Chart: Five players who could be dealt by Thursday's NBA trade deadline
- February 20, 2013 - 12:52 AM
FIVE PLAYERS WHO COULD BE DEALT BY THURSDAY'S TRADE DEADLINE
JOSH SMITH, ATLANTA
The best bet of anyone to be dealt. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Hawks will get something rather than nothing for a player who believes he deserves a max contract for his next deal.
DWIGHT HOWARD, L.A. LAKERS
GM Mitch Kupchak promises Superman isn't going anywhere, but are the Lakers really committed to re-signing him this summer, or do they trade him someplace -- Brooklyn? -- for something now rather than lose him for nothing?
AL JEFFERSON, UTAH
The Jazz faces the same free-agent questions with Big Al and Paul Millsap this summer on a team that has youngsters Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors ready to step forth.
J.J. REDICK, ORLANDO
The Magic's time is so far from now, trading a veteran who's more valuable to a contender -- or maybe even the Wolves -- makes sense. The question is, how much is another upcoming free agent worth?
ERIC BLEDSOE, L.A. CLIPPERS
The Clippers seek frontcourt help to ensure a championship run and will dangle the promising young point guard if they can get Kevin Garnett, who swears he won't waive his no-trade clause, or perhaps a guy like Millsap back.
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