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Trade? Only for a game-changer

The more I see these trade scenarios and rumors, the more I'm coming to a certain conclusion - There's no point in trading for anybody who isn't an instant game-changer. You can't trade for a guy who patches our holes and expect it to work. You have to get a guy who, when he goes to the scorers table, the opposing coach makes substitutions, and the opposing players mutter curses under their breath.

And that thought led me to try to list who the guys are who are actually game-changers, who's available, who's not, and what it would take.

I present my completely arbitrary list of game-changing players:

Name Available? What it would take / Why Not?
Amare Stoudemire yes Eating too much Crow + Cap Relief
Andre Bargnani no Brian Colangelo isn't that smart
Andre Iguodala maybe Nash, Dudley, and a pick
Andre Miller maybe Nash plus taking on a bad contract
Andrew Bogut maybe Nash, Gortat, and take back a bad contract
Blake Griffin no Franchise star for a contender
Chris Bosh maybe Nash, Gortat, and take back a bad contract
Chris Paul no Franchise star for a contender
Danilo Gallinari no Just signed to an extension
DeMarcus Cousins no Kings rebuilding around this player
Deron Williams no Nets still dreaming of Dwight
Derrick Rose no Bulls contending with team built around him
Dirk Nowitzki no Mavs contending with team built around him
Dwight Howard yes Nash, Gortat, Morris, Dudley & 2 1st rounders
Dwyane Wade no Heat contending with team build around him
Greg Monroe no Pistons rebuilding around this player
Greg Oden yes Dudley Gortat and take back a bad contract
James Harden no Thunder contending, part of core
Javale McGee maybe Gortat, Dudley, and take back another knucklehead
Jeremy Lin no Perfect media star in the Big Apple
Joakim Noah no Bulls contending, part of core
John Wall no Bullets rebuilding around this player
Josh Smith yes Nash Dudley and take back a bad contract
Kevin Durant no Thunder contending, part of core
Kevin Garnett maybe Gortat, Dudley, and Nash
Kevin Love no Just signed to an extension
Kobe Bryant no Has a no-trade clause and hates us
Kyle Lowry no Daryl Morey is that smart
LaMarcus Aldridge no Think they're contending with a team built around him
Lebron James no Heat contending with team build around him
Lou Amundson no Best overall player in the league according to BsotS
Luol Deng no Bulls contending with team built around him
Manu Ginobili no Just signed to an extension
Monta Ellis yes Dudley Gortat Morris and a draft pick
Pau Gasol yes Enough cap room to sign Dwight Howard
Ray Allen yes Gortat Dudley and filler
Roy Hibbert maybe Nash Gortat Morris and a 1st
Russell Westbrook no Thunder contending, part of core
Tony Parker maybe Nash, Dudley, and a pick
Tyson Chandler maybe Convince them Amare can't be traded + Enough cap room to re-sign Jeremy Lin
Zach Randolph maybe A 3rd team trading them a star frontline player that allows them to contend this year

And that's just the way it is.

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