Most of the big-name players are already off the market and no longer involved in trade talks, but that doesn't take away from the excitement of the forever-revolving NBA trade rumor mill.
There have been plenty of rumors regarding lesser-known players, which is interesting because lesser-known players always have an impact on their prospective team's success.
Despite the fact that these players don't have the reputations of the more highly-touted players in the league, they are still relevant to the NBA season.
One such player is Toronto Raptors point guard Jose Calderon. Of course, you are dying to hear what the future holds for Calderon and his peers, so here is the latest buzz on the Spanish star and other top players still available.
If you didn't think there would be some trouble afoot once the Raptors acquired Kyle Lowry, you might want to get your head checking.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Calderon isn't exactly elated about the prospect of having to back up Lowry:
Mark Bartelstein, agent for Calderon, confirms to ESPN that trade talks underway. He & Raps prez Colangelo "working together" to find deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2012
In Stein's article on ESPN.com, he wrote, "Sources say that the Raptors and Dallas Mavericks have discussed various Calderon trade scenarios this week."
Stein went on to write that the Mavericks were waiting to see how much they would have to pay for the rights to Elton Brand, who had been amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers. It only cost them $2.1 million (via ESPN.com), which really isn't that much in basketball terms.
Make sure you stay tuned to see what becomes of Calderon's tenure with the Raptors in the coming days.
I know, I know. You're sick of hearing about Dwight Howard and his tyrannical demands to be shipped out of Orlando, but he's still the best player on the trade market and can't be ignored.
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ric Bucher, the Houston Rockets have altered their trade proposal to the Orlando Magic:
The Houston Rockets have reconstructed their trade proposal to the Orlando Magic for superstar center Dwight Howard, vowing to take back even more long-term salary from the Magic in hopes of convincing Orlando to consent to trade Howard directly to Houston, according to sources briefed on the trade talks.
General manager Daryl Morey is trying to construct a trade that will allow the Rockets to take back, in addition to Howard, multiple players from a group that includes Davis, Richardson, Duhon and Hedo Turkoglu
The Rockets recently amnestied Luis Scola, which takes around $21 million off the payroll in Houston, allowing plenty of financial wiggle room to bring in Howard.
Of course, nobody knows what Howard wants at this point, and it would be a surprise if he even has any idea.
Now that the Rockets are on the verge of acquiring Jeremy Lin (via ESPNDallas.com), the prospects of the team having both Lin and Howard have fans salivating. Nothing is for sure, though, so we'll have to play the waiting game for a bit longer.
This is one of the more surprising rumors of the last few days, but the Chicago Bulls are reportedly shopping Richard Hamilton, according to The Chicago Tribune:
Along these lines, league sources said the Bulls have shopped Richard Hamilton’s expiring $5 million deal, which carries a mere $1 million guarantee for 2013-14. Thus far, there have been no takers.
Hamilton was supposed to be the guy that brought the Bulls together when he signed a three-year, $15 million contract back in December 2011, but injuries hampered his 2012 campaign.
The $1 million guaranteed in 2013-14 certainly makes it easier for the Bulls to send him elsewhere, but convincing a team to take on next season's $5 million cap hit will be the tough part. If the Bulls are able to dump Hamilton on another team, they'll have $5 million more to spend on bringing in a younger shooting guard to play alongside Derrick Rose.
Which one of these players is most likely to get traded before the season?
As mentioned above, there are no takers for Hamilton yet, which is probably because he's missed 101 games over the last three seasons. If the Bulls are able to ship him out of Chicago, they will have taken another step towards starting another youth movement under Jerry Reinsdorf.