NBA Trade Rumors: Biggest Buzz and Updates from the Association
The March 15 trade deadline is less than 48 hours away and the rumor mill is spinning into overdrive.
As he has been since last summer, Dwight Howard is the center of all the rumors and we know about as much now as we did back in July.
But he isn’t the only seven-footer potentially on his way out.
The L.A. Lakers are not living up to sky-high expectations placed upon them by fans and there are been multiple reports linking the Lakers to various star point guards that can be potentially had for the Pau Gasol.
Then there are guys like Rajon Rondo, Jason Richardson and Monta Ellis that are all rumored to be on the move (and have already been).
Follow along as we attempt to sift through the endless amounts of tweets and reports to give you the latest on who is getting shipped out and who is staying put.
Monta Ellis Traded
Goodbye Bay Area, hello Milwaukee!!
Its official, Monta Ellis has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Bucks and Warriors have agreed in principle on trade to send Bogut and Jackson to Warriors for Ellis, Udoh and Brown, league source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 14, 2012
Ellis will be teamed up with fellow scoring machine Brandon Jennings along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. Stephen Jackson will be making his second tour of duty in Golden State and should help shore up the porous Warriors defense along with former No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut.
I think the Warriors gave up way too much for their one star and now have giving fans little reason to be excited for the remainder of the season. Bogut is a walking injury and Jackson already had one bad exit from the team.
Dwight Howard Trade Proposal
So maybe Howard is going to be traded after all.
On the same day an ESPN report said that the Magic would be willing to give Howard the power to fire coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith, local Orlando TV station WKMG reports that the Nets and Lakers have now proposed deals for the two-time defending defensive player of the year:
According to those sources, the Nets are offering Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and two No. 1 draft picks in exchange for Howard. The Lakers are offering Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher and Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) for Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon.
According to the WKMG source, if Howard isn’t traded there is still a strong chance he will not be signing a contract extension with the Magic.
This is the first time the outlines of a potential deal have been laid out. It sounds like the Magic see the writing on the wall and are finally getting the ball rolling on a potential trade.
Rajon Rondo Isn’t Going to LA
The Lakers tried their best, but it sounds as if Rondo is sticking with the Boston Celtics. Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times is reporting that the Celtics want Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles front office isn’t budging.
With the Lakers the only serious suitor, it looks like Rondo is going to finish out the season in green and white.
Jason Richardson to the T-Wolves?
The Magic are extremely busy right now. Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM.com is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in the services of swingman Jason Richardson:
League sources have told me the Magic are having discussions with Minnesota regarding a trade for Jason Richardson.— Jarrod N Rudolph (@MisterRudolph) March 13, 2012
This is the first time we’ve heard the two teams linked and you’d have to believe Michael Beasley would be involved. With the potential Howard trade, the Magic would be entering rebuilding mode and getting rid of pricey veterans would be the primary objective.
As for the T-Wolves, they are right in the thick of things in the Western Conference and adding Richardson gives them a proven veteran that has plenty of playoff experience. Taking on payroll would show the rest of the league Minnesota isn’t messing around.
Pau Gasol to the Bulls?
Now that we know Gasol isn’t going to the Celtics, of course other teams have now popped up as potential suitors.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Bulls have given up on acquiring Dwight Howard and are now focusing their attention on the Spaniard.
The report states that the Lakers have limited interest on available options currently on the Bulls roster (Carlos Boozer) and a three-team deal would be the most likely scenario. Stein goes on to say that while the Houston Rockets still have interest in Gasol, they are not willing to give up Kyle Lowry in a deal.
The closer we get to the deadline, the more likely it is that Gasol doesn’t get traded. The Lakers want a point guard and Rondo and Lowry are off the table. They aren’t going to settle for anything less.
The Bulls would have to pull off a small miracle.
Nobody Wants Raymond Felton
Well at least they tried.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, the Portland Trail Blazers tried shopping Raymond Felton to all 29 other teams and the interest was “minimal.”
It’s no secret Felton isn’t jelling with his new team and it looks as if the league is looking at that as a red flag. This odd couple is stuck with each other for the remainder of the season.