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Can Slim swing trading?

I’d say no

By Joe Smith, USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of players out there who have no shot of making the NBA. They may not be the most accomplished ball handlers, either.

That’s why a handful of players have been able to succeed in the NBA trading system. Those players have had to go to the NBA because they’re undervalued by teams willing to use the NBA lottery.

We’ve got a list of the players who have the ability and the desire to be a free agent and who could become an NBA player – regardless of whether they’re lottery protected or unprotected – if they can swing their way to the NBA.

We know a lot of those players are available, at least among the players who need a max contract (and who likely will be available).

We’ll have the full analysis of their ability to swing their way down at various stages of the 2014-15 season.


If you’re an NBA team eyeing a free agent like the ones on this list – the ones whose names could be written in block letters across the NBA – we’ve got you covered.

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We’re also going to be tracking everything that’s happened on the NBA trade front before the trade deadline is May 9, with full reports later in the afternoon.

That’s a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in.

10. Jeremy Lin

At his Pro-Am last week, Lin averaged 20.8 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He shot 51.1 percent in the three games, and shot a season-best 53.9 percent in the Houston Rockets’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday. He has averaged 22.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34 games this season.

The Rockets still don’t seem to be very interested in signing Lin to a max contract (a league source has said they’re not seeking one, but the team has not been as specific as their word has been), which is one reason why we wouldn’t expect the Houston Rockets to try to give Lin a qualifying offer (the offer sheet allows you to make a qualifying offer but not to exceed the salary scale) when free agency opens.

With Lin’s ability to play power