Players Fallen Out Of Favour: Southwest Divison
Hello and welcome! This series of fallen out players will extend league wide but for now were starting off with the southwest divison.
These are going to be players who will be most expendable from team rosters and therefore make great trade bait as the rumour mill starts to heat up.
Rodrigue Beaubois, PG:
The once promising young point guard Beaubois has found himself at the back of a log jam on the Mavericks roster. With the additions of Darren Collison over the off-season and recently veteran Derrick Fisher clearly the Mavs don’t have much confidence in the French guard.
There’s plenty of potential for Beaubois, a fresh start may be good for him.
Chris Kaman, C:
Chris like many of the Mavericks players has his contract expire at the end of this season, teams looking for cap space will trade for an expiring contract so Kaman, a reliable big man should generate some interest.
Carlos Delfino, SF:
He is however still a player who can provide a scoring punch for a team looking to pick things up on the offensive end. Perhaps the Rockets will bring in a veteran as only Daequan Cook and Carlos Delfino have more than 4 years experience in the NBA.
Cole Aldrich PF,C:
The Rockets desperately need defense and a presence in the paint would be a good start. Someone athletic that can spark a team with inspirational blocks and overall defense can significantly impact the team.
Someone like Larry Sanders can be the player Houston needs but it would take more than Aldrich in return to make the deal work.
Wayne Ellington, SG:
Ellington is another player who is relatively young and does not have the best situation to grow as a player. With Jerryd Bayless a suitable guard off the bench there is room for Memphis to move and Wayne Ellington can provide the wiggle room.
Maureese Speights, PF:
Now with the talents to efficiently back up the starting front court in Memphis, his value will be as high as it’s ever been and the Grizzlies may be able to exploit that.
Darrell Arthur is around getting most of the back up minutes, a trade for say Carlos Delfino would suit both teams.
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
Ryan Anderson, PF:
What can you say, he can shoot the 3 in high volumes and still maintain a high field goal percentage. People are now realising with his high value that the Los Angeles Lakers could use him pairing up with Dwight Howard again.
Anderson has shown in New Orleans that he can rebound as well, with about 8 per game it has sent the doubters running for the hills. Although with Anthony Davis down low I’m not sure trading Anderson is the best move at the moment, especially when it’s Pau Gasol for the taking.
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF:
Monty Williams has been trying a lot of guys at the 2 guard this year with no signs of the return of Eric Gordon. Aminu has been one of them but in recent times has found himself benched in favour of Xavier Henry.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
DeJaun Blair, C:
With no ACL’s in his knees Blair was a risk/reward player when he fell to the Spurs late in the first round of 2009. Injuries have stayed away from Blair in his NBA career as he has never missed long amounts of time (due to injury).
Stuck behind Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw, Blair is upset with his minutes and has wanted out of San Antonio since he lost most of his minuteS When Diaw arrived late last season. Teams can certainly use his hustle and Spurs players have good reputations.
Corey Joseph, PG:
Another Spurs draftee from late in the second round, Joseph has spent most of his time with the Spurs in Austin where their D League affiliate team gives him plenty of minutes.
As of late he has seen some court time with the injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson and has looked considerably better and NBA ready. There isn’t many minutes to be had behind Tony Parker anyway and we want Patty Mills to get those minutes.
There’s the southwest done and dusted, who else is trade material?
Stayed tuned for the northwest division.