NBA Trade Rumors: Ranking Top 20 Sexiest Trade Chips in the League
Is Carmelo leaving Denver after all the endless rumors?
Are the Suns really going to trade Steve Nash, the face of their franchise?
What's Cleveland to do in the post-LeBron era?
Will the Knicks finally play the buyer role at the deadline?
All that and more in this, the Top 20 Sexiest Trade Chips in the NBA!
20. Tayshaun Prince
Why he’s on the block: It’s just not going to happen for Detroit this year, and the right move would be to concentrate on the future.
Possible Destinations: New York or Chicago could make sense.
19. Chris Kaman
Why he’s on the block: Kaman is seemingly always on the block, and his time in a Clippers uniform could finally be running out.
Possible Destinations: Dallas and Phoenix are said to have some interest. His recent ankle injury could complicate trade talk.
18. Anderson Varejao
Why he’s on the block: It’s unclear if Varejao is in the team’s long-term plans, though he might be the most underrated player on this list.
Possible Destinations: Varejao could be a nice fit in a young Oklahoma City lineup.
17. Shane Battier
Why he’s on the block: His defensive skill may be declining, and Houston may have been close to trading him last season.
Possible Destinations: Battier could conceivably land on any contending team that’s looking to upgrade its defense.
16. Luis Scola
Why he’s on the block: Houston would likely be able to absorb the loss of Scola.
Possible Destinations: Oklahoma City could use an inside presence and have already expressed interest.
15. Mo Williams
Why he’s on the Block: Cleveland is sinking like a rock, and it may make sense for the Cavs to cash in on Williams' monster 2008-09 season while they still can.
Possible Destinations: Williams has been linked to the Portland Trailblazers and Sacramento Kings, though he’s expressed a desire to stay in Cleveland.
14. Richard Hamilton
Why he’s on the block: Detroit is buried in the standings, and dumping Hamilton’s salary could be a wise strategy.
Possible Destinations: With a big contract and limited upside, moving Hamilton could be challenging. Minnesota may have interest.
13. Andre Miller
Why he’s on the block: The Blazers aren’t the team they were hoping to be, and unloading the veteran Miller could be the most prudent move.
Possible Destinations: Houston could make sense, especially if they opt to move Aaron Brooks.
12. Sebastian Telfair
Why he’s on the block: Minnesota doesn’t seem to have a real purpose for hanging on to Telfair.
Possible Destinations: New York could be interested in bringing the Brooklyn native back to his home town in a reserve role.
11. Hedo Turkoglu
Why he’s on the block: Turkoglu just hasn’t seemed like the same player since leaving Orlando. If Steve Nash is dealt, then the Suns may overhaul their entire roster.
Possible Destinations: Orlando may have some interest, seeing as how Turkoglu was a big part in helping the Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2008.
10. Rajon Rondo
Why he’s on the block: Good question. In reality, Rondo probably isn’t on the block, but it’s hard not to pay attention to the whispers when such a big-name player is involved. We’d have him ranked higher if we really thought he was going somewhere.
Possible Destinations: Detroit is known to be infatuated with Rondo, but we can’t see Boston trading away their most talented young player.
9. Gilbert Arenas
Why he’s on the block: Washington may be at the point where they concede that Arenas is simply more trouble than he’s worth.
Possible Destinations: His $80 million contract will be a major article in any trade, but Orlando could have interest.
8. Antawn Jamison
Why he’s on the block: Jamison was acquired to appease LeBron James, but we all know how that turned out. Cleveland may want to trade the veteran in an attempt to get younger.
Possible Destinations: No clear front runner has emerged, though Portland is thought to have some interest.
7. Aaron Brooks
Why he’s on the block: The Rockets don’t have as much of a need for a player with Brooks’ skill sets as some other teams might.
Possible Destinations: The Sacramento Kings have expressed interest.
6. Jamal Crawford
Why he’s on the block: The Hawks have refused to extend his contract, even after his Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2009.
Possible Destinations: Detroit has expressed interest, and a return to New York isn’t out of the question. Crawford is likely to land on another contending team searching for depth at outside shooting.
5. Chauncey Billups
Why he’s on the block: If the Nuggets decide to trade Carmelo Anthony, then the 34-year-old Billups would be right behind him.
Possible Destinations: Billups is a winning player, and it’s likely that there would be no shortage of suitors if the Nuggets make him available. Orlando or Miami would make the most sense.
4. Chris Paul
Why he’s on the block: New Orleans would be greatly compensated.
Possible Destinations: Orlando, L.A., New York, and Miami have all been rumored, though no clear front-runner has emerged.
3. Andre Iguodala
Why he’s on the Block: The 76ers are having a terrible season, and moving AI2 might be their only way to rebuild. Iguodala would almost certainly net a first round pick.
Possible Destinations: The Cleveland Cavs’ could make sense as a team still looking for some star power after losing LeBron James. The Houston Rockets could also make sense.
2. Steve Nash
Why he’s on the block: Though he’s the unquestioned face of the Phoenix franchise, the Suns have stumbled to an 11-11 start. The Suns could receive great compensation if they chose to move Nash. A lot of teams have been linked to Nash, and it seems like a deal could happen.
Possible Destinations: The New York Knicks certainly can’t be counted out, especially since it would reunite Nash with Amar’e Stoudemire and Mark D’Antoni. Orlando could also make sense, as the Magic seem to be lacking that one player to put them over the top. Nash and Jameer Nelson would make a very formidable duo.
1. Carmelo Anthony
Why he’s on the Block: Carmelo Anthony’s relationship with the Denver Nuggets is complicated, to say the least. They routinely make the playoffs and have been within one step of the NBA Finals, yet there always seems to be a feeling of unrest, and Anthony’s future with the team is always uncertain. The Nuggets haven’t stormed out of the starting blocks and are currently 13-8, good for eighth in the Western Conference.
Possible Destinations: If Anthony is moved in a blockbuster, it would likely be to the Knicks or Nets. The Knicks have shocked everyone with their 14-9 start, and pairing Anthony up with Amar’e Stoudemire would be a bold move. The Nets, who sit at 6-17, just need a player worth watching. New Orleans or Houston could emerge as dark horses.