NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Iguodala and Other Star Players
Andre Iguodala and Luol Deng are just two of the big names involved in trade rumors in recent weeks. Let's take a look at a couple other big names who could be on the move.
Andre Iguodala, SF, Philadelphia 76ers
Stay or Go? Stay
Iguodala has been mentioned in a ton of rumors for the 76ers, most revolving around a center or draft picks in return. According to John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer, there are multiple trading scenarios that could see Iguodala leaving town:
Just like last offseason, forward Andre Iguodala is connected to more trade rumors than any of his teammates...Another lottery team believed to be interested in possibly making a move for Iguodala is the Toronto Raptors, who own the eighth pick in the first round.
This would be a bad idea for the 76ers, though. Iguodala is a naturally gifted defender even if he isn't the top scoring threat on the team. He's also a veteran leader who is needed for the Sixers to have any shot at the playoffs.
The only way trading Iguodala would make any semblance of sense is if they can bring in someone like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist through the draft, and that would be too much to give up to just tread water.
Luol Deng, SF, and Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls
Stay or Go? Go
The Bulls have talented players in Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, but they could be stagnating with them as primary cogs. According to Mitch Lawrence and the New York Daily News, the Bulls are looking to be able to retain Taj Gibson and Omer Asik over Noah and Deng.
The Bulls want to give Omer Asik and Taj Gibson new deals, so they’re exploring ways to trade Luol Deng and/or Joakim Noah to teams that can send them a trade exception and a No. 1 pick.
The Bulls can't stay in the same situation and not give Gibson or Asik new deals. While Gibson and Asik have been key contributors off the bench, they have the ability to step up and contribute as full-time starters. They will be able to complement Derrick Rose, and the new picks would be what the Bulls need to rebuild the depth they would lose from promoting Gibson or Asik to the starting lineup in the event of a Deng trade.
Samuel Dalembert, C, Houston Rockets
Stay or Go? Go
Samuel Dalembert hasn't contributed much to the Rockets, with averages of just 7.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and a little over 22 minutes this past season. Houston has been trying to trade 6'11" Dalembert and may have found a partner, as Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld reports:
From the sounds of things, Houston has found a way to use Dalembert as a means to move the #16, though the source did not reveal the other team involved in the trade.
Dalembert needs a change in scenery just as much as Deng or Noah does. He may even benefit from it even more.
Seeing him return to the 76ers via trade shouldn't be out of the question. Dalembert doesn't get along with Rockets coach Kevin McHale, and there are more than enough big men to replace him in the 2012 draft.
Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers
Stay or Go? Go
The Lakers are actively trying to trade Gasol for someone with a little more production and who can also team well with Kobe. Sam Smith of NBA.com speculates that the Bucks could make the most sense:
Gasol, despite his age and salary, is going to draw plenty of interest as he is just one year removed from being a three-year All-Star and perhaps the league’s best all-around center. The Lakers need a point guard—yes, still—and depth. So how about the Bucks with a package including Brandon Jennings, Drew Gooden, Luc Mbah a Moute and a few smaller pieces?
The subject of heavy trade rumors throughout the preseason and season, Gasol has obviously overstayed his welcome with the Lakers, and both sides could use a change.
Smith's proposed trade with Milwaukee would give the L.A. a solid power forward, solid point guard and depth. The Lakers need to make a change when it comes to Gasol if they want to keep their star and franchise player Kobe Bryant happy.
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