Stock Up, Stock Down for the NBA’s Biggest 2016 Trade Chips

January 12th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
There are an infinite number of reasons why NBA players end up as pawns in the league's trade-deadline jamboree.

Teams look to rebuild for the future. They scour the Association for win-now talent in hopes of vaulting into the championship discussion. Contract situations get messy. Players underachieve. They overachieve. Developing prospects make certain teammates expendable. Feelings get hurt.

The list goes on and on (and on), and this season's speculation factory is doing a nice job of subjecting us to the different anatomies of a trade rumor.

Chatter has yet to reach its apex with the Feb. 18 deadline still weeks away, but there are plenty of recurring rumors that figure to shape how this year's cutoff date unfolds.

We will let this batch of scuttlebutt dictate how we determine the league's biggest trade chips. Players or teams must in some way be linked to specific reports or sourced teardowns. We will not be haphazardly plucking out the NBA's best players and citing them as valuable trade assets. That wouldn't be fun.

Stock statuses are determined by looking at a player's performance in 2015-16 only and are also based ...

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