NBA Trade Rumors: Kyle Lowry and 5 Biggest Bargains on the Block

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: Kyle Lowry and 5 Biggest Bargains on the Block

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    It's not every NBA regular season that we hear names like Rajon Rondo and Kyle Lowry being mentioned in trade rumors one week before the deadline.

    With a new collective bargaining agreement in place and a long list of teams looking to improve, nobody is 100 percent certain what to expect in terms of how much activity will actually take place.

    There are a lot of guys who could all be had, but teams are not very interested in taking on extra salary with harsher luxury tax penalties looming.

    Without a lot of cap flexibility, it can be difficult to make a deal.

    That is where these five guys come into the picture.

Ramon Sessions

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    Ramon Sessions is arguably the most likely candidate to be dealt before the March 15 trade deadline, and there is a belief that "it'll be a miracle" if the veteran sticks in Cleveland for the remainder of the season.

    He has been linked heavily to the Lakers, and while Los Angeles will definitely revisit the idea of acquiring him within the next week, the team has already turned down an offer of a first-round pick for him.

    With substantial salary commitments already, the Lakers have balked at the idea of adding additional money without sending any back to Cleveland.

    Sessions makes less than $4.5 million this season but is expected to decline his player option for 2012-13 and become an unrestricted free agent.

Jamal Crawford

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    Although Jamal Crawford is expected to opt out of the two-year contract he signed with Portland before the season began, he could make a major difference for the right team.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are once again showing interest in Crawford after flirting with the idea of adding him in the offseason, and that makes a lot of sense.

    Crawford is making just $5 million this season, and with Minnesota's payroll below the luxury tax line, adding the veteran shooter would fill a major hole at shooting guard.

    If Minnesota once again backs off in its pursuit, another team (like the Los Angeles Clippers, as Sam Amick has reported) should be waiting in the wings to swoop in on him.

Anthony Morrow

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    Anthony Morrow is under contract for just $4 million in 2012-13, and that is a huge discount for someone with his abilities from behind the arc.

    The Timberwolves have inquired on his availability, and the sharpshooting swingman was also the topic of discussion in a potential deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

    He would be a very solid addition to any second unit that is currently having trouble producing, and in a league with many vastly overpaid players, that just isn't the case with Morrow.

    There are a lot of teams who should give this man a long look.

Rajon Rondo

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    Rajon Rondo has been mentioned in a great deal of trade rumors, and there is no doubt that he can be had in the right deal.

    Signed for the next three seasons (after 2011-12) for just $36 million, Rondo's contract is one that exceeds the definition of "club-friendly" because it is far less than what he'd be paid on the open market.

    Point guards like Rondo can't be acquired every season, and any team willing to make an aggressive play for him would be swooping in on a major bargain.

    It's incredible that the Celtics have even thought about moving him.

Kyle Lowry

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    According to famed writer Sam Smith of Bulls.com, "the deal that's been most speculated is [Pau] Gasol for Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry."

    However, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated hears that the Rockets are reluctant to trade Lowry in any deal built around Gasol.

    Lowry is signed for approximately $12 million from 2012-14, an unbelievable price considering the type of player he's transformed into since earning an opportunity to play.

    Many scoffed at the Houston front office for matching Cleveland's four-year, $24 million offer sheet, but it's turned out to be one of Daryl Morey's best moves during his tenure at the helm.