Carter off the block; Kidd's bags packed

Originally Published: November 8, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
An unprecedented number of stars changed teams this summer in what amounted to a perfect storm of trade talk and action.

Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Lamar Odom, Kenyon Martin, Antawn Jamison, Gary Payton, Antoine Walker, Jason Terry and Al Harrington were among the big names traded.

Two of them – Shaq and T-Mac – were considered untouchable before things went sour.

Spurred on by the uncommon amount of trade activity, a number of other stars – including Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakovic, Baron Davis, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim – asked for their walking papers, too.

Their teams were more patient, though, waiting through the summer and fall to get a better handle on their own teams and the trade market.

Now that games have begun, holes have been exposed and phones are ringing again. Who are most likely to be wearing new uniforms by the Feb. 24 trade deadline?

Insider made some phone calls, crunched some numbers and gives you the skinny on 15 guys who should keep their bags packed this winter.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer