The 2012-13 NBA regular season isn't even a quarter of the way over, and already some notable players are being mentioned in potential trade scenarios.
The headliner, however, is Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol. The two-time NBA champion has struggled like never before this season, and is clearly being negatively affected by the ongoing rumors.
But Gasol isn't the only potential mover generating buzz this December. Here we provide you with the latest NBA trade chatter.
Is Pau Gasol Destined for Minnesota?
Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol is becoming increasingly unpopular in Hollywood thanks to his plummeting numbers, banged-up knees and the team's all-around poor play. But so far, one quarter of the way into the 2012-13 season, there have been no legitimate offers for the seven-foot veteran.
One potential suitor for Gasol is Minnesota, according to this from The News-Herald's Bob Finnan on Saturday:
The Lakers will eventually have to trade forward/center Pau Gasol. It could happen in the offseason. Despite what was said recently, the Timberwolves would like to get their hands on Gasol. They'd play him at center.
Gasol has been linked to Minnesota in the past but nothing has really developed between the T-Wolves and the Lakers. The Lakers would also like to see how the team plays with all of its superstar pieces on the floor at the same time. Although Finnan points out that something could go down this offseason, for now it seems Gasol will remain a Laker until L.A. falls out of the playoff race, or a solid deal is put on the table.
He's averaging just 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season on 42 percent shooting from the field. The 32-year-old's shooting and scoring numbers are the worst of his career.
Gasol has been sidelined for the past few games because of knee tendinitis and has two years and roughly $38 million left on his current contract.
T-Wolves Ask Derrick Williams to Be Patient
Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, has struggled so far in his NBA career. The undersized power forward is averaging just 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for his young career.
We told him to wait for our team to come together. Wait for Derrick to play with Ricky (Rubio). When they played together last year, Williams benefited greatly.
Clearly Williams is struggling in Minnesota, but the front office brings up a key point. We've yet to see how Williams plays alongside point guard Ricky Rubio this season. Rubio has been out since last season after having surgery on his left knee.
Rubio is a gifted passer and a prototypical point guard when it comes to getting teammates involved on a consistent basis. Rubio averaged 8.2 assists per game in 41 appearances for the T-Wolves last season.
In this case Minnesota is wise to exercise patience and to ask Williams to do the same.
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