Eight guys who might be traded come December 15

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Next Wednesday, Dec. 15, the NBA trading landscape gets interesting.

That’s the day that guys signed to free agent contracts this summer become eligible for trades. So those guys your team signed this summer that seemed smart then but look like a disaster now can be shipped out — if you can find a taker.

We thought Darko Milicic and Richard Jefferson would be on that list. We were wrong.

But Ira Winderman gives us here at NBC a list of eight guys who become available and could be on the block:

Jermaine O’Neal, Celtics: Shaq is working out well, Kendrick Perkins will be back, Glen Davis is your backup four now… so Jermaine becomes expendable for the right deal.

Brendan Haywood, Mavericks: Tyson Chandler (along with young developing centers in the pipeline) make him expendable — if you can find a sucker for that six-year, $55 million deal Dallas gave him. Haywood is not a bad option for a team that needs a big, but that is a steep price tag.

Theo Ratliff, Lakers: Winderman said it best: “Well, what do you know, the Lakers signed an injury-plagued, aging center and he turns out to be injury plagued and old?”
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Eddie House, Heat: He is sliding down the depth chart and may be available.

Tracy McGrady, Pistons: He’s played okay, but if the Pistons decide to blow it up and trade Tayshaun Prince and/or Rip Hamilton, McGrady could get moved, too.
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Randy Foye, Clippers: Winderman again: “With the emergence of Eric Bledsoe and the return of Baron Davis, there is not much need. The question is whether interest remains elsewhere in the league.”

Anthony Carter, Nuggets: Not a guy getting a lot of run in Denver, but it comes down to if the Nuggets decide to trade Chauncey Billups if they move Carmelo Anthony. There probably is value for Carter out there.

Joe Smith, Nets: Winderman: “From opening-night starter, the veteran forward has gone to afterthought. The Nets do not need him, but a playoff contender just might find some value there as injury protection.”

Guys Winderman throws on the “maybe to be moved list” are: Joel Anthony of Miami, Drew Gooden of the Bucks and Mike Miller of the Heat. Kind of hard to see the last one, even with the emergence of James Jones.

Video Breakdown: Clippers use JJ Redick in split cut to fool Jazz at 3-point line

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The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.

One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.

We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.

Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.

If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.

For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.

John Wall wears cape to postgame press conference (video)

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John Wall has been super, averaging 27 points and 11 assists while leading the Wizards to a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the first-round.

Did you see Isaiah Thomas carry in Game 5? ‘No,’ says Fred Hoiberg, who walks off (video)

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Fred Hoiberg opened himself to clowning by complaining about Isaiah Thomas carrying.

So, the Bulls coach got clowned after the Celtics’ Game 5 win.

Jae Crowder leg-locks Robin Lopez (video)

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Late in the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Bulls last night, Jae Crowder leg-locked Robin Lopez – the same dirty play that caused rancor for Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 playoffs.

Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.

Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.

I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.