Top 15 NBAers Who Might Be Traded This Summer

The 2015 NBA Draft has passed, which signals the beginning of what is sure to be a busy off-season in a league that seems poised for seismic change in the coming years. The league’s gargantuan new TV deal continues to inch closer (it takes effect in time for the 2016-17 season), ushering in an economic boom that could begin to take shape this summer with the salary cap likely to increase in anticipation for huge growth after next season.

There’s also the formidable presence of a cadre of superstar free agents coming available over the next couple years. As the NBA Finals extol the virtues of small ball, this summer ironically brings a fruitful market of free agent big men, with LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Love and LeBron James chief among them. Teams seeking a franchise small forward that don’t figure to factor into the 2016 Kevin Durant sweepstakes could also target a plentiful restricted free agent market that includes Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green.

These signs point to an active off-season filled with player movement. The wheeling and dealing has, in fact, already gotten underway. The 2014-15 season wasn’t even in the books when the Detroit Pistons acquired Ersan Ilyasova from Milwaukee. Since then, Lance Stephenson has found a new home in LA with the Clippers, Nicolas Batum was surprisingly dealt to Charlotte for Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh and talented players like Greivis Vasquez and Mason Plumlee have switched addresses. Heck, we haven’t hit July yet and Luke Ridnour has already been moved four times!

With free agency looming on July 1st, an exciting NBA season is about to transition quickly into what is sure to be a frenzied, active off-season. There’s no time like the present, then, to take a deeper dive into some of the players who might find themselves changing addresses this summer. Here are 15 NBA players who could be on the trade block:

14 Terrence Ross

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13 Robert Covington

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12 Tiago Splitter

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11 Ben McLemore

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10 Marcus Smart

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9 Kenneth Faried

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8 Nikola Pekovic

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7 Deron Williams

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6 Ricky Rubio

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5 DeMar DeRozan

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4 Ty Lawson

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3 Dwyane Wade

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2 Carmelo Anthony

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1 DeMarcus Cousins

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There has been plenty of speculation in recent years over the future of DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento and, frankly, it’s difficult to see why the Kings would be in a hurry to trade the potent interior force known as ‘Boogie’. Known as a hothead, Cousins has actually remained largely incident-free in recent years while improving significantly in each of the past three seasons. Plus, as a top-10 talent, Cousins boasts a skill level that would make any behavior questions considerably more palatable for a team bringing him in. If Sacramento makes him available, the offers will be there.

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