NBA Trade Rumors: Analyzing Latest Whispers Around the League

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 13, 2012

May 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks point guard Mike Bibby (20) during the second half of game five in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Miami Heat of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In the NBA's ever-churning rumor mill, more whispers have sprouted up in the past week, ranging from a well-known veteran to the Los Angeles Lakers' point guard options.

About one-fourth of the way through the regular season, this is the time teams naturally begin self-analyzing and checking to see if there are some legitimate options out there to improve.

Here's a look at the latest buzz from around the league.


Lakers Looking at Point Guard Options

It's been a rough go for the Lakers at the point guard spot given Steve Nash's injury. Now it appears they could be looking at D-League options, according to Ken Berger of

Berger noted on Wednesday that D-League players Shelvin Mack and Ben Uzoh are two "NBA-ready options" who could boost the squad. Berger also mentioned Courtney Fortson, Orien Greene and Darius Johnson-Odom.

Mack would appear to have the upper hand in a decision. He was recently named the D-League Player of the Week for Maine, averaging 19.4 points and 6.7 assists while shooting 44 percent from the floor.


Grizzlies after Mike Bibby?

Despite signing Jerryd Bayless as a backup to Mike Conley in the offseason, the Memphis Grizzlies are apparently looking at 34-year-old veteran point guard Mike Bibby.

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal reported that the Grizzlies conducted a workout with Bibby on Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix.

If the Grizzlies are seriously interested in Bibby, this could be a sign that they're considering using Bayless as an off-guard and making Bibby the backup behind Conley.


Anderson Varejao Headed Out of Cleveland?

According to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, "multiple league sources" think that the Cleveland Cavaliers will deal center Anderson Varejao before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

One league source reportedly told Kennedy that the Cavaliers are looking for "one or two more pieces" to add to their young core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller.

Although Varejao has had a fantastic season thus far and the Cavaliers value him highly, he's 30 years old now and he won't be the same player once all the youth develops on the team. That's why adding some young pieces to grow along with Irving and Co. isn't that bad of an idea.

Varejao is averaging 14.8 points, an NBA-best 14.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season. His PER of 22.9 is the highest mark of his career.


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