NBA Trade Rumors 2017: Top 5 Best Trade Ideas for Deadline

The DeMarcus Cousins trade proved to end All-Star Weekend with a bang. Just minutes after Anthony Davis was hoisting the MVP trophy, news broke that Cousins would be staying in New Orleans for the foreseeable future. Cousins joined Serge Ibaka as notable NBA players that have been traded in recent days. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Some of the biggest names being mentioned in trade rumors are Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Jahlil Okafor. Whether any of these players will be moved remains to be seen. For the Knicks to move Anthony, he would have to approve any deal since he has a no-trade clause. There is some thought that teams will be hesitant to make moves given the Warriors have a stronghold on the league so far this season. With the 2017 NBA Draft shaping up to be one of the deepest drafts we have seen, teams near the bottom of the NBA standings are going to be looking to unload players to stockpile additional draft picks with their team's limited chances of competing this season. Heavy has put together five trade ideas we would like to see happen. While the specific trades are not exact trade rumors, the core pieces of each trade are based on players who are reportedly on the market. Take a look at ESPN's trade machine and send me your favorite trade ideas on Twitter @JonDAdams. Click the arrow on the right side of the above image to see Heavy's top five NBA trade ideas. (Getty)

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