NBA Trade Predictions: 3 Guards That Could Be on the Move Next Season

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer INovember 3, 2011

NBA Trade Predictions: 3 Guards That Could Be on the Move Next Season

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    In the following slides are the names of three players that could be on the move during the 2011-12 NBA season—in part due to their contract situation and also due to falling out of the rotation with a new head coach now in the mix.

    The names should be familiar, as these players have established themselves in the NBA for the most part.

    Let’s meet the players in the following slides!

Kirk Hinrich

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    Hinrich has only one year remaining on his contract, and he could be in demand come closer to the trade deadline. Hinrich was traded to the Washington Wizards on draft day from the Chicago Bulls, who drafted the guard from the University of Kansas back in 2003.

    Hinrich was traded, along with Hilton Armstrong, to the Atlanta Hawks from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Jordan Crawford, Mike Bibby (who was eventually released), Maurice Evans and a future first-round draft pick before the February 2011 trade deadline.

Rodney Stuckey

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    Stuckey was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons after spending two seasons at Eastern Washington University. Stuckey has seen his minutes and scoring increase for most of his tenure with the Pistons. In 279 games with the Pistons, Stuckey has averaged 13.6 points and 4.5 assists per game.

    However, with the arrival of rookie Brandon Knight, could Stuckey be on his way out? Also, Will Bynum is an incredible athlete who has been playing as a backup, and he may continue in that role under new head coach Lawrence Frank.

Leandro Barbosa

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    The “Brazilian Blur” has an expiring contract and can help out a playoff-bound team with shooting and ball-handling. Barbosa, who came to Toronto from the Phoenix Suns in the Hidayet Turkoglu trade along with Dwayne Jones (who was eventually released), averaged 13.3 points in 25 minutes per game off the bench.

    Barbosa spent seven seasons with the Phoenix Suns and made appearances in the playoffs five of those seasons. So, he is a battle-tested veteran guard that could be in demand come the 2011-12 trade deadline.