NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Best Big Men on the Block

Daine Pavloski@@dpavloskiAnalyst IIFebruary 15, 2013

Pau Gasol is one of the best big men on the trading block this month.
Pau Gasol is one of the best big men on the trading block this month.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The NBA trade deadline (February 21) is rapidly approaching, and NBA teams across the league are in the market for a possible game-changer who can take a team from pretender to contender with time left to make a run before the playoffs. 

As teams look to pick up big names this month, it'll be hard for them to ignore some of the talented big men whose names have been swirling around the rumor mill.


Paul Millsap

Millsap and his fellow Utah big man Al Jefferson have both been mentioned as possible targets for a number of teams. According to the New York Daily News, the Brooklyn Nets have started their courting attempt toward the sixth-year player. 

Millsap would be a great addition to any team. He's averaging over 15 points, seven rebounds and one block per game for the Jazz. Even more impressive, he's doing it all while sharing the court with Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. 

Millsap is very talented defensively and can put up points if needed. He'd be a huge addition for any team in the NBA and will be one of the hottest plus-sized commodities in the NBA this month. 


Carlos Boozer

According to, Boozer has been the center of a rumor involving the Toronto Raptors and Andrea Bargnani. 

Boozer is a durable player who has been consistent for the Chicago Bulls over the last few seasons. This year, he's averaging almost 16 points and nine rebounds per contest, due to his increased role without Derrick Rose on the court. 

Boozer is an outstanding rebounder, both on offense and defense, is great in the pick-and-roll game and has a solid mid-range jumper, something you usually don't get with great rebounders.

The Bulls big man would be a huge pickup for any team in the NBA looking to score a post presence before the trade deadline. 


Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol has been at the center of a ton of trade rumors over the last few seasons, and as the Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle, he would be a wise man to get out while he's got a chance. 

Gasol hasn't played since February 5 against the Nets due to a foot injury, but has been one of the few bright spots on the Laker roster when he's healthy. Gasol is just .08 of a rebound short of averaging a double-double in his career. 

When Gasol is healthy he's a decent shooter, a good rebounder, great around the bucket and an even better passer. He would be a super-sized acquisition for any team in the NBA who just wants to win games.