NBA Trade Deadline: Every Team’s Most Moveable Player
Each NBA Team's Most Tradeable Player Before Trade Deadline
Throughout each NBA season, there are numerous trades. Some trades involve superstars while others will be between players that are usually just on the bench.
The annual trade deadline is in the middle of February; this year it will be Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. EST.
In recent years, it has not taken that long for the biggest trades of the season to happen. For instance, back in the 2007-08 season, Pau Gasol was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Lakers in the middle of January. The same may eventually prove to be true this season. Luol Deng and Rudy Gay have already changed teams.
The trade deadline period can also be the most dreadful time for players. Most players are available if the right deal comes along whether or not a team will admit it. There are very few untouchable players in this league. What makes matters worse for players is that their names will start to swirl as possible trade pieces.
It can be an exciting time for fans, but it is certainly a nerve-wracking time for organizational members.
This slideshow is about the most moveable player for each team, which is not necessarily the player that every team may try to get or even the player that the actual team itself is trying to get rid of. The categories that factored into each selection are as follows: remaining salary and years left on contract, player’s performance and overall capability, player’s value and possible off-court issues.
These selections are solely opinion based, so feel free to comment.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
Boston Celtics: Brandon Bass
The Boston Celtics’ Brandon Bass is one of the better role-playing power forwards. He is a big, physical body with good skills on both the offensive and defensive ends. However, the Celtics are in a rebuilding mode and it may not make much sense to keep Bass around since he is probably not a part of their future plans. Bass also has a contract that will expire after next season, so it would make sense for a playoff-contending team looking for short-term help to give the Celtics a call and check on his availability.
Brooklyn Nets: Reggie Evans
Brooklyn Nets reserve forward Reggie Evans can be an absolute nuisance for opponents on the boards. However, Evans does not get much playing time with Brooklyn because of his lack of offensive skills. The Nets also like to use a smaller lineup in most instances with Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche being the team's leading big men. Other team's with rebounding issues could use Evans for his relentless effort on the glass. He also has a very affordable contract that expires after next season.
New York Knicks: Tyson Chandler
The New York Knicks have been a severe disappointment this season and they have several players that they would like to unload. It's just not likely that they will be able to get rid of J.R. Smith due to his new contract, disappointing play this season and run-ins with his coach. Raymond Felton will also be a hard sell for other teams as he has not been healthy all season and when he has played, he has not been impressive. Iman Shumpert is a legitimate candidate to be traded, but the question is whether or not the Knicks will get the value back that they are looking for.
Tyson Chandler is the Knicks most moveable player. He is still a very effective defender and has good rebounding ability. Chandler brings an intensity to court that most team's would love to have. The Knicks could also still get very good value in return for Chandler.
Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner
Evan Turner is arguably the Philadelphia 76ers' best player right now. However, the team has been unsure if they want to keep Turner around as they try to rebuild. Philadelphia will undoubtedly listen to any offers that they get for Turner. He has a very good all-around game. He is also still young and developing.
Toronto Raptors: Amir Johnson
Amir Johnson is a physical forward who can both score and rebound for the Toronto Raptors. His minutes have diminished a bit with the Raptors' acquisition of Patrick Patterson and the development of Jonas Valanciunas. Still, Johnson is a veteran who can give any team that he plays for highly productive minutes. Also, for any team that is looking to possibly just clear up cap space after next season, Johnson will make $7 million next year and then his contract will be up.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Anderson Varejao
The Cleveland Cavaliers are an absolute disaster at the moment. There are certainly players that they would like to move, but would not get nearly the value they hope for (Dion Waiters). The players with the most value that they would truly be willing to move are most likely Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson. What makes Varejao the most moveable player is his contract and playing ability. Varejao has a massive contract that will pay him over $9 million next season and if whatever team he is playing on decides they just want to clear cap space, they could just wait out his contract.
Chicago Bulls: Nazr Mohammed
The Chicago Bulls are still a playoff contender despite having a depleted roster after losing Derrick Rose and trading Luol Deng. There really are not many other players on their roster that they can give up if they hope to maintain a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, they do have some depth among their big guys and they rarely use Nazr Mohammed. It would make sense for a playoff-contending team that truly needs a center to inquire about Mohammed's services. Mohammed can still be used as a big defender. He is also only on the books for this season with a veteran's minimum pay.
