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NBA Trade Deadline: Buyers and Sellers

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A few big names could be on the move. Which teams will be active before the deadline?

NBA Trade Deadline: Buyers and Sellers

Editor's Note: Also look for some action surrounding OKC Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, who last night said he wants a trade. A Jackson/Brook Lopez swap could be in order. - Ross

During the NBA trade deadline, multiple teams actively look to get the next star or the perfect role player that will turn their fortune or put them over the top. Whether teams are buying or selling, there is never enough speculation surrounding trade activity. Although this year, it seems like the big names have already been traded, by Thursday’s 3 PM deadline, expect moves that will change the fortune of many teams. Here are the clubs that we expect to be buying and selling before today's deadline.

Sellers

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are a team that is looking to sell of its assets. Earlier in the year, Denver traded its center Timofey Mozgov to the Cavs for two first round picks. Now, it seems like Denver is ready to start from scratch. Three players in high demand are Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler, and Ty Lawson. Afflalo seems the most likely to move, while Chandler and Lawson will be tough to get. Although Denver’s asking price is high, some contenders like the Trail Blazers might give in.

Brooklyn Nets

Although they are in the thick of a playoff race, the Nets are trying to cut down their payroll. Players like Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are available in trades. Johnson or Garnett seem the most likely to move. Johnson can be had for a pick and multiple expiring contracts. Garnett, on the other hand, is reportedly in talks with his former team, the Timberwolves. The teams are taking about a Thad Young for Garnett swap as it would benefit both teams. Brook Lopez has been rumored to be on OKC’s wish list, but the Thunder might not want to pay Lopez’s lucrative contract. It is unclear if any of these deals take place, but Brooklyn is definitely active.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns don’t want to be sellers, but star point guard Goran Dragic is forcing the team's hand. Dragic, at the last second, demanded a trade from the Suns, and now it seems inevitable that he will be traded. Dragic is a free agent this summer, and Phoenix doesn’t want to lose him for nothing. Dragic hasn’t liked his role this year in the Suns’ three guard office. Expect the Suns to deal Dragic to a big market team. Or, maybe they don't give in to Dragic's demands at all.

Buyers

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers are a team that is looking to upgrade their bench. Sitting in the top half of the Western Conference standings, Portland is said to want a wing player. Portland has been talking to Denver about both Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo. Denver wants at least a first round pick for one of them, and Portland might just give in. They are one of the few contenders who still have their first round pick, and I expect Portland to pull the trigger on either Chandler or Afflalo. Another wing would give them enough firepower for a deep playoff run this season.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are a mystery team. People don’t know if they are sellers or buyers, but GM Danny Ainge has so many assets that it is crazy to think he wants more. Boston has been active on the phones, looking at both Dragic and Ty Lawson. Ainge has been proactive because he has the most assets to give to teams. Every team is calling Boston because they have what everybody wants: draft picks. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to Danny Ainge, but I think Boston will make at least one move.

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