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
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.
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
4. Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
5. Kevin Love and Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves
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.