If there is anything we've learned thus far in the 2012-13 NBA season, it's that patience is no longer a virtue—it's a death sentence.
Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown and Oklahoma City Thunder fans are learning that the hard way this year. Those two franchises made massive early-season moves and have undoubtedly reshaped the foundation of the season. And if history tells us anything, one big change only leads to more, meaning we're likely on the precipice of an exciting flurry of trades this year.
Who could be on the move and where might they be headed? Here is a look at the latest trade rumors floating around the Association.
Amar'e for Pau Blockbuster Awaiting if Lakers Want It?
As soon as the Los Angeles Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni to take over as head coach, you had to know rumors would start flying about former "Seven Seconds or Lessers" heading out west. The first of those names is also the most unsurprising: New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire.
According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, the Knicks would be happy to trade Stoudemire for Pau Gasol if the Lakers made the offer:
Wonder if Mike D'Antoni can convince the Lakers to trade for Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks will gladly take Pau Gasol— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) November 12, 2012
Let me be the first to say it: Well, no duh. Of course the Knicks would move Stoudemire for Gasol, because he's the superior player, fits better with their system and actually has insurable knees. Other than that, it's a totally equal trade.
This trade won't and shouldn't happen, but a frontcourt of a healthy Stoudemire and Dwight Howard would at least make an interesting video-game duo.
Derrick Williams on His Way out of Minnesota?
Well, folks, they say the honeymoon phase never lasts as long as you would expect, and that seems to be the case with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Derrick Williams.
The second pick in the 2011 draft, Williams has struggled to transfer his collegiate dominance over to the NBA. He's also struggled mightily as a place-holder starter for injured star Kevin Love, scoring 8.8 points per game on just 32.4 percent shooting so far on the season.
Overpowered by most NBA-level power forwards, Williams has also failed to replicate any of Love's rebounding prowess, grabbing just 5.5 boards per game.
Despite that, some teams still covet Williams and view him as getting a raw deal in Minnesota. Luckily for those squads, 1500 ESPN is reporting that Williams could be on the move before February's deadline:
As for other Wolves trade talks, all is quiet. But the internal belief is that dialogue will pick up after all teams play 15 games.
The Wolves are still expected to be busy before February's trade deadline. Williams and guards Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea are the names cited most by the sources.
Considering the rash of injuries the Timberwolves have suffered thus far, it could wind up being sooner rather than later for Williams.
Bobcats Put Tyrus Thomas in the "Clearance" Section?
Left stranded in the back end of the rotation, Tyrus Thomas' days as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats have been numbered for some time.
However, considering his hefty contract and penchant for being not the greatest teammate to be around, teams haven't exactly been blowing up the Bobcats' phones. Nonetheless, according to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, Thomas can still be had at the right price—which is essentially any price:
As we’ve learned in recent years, no contract is untradeable. Thomas isn’t the attractive trade chip that he once was, but maybe there’s a team out there that sees something in him and thinks they can salvage his career. If the Bobcats don’t trade Thomas, it won’t be for lack of trying.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Thomas' play hasn't exactly made him look like an attractive chip. The 26-year-old forward is shooting just 38.3 percent on the season, and his rebounding numbers have taken a nosedive down to 3.4 per game.
With $26 million remaining on his contract, it will take an awfully brave (or desperate) team to take a chance on Thomas at this point.