NBA Rumors: Latest Update on Teams Aiming to Make Moves

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2012

NBA Rumors: Latest Update on Teams Aiming to Make Moves

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    With the trade deadline growing ever nearer, with the season in China drawing to a close and with teams trying to find that extra piece that will put them over the top, the rumors are rampant about a number of teams and players. 

    Here are the latest updates on all the various teams that are looking to make a move. 

Kenyon Martin Signs with Los Angeles Clippers

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    Kenyon Martin has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will go through as soon as Martin passes his physical. 

    The Clippers add a much-needed big man off the bench and defensive presence. If there was any doubt that Neil Olshey deserves Executive of the Year, those should be laid to the wayside by now. 

    They landed Caron Butler in free agency. They landed Chauncey Billups off of amnesty waivers. They matched the offer on DeAndre Jordan, a move which is paying off.

    Then they landed Chris Paul through trade. Now they've added Martin too. This is, simply put, one of the best offseasons by a team ever. The Clippers are actually valid contenders for the Western Conference crown with the addition of Martin.

Joel Przybilla to Bulls or Heat

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    Joel Przybilla is being courted by two rivals, the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat.  Not surprisingly if you look at Miami reports, it sounds like he's leaning Miami, but Chicago reports suggest he's leaning Chicago. 

    At this point, there's no reason to know what way he's leaning; there are just reasons for both sides to hope. 

    The thing both sides agree on is that he's making his decision today. 

Chris Kaman to Pacers?

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    The Indiana Pacers are in the lead to land the services of Chris Kaman according to the New Orleans Times. 

    The Pacers have two reasons for wanting to acquire the services of Kaman. First, they are in need of a backup for current starter Roy Hibbert. Second, should someone overbid for his services (say, someone crushed by Dwight Howard spurning them) Hibbert could receive an offer too hefty for the Pacers to match. 

    In that case, Kaman would be able to step into the starter's role next season. 

Los Angeles Lakers Will Do Something

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    Whether it's signing Gilbert Arenas, getting J.R. Smith or trading for Ramon Sessions, the Lakers are looking hard for another guard. It's unclear exactly what they are going to do; i's just clear they are going to do something. 

    They need to do something. 

    They are 90 percent of the way to a championship roster. They just need a point guard who can facilitate and they'll be there. The Lakers have never been a team that is reluctant to make a move and that's not going to end now. 

    The Lakers are going to make a move before the All-Star break. It's just a matter of what that move is. 

Dwight Howard to Nowhere

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    Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,238,925.4 rumors later and counting, the Orlando Magic are, as far as anyone knows, no closer to trading Howard than they have ever been, and at this point it's a safe bet they won't be any closer until after the All-Star Game. 

    The latest Howard rumors are squelching the previous latest Howard rumors that Howard was willing to add the Bulls to his list.

    My advice: Don't even think about it until after the All-Star Game. Howard is going to be playing for Orlando during the game. There's no way they tip off that ball in Orlando with Howard not a member of the Magic.