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5 NBA Stars That Could Be Traded Before the Deadline

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The NBA offseason is like a drug for basketball fans. It's mayhem day after day as no other league sees stars changing teams as much as they do in the NBA. Just because the drama may be done heading into the regular season, it doesn't mean it's really over. There are plenty of moves to still be made while stars could find themselves in different cities. 


Here are five NBA stars who could get moved before this year's trade deadline. 

5. Goran Dragic - Miami Heat

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The Heat are in a position where they want to add another superstar, but it might cost them one of the better players on their roster. Dragic was an All-Star last season, but could be trade bait as this team is still the favorite to acquire Jimmy Butler. Whether it's the Timberwolves or another franchise, they'll be lucky to land one of the more underrated players in the league. 

4. Isaiah Thomas - Denver Nuggets

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The last year or so has been truly unfair to IT2. He was once an MVP candidate, and now finds himself on his fourth team since the 2016-2017 season. Thomas may have recently signed with Denver, but that doesn't mean he's there to stay. He's on a very team-friendly contract and could be part of a deal to acquire a bigger fish in Denver. 

3. Marc Gasol - Memphis Grizzlies

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The Grizzlies are in the midst of a rebuild and Gasol simply doesn't fit. He's one of the best big men in the league, mostly forgotten about due to his injury-riddled 2017 campaign. Right now, he's on the last year of his contract with a player option for 2019. If Memphis is down near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, like we all expect them to be, he may look for an out next year. Instead of waiting for that to happen and receiving nothing in return, the Grizzlies could ship him out and truly commit to this restart. 

2. DeMarcus Cousins - Golden State Warriors

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There's no reason to think why this wouldn't be possible. Yes, Cousins is one of the better big men in the league when healthy, but you know what he's won over the course of his career? Absolutely nothing. You know what the Warriors have done without him? Become the best team ever assembled. If he comes back from injury and isn't gelling with the team, they would be foolish not to ship him away. He's on a one-year deal as an experiment which would be an extremely easy contract to move. We know Boogie is a hot head, so if that's bringing Golden State down, they could hit the reset button and enjoy similar success from the last few years. 

1. Jimmy Butler - Minnesota Timberwolves

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Don't let the news of Butler's potential return throw you off. He doesn't want to miss any regular season games, but that doesn't mean he's suddenly happy in Minnesota. Butler can't coexist with the talent that's currently on the roster and still wants out. With the Wolves aggressively looking for trade partners, it's hard to imagine a scenario where he's still in Minnesota come All-Star weekend. 

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