Feb 03 2014
OK, so we understand that any NBA player could technically be traded on or before the NBA Trade Deadline on February 20, but that’s why we had to set this up with the word realistically—because as much as you want to imagine a bunch of stars being traded to your favorite team by playing that Trade Machine thing, it’s not happening.
With the Western Conference much inferior to the East, it should be interesting to see what teams—if any—try to make a splash to push themselves over the favorite line and into conversation as a serious title contender.
If that happens, these are the names who could help.
5. J.R. Smith, New York Knicks
To be completely honest, I wouldn’t touch Smith with a 10-foot pole if I were any team, but that doesn’t mean that the guy isn’t talented—and, who knows, maybe a change of scenery is all he needs.
After all, Smith might not be showing any glimpses of his former self—he won the league’s “Sixth Man of the Year” award last year—but he still puts up a healthy 12 points per game—with the ability to get streaky and provide a bigger spark.
Problem is that shooting percentage—38 percent—and his poor shot selection.
But on a veteran team making a push for a title, he could be had.
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