NBA Rumors: 15 Players on Trade Block Who Must Be Dealt

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These 15 NBA Players Must Be Traded Before the Deadline

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The NBA trade deadline is approaching quicker by the minute, and 2014 should be a year where the excitement does not disappoint. Last season, it seemed as though much of the hype was never lived up to as we did not see any major deals go down. But, this season will be different.

The summer of 2014 will be an exciting one in the NBA. Free agency has not been this anticipated since LeBron James made his decision to take his talents to South Beach back in 2010, and he could be on his way to another franchise shortly. But, before free agency hits, could the Miami Heat look to add another player as they try for a third straight title?

Miami is just one of several teams looking to make a deal that will reflect upon their summer plans. While many franchises are already looking forward to free agency, there are plenty that need to make a move in order to further their championship aspirations this season.

Lots of names have been thrown around the rumor mill lately. But, not all of them will be moved, nor should all of them be moved. However, there are quite a few that would benefit their team by getting dealt. In most cases, these players would allow their current team to go into the summer with more cash to spend. In other instances, they might just be somewhat of a cancer and their time to go is now.

With that said, here are 15 players on the trade block who must be dealt before the deadline passes on February 20th.

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15. Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic

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The value of Arron Afflalo is as high as ever before. He is having a phenomenal season and could be someone that a contender would love to add as another shooter. The Orlando Magic are obviously rebuilding, thus looking for something in return could benefit them in the future.

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14. J.J. Barea, Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are another team rumored to be active prior to the trade deadline, and J.J. Barea is a guy who could be sent elsewhere. Barea is not the type of consistent player he once was and Minnesota can afford to move him. The goal is to make Kevin Love happy, and attempting to add more talent before he takes off to free agency in 2015 is a good idea.

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13. Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets have to move point guard Andre Miller – they have no choice. Brian Shaw had a falling out with his point guard earlier in the season and he hasn’t played since December 30th. Do they really want a wasted roster spot for the rest of the year?

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12. Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Lakers

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This season, it has gotten more and more apparent that Chris Kaman could be dealt. His obvious nonchalant attitude about being a member of the Los Angeles Lakers could not be any more certain. For a team looking for another veteran big man, Kaman could certainly look appealing.

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11. Emeka Okafor, Phoenix Suns

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Emeka Okafor has a salary of over $14 milliion this year, and will hit free agency this summer. Okafor has been rehabilitating a neck injury all season, and the Phoenix Suns would love to get his contract elsewhere in a deal involving multiple players.

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10. Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls are rumored to be blowing up the entire roster before heading into this summer’s free agency period, and Kirk Hinrich is the most likely of all to get traded. The Golden State Warriors have been interested, and if Chicago can get someone like Harrison Barnes in return, they have to get this deal done.

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9. Omer Asik, Houston Rockets

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The value of Omer Asik has gone down considerably, but he is still not completely happy to be with the Houston Rockets. After the whole Dwight Howard signing went down, Asik has been a sourpuss ever since. Houston can’t afford not to attempt getting some kind of value in return.

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8. Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers

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Let’s just put it this way – if the Philadelphia 76ers do not trade Evan Turner, things could get ugly. Turner is not an idiot. I’m sure he knows that his name has been one of the most common names thrown around in trade rumors, and if he doesn’t know that the Sixers want him gone by now, I’d be shocked.

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7. Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans officially want to move Eric Gordon, but the problem is that it may be hard to find any takers. Gordon has struggled to stay healthy and has also not produced as well as the team would have liked this season, averaging a career-low in points.

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6. Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

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Like I mentioned earlier, Barnes’ name has come up a few times when talking about the Warriors’ potential trades. The fans would hate it, but the fact is that the Warriors have plenty of guys who can play the wing. Now having Jordan Crawford joining Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, Barnes could be someone to be moved that would intrigue several teams. In return, the Warriors may be able to fill whatever void they choose because Barnes is full of potential.

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5. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

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I have no idea what team would dare take on the contract of Amar’e Stoudemire, but if there is any interest whatsoever prior to the deadline, the New York Knicks should jump on it as fast as they can.

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4. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

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Toronto Raptors fans hate this idea, and have since DeMar DeRozan was first brought up in trade rumors. But, the Heat have been rumored to be interested in him and the Raptors would be smart to milk this potential deal for everything they can get. Miami wants another title badly, because after this season they have no idea where their stars will go. They need to add one more piece, and DeRozan could be just that.

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3. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls

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It seems that every year there is buzz around the possibility of Carlos Boozer being traded. If the Bulls can get something in return – and I mean almost anything – it would be a win. The fact that they could get rid of his disgusting contract that pays him almost $17 million next season is enough reason to ship him elsewhere.

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2. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers do not want to risk letting Pau Gasol go into free agency without at least attempting to find something in return this season. The playoffs are now a lost cause in L.A., so they might want to start planning ahead and moving Gasol’s $19 million contract.

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1. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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The problem with the whole situation revolving around Carmelo Anthony, is that the Knicks could lose him without getting anything in return. Sound familiar? The best-case scenario for the Knicks is to move him and, regardless of players they might receive in return, to get a draft pick or two as well. Losing him for absolutely nothing would hurt.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman or add him to your network on Google.

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  • ct525

    Which of these “must” trades got traded yesterday?