Who is going to be moving during the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline?

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Answered by: Everic, An Expert in the NBA Basketball Category
A new NBA season is well under way, and one can already spot out some teams that are going to be leading the pack. Certainly the Heat and Thunder should be in the picture, and the Celtics, Knicks, Spurs, and Lakers will be in the mix, but what about those middling teams? What of the teams that may be one player away from title contention? These teams are prime candidates to pull off a blockbuster deal for a potential game-breaker at or before the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline.

The most intriguing piece to me is A'mare Stoudemire. With the Knicks starting off exceptionally and Carmelo Anthony playing well at the power forward position, Glen Grunwald may want to offload his oft-injured forward to get some cap flexibility and perhaps pick up a young role-player. Teams that may be interested are the Rockets, Magic, Cavaliers or the crosstown rival Nets.

Another player that might be moved is Chris Paul. CP3 declined to extend his contract in Los Angeles. even with more veterans signing and his All-Star companion Blake Griffin improving. That did not convince the Olympic gold medalist, now set to hit the 2013 free agent market. Don't be surprised if the Clippers decide to cut their losses early, especially if a team dangles a lottery pick in front of them.

Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph are the next to have their name brought up as trade bait. The two Memphis forwards are not gelling, and the Grizzlies seem to have reached their ceiling by some accounts, having bowed out in the 2nd round two years in a row. Rather than continue a failing experiment, look for Lionel Hollins' squad to hold out for a dynamic point guard or explosive forward. They might even put Mike Conley into the fold to sweeten the deal.

Lastly, there are some players who may not be marquee performers, but still could catch a team's eye. Shawn Marion, Ron Artest, Evan Turner, Tyreke Evans, Anderson Varejao and Stephen Curry have all had difficulties in their respective cities and could easily change cities during the season. David West with his impending free agency is a prime target as well.

Teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves or Golden State Warriors are potential landing points. The Los Angeles Lakers have had terrible production from their bench, and would love to find a 2nd unit scorer or competent backup point guard. The Utah Jazz's frontcourt of Milsap, Jefferson, Favors and Kanter has become crowded so they may look to find some backcourt talent in exchange. The Dallas Mavericks may try to position themselves a bit, especially if Dirk Nowitzki struggles to return to form by midseason. It is a long season, but there is more than enough time to create a winning team before the playoffs come around. I think the NBA has become a menagerie of trades, waives, signings, and player movement. That makes it so much fun to follow, thinking of the possibilities that arise every year around the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline.

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