Top Five: NBA players on trade market

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Craig Stouffer

If it's January, then there oodles of NBA teams and NBA players disappointed with where they are or where they're going. And that means it's time for trade chatter. These are the biggest names potentially on the market:

5. Andrea Bargnani, C, Toronto ?» The Raptors could be the most active team in the NBA in their quest to offload the inconsistent Italian big man. It's going to take a lot of convincing to take on his $10?million salary without something else to go with it. Jose Calderon's expiring contract could help.

4. Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland ?» A ruthless Cavaliers front office would have traded the injury-prone Varejao before he got injured again. But that's hard to do when he's playing the best basketball of his career. Perhaps with Varejao out, it will be easier not to get so emotional over his contributions.

3. J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando » With the luster of the Magic's surprising early success wearing off, the task of rebuilding without Dwight Howard now begins in earnest. Redick ($6.2 million), who will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, is in line for a raise and the chance to move to a contender.

2. Monta Ellis, G, Milwaukee » The clock is ticking on Ellis, who is earning $11 million and can walk away as an unrestricted free agent. The retooling Bucks have far more burdensome players they want to dump, like Drew Gooden and Samuel Dalembert, but their desire to keep both Ellis and Brandon Jennings limits their options.

1. Rudy Gay, SF, Memphis » A near franchise-level star seemingly surplus for a team that contended last year without him, Gay is going to draw interest. With his $16.4?million salary, it will be complicated to match, and no, the Wizards aren't going to trade Bradley Beal.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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