Here's a look at 10 guys we could see in new uniforms before the Feb. 23rd trade deadline passes, and remember, these aren't rumors. But a combination of fit and circumstances make these the most likely players to be traded this season.
Nerlens Noel, PF, Philadelphia 76ers
Noel has appeared in only one game for the Sixers this season due to injury, but once he's healthy, there will be a logjam of frontcourt players who all need minutes to develop. Noel has said as much on more than one occasion and realizes that the roster needs to be shaken up. Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor will likely be the ones to stay, and Noel could certainly be traded this season if the right package comes along.
Brandon Knight, PG, Phoenix Suns
Knight is at times a player who is capable of scoring in bunches, but the Suns' second-highest-paid player has seen his minutes dip as been brought off the bench for the first time in his career. Phoenix has a duplication of talent at multiple positions, but Knight is the most likely candidate to be sent packing before Feb. 23.
Andrew Bogut, C, Dallas Mavericks
Dallas has played almost the entire season without Dirk Nowitzki and has the worst record in the league as a result. Bogut is the type of defensive big man who could be a key piece for a playoff contender, and if the Mavericks can't turn things around in the next couple of months, they may be willing to try to get something in return for a player who's in the final year of his deal.
Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento Kings
Gay has a player option for next season but has already informed the Kings that he'll decline it to become an unrestricted free agent. He also told them that he won't be re-signing in Sacramento, which would make dealing him before the deadline a wise move -- and because of that, it's one the poorly run Kings will probably refuse to make.
Marcus Smart, PG, Boston Celtics
The Celtics are a tier below the Cavaliers and the Raptors in the East and need to make a trade to add at least one more complementary piece. Smart is an excellent defender and a key rotation player off the bench, but someone of value would need to go to gain anything of substance in return, and Smart (along with a draft pick or two) probably would be the most enticing package that Boston would be willing to give up.
Kyle Korver, SF, Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are 3-11 over their last 14 games, and Korver has come off the bench in four straight contests. Atlanta no longer has the types of players who can move the ball freely to consistently get Korver his wide-open 3-point looks, and his issues on the defensive end make it tough to keep him on the floor if he's not knocking down shots.
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Greg Monroe, C, Milwaukee Bucks
Monroe is Milwaukee's highest-paid player thanks to the free agent deal the Bucks gave him in the summer of 2015, but he's now averaging a career-low 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19 minutes per game off the bench. He simply isn't a fit with Milwaukee's system, and his offensive skill set could still be of value in the right situation.
Danilo Gallinari, SF, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets might be the worst team in the league, even if the standings say they're a few games better than that. They don't need Gallinari playing 34.8 minutes per game as a starter if the team is going nowhere, and it might be best to deal him to a contender for younger players or picks to help the team continue to build toward a brighter future.
Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Rubio is averaging career-lows in points (6.7), assists (6.4) and three-point shooting percentage (21.7), while playing 30.5 minutes per game in his sixth NBA season. As soon as the Timberwolves feel like rookie Kris Dunn is capable of playing a starter's share of minutes (and he isn't there just yet), Rubio should be on the trading block as the youth movement in Minnesota continues.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings
Cousins is under contract for one more season after this one, but it's impossible to see him choosing to stay in Sacramento once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. The Kings would get the most value in return by trading him this season, while that extra year on his contract creates value for any potential suitors.