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NBA- Five Most Likely to be Dealt Before The Deadline - This Is Sports Zone

With the NBA’s trading deadline of February 19th approaching, it’s time to examine the five players most likely to be traded over the next month:

1. Reggie Jackson, G, OKC- He’s easily been the most talked about player who hasn’t already been traded this season, as in the last month he’s been linked to the Knicks, Nets, and Nuggets, as well as others. He’s set to be a restricted free agent this summer, and since the Thunder acquired Dion Waiters its looked like Jackson is on his way out. He’s only 24 and can play either guard position well, though he’s better suited to playing the point. If he does get traded, I think it’ll be to the Nets in a Brook Lopez package.

2. Thaddeus Young, F, Min- He’s had a terrible season after moving to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade, mired by injuries and inefficiency, barely shooting 44% from the field and 66% from the line in 40 games for the T’Wolves. Because he’s going to be a free agent after the season anyway it’s possible Flip Saunders lets him go early to try to get some value from the player they took over a first round pick, and his name has come in rumors already, particularly to the Nets if they were to have gotten Kendrick Perkins earlier this month. He’d probably be a good fit for a team like the Heat or the Clippers, as he could play either forward position, but Minnesota would probably hold out for a first round pick from either team.

3. Aaron Afflalo, G, Den- With the Nuggets season all but over, they have gone into rebuild mode, and along with Wilson Chandler, JJ Hickson, and even Ty Lawson; Afflalo is once again on the block. The solid three-and-D specialist is only owed $15 million over the next two years, and could be moved for draft picks to a team needing shooting help for a playoff run. If the Nuggets make a move for Jackson, Afflalo could head to the Thunder, and he’d also be a big help to a team like the Heat, backing up Dwayne Wade to keep him fresh for the second half.

4. Lance Stephenson, G, Cha- Easily one of the biggest free agent busts of this past offseason, Stephenson’s career has seemingly gone on a downward spiral since blowing in LeBron James’ ear in last year’s playoffs. His injuries and 38% percent shooting from the field have derailed his season so far, and in reality the biggest obstacle to trading Stephenson, is Stephenson himself. If a team like the Nets believed that his off-court antics were a one-time deal, a trade would have already happened. As it stands, the Hornets will have to sell way low on the guy they signed for three years and $27 million if they want to move him.

5. Deron Williams/Joe Johnson/Brook Lopez- Bkn- Lopez is the most likely of these three to go, but in reality the Nets would love to trade either Williams or Johnson instead. But because he’s only 26 and only has his player option of $16 million for next year remaining, Lopez has been the most involved in trade talk so far. Including the now-infamous three-team deal that didn’t happen involving the Hornets and Thunder. Williams’ value has been deflated due to his injury history (including the fact that he’s currently sidelined with a rib injury), while Johnson’s age and close to $50 million owed through next year makes him virtually untradeable as well. Unless the Nets can get a package along the lines of Reggie Jackson, Lance Stephenson, and either a young big man or high draft pick, Lopez will probably remain with the team through the deadline, whereas they would probably trade Williams or Johnson for one young player and a second round pick just for the salary relief.

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