NBA Trade Rumors: Ranking the Biggest Trade Targets This Offeseason

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: Ranking the Biggest Trade Targets This Offeseason

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    As the NBA season comes to an end, there will be a lot of interesting stories this offseason with trade rumors.  It's clear some guys want out, while others may have no choice but to go elsewhere in the league. 

    Some teams may have to deal star players for future stars or current stars.  There is a lot of speculation with guys like Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

    What about other guys such as veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics?  Where do their futures lie? 

    The offseason will definitely be interesting to follow with NBA trade rumors

    Here are a few scenarios that could take place. 

Dwight Howard Wants to Go

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    It's no surprise that Dwight Howard wants out.  The Orlando Magic center has been a key part of the success of the team, including a NBA Finals appearance a few years ago. 

    However, it's clear he wants out.  Where a trade may take place is still up in the air.  There has been talk of Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

    A possible scenario could see Howard go to the Lakers for a guy like Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum.  The Nets would have to give up a lot for Howard, and Dallas may have to give up some key pieces as well.

    Howard has proved his dominance each season, but he will need to be fully committed to winning to have success on these teams.  If he lands with the Lakers or Mavs, he won't be the main superstar. 

    The whole scenario of Howard in Orlando has been dysfunctional to say the least.  First, the Magic part ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy.  Now, the organization will bank on Howard attempting to stay.  

    It doesn't appear Howard was very happy with being in Orlando.  It's almost certain he won't be enjoying the nice weather of Florida for much longer.   

Where Does Kevin Garnett's Future Lie?

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    For Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, the future is questionable.  Does he retire, does he get traded or does he stay in Boston?  Chances are the Big 4 of Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo won't be together for much longer.

    The former Minnesota Timberwolves star player might even end up with the Lakers believe it or not.  It appears him or Ray Allen might be in the works to be on the same side with Kobe Bryant and company.

    Imagine that scenario.  Garnett is a guy that is still capable of shooting very well, as shown throughout the playoffs.  He has the experience with a championship with Boston, and could really do wonders for head coach Mike Brown and the Lakers.

Ray Allen Could Be in Los Angeles Too?

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    Ray Allen is one of the best shooters in the NBA.  There's no denying that.  Is he the Allen from the Seattle Sonics days?  It would be difficult to say that.  Age has caught up to Allen, but that doesn't mean he can't be effective.

    Similar to Garnett, Allen may end up heading to the Lakers.  If this ends up true, Allen could have a starting position, but also could be a solid player to add to the bench. 

    He adds depth, and is still as difficult a cover as anyone in the league.

Pau Gasol Could Be the One to Go in Los Angeles

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    If the Lakers are to deal anyone for another superstar such as Allen or Garnett, it will most likely be center Pau Gasol.  The Spaniard was ineffective in the playoffs, and he appeared to be on the hot seat after the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

    Gasol has been consistent in figures such as points and rebounds, but has fell in field goal percentage with the Lakers.  He was a key part of the championship won against the Celtics, but has seemed to lost his ability to play in big games along with Andrew Bynum. 

    If the Lakers are looking to add depth, look for Gasol to be the one to be traded. 

    Apparently, the Lakers are looking to deal Gasol immediately.