3 Role player trade targets who could be needle-tippers for NBA contenders

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No. 2 - Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets

Sticking with big-time NBA defenders, Dorian Finney-Smith would be incredibly in demand if he was available for trade. This past summer, Yahoo Sports insider Jake Fischer reported that the Nets had discussions with opposing teams about trading the forward, but nothing obviously transpired from that. If they are still willing to listen to offers as the trade deadline inches closer, teams will call.

Finney-Smith has made a living in the association due to his tough, hard-nosed defense. The 6-foot-7 forward is as versatile as they come, and he'd make any squad more formidable on that side of things. On top of that, he's currently having his best offensive season, averaging 11.2 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 44.9 percent from three, all career bests for the seven-year veteran.

Like Caruso, Finney-Smith would be a huge addition for any contender. Again, the Bucks would be a justifiable suitor for the veteran, giving them a perfect complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez defensively. However, there is also an argument for just about every other contender out there, as Finney-Smith could be a legitimate difference-maker for teams seeking more defense.

Finney-Smith could be one of the hottest names leading up to the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline if the Nets decide to have discussions about him once again.