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Top seven sell-high players heading into the trade deadline

Kevin Pelton highlights seven sell-high candidates. Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Which players should teams look to move before the trade deadline while their value is at a peak?

It's easy to embrace the "buy low" portion of the clichéd way to approach trades, which is really just a way to profit from understanding regression to the mean. Who doesn't want to add a talented player at a low price?

"Sell high" is a bit harder to swallow if it means trading away a player who's currently going strong. But history tells us players typically are unable to sustain performance out of line with their career norms. That provides an opportunity to get value for teams willing to make the tough call.

Let's take a look at seven players on likely lottery teams who have outperformed expectations and might be good "sell-high" candidates.