As teams rapidly shuffle to finalize their rosters before the 2012-13 NBA season tips off on Oct. 30, a seemingly never-ending stream of rumors seem to be flying around the Association.
Most of them simply involve the shuffling of no-named players that we'll likely never hear from after the preseason. However, there are some that involve the one thing that gets all fans into a tizzy: trades.
While the start of the season likely prevents these moves from happening overnight, there is groundwork being laid for potential blockbusters on the NBA horizon.
With that in mind, here is a look at all the latest trade chatter flying around the NBA.
Brandon Jennings Getting Shipped Out of Milwaukee
It's contract extension time for the NBA draft class of 2009, which means you'll be hearing a lot about these guys in the coming days.
With the Milwaukee Bucks not even offering a contract to Jennings, it seems like a trade could be in the works. Here is what Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler had to say on the matter:
Sources close to the process say that Jennings is far from secure in Milwaukee and that trading him has come up a number of times but the team has yet to find an offer they’d do. With talks all but non-existent on an extension it's more likely that Jennings is headed for restricted free agency if he isn’t traded before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
For those who have followed Jennings' career trajectory, this cannot come as much of a surprise. Though the 23-year-old has improved in each of his first three seasons in the league, he's still a shoot-first point guard who doesn't make a high enough percentage of those attempts.
There is also the small fact that he's openly said he would consider leaving Milwaukee for a bigger market.
Couple that with the fact Jennings has a high value around the league, and you could have the perfect recipe for a midseason trade.
Buyout Talks Stalled, Trade Oncoming for Raja Bell?
In a marriage that neither side seems to want and with Bell under contract for a meager $3.4 million, it appeared likely that the Utah Jazz would be able to reach a buyout settlement with the disgruntled guard before the season started.
However, that the two sides have reached a stalemate in talks and the team will now look to trade Bell, according to RealGM:
After months of negotiations, Raja Bell and the Utah Jazz have moved past contract buyout talks and are now weighing trade scenarios, agent Herb Rudoy told RealGM on Tuesday afternoon.
Rudoy has since refuted those comments (via the Deseret News), but Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey's non-committal response in the same article is striking.
After feuding with coach Tyrone Corbin last season, Bell will likely not get anywhere on the floor with Utah in 2012-13.
The 36-year-old can still help on a contending team, so it's best for both sides to simply part ways by any means possible.
Improve or Be Traded for DeMar DeRozan in Toronto?
Like Jennings, DeMar DeRozan is waiting in limbo and hoping to nab a contract extension, despite minuscule odds.
Though his situation with the Toronto Raptors is not nearly as untenable as Jennings' in Milwaukee, DeRozan still faces the possibility of being traded this season if he does not markedly improve.
The Raptors are looking for a big leap from DeRozan this season before they are willing to really engage on what his future value really is. If DeRozan plateaus or worse yet regresses, it’s likely the Raptors explore his trade value rather than sink $9 to $10 million a season into DeMar.
From a pure basketball standpoint, the Raptors' stance makes perfect sense. DeRozan not only failed to improve last season, he regressed in nearly every category. In fact, three NBA seasons have gone by without the 23-year-old even having a league-average player efficiency rating.
With Terrance Ross and Landry Fields now on the roster, DeRozan is certainly an expendable part if he doesn't improve soon.