While some players may get through Thursday's trade deadline unscathed, that doesn't mean they'll finish the season on their current squads. The NBA also has a waiver deadline on March 1, the last day players can be cut and still maintain postseason eligibility if they join a playoff team.

Several quality veterans may be found on the buyout market. And while some of the names could be relocated via trade, the following is a list of top buyout candidates if not dealt by the deadline*.

*Then again, some may be traded and then bought out. We'll include them as well:


John Wall's Brief Stay in L.A. Nearing an End?

The Los Angeles Clippers had hoped to improve their position of need this summer when they used their primary spending tool (the taxpayer mid-level exception) on John Wall. Unfortunately, he wasn't the right fit.

Wall has the lowest offensive rating on the team at 105 points per 100 possessions (tied with Amir Coffey), contributing to his near-bottom net rating of minus-6.6. Instead of Wall, the Clippers have relied on Terance Mann and Reggie Jackson, leaving Wall as trade bait going into the deadline.

The Clippers are an active buyer with others potentially available, like Robert Covington, B.J. Boston Jr. and Coffey (plus a $9.7 million trade exception), to replace Wall and add a backup big man.

If the team doesn't trade him, Wall is a buyout candidate. But even if he is dealt, if the destination isn't a playoff contender in need of a veteran backup, he could still be a free agent before the March 1 deadline.

Given his ties to Klutch Sports, could he end up with the Los Angeles Lakers? Another possibility might be the Miami Heat, provided they don't get a point guard indirectly via the Lakers.


Jae Crowder Finally Suits Up?

Crowder and the Phoenix Suns agreed to part ways before the season, but several months later, the team has yet to find a suitable trade. A deal could come in the next week, but if not, Crowder could end up stuck in Phoenix.

If so, would the franchise be willing to work out a buyout? Out of spite, they may not. Not because the team wants to punish Crowder but to teams who refused to meet their matching price in trade.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Lakers and Heat would likely be interested in Crowder as a free agent, among others.