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Five trades I'd like to see happen

Eric Gordon to Knicks, Omer Asik to Blazers among five intriguing NBA deals

Updated: February 18, 2014, 2:38 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

Now the real fun begins.

The trade deadline is Thursday, which means front offices around the league weren't taking the All-Star Weekend off along with many of the players. Quite the contrary.

Though last season's deadline came and went with mostly smoke and little fire -- J.J. Redick was the biggest name dealt, and he barely played for his new team -- expect a fairly busy week considering that much of the league's marquee teams have flopped so far this season. Given the strengths and weaknesses of each team and the overall landscape of the league, what deals do I want to see?

Here are five of them.


New Orleans Pelicans receive: Tyson Chandler, Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace

New York Knicks receive: Eric Gordon and Greg Stiemsma

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Why I want to see it: The Pelicans' defense has been horrible this season, surrendering the fifth-most points per possession to opponents. Chandler can help both as Anthony Davis' tutor and as the paint protector that they sorely need.

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