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Five NBA players likely to get traded this season

Oct 29, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Jameer Nelson AP

When I started compiling this list more than a week ago, Marcin Gortat was the guy on top of it — then his trade happened earlier than anyone expected. The Wizards want to make the playoffs this year, the Suns want to tank and so they had a common ground.

Now who is most likely to get moved this season? Here are the five guys I think are on top of the list (with some honorable mention names below).

Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic: He doesn’t want to leave Orlando but knows he is being shopped around. The Magic are in full on rebuilding mode and want to give rookie Victor Oladipo time at the point, Nelson is 31 and only $2 million of his salary next year is guaranteed, so he’s basically an expiring contract. That all makes a trade very likely. I could see a contender looking for depth at the point bringing him in for the second half of the season — he’s still strong on the pick-and-roll, can knock down threes and could improve a lot of second units.

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Omer Asik, Houston Rockets: We all know the story here, Asik had a strong season last year as the starting center in Houston but the franchise (wisely) went after an elite talent and got Dwight Howard. Kevin McHale is trying to make this work, but it’s not close yet and may never really get there. Meanwhile, quality big men are in demand and other teams will come calling with pieces the Rockets need to contend. It will be tough to turn a good deal down.

Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers: He knows he’s being shopped around and basically expects to be moved. Philadelphia is all in on the rebuild and if they can get a decent package of picks and/or young players for Young Sam Hinkie will pull the trigger. He’s just 25, scored 14.1 points a game last season and he can defend at the three or four, I think a few teams could use a guy like that.

Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers: The emergence of Paul George makes this a possibility. Granger is out the first three weeks of the season with a calf strain but this is a team that went to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals without him, so integrating a scoring All-Star who wants his shots back in the rotation is a chemistry experiment. If it goes well the Pacers don’t make a move and they are much better bringing Granger or Lance Stephenson off the bench. If it goes poorly, Granger is a big expiring contract Indy can move for pieces that do fit.

Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets: We already have reports that the Nuggets are testing the trade waters, and that new coach Brian Shaw really likes the more polished offensive game of J.J. Hickson at the four spot. This is no lock, but with Faried up for an extension next summer (or restricted free agency in two years) the Nuggets may look to move him.

Just missing the cut… Zach Randolph (he’s 32 and can opt out at the end of this season, if the Grizzlies don’t think they can keep him or don’t want to pay him long term, they may move him at the deadline); Rajon Rondo (Boston is in rebuilding mode and Danny Ainge listened to Rondo offers when he had Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, so you know he’ll listen now); and Evan Turner (the Sixers shopped him last season and again this summer, at some point they may find a taker… or not).

  1. lastdukestreetking - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Glen Davis…

    • Phillip - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Who would even want Glen Davis on their team?!?

  2. balfe13 - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I can’t believe Thaddeus Young is only 25; I thought he was almost 30. That’s crazy.

    • spursareold - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Actually, crazy is that Trevor Ariza is only 28.

      • kb2408 - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        He only played one year in college but I know what you mean.

      • skinsfanwill - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        That is crazy.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        My personal favorite: Shaun Livingston just turned 28 last month.

    • orlandochamps - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Duncan is 37. Thats crazy.

      • lowpostfootwork - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        Derek Fisher is 39…. and still playing…..That’s crazy

  3. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Randolph could be interesting. Rudy Gay is vastly overrated by the national media but was seen as the Grizzlies “guy.” I could see them parting with Randolph for picks and young pieces.

  4. Phillip - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Wow…can you actually imagine Z-bo anywhere else besides Memphis? I just can’t see it.

  5. skinsfanwill - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    How about Al Jefferson is only 28 too.

  6. prosourcetalk - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Sounds like we need another list:

    Five NBA players whose age will make you exclaim “that’s crazy!”

    In addition to those guys, Gerald Green is still only 27, that’s crazy!

    • bigmeechy74 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Damian Lillard is still only 23, that’s crazy!

      • bougin89 - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        That’s about as old as you can be entering your second season in the league. He is good for only being 23 though.

  7. zoomy123 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Zach Randolph, here’s what you should do: Opt out next year, take a reduced salary, and come win a championship in Miami. LOL!

    • geefors - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      19 thumbs down are you serious this could really happen when ZBO was young maybe not but he has gotten paid but hasn’t sniffed a ring

      • bougin89 - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Professional athletes are businessmen. I doubt Randolph’s agent is going to say “There’s a 2 year 20 million dollar offer from the Grizzlies but I think you should take the 1 year vet minimum to chase a ring with Miami”

  8. taron2in1 - Oct 29, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Thad Young for Omar Asik would be a nice trade.

    • geefors - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Thad Young for Omar Asik…. that’s crazy LOL

      • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Gotta love them fantasy trades that people propose for their teams!

  9. Philly Black - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    The sixers should trade Young and Turner for Asik.

  10. dare9498 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I believe Kris Humphries could also be on this list due to his expiring contract.

  11. themagicfanguy - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Don’t forget that Big Baby and/or Afflalo are likely to be traded as well.

  12. tmatic74 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Or not

  13. riders008 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Greg down is only 40 …..that’s crazy!!!

    • riders008 - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      Dam n auto correct Greg Oden

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