NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz and Updates From The Association

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2012

NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz and Updates From The Association

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    The NBA trade deadline is right around the corner, and there are many players who face uncertain futures as we move into All-Star weekend for the 2011-12 season.

    Pau Gasol's name continues to surface, Kevin Martin addressed his level of satisfaction in Houston and Wilson Chandler faces an interesting dilemma in his comeback after spending much of the season in China.

    Dwight Howard went up against the Nets last night, and the fans showed their support for him, but will it be enough to convince the big man that his future is in Brooklyn?

Wilson Chandler

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    Wilson Chandler has returned to the United States, and despite the fact that he's a restricted free agent, the swingman has a long list of potential suitors.

    Chris Luchey, Chandler's agent, said that he is currently negotiating with six teams for Chandler, but that does not indicate that a deal is imminent.

    There is a possibility that Chandler sits out the remainder of this season and attempts to land a multi-year contract in the offseason, but he would remain a restricted free agent if he chose to go that route.

    Only three teams (Pacers, Kings, Cavaliers) currently have the cap space to sign Chandler without having to first clear cap space, and that is limiting his market at this time.

    The deadline to sign a restricted free agent to an offer sheet is March 1.

Leon Powe

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    Leon Powe is a guy who has been unable to find work this season, and that's a little surprising considering his aggressive style of play.

    He proved to be a valuable contributor to the Boston Celtics previously, but knee woes have scared off interested teams to an extent.

    Powe's market could very well heat up soon with how many injuries are piling up around the league, and the Chicago Bulls remain a distinct possibility for his next NBA home.

Joel Przybilla

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    The Joel Przybilla sweepstakes have been in full effect all season, and there has been a lot of attention paid to a guy who is unlikely to make a huge impact this season.

    After weeks of being courted by a handful of teams, Przybilla finally made his decision on Wednesday, when he announced that he'd be rejoining the Portland Trail Blazers.

    The veteran big man said that his heart was in Portland and that his knee "feels good," but there is a lot of uncertainty as to exactly just how large of a role he'll have for the remainder of the season.

Kevin Martin

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    Kevin Martin was not happy with this report that strongly alluded to the idea that he was unhappy with his current role in Houston.

    Martin completely dismissed that notion, saying that the article was "inappropriate" and had absolutely no truth behind it whatsoever.

    Although he is a candidate to be traded in the right deal (he was nearly traded to New Orleans in the vetoed Chris Paul trade), there is nothing to suggest the Rockets have lined up a deal for his services at this time.

    General manager Daryl Morey should always be looking for ways to improve his team, but for now, Houston will remain with Martin in its starting lineup.

Pau Gasol

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    There seems to be a new update on trade talks surrounding Pau Gasol everyday, and we'll likely see many more prior to the March 15 deadline.

    It's incredibly unlikely that the Lakers would trade Gasol without addressing upgrading the point guard position, but neither the Celtics (Rajon Rondo) nor Rockets (Kyle Lowry) are currently inclined to deal its starter for Gasol.

    Derrick Rose also publicly denied that he ever requested the Bulls make an attempt to land Gasol, but that story never made much sense anyway, as the Lakers would be foolish to trade for a package headlined by Carlos Boozer.

    Los Angeles has zero motivation to take on Boozer's incredibly inflated contract.

Monta Ellis

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    It seems as if Monta Ellis' name pops up in rumors every season, but so far, the Warriors haven't been able to find a deal that satisfies the front office.

    Is it perhaps because the club is asking for too much in return?

    Golden State is reportedly asking for a star in exchange for Ellis, and that type of negotiating ploy isn't going to get the team very far in negotiations with any club.

    Any club interested in acquiring Ellis would likely be looking at him as a complementary piece to what is already in the fold, so the Warriors may have to come off that stance a bit if truly motivated to move him.

    Ellis is a dynamite player for Golden State, and it's strange how frequently his name comes up as one that is on the block.

Dwight Howard

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    Dwight Howard and his current teammates took on the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night, and the crowd made sure that Howard knew how much they loved him.

    Howard said that he was "humbled" by the reaction that he received, but also said that whatever might happen (in terms of a trade) is out of his control.

    It's not a secret that New Jersey is atop his list, as he'd like to be the face of the franchise as the move to Brooklyn gets underway, and it will be very interesting to see how general manager Otis Smith plays his hand going forward.