NBA Trade Rumors: Players Desperate for New Team

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJune 25, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: Players Desperate for New Team

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    There is certainly a lot of speculation going around the NBA this offseason and with the latest trade rumors, it looks to be a complete mess.

    Certain guys like Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol have many doubts about their futures.  Where will these guys land this offseason? 

    Here's a look at players desperate for a new team based on the latest trade rumors. 

Luol Deng

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    Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng believes he will be dealt this offseason.  He's heard the trade rumors, and he has no doubt that he can very well be shipped this summer.

    The eight-year forward has been an All-Star in the league.  He has been one of the Bulls, aside from D-Rose, to contribute offensively. 

    There was speculation that Deng was going to the Golden State Warriors, but that rumor is dead, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

    Deng appears to be the one to be traded due to the injury to Rose and a wrist injury as well. 

    Is it a good move for Chicago?  Not necessarily, but it will explore the market. 

Dwight Howard

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    Dwight Howard could very well be dealt with soon.  He has obviously been a key element to the Orlando Magic, but he has been more of a controversial element than anything recently.

    There's going to be a new coach and now perhaps a new star player.

    Nothing is set in stone, but according to ESPN's Chad Ford and Marc Stein, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has begun to package a deal to obtain Howard.

    Will the Rockets take a gamble on Howard without a contract extension?  Time will tell, but it's certainly an interesting story to follow. 

Jamal Crawford

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    There's no denying how talented a guy like Jamal Crawford is.  Having played for teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Portland Trailblazers, Crawford has been known around the league as an elusive scorer.

    According to NBA writer Alex Kennedy, Crawford could be dealt through a trade. 

    If Portland can't afford a trade, Crawford will go into free agency.  Teams that look to pursue him could be the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves or the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Crawford will be able to help any of these teams with his incredible scoring ability. 

Pau Gasol

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    Lakers power forward Pau Gasol could be returning to Memphis.

    Yes, that's right.  There is a chance that Gasol can return to the Grizzlies, according to this report. 

    If the Lakers don't deal Gasol, there's a chance that Andrew Bynum could be headed out of Los Angeles.

    One of the more prepared trades is between the Houston Rockets, Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. 

    There has been many speculation of the Rockets, Nets and Lakers all having a mega deal, as stated in this Bleacher Report article. 

    The deal would include the Lakers trading Gasol and possibly Steve Blake to the Rockets.  The Rockets would trade Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and a draft pick to the Nets, while the Nets trade point guard Deron Williams to the Lakers. 

    This three-team trade could work out if each team is in agreement.