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3 NBA players who need to be traded to save their careers

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 19: De’Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at Golden 1 Center on November 19, 2021 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 08: De’Aaron Fox #5 celebrates with Chimezie Metu #7 of the Sacramento Kings after a play in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Golden 1 Center on November 08, 2021 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement; NBA Players (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

With a sizeable portion of the NBA season already complete, we can see which teams are emerging as contenders, and which are destined once more to return to the lottery next summer.

There have been great early-season success stories in the form of the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards, while the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks may have to start panicking soon.

Somewhere in amongst all of this though are the NBA players who should maybe get traded by organizations that have failed to maximize their talents. The individuals who, if they were playing for basically any other franchise in the league, would surely have had more success than they are currently experiencing.

Before you ask, no, Ben Simmons will not be making an appearance on this list of three NBA players who need to move cities ASAP.

Obviously, Simmons needs to leave the Philadelphia 76ers to save his career, but everybody already knows this to be the case. Where is the fun in examining a well-worn path when nothing has changed for player or team since the season began?

Instead, we are going to focus on those who would certainly garner interest from other franchises if they were made available. The catch here, however, is that the team who lets them go could end up looking very silly if they did so. It would take a big offer to pry any of these guys away from their current employers, and we live in a time when front offices are more shrewd than ever.

If any of these guys, two of which have already been named All-Stars, were to get moved though, then their career would surely take another sizeable step forward.

For now, all we can do is dream, but if guys like Russell Westbrook (twice) and John Wall can get traded, then never say never with these younger NBA players with more upside.

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