Predicting First Wave of Players to Hit the 2016-17 NBA Trade Block

October 27th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Sooner or later, NBA teams are going to start thinking about swaps. Whether it's worn-out welcomes, offseason miscalculations or panic moves, we know some big names will wind up in trade discussions.

Because it happens every season.

And if it feels like the first week of the year is way too soon to start talking about cutting losses or changing directions, keep in mind that virtually every player here has already been subject to trade whispers. Some have been in trade discussions as recently as this past summer, and others for much longer than that.

Being on the trade block, as we'll use the term, means a player's name will come up in conversations that aren't solely trickle-down sourced in a game of rumor telephone by competing aggregation "news" sites. We're looking for guys who'll warrant credible, reliably reported chatter.

It's far from bag-packing time, and no team has come out and said these guys are available yet. But when the suitcases come out, we're guessing a few of these players will be involved.

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