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Top Trade Targets


Free agency isn't the only way to build an NBA franchise -- this summer, some top player will be available via trade as well.

1. Carmelo Anthony - Denver Nuggets

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Anthony is set to hit free agency next summer. The Nuggets hope to ink their star forward to a lucrative contract extension -- but might consider trades if negotiations fall through. Denver management clearly isn't interested in going through the same process Cleveland is dealing with now, dealing with incredible uncertainty as every team in the league chases their marquee attraction.

2. Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets

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New Orleans has a new owner, several overpriced players they'd like to unload and a very promising young point guard -- second-year man Darren Collison -- who could take over if Paul was traded. A more likely scenario might be a trade of Collison and one of the Hornets' overpriced vets -- Emeka Okafor, perhaps? The Knicks and Pacers are reportedly very interested in such a deal, and could offer expiring contracts in return.

3. Tony Parker - San Antonio Spurs

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After their early exit from the playoffs, the Spurs may look to shake things up by dealing Parker -- possibly as a package with disappointing forward Richard Jefferson -- in an attempt to get younger and more athletic. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovic reportedly thinks guard George Hill is ready to assume a larger role in the rotation.

4. Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons

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The current Piston roster is a bit of a mess, with log jams at shooting guard (Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey) and forward (Prince, Charlie Villanueva, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye). Something's gotta give. Prince generates more attention in trade talks because his contract expires after next season, but Hamilton is also a candidate to be moved.

5. Kevin Love and Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Minnesota management is reportedly of the opinion that Love and Jefferson can't play together, so one or the other could be moved this summer. Jefferson -- in his second year back after knee surgery -- could be poised for a big season, while Love has already established himself as one of the better rebounders and passers at his position. The T-Wolves would love to get a natural center back in any deal, but perimeter scoring is also a need in Minnesota.

6. Vince Carter, Orlando Magic

Didn't take long for Vince Carter to wear out his welcome in Orlando, eh? Carter's name has been floated in potential deals involving Chris Paul and Gilbert Arenas.

7. Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors

This entry could easily read "anyone not named Stephen Curry." The Warriors are in flux right now; the team is up for sale, and eliminating as many long-term salary obligations as possible could speed up the transaction. Golden State has already moved Corey Maggette, and Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Anthony Randolph could be next.

8. Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

As the Bulls look to clear even-yet-still more cap space, Deng's name has come up in several trade rumors. And even if the Bulls are able to sign a LeBron James without additional moves, at some point they'll need to re-sign Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, so moving Deng's more expensive deal could help them avoid the dreaded luxury tax.

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