There are plenty of reasons for teams to make midseason trades, but due to a combination of a player's contract situation and a team's roster construction, some guys are far more likely to be moved than others.
Here are nine players who could very well finish the 2017 season playing somewhere else.
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers
It's legitimately surprising that the Lakers opened training camp with Nick Young still on the roster. The team is ushering in the post-Kobe Bryant era with a young, talented core, and a new head coach in Luke Walton, who has been tasked with creating a winning culture.
Young's clown act isn't a part of a positive Lakers future, and the team will look to move him the moment a trade partner emerges.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are moving on from the "grit and grind" style that essentially got them nowhere, and that means that Zach Randolph will be marginalized moving forward.
The new head coach in Memphis, David Fizdale, has already informed Randolph that he'll be coming off the bench this season. Add in the fact that Z-Bo will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, and you can see why Memphis could look to move him before the season is finished.
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Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari averaged a career-best 19.5 points per contest last season, but he's appeared in only 53 and 59 games respectively over the last two years due to injury.
Denver's youth movement, combined with the fact that Gallinari can opt out of the final year of his deal to become an unrestricted free agent next summer means he'll be on the block for the bulk of the regular season.
Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns
Like Zach Randolph, Brandon Knight was also told he'd be coming off the bench this season. It's probably the right move, and Knight still may see a starter's share of minutes.
But the reality is that Knight is the second-highest paid player on the team, and he's technically going to be used as a reserve. The Suns have a ton of young players who need minutes to develop, so if Knight gets off to a decent start, the trade offers that are called into Phoenix may ultimately be too tempting to pass up.
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
The Celtics might have something special in Jaylen Brown, the player they selected with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. But that doesn't mean he's untouchable.
While the idea of dealing Brown is somewhat of a longshot, the Celtics are in win-now mode after landing Al Horford in free agency this summer. If Boston believed it could add another superstar in trade to bolster the team's chances of contending for a title, all the upside in the world wouldn't prevent the Celtics from dealing young talent.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
Rudy Gay has already informed the Kings that he'll be declining his player option for next season to become an unrestricted free agent.
Sacramento should be well out of the playoff picture once again this season, so the team won't hesitate to deal Gay before the deadline if a decent enough offer comes along.
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Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks
Greg Monroe was Milwaukee's big free-agent acquisition in the summer before last season, and his offensive numbers were largely in line with what we've come to expect.
But the Bucks took a step back by missing the playoffs last season, and it's become fairly clear that Monroe's defensive deficiencies area tough fit with the rest of the roster.
Monroe has the ability to opt out of the final year of his deal to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so it's likely that he'll be included in trade talks until February's deadline passes.
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Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Ricky Rubio is a point guard who can't shoot, and that skill set is no longer desirable in today's NBA.
Minnesota may finally be ready to move on from Rubio's dazzling passes and capable defense, especially if rookie Kris Dunn shows flashes of being able to produce more quickly than expected.
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Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers
It's no secret that the Sixers have a duplication of talent at the center position. If Joel Embiid can remain healthy, he's the guy Philadelphia keeps at all costs.
At that point, Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel simply must go, and Noel's defensive talents -- along with his outspoken desire for a trade to take place -- make him the most likely candidate to be shipped out before the regular season is finished.