid player Thaddeus Young has turned into. I love it. What I love the most about him is he never gives up on a play—he's a true hustler.
Young played a huge part for the Sixers coming off the bench as well as starting last season. The fact that he can play both the three and the four slot allows the Sixers to use and experiment with a variety of lineups.
As for trade value, well, the Sixers already extended offers to Young back in June before this lockout came along.
After finishing third in the Sixth Man of the Year Award voting and proving to be a key asset to the team, do not expect to see Young leave.
Trust me, the value is there. But he'll stay put.
Evan Turner did not have the best rookie season, but he also did not see a tremendous amount of playing time. Although his stats weren't great, I still believe he will turn into a quality player—possibly an All-Star.
But when it comes to trading, he definitely has value as being a young player with potential. However, there not many teams that would go out of there way to deal for Turner when Andre Iguodala, a proven player, is on the same team.
Basically, the spotlight is on Iguodala, and on top of that, the Sixers have confidence in Turner and would not trade the possible future of the franchise.
Jrue Holiday is turning into a great point guard in the league, and would have a lot of value in a trade. But let me be the first to tell you that Holiday would probably be the last guy on the Sixers to be traded, unless they were trying to acquire a top point guard.
Holiday proved this year that he can be a playmaker and can both score and distribute the ball. Not to mention, he improved his three-point shot as well.
Here's the thing about Elton Brand: He could be a great assistance to a team ready to win a championship this year, no question about it. But the twist comes with his massive contract that weighs in at $17,059,727.
You see, the problem of the matter is not his skill. Far from it, in fact. It's just his hefty contract is too hefty for any team to spend money on.
The only way the Sixers would trade Brand is to get rid of his contract, and that is a challenge.
I have expressed my views before, that it is best for the Sixers to trade Brand. But like I said, it is going to be something hard to do, and most likely won't happen.
Had his contract been cheaper, he would be much more expendable to trade and they would get good value for him.
I think we all knew where this was heading.
It's the start of September and since the Sixers knew there would be a lockout, I think they would have traded Andre Iguodala beforehand.
However, his trade value is still very high and always will be. This year there were rumors that the Golden State Warriors offered Monta Ellis, and the Los Angeles Clippers offered Chris Kaman, both very good, quality players.
Whether or not the Sixers should have pulled the trigger is your own opinion.
I think the Sixers will always be listening to offers for Iguodala, but looking back at previous offers, it looks like it will take a lot to get him.