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With the NBA offseason officially underway, Bill Simmons breaks down the trade value of the top 40 players.

Updated: July 21, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

I know, I know – it's another NBA column. But we couldn't allow the offseason to start July 1 without an emergency edition of America's favorite annual column gimmick, "Which NBA player has the highest trade value?" Hold onto your seats – I'm holding you hostage for 4,400 words and roughly 48 separate paginated screens.

A quick recap of the rules:

A. Salaries matter. Would you rather pay Chris Bosh $9.7 million for the next three years or Paul Pierce $47 million ...

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