Detroit Pistons: Greg Monroe
More than likely, if the Detroit Pistons could choose which player on their roster they would trade first, it could very well be Josh Smith. However, Smith is in his first season of a lucrative contract that he signed this offseason with the Pistons. Things have not turned out well for the Pistons as Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are all most effective when they are close to the basket. Drummond has developed into a double-double machine this season and is in just his second year. This makes the still-young Monroe the best option for a trade. He is a highly-skilled center who is in the final year of his rookie contract.
The Pistons would also be best served to trade him now and take whatever assets they can get for him. Once the offseason arrives, they may be forced to give him a big contract or lose him without getting anything in return.
Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger
Any team looking for an athletic, scoring wing player should look into trading for the Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger. He was once the star of this Pacers team, but due to injuries and the rise of Paul George, he has now been forced to take a few steps back. He is a free agent after this season and still has good value with his scoring potential.
Milwaukee Bucks: Gary Neal
The Milwaukee Bucks simply need to find a suitor for Gary Neal. He does not appear to be happy there and already lashed out on teammate Larry Sanders. Neal is still a good player who can shoot and plays hard. It was just last season that he had a terrific postseason run with the San Antonio Spurs.
Atlanta Hawks: DeMarre Carroll
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is a quality player that any team could use. Carroll is a solid scorer averaging 10.4 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting and is getting 5.6 rebounds per game. He is only under contract until after next season for a very affordable $2.4 million. Atlanta does have Cartier Martin, Louis Williams and Kyle Korver to fill his role. The Hawks could get good value in return if they try to trade Carroll.
Charlotte Bobcats: Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts of the Charlotte Bobcats is having a career year. He is averaging 8.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range. McRoberts is unlikely to be a part of the Bobcats' future plans. Any team looking for a serviceable big man who can stretch the floor should look at McRoberts.
Miami Heat: Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem does not get much playing time with the Miami Heat anymore. Haslem has aged and his skills have slightly diminished. However, part of the reason he does not get playing with the Heat anymore is that he really does not fit with the team's lineup. Haslem is best served playing the power forward spot that is now being occupied by either LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Michael Beasley or Rashard Lewis. The Heat have few players that they would be willing to give up as each one serves a purpose. Getting rid of Haslem may also not sit well within the locker room as he and Dwyane Wade have been the longest-tenured players of the franchise.
Haslem can still provide quality minutes if he is in the right situation, though. He has a good mid-range jumpshot and is a quality rebounder. He may be the player who is most likely to be moved if Miami is to make any trades before the deadline.
Orlando Magic: Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless is an athletic wing player for the Orlando Magic. He is young and his skills are still very raw. Harkless also plays behind Tobias Harris, Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo. Orlando probably would not like to trade away their first-round pick from just a year ago, but his potential could land them some nice assets in return.
Washington Wizards: Trevor Ariza
The Washington Wizards are an up-and-coming team with some talented wing players. If they decide to make a trade, Trevor Ariza is the player that they should most consider moving. Ariza is having a very good season, but he is a free agent after this season. With Bradley Beal and Martell Webster on the team, the Wizards not only may not be able to afford to sign Ariza in the offseason, but they would risk losing him for nothing. Any team looking to looking add a wing player should consider making a move for Ariza.
Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green
The Golden State Warriors should see what the market is for Draymond Green by trade deadline. He is a young, tough, high-energy reserve forward. Green is not a great overall shooter, but he does have the ability to hit from three-point range. He can also get under an opponent's skin with his physicality. With Harrison Barnes, Andre Igoudala and David Lee on the roster, Green's services are expendable for the Warriors.
Los Angeles Clippers: Matt Barnes
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is another type of player that can get opponents mad. He is tough, gritty and always plays hard. Barnes is not a great offensive player, but he can hit threes. His best quality is his perimeter defense. The Clippers do have other wing players in J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Most team's love a guy like Barnes who is fearless.
Los Angeles Lakers: Pau Gasol
It almost seems inevitable that the Los Angeles Lakers will trade Pau Gasol before this trade deadline passes. If and when that happens, he will most likely be the best player to change teams this season. The Lakers want to trade him because he will be a free agent this offseason and they would like to receive some assets instead of losing him for nothing.
