NBA Outlook: Five Stars Most Likely To Force A Trade Next

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Apr 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) and forward Kevin Love (42) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

What do Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and now Kevin Love have in common?

You know what they have in common. They’re the best and brightest NBA stars to force trades over the past four seasons! In what’s become ultra-common in the NBA, stars want to play with stars AND get paid. The ‘get paid’ part is super-crucuial. If stars didn’t care about money, they’d wait out their contracts and sign with a new team in free agency. Instead, based on the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, it’s much more beneficial for star players to force trades to teams and then sign extensions with their new team.

If it’s happened every year of the previous four seasons, it’s pretty safe to say another star player will force his way out of one situation for a better situation this season. Who are the most likely stars to force a trade? Let’s find out!

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