Monta Ellis & Andrew Bogut, NBA News, Trade and Free Agency Rumors Roundup

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Here’s the latest NBA Trade Deadline and player movement news and rumors from Bleacher Report’s Joel C. Cordes.

Dwight Howard rumors have ground to a standstill since Orlando Magic ownership expressed their unwillingness to sell him off. They seem content attempting to woo him back or using his massive expiring contract.

That means the New Jersey Nets will likely gamble on retaining Deron Williams until Dwight hits free agency.

Steve Nash rumors have also gone silent, and the Los Angeles Lakers have become unnecessarily paralyzed ever since falling out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.

Josh Smith reportedly wants to be traded by the Atlanta Hawks. J-Smoove’s been on the block for years, but the Hawks might stop overvaluing him now that his contract is ticking.

Jamal Crawford hasn’t even played a full season for the Portland Trail Blazers, but he’s gone from the starting lineup to the trading block. The Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers are options if all it takes is a first rounder and a matching salary.

Bleacher Report’s Ryan Rudnansky has compiled a bunch of faint trade rumors for Monta Ellis. The bigger news is that the Golden State Warriors have neither confirmed nor denied any of them: a sure sign that Monta is likely on the move.

No surprise that the Milwaukee Bucks are shopping disgruntled swingman Steven Jackson. But now ESPN’s Mark Stein says they’re finally entertaining trade offers for Andrew Bogut too. But if you want Bogut, you must take Jackson. 

Stein also reported another bargain basement two-fer with the Washington Wizards. If you want head-case, Javale McGee, then you have to also acquire headache, Andray Blatche.

The whole Big Four has popped up in plenty of recent trade speculation. Danny Ainge denies all veracity, while still leaving the door open.

If somebody overpays, the Boston Celtics can rebuild on the fly. Otherwise, they’ll be fine to wait on their HUGE amounts of upcoming cap space.

Chris Kaman’s nearly untradeable contract apparently won’t be bought out by the New Orleans Hornets, while Michael Beasley’s price could be slowly rising as his play improves.

Kirk Hinrich might be the Laker’s prized pickup, and the Chicago Bulls need ANOTHER shooting guard.

Michael Redd, anyone?

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