Players being shopped.
As close as were are to the deadline, you know every GM is on the phone right now. Here are a list of some of the top players we know that are being shopped and places that they would/could fit well.
Josh Smith - Everyone knows that Smith thinks he is a Max player and there arent many teams that will trade for a player they know will be gone fit they arent willing to make him a max player. Smith is super versatile meaning that he can fit with almost any team in the league and can play the 3 and the 4 spot. However, places like Houston, Brooklyn, and Washington have shown intrest in him. IMO, he would be a great fit with the Bulls and even the Pacers (assuming they trade their starting PFs for him.)
Carlos Boozer - He has been being shopped for quite some time now and I dont really understand why. Sure he is older but he is having a really good year and his game doesnt rely on athleticism so he will age gracefully. He is a tough nosed PF that can really score on the block and from the elbow. Toronto has been the most talked about destination for him but there seem to be hold ups. Dont be surprised if Brooklyn comes in late for him because they seem to be looking for a scoring PF.
Danny Granger - He is coming off an injury that kept him out for along time.. While he was gone, Paul George took over the Pacers and he has made Granger expendable. Granger is a 2nd teir scorer but almost every team could use a 20 points per night guy.. There were talks about the Clippers but LA seems worried about giving up Beldsoe and he would be a must in that trade. Granger would be a good fit with some of the younger teams looking for a go to scorer like the Bobcats, Magic, or Cavs. Also, a vetran team looking to stay relevant like the Celtics (if they can get him cheep) or the Mavs.
Ben Gordon - He is a nice player to bring off a bench and get 15-20 points a night. He has been a constant role player but with the Bobcats, he just doenst fit with the youth movement because he doesnt have the ability to carry a team. However, with an older team that has more direction, he could be a powerful tool. Teams that need a scoring puch include the Pacers, Lakers, and Nets.
Iman Shumpert - Versatile guard that is a great defender and a fantastic athlete. He can play the 1-3 and play them pretty well. He is 23 or 24 so he is young enough for a rebiliding team to make him a big pieces of their rebuild. He could also help a vetran team by providing a fantastic perimiter defender. He has been mentioned as a pieces the Suns would love to have. Another team that would welcome him with open arms is Orlando as they need someone to push as the future of the team. They havent been mentioned but I think he would be a great fit with the Spurs. Also, im sure the Bucks and the Blazers would love to have him.
Other guys that are unlikely to be moved at the deadline are Eric Bledsoe, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Brandon Jennings.
I like Josh Smith but he can not play the 3 on offensive. He can't shoot or dribble! And he wouldn't be a good fit for the Bulls, they are trying to cut back on spending. Why would they trade for someone who wants the max? Makes no sense. He would be a good fit in PHX, they can offer him the max.
Granger would be nice fit in detroit. Detroit needs a scorer at the sf spot, Singler is nice, but he's not a starter. He's better with the second unit.
Andrea Bargnani is definately on the list as well. There has been lots of interest from Chicago, but TO does not want Boozer right now - I could see them picking up the contract if they have no other options. Idealy they find a third party interested in Boozer, pick up a high calibre front court piece, maybe another backup PG, and hopefully unload a few of their redundancies at the 3 spot.
Milsap/Jefferson from Utah.
You'd think they got to move one of them. But I guess as long as they are holding onto a playoff spot, they aren't trading their guys. Get in the playoffs, get a lucky with some hot shooting and advance to second round. Boom make a ton of money off playoff ticket sales.
Don't be surprised to see Hortford move from Atlanta as well. Ferry is on record as saying no one on this team is untouchable. It can just be talk, but if at the least a potential '14 lotto pick is offered for him, he's a goner. Ferry really wants to blow this team up and rebuild from scratch.
I think you can add the Thunder's lottery pick (from the Raptors) too. I just don't think they keep that pick with all their other young players. Maybe they package it with a few players to get Milsap? Bargnani?
I don't like this trade. But the Hawks want high picks. The Thunder have one this year, and they have young talent to make it work.
I know everyone is sick of hearing about it, myself included, but if the Jazz don't make a move by the deadline ill be pissed.
Bucks pick up- Bynum, & Ebanks
Pacers pick up- Thaddeus Young, Nick Young, Jennings
Lakers pick up- Granger, Delembert, T. Hansbrough
76ers pick up- Gasol, Beno Udrih, & DJ Augustin