NBA Trade Rumors 2014: Pistons, Lakers, Knicks, Celtics, Suns
The NBA trade rumors continue to fly in February 2014, as the trade deadline gets closer.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent rumored deals:
-The Pistons could be interested in Luol Deng, who was recently traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deng will probably not re-sign with the Cavs, putting his name in trade rumors, reported Basketball Insiders. He would fit in well at Detroit with Jennings and others.
-Evan Turner of Philadelphia and Rudy Gay of Sacramento are other names linked to the Pistons. “Gay may not mesh well on offense with the Pistons’ trigger-happy starting lineup, so Turner may be a better fit. Detroit’s lack of draft picks and assets Philadelphia might be interested in could make a deal for Turner difficult to make,” according to Basketball Insiders. Deng would fit well for the same reason Turner would–neither need plays drawn for them yet could still score consistently.
(Al Bello/Getty Images)
-Greg Monroe could also be traded, reported USA Today. Monroe’s agent is looking for a max-contract, which the Pistons may not be willing to give him, so he could be dealt to the Washington Wizards or the Atlanta Hawks, among other teams.
Los Angeles Lakers
(Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
-The Lakers were open to trading Pau Gasol, reported the NY Daily News–until they couldn’t get Phoenix to trade away one of their top draft picks. “Phoenix could be getting No. 1 picks from Minnesota and Washington, and the Lakers are seeking one of those prime assets. Even as Gasol misses the next 10 days or so with a groin injury, the two teams are expected to resume talks.”
-The Suns could pursue a big man among the many that are thought to be available, reported Basketball Insiders. That includes Josh Smith, Monroe, Asik, and Carlos Boozer.
-Several names from the Boston Celtics have been connected to potential trades. Forward Brandon Bass, who was nearly traded to the Houston Rockets in a deal that would have brought back Omer Asik, has been discussed by the Suns, Golden State Warriors, and Charlotte Bobcats, sources told Sporting News. “He is a good fit in a lot of places,” one league executive said. “He can start, he can come off the bench, he can make shots, he can play center against small lineups. A lot of teams need a guy like that.” Possible trade options include Marreese Speights of the Warriors combined with younger players such as rookie Nemanja Nedovic.
(Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
-Despite public claims that Rajon Rondo isn’t available, the New York Knicks “have a strong belief that he can be had if the price is right,” reported USA Today. The Knicks could trade Amar’e Stoudemire combined with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, or Tim Hardaway Jr., while the Celtics could include Gerald Wallace and/or Jeff Green.
The Hawks are looking to get Jeff Green from the Celtics, reported Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News via Twitter. Green “is being shopped hard by Danny Ainge and the Celtics,” he said. But the Hawks would have to give up DeMarre Carroll and more.
New York Knicks
The Knicks are “working the phones in an attempt to add another star-caliber player alongside Carmelo Anthony,” according to Basketball Insiders. While that isn’t very likely to happen, the Knicks are eyeing Kyle Lowry and Rondo.
New Orleans Pelicans
(Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The Pelicans are looking to make a big play, according to USA Today. They’re willing to trade Eric Gordon, though it’s unclear which other teams are involved with discussions with the Pelicans.
The Timberwolves are looking out for trades, according to USA Today. Players thought to be available? Point guard J.J. Barea, forward Dante Cunningham, and guard Alexey Shved.