NBA trade season is here! 15 players who can be dealt
Josh Smith, Los Angeles Clippers
This hasn't been a great season for Josh Smith. Now on the wrong side of 30, the 11-year veteran has lost a significant amount of the athleticism that forever allowed him to wreak havoc in the paint. In Los Angeles, he doesn't really fit, and rumors are already rumbling that Doc Rivers has seen enough. The Clippers' offense collapses when he's on the court, but maybe there's a team out there that's willing to take on his cheap contract with the hope that Smith still has something left to offer.
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Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans
Three years ago, no player in the NBA hauled in more rebounds than Omer Asik. Today? He's a trainwreck who murders New Orleans' spacing and Alvin Gentry's vision of up-tempo offense. The Pelicans play noticeably faster when he's on the bench, but trading him won't be easy. For reasons still unknown, New Orleans gave Asik a five-year contract over the summer. He's still 29 years old, so maybe there'll be a buyer who's in desperate need of rim protection. But the way the league is headed, that doesn't seem very likely.
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Monta Ellis, Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers are good, which means they shouldn't try to trade anyone in their starting lineup, especially the second-highest paid player on the team. But Ellis hasn't been great. His turnover percentage is up from last season even though his usage rate is down. Ellis hasn't been efficient (his PER is the lowest it's been since his rookie year) and the Pacers could use a talented big to give them some more lineup versatility. Don't be shocked if they move him.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets
Will Barton might be the best Sixth Man in the league, but, unfortunately for him, the Denver Nuggets aren't particularly good. If they conduct a fire sale, Barton might be someone to monitor. His contract is great and he isn't old, which may motivate Denver to hold on. But what if a pseudo-contender (i.e. Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics or Dallas Mavericks) makes an offer the Nuggets can't refuse?
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Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers
The market for Mo Williams is any team that needs a little spice off the bench. And with Kyrie Irving on the verge of returning to Cleveland's starting lineup, there's a good chance Williams is the odd man out of David Blatt's rotation. He's shooting the ball well and can fit into just about any offensive system, though, so maybe the Cavs will try to squeeze a second-round pick for their trouble.
Gerald Green, Miami Heat
There's a reason Gerald Green didn't sign for anything more than a veteran's minimum contract last summer. He's one-dimensional, and when that one dimension stops working, there's really no reason to have him on the floor. So far, he hasn't shot the ball quite like the Heat hoped. From Miami's end, there's not much salary to work with in a trade, but if there's a team out there that needs some athletic scoring off the bench (maybe the Detroit Pistons?), something might get worked out.
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Brandon Bass, Los Angeles Lakers
Before he fell entirely out of Byron Scott's rotation, the Los Angeles Lakers weren't using Brandon Bass as he's meant to be used. The sweet-shooting power forward isn't a backup center. But leverage his versatility on defense, and let him run pick-and-pops on offense, and Bass can still be an effective player on a good team.
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Robin Lopez, New York Knicks
Offensively, the New York Knicks are at their best when Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are in the frontcourt. That means starting center Robin Lopez, currently their second-highest paid player and biggest free-agent signing in years, is the odd man out. It's not likely they move him this year, but, big picture, it's tough to see Lopez staying put, given how much money he makes.
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K.J. McDaniels, Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets remain one of the biggest disappointments in the league. And arguably their most athletic player, K.J. McDaniels, can't crack the rotation. That's probably because he can't shoot, but maybe McDaniels' talent will be better served with another team that better values his versatility. The contract shouldn't be a problem, and he has serious upside.
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Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets won't be relevant (or good) for quite some time, and they don't have any draft picks to turn things around. Their smartest path might be cashing out on the few good players they already have. Thaddeus Young is the best of the bunch. He's arguably having the best season of his career, and can definitely help teams with loftier goals. Is he worth a first-round pick? It's hard to see why not.
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Jonas Jerebko, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are really good, but they might lack enough outside shooting to really make noise in the playoffs. Trades are tricky because Boston's roster is already so complementary, but, that being said, the frontcourt is crowded. And if anyone in it is expendable it's Jonas Jerebko, who's averaging 2.7 points per game and on an extremely tradable contract.
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Rajon Rondo, Sacramento Kings
Rajon Rondo's alleged derogatory comments about Bill Kennedy are despicable, and he deserved the one-game suspension levied by the NBA. Is there a scenario where the Kings are so disgusted that they cut ties with the league's assist leader in a trade? It's not likely, but anything is possible when it comes to the Kings.
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Kyle O'Quinn, New York Knicks
If they can't swallow trading Robin Lopez, the New York Knicks might see what they can get for Kyle O'Quinn. He's a quality reserve big man, but, as currently constructed, the Knicks don't make a lot of sense, and someone in their frontcourt has to go.
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Lou Williams, Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers aren't making the playoffs, and should be headed towards a total rebuild. If that's the case, Lou Williams doesn't make sense as a one-dimensional scorer off the bench (or, in the starting lineup, where he currently resides). The reigning Sixth Man of the Year can still get to the free-throw line whenever he wants, and playoff teams should give Mitch Kupchak a call right away.
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Marco Belinelli, Sacramento Kings
He's owed a little over $12 million over the next two seasons, and only shooting 33 percent from behind the 3-point line, but Marco Belinelli is still a useful basketball player. He provides spacing and can run the occasional pick-and-roll against a rotating defense. That's a good thing for the Kings, but their offense is nearly 10 points per 100 possessions better when he's on the bench. They may want to trade Belinelli before things get worse.