Over the seasons we find ourselves getting excited for the NBA Trade deadline. Hope to obtain the big name or piece that would push our team to the top.
If your team didn’t pull off a trade, such as the Dallas Mavericks, don’t worry, as we’ve seen over the seasons, some capable names and players can be bought out/waived to help a team for a playoff push.
Here’s a list of names that have either been waived or can be.
Note: For the Mavs to sign anyone they’d have to release a current player.
Glen Davis: He has officially be waived and should be on the open market barring any team claiming him on waivers. With Brandon Wright and DeJuan Blair at the forward spots, hard to see the Mavs interested in “Big Baby”. Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly the early frontrunners for his services.
Earl Clark: Another confirmed buyout, he hasn’t panned out in Cleveland after a good season with the Los Angeles Lakers. His defensive and offensive versatility could intrigued the Mavs. Clark may be a longer and more athletic version of Jae Crowder.
Ben Gordon: Rumors swirling that the Charlotte Bobcats and Gordon are already talking buyout. He hasn’t been the same since his Chicago Bulls days. Teams that could use scoring/shooting off the bench may take a chance on the guard in hope he can get going as he did in his Bulls days.
The next candidates have been rumored to buyouts.
Danny Granger: Hard to see him wanting to stay in Philadelphia after being on the best team in the East. Early rumors speculate that he could be Miami bound if he’s bought out.
Antawn Jamison: Somewhat in the same boat as Granger, went to an eventual Championship contender to a Hawks team that is sliding down the standings. Hard to see if a team would pickup the forward after struggling on a Clippers team where all he had to do was spread the court.
Emeka Okafor: An early season prediction to get a buyout if not traded. With the Phoenix Suns success this season it may drastically alter that idea. If he was to be on the market, you could expect plenty of teams to lineup for the service of the shot blocker. Big issue is his back. He’s missed the whole season to this point.
Richard Jefferson: Jefferson has plenty of playoff experience and can supply depth at the wings.
Andris Biedrins: His play and value have drastically diminished over the seasons. But being 7 foot doesn’t hurt. It would come to no surprise that a team needing front court depth would give him a shot.