NBA Trade Rumors: Updates from Around the League
Are we really going to have to go through the "Dwightmare" all over again with Dwight Howard and his desire to be traded?
It's the final day of the NBA's regular season, and that means the postseason is just around the corner for the 16 teams that made the cut.
Although 14 lottery-bound teams will be watching the rest of the action from home, those clubs will kick off the offseason early and put plans in place for how to improve moving forward.
Howard's future in Orlando remains uncertain, but he's not the only player who could wind up on the trade block before draft day rolls around.
Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Tyreke Evans was once considered the future of the franchise in Sacramento, but that isn't exactly the tune many are singing any more.
He's been moved from point guard to small forward as head coach Keith Smart attempts to find the right balance, but he's lost a lot of support since his dynamic rookie season in the public sphere.
According to Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee, "Kings executives will entertain offers" for Evans this summer.
It's incredibly rare for a player of Evans' caliber to wind up in trade rumors, and it's even more head-scratching considering he's still just 22 years old.
A smart team will make an aggressive push for Evans' services, as he's the type of player who could really flourish in a situation where he's allowed to play to his strengths.
O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies
O.J. Mayo was almost traded for the second straight season on deadline day, but the deal to send him to the Boston Celtics in a package for Ray Allen fell apart at the last moment.
Guru Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports originally broke the news that the Celtics nearly blew apart the "Big Three," and according to Wojnarowski, Allen had actually been informed that he had been dealt to Memphis before the deal fell apart.
But here's where the story gets interesting.
Donny Marshall, who works as a Celtics analyst for ComcastSportsNet New England, said Mayo wasn't very interested in coming to Boston and joining the Celtics.
Of course, Marshall also reported back in January that the Knicks would be willing to trade Amar'e Stoudemire to "rent" Dwight Howard, so make of that what you will.
But seriously—a team with both Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard? Color me skeptical on that one.
Kevin Martin, Houston Rockets
Kevin Martin has had an up-and-down season with the Rockets.
He was initially traded to New Orleans as part of the failed Chris Paul trade, but after the plug was pulled on that one by Commissioner David Stern, Martin remained in Houston.
The veteran shooting guard butted heads with Kevin McHale and saw inconsistent playing time, and he ended his season nursing a shoulder injury that just never seemed to improve.
So what does his future hold?
He's got a near $13 million expiring contract, so he'll certainly elicit interest from clubs looking for a shooting guard and willing to take on a one-year gamble.
Kevin Love will be "aggressive" in lobbying management to add veterans, and beat writer Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Martin could be on the radar.
The reason? Martin had success under head coach Rick Adelman previously in Houston, and the Timberwolves desperately need a shooting guard.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Everybody's favorite topic of discussion when it comes to trades: Dwight Howard.
Currently out for the season after undergoing back surgery, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported on SportsCenter (via IAmAGM.com) that Howard would ask for a trade (again) after the campaign concluded.
That's your franchise player, Magic fans.
Even if Smith's report is disputed, it's worth noting that Howard will be a free agent following the 2012-13 season, and we could all be put through the nightmare of having to figure out Howard's next move once again.
He had people pulling out their hair with his indecision this season, and it could be deja vu next year.