NBA Trade Rumors: Top 20 Moves That Could Be Made This Week

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Kyrie Irving Was Drafted With A Pick That Was Exchanged On Deadline Day

Kyrie Irving Was Drafted With A Pick That Was Exchanged On Deadline Day
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On trade deadline day in 2011, the Los Angeles Clippers got rid of Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting Mo Williams and Jamario Moon in return. To even out the deal the Clippers sent a first round pick to the Cavaliers.

That first round pick turned into all-star point guard Kyrie Irving. It proves that every single deal on deadline day should be viewed on all sides before actually pulling the trigger. Every piece in the NBA is important and the slightest misstep could cost your franchise their future.

Most teams in the playoff hunt are willing to give up draft picks to acquire quick fixes and immediate veteran help. Most of these trades never pan out for that playoff team but general managers continue to think of trade deadline day as their be all and end all. One thing is for certain it could be the end of their careers.

The following are 20 moves that could occur before Thursday's trade deadline.

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Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger

Indiana Pacers:  Danny Granger
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Danny Granger hasn't played the entire season and the Indiana Pacers realize they can win without him. Even when injured Granger will bring back assets in return. Rumors have it that the Los Angeles Lakers are willing to part ways with Steve Nash to acquire Granger.

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Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer

Chicago Bulls:  Carlos Boozer
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Carlos Boozer has been on his way from the Chicago Bulls for the entire season. Look for the Bulls to make a multi-team deal to acquire a back-up point guard and outside shooting. Sound like the Toronto Raptors might be one of those trade partners with Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III going to the windy city.

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Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith

Atlanta Hawks:  Josh Smith
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Josh Smith wants out of the Atlanta Hawks coup and hopes to have a bigger role elsewhere. The Hawks are looking to get scoring in return and a swap deal with the Milwaukee Bucks for Monta Ellis is on the cards.

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Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics:  Rajon Rondo
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Rajon Rondo has come up in Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard rumors. He's injured and won't make an impact until next season but if the Boston Celtics want to revamp their roster he's a piece they will move.

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Boston Celtics: Kevin Garnett

Boston Celtics:  Kevin Garnett
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If Rajon Rondo doesn't go then the Boston Celtics will ship Kevin Garnett. When he waives his no trade clause the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets would love to acquire the 'Big Ticket'.

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Milwaukee Bucks: Monta Ellis

Milwaukee Bucks:  Monta Ellis
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Monta Ellis hasn't made good impressions with either the Golden State Warriors or the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks will move him again and it looks like Ellis will be a great scorer on week teams for his entire career. Look for the Phoenix Suns to make a move for him.

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Jennings

Milwaukee Bucks:  Brandon Jennings
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The fans of the Milwaukee Bucks also voted to have Brandon Jennings moved. Look for him to start his career over with either the Sacramento Kings or Dallas Mavericks.

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Toronto Raptors: Andrea Bargnani

Toronto Raptors:  Andrea Bargnani
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The Toronto Raptors have been rumored to be shopping Andrea Bargnani the entire season. Look for him to go out west with the Los Angeles Lakers given up Pau Gasol for his services.

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Charlotte Bobcats: Ben Gordon

Charlotte Bobcats:  Ben Gordon
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It's been well documented that Ben Gordon wants out and away from the Charlotte Bobcats. He believe he is still a starter but look for him to land with a playoff team if he can accept coming off the bench. The Toronto Raptors although out of the playoffs for now, might be that team.

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Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan

Los Angeles Clippers:  DeAndre Jordan
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The Los Angeles Clippers don't want to part ways with DeAndre Jordan but to get better they might need to give him up. Look for either the Brooklyn Nets or Boston Celtics to make a pitch to acquire his services.

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Denver Nuggets: Wilson Chandler

Denver Nuggets:  Wilson Chandler
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Wilson Chandler wants more playing time and wants more of the ball. The Denver Nuggets can't give him that and therefore will just get rid of him shipping him to a non playoff team like the Orlando Magic.

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Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap

Utah Jazz:  Paul Millsap
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Paul Millsap is a workhorse and a stud of a player. The Utah Jazz are stacked up front and need back court help. Look for Millsap and his expiring contract to land with either the Houston Rockets or Atlanta Hawks.

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Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson

Utah Jazz:  Al Jefferson
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If Paul Millsap stays then Al Jefferson and his expiring contract leaves the Utah Jazz. The Milwaukee Bucks seem interested in his services and would be willing to part with either Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis.

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Houston Rockets: Royce White

Houston Rockets:  Royce White
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Royce White and the Houston Rocketsjust haven't fit each other this season. With White's mental health issues at the forefront look for him to land with the Boston Celtics who as a franchise know how to deal with player issues. Jeff Green can attest to that.

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Minnesota Timberwolves: Luke Ridnour

Minnesota Timberwolves:  Luke Ridnour
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Luke Ridnour isn' needed with the Minnesota Timberwolves with the emergence of Ricky Rubio and the play of J.J. Barea. Look for Ridnour to be wearing a Toronto Raptors uniform Thursday night.

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Sacramento Kings: Tyreke Evans

Sacramento Kings:  Tyreke Evans
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Tyreke Evans might be too good for the Sacramento Kings He doesn't fit their plans and definitely won't be the face of the franchise in Seattle. Look for him to make way to the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Phoenix Suns: Luis Scola

Phoenix Suns:  Luis Scola
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Luis Scola is wasting away with the Phoenix Suns. His skills an manageable salary would make him a fit for the Indiana Pacers.

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Phoenix Suns: Jermaine O'Neal

Phoenix Suns:  Jermaine O'Neal
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Jermaine O'Neal wanted one last chance at a championship and hoped his play with the Phoenix Suns would entice a playoff team to acquire his services. A team may not want him but his argument with general manager Lance Blanks might force a trade away from the desert.

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Los Angeles Lakers: Dwight Howard

Los Angeles Lakers:  Dwight Howard
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Dwight Howard's days on left coast are over. The Brooklyn Nets at the Atlanta Hawks are the front runners to acquire his talents and his bad attitude.

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Los Angeles Lakers: Mike D'Antoni

Los Angeles Lakers:  Mike D'Antoni
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The trade of Dwight Howard isn't the only major change that will happen this week. Coach Mike D'Antoni is on the way out and a fresh new/old face might be on his way back. Does Phil Jackson's name ring a bell.

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