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« on: February 26, 2009, 01:19:09 pm »

Heres a interesting article i found.....

The trade deadline has come and gone, meaning that fans of NBA transactions will have to wait a few more months for any other significant moves, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about what some of those moves might be. In a continually changing economy teams are forced to take a creative look at their rosters. For some teams that means shedding salaries, and for others that means reaping the rewards of that shedding. Here's a sneak peak at some players we can expect to see traded this summer:
Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls – Of everything the Bulls needed to do to complete their roster overhaul, the one guy they didn't manage to move was point guard Kirk Hinrich. A deal almost went down last week with the Minnesota Timberwolves where Chicago would've returned cap space in exchange for Chicago's backup point guard's lengthy, pricy contract. The idea is that he'll play himself into more value the rest of this season so the Bulls can get more out of him in June or July. Worst-case scenario, they'll still get the cap space offers. Best-case, they'll get a decent young player or a draft pick, too.
Tyson Chandler, New Orleans Hornets – It's no secret the Hornets are looking to shed some big salary, and Tyson Chandler is the best bet they've got to do so without shipping away one of their two All-Stars. They moved him once without getting much back in return, so it seems relatively obvious they could do the same again this summer if they still felt the need to do so.
Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns – The Suns are set up to be over the cap, too, and now that Stoudemire is out for eight weeks at the end of this season, Phoenix higher-ups might decide that this summer is, in fact, the time to move the power forward. It's clear how talented Stoudemire is, but if they were willing to trade him this year to save money, there's no reason they wouldn't entertain those thoughts again in the summertime.
Earl Watson, Oklahoma City Thunder – Not only is Watson's $6.6 million contract an expiring one in 2009-10, but he's actually a really serviceable point guard in the meantime. He wouldn't be the biggest name moved, but he's certainly one of the more realistic ones.
Richard Hamilton, Detroit Pistons – After 2010, the Pistons have only one player on their payroll who will cost over $4.1 million, and that's Tayshaun Prince. That means next year the Pistons can try and cash out Hamilton's $10+ million for a similarly pricy long-term option. Detroit's in a good place to take advantage of other teams looking to shed some money commitments.
Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks – Although he's healing from a pretty nasty knee surgery, Redd eventually will be healthy and the Bucks will resume looking to move the team's best player over the last half decade. This is a guy who deserves a chance to win and Milwaukee can't afford everybody on their roster. Somebody's got to go, and Redd seems like the prime candidate. Richard Jefferson is an option too if they can't move Redd.
Mark Blount, Miami HEAT – Blount's $8 million contract expires after next season, as does Jermaine O'Neal's gigantic salary, and while they'll likely save that money to chase a dominant post force in free agency, they might see what they can do on the trade market as well, especially if Amar'e Stoudemire and/or Chris Bosh should become available over the summer. Why save the cap space if one of the premier bigs becomes available a bit earlier?
Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas Mavericks – The Mavs just don't have much use for Stackhouse anymore, and just because they had no luck in trading him this year doesn't mean the summer won't be more fruitful. Stack will, after all, be a $7.25 million expiring contract at that point, making him a little more desirable to teams taking a sniff at the former Sixth Man of the Year.
Mike Miller, Minnesota Timberwolves – The Wolves are knee-deep into rebuilding mode, and Miller just doesn't seem to be part of the process. He's still a heck of a shooter (and an expiring deal) for some team looking to take on a low-risk player with a reasonable NBA resume.
Steve Blake, Portland Trail Blazers – Steve Blake's expiring deal is worth just under $5 million next year, and while he is the starter for Portland he's somewhat expendable knowing that talented youngster Jerryd Bayless is waiting in the wings ready to take over. If anyone's looking for an affordable starting-quality point guard, Blake's probably a guy you'd want to take a sniff at.

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