NBA's five most exciting (potential) trades

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: February 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm •  Published: February 12, 2011
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4. Andrei Kirilenko, F, Utah: Though he has missed only seven games this season, Jazz fans have questioned the toughness of Kirilenko, who will likely bolt after this season. He certainly won't command the $17.8 million contract he has now, so the Jazz has to get something while it can for Kirlilenko. Under new ownership, the Pistons are looking to deal Richard Hamilton ($12.5 million through 2013), who would be a solid addition to a Utah team that has struggled lately.

5. Anderson Varejao, PF, Cleveland: He is lost for the season with a torn tendon in his foot and ankle. The Cavaliers are ready to deal, but is Varejao damaged goods? Could this be a career-threatening injury? He has solid numbers (9.7 rpg; 9.1 ppg; 1.2 bpg) and will average $8.4 million in salary the next three years, which also is appealing. Another possibility is New Jersey power forward Kris Humphries, who becomes a restricted free agent this year. Hello, Thunder?



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