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NBA Trade Rumors: Amare Stoudemire, T-Mac and Much More

AJ BradyContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 01:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball around David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on February 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Suns defeated the Hornets 109-100.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As the trade deadline approaches, all of the teams have been subject to some trade speculation. Will Amare Stoudemire be traded? Will the Nuggets acquire a big? Where will Tracy McGrady’s contract be traded to? Here is a preview for the Western Conference teams:

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas traded Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton to the Wizards for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and cash. After that deal it is unlikely Dallas will do anything further. They do still have the potentially expiring contract of Erick Dampier, but it is hard to see what they would trade for now.

Chances of making a move: Very Unlikely

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets would like to find an additional big man to supplement their current bigs. However, they are way over the salary cap already and have few tradeable assets. I could see them trading for a low-salary veteran big man. I would also say there is a good chance that a veteran on a bad team will get bought out and join a team like Denver. Drew Gooden will likely be bought out and would be a good option.

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Chances of making a move: Unlikely

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are hard to categorize. They are certainly not a playoff team, but are also not looking to be in a position to sign a major free agent, thus they aren’t really buyers or sellers. Also it is hard to gage where they are at because of all the injuries and controversies this year. With several expiring contracts, they could be active at the trade deadline, targeting a talented, but not elite, player such as Andre Iguoadala. There are also several contracts they would probably like to get rid of, like Corey Maggete’s and Radmanovic’s.

Chances of making a move: Moderate

Houston Rockets

The Rockets actions at the trade deadline can be summed up with two words: expiring contract. They have the largest one of those with Tracy McGrady’s over $20 million expiring contract. There have been rumors that they are close to a deal with the Knicks that would also include Brian Cook and Joey Dorsey as well as Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries, and Larry Hughes. Other teams that could be candidates to trade for McGrady could include the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia Sixers. If McGrady is traded to New York, I could see him actually playing some decent ball for them.

Chances of making a move: High

Los Angeles Clippers

 The Clippers just traded their most tradeable piece, Marcus Camby, away, but are supposedly not done making moves. Look for them to try to trade Al Thornton and/or Sebastian Telfair.  

Chances of making a move: Fairly High

Los Angeles Lakers

One of the most popular rumors in the last few weeks has been that the Lakers would trade Andrew Bynum to the Raptors for Chris Bosh. This would be based on the assumption that Bosh would leave Toronto next year anyway. I highly doubt that there was ever any real chance that that trade would take place. The Lakers have also been said to be looking for an upgrade at Point Guard (Kirk Hinrich has been mentioned). While I won’t be surprised to see them make some minor adjustments, I don’t anticipate them looking to change their team much at this point.

Chances of making a move: Low

Memphis Grizzlies

After adding Zach Randolph, Jamal Tinsley, and several draft picks this year, the Grizzlies will probably only make minor, if any, adjustments at the trade deadline. They are interested in adding a good scorer of the bench, and have been rumored to have been interested in Ronnie Brewer of Utah, Dorell Wright of Miami, and Travis Outlaw of Portland. There has also been speculation that they will look to move upcoming free agent Rudy Gay, but I don’t expect that they ever planned on doing that. Don’t be surprised to see them trade for a role player.

Chances of making a move: Fairly High

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have been everywhere from rumored to trade some of their biggest pieces, Al Jefferson and Kevin Love, to their GM denying interest in trading any of their important players. I only see them trading minor players with expiring contracts like Sasha Pavlovic or Oleksiy Pecherov.

Chances of making a move: Fairly Low

New Orleans Hornets

Since Chris Paul was injured, the Hornets have very little chance of making the playoffs. They would love to trade one of their many big contracts, but they probably won’t find any takers. There is a chance they could trade Emeka Okafor or David West, as has been rumored, but that is unlikely. They are more likely to do more minor, money-saving deals.

Chances of making a move: Moderate

Oklahoma City Thunder

I believe that the Thunder are probably done after trading for Eric Maynor. They are probably waiting to get some cap space to sign a free agent next year, or just continue to let their core players grow. They could be minor players in a three-team deal.

Chances of making a move: Low

Phoenix Suns

The hottest rumor has had the Suns trading Amare Stoudemire to the Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson and Z. There are conflicting reports as to how serious that trade possibility actually is. There have also been many rumors about Stoudemire being traded to the Sixers or Heat. The Suns would also like to trade Jason Richardson to save money, and some teams are interested in Leandro Barbosa. I could see them trading any of these players, and/or making minor trades, or even standing pat.

Chances of making a move: Fairly High

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers are probably done after acquiring Marcus Camby. Oh how I wish I would have published this yesterday. One of the best parts of this deal is that it means Sasha Vujacic and Tyrus Thomas won’t be traded to the Blazers.

Chances of making a move: Low

Sacramento Kings

The Kings have a talented young core that they are looking to add to. They have several expiring contracts and may use them to acquire a big man or a secondary player. Many teams are interested in prolific shooter Kevin Martin, but the Kings apparently have no interest in trading him. They are possible trading partners with the Hornets or Sixers. 

Chances of making a move: Moderate

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs apparently tried to acquire Chris Paul earlier this season. Good luck with that. There has also been talk that the Spurs are looking to move Antonio McDyess and Roger Mason, and then acquire Tyrus Thomas, a more athletic big than what they currently have.  

Chances of making a move: Moderate

Utah Jazz

Carlos Boozer has long been discussed as someone who could be traded mid-season, but since he has played well, the Jazz have been playing well, and they have already cut some of their payroll, they are less likely to trade Boozer, who will be a free agent next year. The Heat or the Bulls could be possible destinations for Boozer if he is traded. More likely they will trade someone like Ronnie Brewer, possibly to the Grizzlies.

Chance of making a move: Moderate

I am sure there are several other potential deals I left out. Let me know if you have anything, and what you think.

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