NBA Rumors: 5 Players Permanently Ruined by Trade Talk
The NBA trade deadline came and went last Thursday, and by the time all of the moving and shaking was over, a handful of players rumored to be on the block were still in their current situations, on the same rosters where they began the season.
Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol was one of the recurring names in rumors leading up to the deadline, as the Lake Show looked to dump the Spaniard in exchange for a fresh infusion of talent. A deal for the veteran never came through, however, and Gasol must pick up the pieces and traverse the rest of the 2012 NBA season in L.A.
Gasol is not alone, though. A number of franchises showed a lack of support towards their players, and tainted those players in the process.
Join Bleacher Report as we take a look at five players permanently ruined by the constant trade talk leading up to last Thursday's deadline.
Jamal Crawford, Portland Trail Blazers
According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger and NBA.com's David Aldridge, the Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Bobcats were rumored to be in play for dominant sixth man Jamal Crawford. Crawford is averaging 14.1 points per game this season with the struggling Portland Trail Blazers.
It seems Crawford is wearing down in Portland, however, as the combination of a lack of creativity in the Blazers backcourt and a lack of wins has only added to the frustration of being involved in trade talks.
Chris Kaman, New Orleans Hornets
Chris Kaman's future with the New Orleans Hornets looks to be certain—until the season ends.
Kaman was one of the top frontcourt players on the block over the past few weeks, and he wound up staying with the Western Conference-worst Hornets at the deadline.
Kaman had the following to say to Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune on Thursday night:
“I don’t even have a reaction, to be honest with you,” Kaman said Thursday night. “I’m just here. I didn’t anticipate being moved after all that whole situation before when they couldn’t find a trade, or a trade didn’t work out that they had. I just kept hearing that things were kind of dead. I heard my name a couple of times the last couple of days, but mostly by you guys and some other people that I know in the media. I hadn’t really heard anything solid. So here I am to finish out the season with the Hornets.”
It doesn't exactly sound like Kaman is thrilled about the current lack of love for his services in the Big Easy.
Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Michael Beasley was rumored in a deadline-day deal that involved him being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The trade fell through and Beasley remains with the playoff-hopeful T-Wolves.
Beasley has gone from averaging 15.1 points per game in the month of February to just 7.9 thus far in eight games in March.
He hasn't been the matchup nightmare we have come to know in Minnesota since the rumors began flying.
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Pau Gasol went from averaging 18 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in the month of February to averaging 15.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game thus far in the month of March.
The increased trade chatter is likely to blame for Gasol's most recent struggles.
The 31-year-old power forward was as a potential trade piece before the season began in a failed Chris Paul-to-L.A. deal that was vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern.
CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported the Lakers and Rockets discussed a Gasol trade before the March 15 deadline, as the Lakers hoped to load up for an NBA title in 2012.
Toney Douglas, New York Knicks
New York Knicks guard Toney Douglas hasn't played since February 15, and that likely has something to do with why he was on the block leading up to last Thursday's trade deadline.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Knicks were reportedly shopping Douglas in hopes of landing a big man to help them out inside. The deadline passed and Douglas remains in the Big Apple.
His play cannot get any worse—considering that he isn't playing—but all that trade talk certainly won't help as Douglas and the Knicks move forward in 2012.