With December more than halfway gone and the NBA season quickly approaching its famous Christmas Day slate of feature franchises in marquee matchups, there are a number of lesser teams interested in making some shockwaves off the court.
Because the Dec. 15 deadline passed—a date in which players signed in the offseason are eligible to be moved—a number of new pieces are readily available on the trading market.
Let’s take a look at some of these players on the block and other trading buzz around the Association in today’s rumor roundup.
JJ Redick Available?
According to FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico, the Orlando Magic were reportedly interested in trading away JJ Redick before the February deadline passes.
Comcast’s Ric Bucher followed up on this story and found that there isn’t any sense of urgency to deal the three-point sniper inside the Magic’s front office.
Orlando is currently 11-13 and right in the middle of the pack of the Eastern Conference, and there isn’t a real pressing need to deal an efficient shooter like Redick unless they fall out of contention.
Assuming the team does slip out of the mix, the Worldwide Leader’s source found they’ll be looking for an upcoming player or draft picks.
Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota, Milwaukee and Utah are all reportedly (as per Bucher) likely to express interest in acquiring the former Duke star and a bidding war could heat up in the coming months.
Tyreke Evans Staying in Sacramento?
After a stellar Rookie of the Year campaign back in 2009-2010, Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings has slowly declined and recently suffered a rash of injuries.
You would think it would be time for the franchise and player to separate, but HOOPSWORLD’s Steve Kyler tweeted out that the Kings brass has no plans of moving the former No. 4 overall pick.
RT @thejohnnymalone:Tyreke Evans to the Magic...what are the chances? --> Too early to tell, Sacramento keeps saying they are keeping him.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) December 17, 2012
Evans is currently out with a sore knee and may get an extended break in order to recovery (as per Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee). Before going down yet again with a knee problem, Evans was averaging 15.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 30.9 minutes of action in 18 games.
He’s still a valuable commodity and many in NBA front offices know that he has the potential to be a star after observing his ROY season just three short years ago.
It’ll be interesting to see if anyone makes the slumping Kings an offer they cannot refuse.
Steve Nash Getting Ready for Return?
The struggling Los Angeles Lakers direly need their future Hall of Fame PG back in the lineup, and he’s reportedly extremely close to doing just that.
According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, coach Mike D’Antoni plans to work Nash into contact practices later this week in preparation for Saturday night’s game at Golden State.
D'Antoni: plan for @stevenash is to go through a 5-on-5 contact practice on Thurs or Fri to determine if he's ready for games.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 18, 2012
L.A., 11-12 in Nash’s absence, is desperate to get back to .500 and start climbing up the ladder towards a top seed in the playoffs. He may not be an instant fix for the sputtering franchise, but it’s likely he’ll inject a ton of life into the offense.
If the Lakers are still floundering when Nash is back—running an offense under a coach he won two MVP awards and together made multiple, deep playoff runs during their time in Phoenix—L.A. has a serious problem.
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