Superstars, super deals: Who's on the move?
Updated: February 8, 2007, 4:10 PM ETBy Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com
You know that saying, that nobody in the NBA is truly untradable? After all, Shaquille O'Neal was traded, wasn't he? And Wilt Chamberlain. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And Allen Iverson. Well, it really isn't true.There actually are a handful of players, probably about a half-dozen, who couldn't be pried away at any price. At least right now. "I think it goes probably Yao [Ming], [Tim] Duncan, Kobe [Bryant], Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, and a few guys are right there on the cusp. But that would be my five, and I would say right now they're untradable," Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers told ESPN.com this week. What about Dirk Nowitzki? "Oh yeah. Can't forget Dirk," Brand said. You could probably make a pretty strong case that the list is actually 10 deep, including the likes of Steve Nash, Michael Redd, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard. (You could have a heck of a debate over those last few spots.) Brand, who's pretty close to the top 10 on this list, does not expect to be traded, but he believes the Clippers would move him if an unbelievable offer came their way. "I don't think it's too absurd [to consider]. It is what is it, it's a business. And if they ever felt that moneywise or to improve teamwise, they might do something, I think it could happen. Not just because Shaq got traded or this guy got traded, but you know, it happens," Brand said. With the trade deadline only two weeks away, Insider takes a look at a wide cross section of the league's best players, ranking the top 25 untradables and not-quite-so-untradables. We're ranking them from least likely to most likely to be traded, while also rating whether a team should trade a player, and whether it will. Ratings are based on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). We'll start with the cream of the crop.
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