The 2011-12 NBA season is entering just the third week of play, but a number of players are stuck in bad situations and deserve a trade to a contender. Here is a look at a few of these players and possible destinations before the trade deadline later in the year.
Steve Nash led the league in assists last season, but his numbers are down this season and it's mainly due to the team's lack of athletic player. The Phoenix Suns have plenty of good shooters, but the team lacks the athletic players that can run the floor and that has dropped Nash's assists per game by three. Nash could help a contender and deserves a move, so look for Phoenix to start listening to offers as the team is going nowhere and needs to start adding youth. The LA Lakers and Miami Heat are two teams that could use his floor leadership and both teams are in the running for a championship this season.
Monta Ellis is one of the best scoring guards in the NBA, but the Golden State Warriors drafted another two guard this year in the first round and Ellis deserves better. The Warriors shooting guard is averaging nearly 23 points per game and with Golden State starting the year at 2-5, trading Ellis could make sense for both he and the team in the long-run.
The NBA has always been a proactive league and trades have always played a big part, especially with star players and this season could turnout some blockbuster deals with several All-Star players mentioned in recent trade rumors. The next month will become a major factor as teams that continue to struggle will look to make changes and clubs with playoff hopes look to add depth to their rosters.