Once the NBA lockout ends, there are many players who are likely on the move. Many players are in their contract year, and others appear to be expendable due to the future plans of their teams.
Here are five NBA players who will likely be traded once the NBA offseason is fully underway and teams can fulfill their offseason plans and agendas.
Andre Iguodala is the best player on the Philadelphia 76ers, but is not a superstar. He is a fine defender and has offensive potential, but can only be a very good player and not a franchise player.
The 76ers will certainly trade him for either draft picks or a few role players to free up some cap space and allow the young talent on the team—Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner—to continue to develop chemistry together.
It is time for a new era in Philly and for that to occur, Iguodala must go.
Dwight Howard appears to be frustrated with the franchise he has been the face of for much of recent history. While the Orlando Magic continue to be a good team, Howard wants to play elsewhere where he can have more help in contending for a championship.
It is possible that Howard can be convinced to stay if the Magic can sign a big-name free agent to complement him, but it is more likely that they will let him go. Therefore, they will trade him this offseason, once it begins, while they still have a chance to get something for him.
Monta Ellis is very quick, and incredibly talented offensively, but will likely be leaving Golden State.
While a dynamic superstar, Ellis does not have outstanding ball distribution abilities and does not play good defense. The Warriors need a more complete player to lead them if they are going to turn their franchise around.
And with Ellis becoming frustrated with the Warriors franchise, Ellis will certainly be traded soon.
Despite being one of the most versatile players in the league, Lamar Odom will likely be soon to go. He is in the final year of his contract and the Lakers may hope to get something for him while they still can.
This is even more likely when we consider that the Lakers may be planning to make a big move for another star veteran, such as Dwight Howard.
A move by the Lakers would likely require them to give up a player already on their roster. Odom is the most likely to be traded in such a situation.
Chris Kaman can play at a very high level when healthy. But that is rare, as Kaman frequently misses the majority of the season and becomes somewhat of a liability on a team.
With a franchise player now in Blake Griffin, the Clippers would be wise to trade Kaman and attempt to build a younger team around Griffin. And that is just what they will likely do.
Considering Kaman's age and injury history, Kaman is all but gone for the Clippers franchise. Especially as good centers are hard to come by, and Kaman will likely give the Clippers a decent amount in a trade.