Phoenix Suns: Marcus Morris
The Phoenix Suns are the biggest surprise this season and Marcus Morris has been a key contributor. However, the Suns also have his brother Markieff Morris who is having a slightly better season and is exactly the same type of player. Marcus is athletic, young, can score from anywhere and is a big body that any playoff-contending team could use. With the Suns already having the exact same type of player in his brother, this makes Marcus the most moveable player on the Phoenix roster.
Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gray
The Sacramento Kings are a team filled with bad contracts. Unfortunately for Aaron Gray, if the Kings do make another trade, he could very well be on the move for the second time in one season. Gray is a serviceable veteran big man who could add to a team's depth in the center position. He also has an expiring contract for any team that could be looking to clear up cap space.
Dallas Mavericks: Brandan Wright
The Dallas Mavericks have a couple of players who could be moved. The player that other team's may have best chance of getting who does not have a bad contract and is still of high quality is Brandan Wright. The Mavericks could move Wright if a good deal comes about. Shawn Marion and Jae Crowder would then figure to just be getting more playing time.
Houston Rockets: Omer Asik
Ever since the Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard this past offseason, it has seemed inevitable that the Rockets were going to have to trade Omer Asik. A large part of this is because Asik does not want play with Howard Asik originally joined the Rockets with the vision that he would be the team's focal point at center. As this season started, trade rumors were already swirling of where Asik would land and who might go with him. His knee injury has halted those rumors. It seems likely, though, that Asik will be on the move before the deadline unless the Rockets give the pairing of Howard and him one more shot.
Memphis Grizzlies: James Johnson
The Memphis Grizzlies would probably prefer to trade Tayshaun Prince, but his contract coupled with his declining skills make such a trade less likely to happen. Their more feasible option would be to trade James Johnson. He is a tough-nosed defensive player who has the ability to frustrate his opponents.
New Orleans Pelicans: Al-Farouq Aminu
The New Orleans Pelicans are another young team looking to build toward the future. With a probable lottery pick coming in this year's draft, Al-Farouq Aminu does not figure to be a centerpiece of the Pelicans' future plans. He has an expiring contract and could add depth at the forward position to a playoff contender.
San Antonio Spurs: Boris Diaw
San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw has always been a highly-skilled player. He's never been a big-time scorer, but he has always been a smart player with exceptional passing ability. The Spurs do have Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard in their starting lineup, so Diaw is expendable. His skills could still be an excellent commodity to any playoff-contending team looking to add more depth to their frontcourt.
Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is one of the most athletic, high-energy players in the league. The team has, however, entertained the idea of trading their third-year pro. Faried can be of high value to any team, as he can still be a player used to build for the future or someone who can immediately contribute to a playoff contender.
Minnesota Timberwolves: J.J. Barea
One of the most disappointing teams this year has been the Minnesota Timberwolves. J.J. Barea's performance has also declined as he averaged over 11 points in each of the last two seasons, but that number has now dropped to 8.6 points per game this season. With Ricky Rubio and Alexey Shved on the roster, Barea is an expendable piece. He could also still bring back good value for the Timberwolves from any team that is looking for a quality backup point guard.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins
The Oklahoma City Thunder have few players that they can try and move as the team looks to compete for a championship. The player that they could try to get rid of is Kendrick Perkins. He has one more year left on his contract at $9.1 million. The Thunder could easily replace him with Nick Collison and Steven Adams. At this point in his career, Perkins is absolutely no threat on the offensive end, but can still be a factor in the middle defensively.
Portland Trail Blazers: Dorell Wright
The Portland Trail Blazers currently own one of the best records in the NBA. They are a team loaded with talent on the perimeter with Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Mo Williams. Dorell Wright's minutes figure to drop, especially as C.J. McCollum continues to develop. Wright has struggled all season, but can be a viable asset to any team looking for an outside shooter.
Utah Jazz: Alec Burks
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks is enjoying his best season as a pro. The third-year guard is averaging 13.3 points per game. However, with the Jazz drafting Trey Burke last season, Burks now becomes expendable. For any team looking to acquire a young and developing guard, Burks is certainly an option.
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