Which teams could be active at the NBA trade deadline?



Here are the teams, other than the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets, to come up most frequently in trade talks by looking to land or unload players by Thursday’s deadline:Charlotte   Cheap NFL Jerseys Bobcats— An All-Star last season, F Gerald Wallace has been put on the market. He’s not only a versatile scorer but an excellent defender. They would also like to unload G Stephen Jackson, but he has three years left on a hefty contract.Cleveland Cavaliers— The league’s worst team is having a fire sale. F Antawn Jamison’s $15.1 million salary is there for the taking.Dallas Mavericks— Regarded as the most active team by other general managers for the past month, but they have starting G Roddy Beaubois back from a broken foot and acquired F Peja Stojakovic in a trade last month. They have risen to No. 2 in the Western conference and appear to be back on track. No major shakeups needed here.DEAL DONE: Carmelo moves from Nuggets to KnicksTRADE DEADLINE: Other NBA deals will fall into placeGolden State Warriors— Another guard-oriented team that’s surging, they have enough scorers. They lack big bodies and a shot-blocking, defensive presence inside. They have already reached out to the Nuggets regarding 6-11 center Nene.Houston Rockets— They can score but can’t stop anyone. Their best post players are F Chuck Hayes and F Luis Scola, who stand 6-6 and 6-9. Injuries have decimated a team that could go 10 deep at one point. They have multiple expiring contracts, including C Yao Ming and F Shane Battier. It’s a guard-friendly offense that desperately needs a greater low-post presence, which is why they covet Nene of the Nuggets. G Aaron Brooks’ contract is expiring, too. And aside from falling out of favor with Coach Rick Adelman, G Kyle Lowry was brought in as Brooks’ backup — and on a higher salary — before the season. Lowry has performed well enough to all but seal Brooks’ fate.Los Angeles Lakers— They would really like to get rid of F Ron Artest, but that won’t happen unless they give up more. He has more than $22 million over three years left on his contract and it’s unlikely any team in today’s economic climate will take on that burden and do the two-time defending champions such a favor. Plus, Artest is a disgruntled player in his 12th year showing major signs of slippage. G Derek Fisher’s defense at the top of the key is inadequate, so backup G Steve Blake is starting to log more minutes in the fourth quarter. Very thin at that position, as well.Memphis Grizzlies— They need better guard play behind Mike Conley. This is a better team since G O.J. Mayo was sent to the bench. General Manager Chris Wallace tries to downplay Mayo being part of trade talks, but he is not very effective when not scoring. Whether a team will take a chance on him after his recent incidents — fight on the team plane with a teammate and 10-game suspension by the league for taking a banned substance — is the question.Milwaukee Bucks— Injuries have marred what was expected to be a promising season after 47 wins last year. They have contracts, however, that are too big to move (G John Salmons, F Drew Gooden and F Corey Maggette). They need a backup guard and have expiring contracts for F Luc Mbah a Moute, F Carlos Delfino and G Earl Boykins.   http://sarwary-sarwary.blogspot.com/ The Bucks want to keep Mbah a Moute and F Ersan Ilyasova, whom they regard as “glue” players.New Orleans Hornets— The Hornets have to be frugal while finding a better two-way shooting guard than starter Marco Belinelli and muscle inside to be a better rebounding team. They plucked F Jason Smith and G Willie Green from the 76ers in a trade during the offseason and have their eyes on reserve F Thaddeus Young. The Cavs’ Jamison is of interest, but he’s due $15.1 million next season. That might be too steep for a team in flux with ownership and being run by the league office until a buyer can be found.Portland Trail Blazers— They’re searching for post players. C Greg Oden is out for yet another season and his ability to return is in doubt. C Marcus Camby is aging and injured. There’s a bevy of shooting guards and small forwards on this roster, with G Brandon Roy, G Rudy Fernandez, G Wes Matthews, G Elliot Williams, F Nicolas Batum and G Armon Johnson. Roy, because of the size of his contract and recent knee surgeries, stays put. Batum is in high demand, but General Manager Rich Cho won’t let him go.


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