The Top 5 NBA Players That Deserve A Trade Immediately

By: 12.27.11  •  42 Comments

Say what you will about his desire to bolt small market New Orleans for the L.A. limelight, but a major factor seems to consistently be missing from the CP3-to-LA discussions. For the first time in his career, the league’s best point guard has been paired with a player (Blake Griffin) whose ceiling is also incredibly high so Paul’s change of scenery will work well for everyone involved. But there are other players in the league who would benefit from donning a new uniform. From superstars trying to hold together obviously sinking ships to more obscure talent being underutilized, the following five players should pray to David Stern that something materializes before the NBA’s March 15th trade deadline.

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1. Ben Gordon, Detroit Pistons

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Ben Gordon is “disappointment.” One of the most electrifying scorers in the league during his days as a Bull, he foolishly signed with a Detroit team that was absolutely loaded with wing players, and now everyone unfairly considers him a Charlie Villanueva-type bust. As dangerous of a shooter as Steph Curry, a team starved for perimeter scoring options should pay attention to Gordon. Imagine if the Celtics scooped him up. Yes, Ray Allen looks good in Celtic Green, but look past the sentimentality and a team with Rajon Rondo and Gordon in the backcourt would be more than formidable.

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2. O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies

Kind of crazy to consider a player of Mayo’s talent to be an expendable commodity, but that’s where the Memphis Grizzlies find themselves in 2012. Mayo had a phenomenal rookie year, but has seen his numbers decline as he shares a remarkably similar game to Memphis’s other young wingman, Rudy Gay. And, considering how quickly that squad came together when defensive stalwart Tony Allen got inserted into the starting lineup, it’d be foolish to assume that Mayo is still the Grizzlies two-guard of the future. Young, developing teams in need of scoring wing players – say, the Cavaliers – should have Memphis’s number on speed-dile. Dude’s only 24; even if he has worn out his welcome in Memphis, his NBA legacy is far from set.

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