10 NBA Trades That Should Happen But Won’t

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10 Trades That Should Happen In The NBA But Won't

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Sometimes, finding the motivation that brings two teams together to trade players and draft picks can be a little confusing. Obviously, if a team considers a certain player to be expendable, it can be somewhat difficult to understand how that same player can appeal to another team. Trading is more complex than just one team wanting to rid their roster of an ill-fitting player, and there are many other factors to take into consideration when making a trade.

Teams around the NBA have to make sure that the players on their roster aren't making so much money that the team exceeds the league's salary cap. Some teams have more money available to them under the salary cap than others, which can create the perfect situation for a trade to happen.

Then there are situations where teams have players that are unhappy with their current situations and have expressed interest in exploring the free agent market when their contract expires. Teams witnessed LeBron James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers high and dry for a better chance to win championships with the Miami Heat, and other teams have learned from the Cavaliers' mistake.

All in all, it takes a perfect storm of a team's salary cap situation, a team's needs and player happiness for trades to take place, but it seems to be a rare occurrence these days. Some players have openly expressed their desire to test the free agent market, but their talent level alone makes teams hold out for the small glimmer of hope that they can convince the player to sign an extension after they test the free agent waters. With that being said, here are the top 10 trades that should happen, but won't.

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10. The Toronto Raptors Should Be Willing To Trade Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas
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The Toronto Raptors have a new general manager, Masai Ujiri, who wants to build a contender. He has openly stated that he is open to trade discussions for every player on the roster except for Jonas Valanciunas, even though Valanciunas represents the player on his roster with the most trade value. He would be worth at least another high draft pick and a veteran player for the Raptors because he is only 21 years old. The Raptors are more than likely going to wait for Valanciunas to develop and hope that he can turn into a younger version of Dirk Nowitzki. Unfortunately, he will probably end up having fans in Toronto hate him in a few years like Andrea Bargnani.

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9. DeMarcus Cousins Is Bad For Sacramento Kings' Team Chemistry

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The Sacramento Kings have attempted to make their struggling franchise relevant by acquiring Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, but DeMarcus Cousins is the type of volatile personality that could ruin any progress that the Kings are making. With Williams, Gay, Cousins and rookie Ben McLemore on the roster, it's hard to imagine that there would be enough shots available during a game to keep everyone happy. Maybe Sacramento could convince the Houston Rockets to take on the loose-cannon Cousins for Omer Asik, who wouldn't need to shoot as much as Cousins does. This scenario is a definite long shot, but it would be interesting.

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8. Danny Granger's Injury Issues Made Him Expendable

Danny Granger
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Unfortunately, Danny Granger appears on the list solely because his injury last season allowed for Paul George to blossom into a star. This situation is very similar to the Memphis Grizzlies' when Rudy Gay missed a large portion of the season, and the Grizzlies upset the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. It would be hard to imagine Granger accepting a bench role for the Pacers, and they may be better off trading Granger to a team that needs help at the small forward position.

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7. The Charlotte Bobcats Should Make A Push For Xavier Henry

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The Los Angeles Lakers aren't usually interested in trading players for high draft picks, but the Charlotte Bobcats need an athletic small forward desperately. Injuries to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor leaves the Bobcats dangerously thin at the position, and the Lakers realize that their current roster won't be competing for an NBA Championship.

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6. The Bulls Should Trade Luol Deng

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The struggling Chicago Bulls need to make a move to break the habit of their current losing ways. Derrick Rose is injured again, and the team seems to be exhausted from waiting for Rose to return to health for the past two seasons. Deng has trade value around the league, but he is struggling with the Bulls and things don't appear to be getting any better anytime soon. Deng has not committed to Chicago long-term, and the Bulls should make a deal before Deng signs with another team in free agency. Given the threat of Deng leaving the Bulls for nothing, Chicago has still decided to take Deng off the market.

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5. New York Can Improve Drastically By Trading Iman Shumpert For Aaron Afflalo

Aaron Afflalo
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Iman Shumpert has struggled to hit open shots for the New York Knicks, which makes his defensive prowess seem less effective. If New York would just deal Shumpert for Aaron Afflalo, the Knicks would be getting a strong perimeter defender and a player that would knock down open jump shots. Plus, the Orlando Magic would be able to continue to “tank” this season with the ineffective Shumpert on their roster, and Afflalo would feel right at home on a Knicks roster that features many players that were his teammates with the Denver Nuggets.

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4. The Miami Heat Should Deal For Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters
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Dion Waiters is the luckiest player on this list, without a doubt. The Miami Heat are currently searching for help at shooting guard while Dwyane Wade gets rest throughout the season. Waiters would be able to leave his dismal situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers for a chance to play for a contender. Waiters has reportedly wanted out of Cleveland and the Heat need help at shooting guard, so this trade would be a win-win situation for all parties involved.

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3. The Knicks Should Trade Carmelo Anthony Before He Leaves In 2014

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Carmelo Anthony is close friends with Chris Paul, and Anthony has expressed an interest in testing the free agent market after this season. The New York Knicks could potentially lose Anthony for nothing, but considering what the Knicks surrendered to bring Anthony to New York, they would likely put their best effort forward to re-sign him. The way this season is going, it would be hard to imagine Anthony not walking away from New York in 2014.

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2. The Indiana Pacers Need Rajon Rondo

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It would be hard to imagine Danny Ainge agreeing to trade his best player, but the Indiana Pacers would be wise to make a strong push for Rajon Rondo. Then again, maybe Larry Bird could leverage his relationship with Ainge to make this deal happen. Indiana would love to see it happen. This is in no way meant to be disrespectful to George Hill, but if the Pacers are serious about beating the Miami Heat this postseason, Rondo would be a great addition. Trading for Rondo would likely give the Pacers a decisive edge over the Heat because of the success he has had against Miami in the past.

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1. The Los Angeles Clippers Could Get Kevin Love For Blake Griffin

Kevin Love and Blake Griffin
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Kevin Love and Blake Griffin are two players that will forever be linked, and Love would be a great fit for the Los Angeles Clippers. He is not likely to re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he would love to head back to California. Love has extensive ties to California as his dad Stan is from Los Angeles and played for the Lakers for two years during his NBA career. Griffin would be an exciting fit with the Timberwolves as he would be able to team up with Ricky Rubio.