NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Players Who Don't Fit on Their Teams
This has been an extremely hectic NBA offseason, but there are many trades still to come.
With so many players leaving their teams for greener pastures, it has left many players feeling out of place on their current roster.
ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports and tons of other basketball news sites are flooded with potential trade rumors.
Some appear realistic and could happen today or tomorrow. Others are just wild rumors that will most likely never come to fruition.
Here are five players who don’t fit on their team and could be traded in the near future.
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The Sacramento Kings currently have an abundance of guards on the roster, including Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Jimmer Fredette and newly acquired Aaron Brooks.
One of them has to be the odd man out and it’s appearing like it might be Fredette. With the addition of Brooks, Fredette becomes the third point guard in the Kings’ depth chart.
"I'm sure they'll tell me. So we'll cross it when it comes. I'm not too worried about it right now, just worried about getting better."
Whether he wants to admit it or not, the addition of Brooks can’t be good for Jimmer Fredette’s playing time or confidence next season.
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After a successful start to his career with the San Antonio Spurs, DeJuan Blair found himself in Greg Popovich’s doghouse towards the end of last season.
After averaging just over 21 minutes per game during the regular season, Blair only played double-digit minutes in one of the Spurs’ 14 playoff games. He knows his time with San Antonio is coming to an end and spoke with Mike Monroe of Spurs Nation (via Slam.com) about it.
“I love the Spurs, but they’ve got a lot of bigs, and they’re bringing somebody else from overseas, so where am I going to fall at? I was out of the rotation at the end of the season, so imagine next year. That’s something I really don’t want to go through again, because it tore me down."
Besides not playing in the playoffs last season, the Spurs own the rights to Slovenian center Erazem Lorbek and are looking to bring over next season.
All signs point to DeJuan Blair’s time with the Spurs coming to a close.
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After a disappointing season with the Bulls last year, Rip Hamilton’s time in Chicago may be up.
When healthy, Hamilton can still be a valuable player. He averaged 11.6 points per game and shot 45.2 percent from the field last season, but was only able to appear in 28 games.
According to K.J Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are trying to shop Hamilton while they still see a little value in him.
“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.”
The Bulls have made major adjustments to their roster this offseason, losing Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer and possibly John Lucas III and Omer Asik. Rip Hamilton appears to be next on this list.
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Jose Calderon appears to be looking for a way out of Toronto after the team went out and traded for Kyle Lowry this offseason.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Calderon’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, and Raptors’ president and general manager, Bryan Colangelo, are working together to try and make a trade happen. Bartelstein said,
"There's a little bit of a logjam there in the backcourt now. Bryan and I are talking and we're putting our heads together to see what we can do to find a solution."
Even with the trade talks, Colangelo has had nothing but praise for Calderon and what he’s brought to the Raptors the past seven seasons.
"Jose has been a true professional in everything he's done for the organization. For now Jose is part of the team and we will welcome him back."
If Jose Calderon could have it his way though, he’ll be out of Toronto sooner rather than later.
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Everyone and their grandmother knows that Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando ASAP.
At first he was reporting that the only team he would be willing to sign with is the Brooklyn Nets, telling Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports,
"There's only one team on my list and if I don't get traded there, I'll play the season out and explore my free agency after that.”
After their recent re-signings of Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries though, a trade to the Nets doesn’t appear likely.
The next rumor, according to Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com, was that the Houston Rockets were going to be the destination for Dwight Howard. The Rockets cleared out tons of cap space in order to afford Howard, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
The latest rumors have swirled around Howard going to the Los Angeles Lakers for Andrew Bynum. The two sides met on Tuesday, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, but an agreement can’t be reached until Howard says he will sign an extension with the Lakers.
All signs point to Dwight Howard getting traded any day now, but so far nothing is for sure.