NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Hottest Rumors After Dwight Howard's Trade

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, CA - AUGUST 10:  Dwight Howard speaks after being introduced to the media as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the Toyota Sports Center on August 10, 2012 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers aquired Howard from Orlando Magic in a four-team trade. In addition Lakers wil receive Chris Duhon and Earl Clark from the Magic.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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With the 2012-2013 season approaching faster than most NBA fans could have ever dreamed, the rumors are flying after the blockbuster trade of Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now that the biggest offseason pillar has fallen, the remaining free agents and trade bait will be on high alert as teams prepare for the season; the leftovers are ready to be eaten.

All of the following stars have been rumored to be on the move, but exactly where they will end up is a point of contention. This is where they are rumored to be going right now.


Spurs Shopping DeJuan Blair?

After entering the NBA as one of the biggest question marks in the league’s history, DeJaun Blair and his lack of knee ligaments have done nothing but shock the world and play well. Not well enough to keep him from the trade block, though

Blair told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his time with the Spurs and how they have put him on the trade market:

They never let me mess up or make mistakes. It's been a great experience. I would love to spend the rest of my career there, but like I keep saying, it's a business…Hopefully, I stay a Spur, but if it doesn't happen, life moves on. They've got me on the trade market and they'll do the best to get me in the greatest situation possible.

Blair is an amazing young player, but the knee issues he has will scare many teams away. His NBA career has been nothing short of amazing so far, and there will be at least one team that feels Blair’s potential outweighs the injury concerns.


Leandro Barbosa to L.A.?

With the Los Angeles Lakers trading for Dwight Howard in one of the biggest offseason moves in history, the lack of depth at the guard positions is still a huge problem. That’s where free-agent star Leandro Barbosa comes in.

Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Lakers have the room to make this move if Barbosa would agree to take the veteran’s minimum to sign with the team. With Howard and Nash already in place, if Barbosa values an NBA championship, he will have no problem taking a few less dollars.

It will be interesting to see if the Howard deal jeopardizes the signing of Barbosa, but the All-Star center’s presence doesn’t help in the backcourt. Kobe and Nash need some serious backup support.


Josh Childress Drawing interest from Washington?

The Washington Wizards spent the offseason getting better through the draft, but their efforts on the free-agent market have been few and far between. While that is normal for Washington, the Wizards may actually be kicking the tires on a veteran like Josh Childress.

Washington Post writer Michael Lee is reporting that the team has interest in Childress for 2012-2013:

Probably a long shot, but #wizards are among a handful of teams that have expressed interest in Josh Childress, according to a source

— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 7, 2012

On such a young team, Childress would be a welcomed addition and a big part of what the team wants to do. While Childress won’t likely start in D.C., his presence off the bench would give the former international star the chance to shine again in the U.S.


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