NBA Trade Rumors: Fact or Fiction on Latest Buzz Surrounding Top Big Men

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Anderson Varejao #17 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a two point shot in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Cavaliers defeated the Clippers 108-101.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Quality big men in the NBA may be rarer than bigfoot, but for the right price, a team can find one of these treasures via a trade. 

There has been recent trade buzz around two quality big men in Anderson Varejao and Pau Gasol lately. Let's check out the rumors and see how much validity they have.


Anderson Varejao 

Varejao is no stranger to trade rumors. The Cavs have been willing to deal the now 30-year-old for a while, they just haven't found anyone to meet their asking price, and that, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, is true now.

The latest word on the personnel grapevine is that the Cavs won't discourage offers for the Brazilian, knowing it probably wouldn't matter anyway after receiving a steady stream of calls from interested teams for the past few years.

However, there is a greater chance this year, as the ever-improving Varejao is having an outstanding season.

He is averaging 15.1 points and a league-leading 15.3 rebounds per game.

This just continues the trend of his career. He has improved in player efficiency in each season since his second.

Helping this trade along will be the fact that Varejao doesn't fit in with this young roster, and he has immense value to a contending team. If the Cavs can find a young talent, they will make the trade.

Chances of Trade: 60 percent


Pau Gasol 

Like Varejao, Gasol is no stranger to trade rumors, and he was even traded once until "basketball reasons" halted the deal.

Gasol was getting a bit of a break from the trade buzz at the start of this season. Then the Lakers brought in Mike D’Antoni and his fast-paced, take-the-open-shot offense.

The 7'0" power forward is not an ideal fit with this offense, and visions of a power forward stretching the floor are hovering over Los Angeles.

However, ESPN’s Marc Stein is saying that sources tell him the Lakers aren't ready to pull the trigger yet.

Sources close to the situation stressed again this week that the Lakers don't want to even think about trading Gasol and making another huge on-the-fly change until after Steve Nash returns, based on the premise that it's impossible to make a judgment on whether the Gasol-Dwight Howard tag team is forever ill-meshing until Nash is playing 30-something minutes a night.

So, after Nash comes back, all bets are off. The Lakers aren't just going to give Gasol away, but if they could find a young big man with a deft shooting touch, like the Hornets' Ryan Anderson, the Lakers may be willing to, once again, trade Gasol.

I wouldn't bet on this one, though.

Chances of Trade: 20 percent