4. Chicago (30-22, No. 5 seed in Eastern Conference):
Point guard Derrick Rose said he doesn't want to rush coming back from major knee surgery, so there is a genuine possibility he might sit out the entire season. Though the Bulls are hanging tough, they entered All-Star break having lost four of their last five and five of their last seven. This latest cold spell could rekindle the offer that would send forward Carlos Boozer and guard Nate Robinson to Toronto for forward Andrea Bargnani and former Oklahoma State point guard John Lucas III. Prediction:
5. Brooklyn (31-22, No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference): Like several teams, the Nets also have an interest in Atlanta's Smith. But as mentioned earlier, residing in the same conference as the Hawks might nix the possibility of a deal. Brooklyn would be willing to part with forward Kris Humphries and guard MarShon Brooks. Also keep in mind the Nets were high on Dwight Howard's list of options last summer before he was traded to the Lakers. Given all the uncertainty surrounding Howard and LA, Brooklyn could still be an option. Prediction: No trade.