NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Update on Hot Names on the Block
Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo can't seem to have a single day go by without their name being brought up in a trade rumor during the 2011-12 regular season.
With the March 15 trade deadline less than a month away, there are a litany of players who could all be in different cities before long, and it will certainly be interesting to see just how many of those rumored to be on the move will wind up getting dealt.
There are a lot of rumored proposals that never come to fruition on a yearly basis, but the unique nature of the condensed season may result in slightly different results than we've seen in in the past.
Anderson was selected No. 20 overall in 2010, but he's been unable to carve out a consistent role with the Spurs to date.
Despite several injuries to the team, Anderson has seen extremely limited time and is only playing extended minutes in lopsided situations.
As a result, his agent has reportedly "encouraged" the Spurs to trade his client, but there is nothing to suggest that a deal is imminent.
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Sessions has been linked to the Lakers as an obvious upgrade at the point-guard position, but would he really be the missing link to a championship?
It's highly unlikely.
There is a belief that Los Angeles will "accelerate" its pursuit of Sessions after the All-Star break, but that could just be connecting the dots, considering how much this rumor has been reported.
Roddy Beaubois' future is very obviously not in Dallas, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Mavericks would be willing to deal him in the right trade.
With the Mavericks "about ready to move on" from Beaubois, there are several teams that could use the speedy point guard as an energy guy off the bench.
Beaubois averaged 11.4 points, 5.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in five starts this season with Jason Kidd out of the lineup, and those are numbers that could aid a lot of teams looking for help at the position.
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It was reported that Williams "wants out" of Atlanta because he's frustrated with his playing time, but the small forward has vehemently denied that is the case.
Williams said that he has "never complained" since he's been in Atlanta, but did not directly deny the idea that he's frustrated by his playing time.
Despite starting every game he's appeared in this season, Williams is averaging just 24 minutes of playing time and would likely welcome the opportunity for more minutes.
Michael Beasley's name has come up in trade rumors since he arrived in Minnesota, and it's happened once again, as he's now been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Los Angeles has reportedly liked Beasley for some time, and the team was talking to the Timberwolves about a potential deal during the preseason.
With all of his talent, the woes the Lakers have had at small forward this season and the fact that he'll be a restricted free agent at the end of the campaign, Beasley makes a lot of sense as a low-risk, high-reward gamble.
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Denver has a surplus of depth in the big-man department, so it's only natural that the team would be looking to move on from veteran Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
Here is the major problem: Not many teams are going to be interested in taking on the financial commitment owed to him through the 2013-14 season, which is slightly under $10 million, not including what he's earning in 2011-12.
He would be a colorful addition to any team willing to acquire him, but the Nuggets shouldn't be expecting much in return.
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It's not a secret that the marriage between Stephen Jackson and Scott Skiles is not working out, and it would be in the best interest of both parties to part ways.
S-Jax very clearly alluded to the fact that his future is not in Milwaukee and said openly that he'd like to play alongside Dwight Howard on numerous occasions.
"To not be playing, and not have any reasons behind it, it's kind of disrespectful," said Jackson when asked about his role with the Bucks.
That sure sounds like a player who wants out, and there is no doubt the Bucks are looking to send him elsewhere.
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It's been an interesting year for Chris Kaman during his inaugural season in New Orleans.
Now, he's back in the fold and has been starting of late, but he remains very much on the block and is a strong candidate to be wearing a different uniform by the middle of March.
Both the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets have previously expressed interest in him and his massive expiring contract.
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Ever since Pau Gasol's name was mentioned in the same breath as the word trade, rumors began to fly all over the place that had Gasol going to a variety of different places.
Gasol has been described as the "lure" for the Lakers to get a point guard, and the popular thinking is that the team won't trade him unless it's unable to substantially upgrade a position of need.
General manager Mitch Kupchak had an opportunity to deny that he was shopping Gasol, but all he basically said was that the Lakers will continue to evaluate all of the options available.
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Remember when General Manager Danny Ainge said that he had no intention of trading Rajon Rondo?
That certainly seems like an awfully long time ago.
Rondo's name has been in trade rumors since before Chris Paul was dealt, and it hasn't slowed down at any point during the year.
With the Celtics reportedly "initiating" discussions centered around Rondo, it's become very obvious that Ainge doesn't feel he can rebuild the roster around him.
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Before the season began, Dwight Howard asked to be traded.
He gave Orlando a list of three preferred teams he'd like to be dealt to: New Jersey, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Dallas.
There has been rampant speculation that Howard has added teams to this list and that he'd be open to playing in a variety of locations, but that is simply not the case.
General manager Otis Smith confirmed that Howard's trade request still stands as we head into the All-Star break, and that there have been no changes to the list.