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Under-the-radar trade options

If top-level players aren't available, these guys could provide Knicks, Bulls with fixes

Updated: August 12, 2011, 3:10 PM ET
By Ryan Corazza | ESPN Insider
Rodrigue BeauboisAP Photo/Paul ConnorsRodrigue Beaubois could be a good fit in Mike D'Antoni's offense.

While the 2010-11 season included perennial All-Stars such as Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams changing addresses via trade, there's no guarantee that other high-talent rumored trade pieces such as Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Williams (again) or Dwight Howard will be on the move this offseason on the other side of the lockout.

With that in mind, here's a look at five under-the-radar gets for teams hoping, but potentially failing, to land a big fish.

Point guard
Team in need: New York Knicks
High-end targets: Steve Nash, Chris Paul
Under-the-radar get: Rodrigue Beaubois

The Mavs were reportedly high on Beaubois after a solid rookie season in 2009-10, but with the acquisition of Rudy Fernandez this offseason -- and the possible re-signings of J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson -- they could have a bit of a logjam in the backcourt, leaving Beaubois the odd man out after an injury-plagued 2010-11 campaign.

While Beaubois showed more scoring than floor-general skills as a rookie, perhaps making him more of a shooting guard, his size -- 6-foot-2 -- may ultimately dictate that he'll be a PG in the league.

This would be a risk for the Knicks this offseason because Beaubois is a bit of an unknown commodity after playing in just 28 games last season due to a nagging foot problem. And looking up and down New York's roster, there might not be a player the Mavs would really covet in return for the young, speedy Beaubois. But a season behind Chauncey Billups -- whose contract is up after the 2011-12 season -- could have the French native ready to assume the starter's role in 2012-13.

Beaubois also could be a fit in Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense, provided D'Antoni remains with the Knicks past next season when his contract expires.


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