5 NBA Teams That Should Be Active in Trade Talks During 2016 Offseason

June 29th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

There are a million ways for NBA teams to improve their players—from strength training and skill drills to sleep science and nutrition education—but only three methods to improving their rosters.

The first of those (the draft) has already happened. The second phase tips off July 1, when free agents can start chasing cash like they're trapped in phone booths filled with money.

The third avenue (trades) is available throughout the offseason, but it picks up steam when the dust has settled in free agency. Once the annual game of musical chairs is over, those teams left without seats—but still with needs to fill—will look more aggressively to snag players already signed to deals.

This summer is shaping up to be a unique one in that regard. Player salaries that once seemed unwieldy will be far more attractive compared to the contracts soon to be signed under the exploding cap. With so much money to be spent and so few free agents worth the expense, there will be teams that have space to spare and can absorb players, rather than having to cobble together dollar-for-dollar swaps.

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