NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Speculation from Around the Association
J.J. Redick on the block, some talents being showcased—and a player pining to return to where it all happened for him—will be covered in this roundup of NBA Trade Rumors.
Talks continue now that the league has passed the Dec. 15 opening of the trade period, but this slideshow will feature a few new rumors and a foreboding message for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
I covered the Utah big men, Anderson Varejao, Pau Gasol and Jose Calderon on Monday in the Trade Buzz, so let's look at some new situations.
J.J. Redick Likely to Be Dealt
Before the season, I ranked the Orlando Magic's most valuable trade assets and included J.J. Redick as their second most valuable, behind, of course, their trade exceptions they obtained from the Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard deals.
Redick now is likely to be moved according to Ric Bucher, who said via Sulia that "it would surprise no one if J.J. Redick were moved before the trade deadline."
Bucher went on to cite the Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz as possible trade partners.
Redick is averaging a career high 14.1 points per game and is posting a career high in assists, too, with five assists per game. He's also seen a career high 31 minutes coming off the bench.
J.J. Redick to Chicago Bulls?
The Bulls were interested in Redick when they signed him to an offer sheet, which the Magic matched on July 16, 2010.
As to what the Bulls could offer, one deal that makes sense logistically would be to send Rip Hamilton, Taj Gibson and Marco Belinelli in exchange for J.J. Redick and Josh McRoberts.
The Magic would benefit by obtaining a sharpshooting Belinelli who could absorb Redick's sixth man role, Gibson as a power forward of the future and Hamilton, whose contract expires in two years and can mentor until that happens.
The Bulls obtain their coveted 2-guard and McRoberts, who could adequately back up Boozer. Redick would play well alongside Derrick Rose, since Redick is now far more than a spot-up shooter. He's excellent playing off screens, executing pick and rolls and putting the ball on the floor.
The move makes sense for both teams.
Warning to Kahn: Nikola Pekovic Should Not Be Traded
Nikola Pekovic is playing better with Kevin Love on the court. He did not register a single double-digit rebound performance without Love, but has done so in five of the 13 games Love has appeared in and finished with nine rebounds two other times (ESPN Insider).
Earlier this week, I wrote about how obtaining Pau Gasol made little sense for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I cited Pekovic's youth and upside as reasons against trading for the declining Gasol. I followed this up by writing of Gasol's decline and inability to rescue to the Lakers.
Gasol's career has seen its best days, and Pek's best is still yet to come.
David Kahn must see the value in keeping Pek aboard, as he and Love complement one another brilliantly.
It bears repeating: If the Minnesota Timberwolves trade Pekovic, they will live to regret it.
Al Harrington Plans to Be Ready for a Trade Deadline Audition
Orlando is shopping Al Harrington (ESPN Insider subscription required), who earlier this week dispelled rumors on Twitter that he was retiring:
The report that I'm considering Retirement is completely False and has absolutely no Truth to the article that's being circulated! #backsoon
— al harrington (@cheddahcheese7) December 17, 2012
Harrington could still have some value to a contending team. His salary is only partially guaranteed beyond this season, and he still offers a lot as a scorer off the bench.
Harrington has always been adept at creating his own shot and isn't afraid to shoot the ball when teammates are hesitant to step up offensively. For all that is said of trigger-happy players, Harrington has always fit the bill as a good punch scorer.
Austin Daye Being Showcased?
According to The Detroit News, Lawrence Frank said he will replace Corey Maggette in the starting lineup with Austin Daye.
Daye has been a failure thus far in his NBA career and last year regressed to a form far worse than what he displayed as a rookie.
He made 27 percent of his two-point shots beyond 10 feet last year, and had the worst two-point shooting percentage of any power forward in the league (36.4 percent). Daye will be playing small forward, but it's hard to imagine that move will ignite any offense from the struggling Gonzaga product.
Will a team like Charlotte or New Orleans make a pitch for Daye on the hopes that he returns to the form he displayed his first two seasons in the league, when he posted a PER near and above 13?
Players have off games, off seasons and even entire stretches in their careers where they aren't quite right. A team could gamble and be rewarded if Daye can regain the form that enabled him to shoot 46 percent from the floor in 2009-10.
Detroit Trading for Chauncey Billups?
Chauncey Billups called himself "a lifetime Piston" when asked by the Detroit Free Press if he could ever see himself returning to the franchise:
"I would have loved to retire a Piston when I was here, but that wasn't in the cards. You never say never to any situation. I got nothing but great memories about here and winning, and this building was on fire. I would like for my memories to stay like that."
Billups has no plans to retire until after a few more seasons, and it's possible the Pistons could make waves before that time span ends. Even if not, Billups could serve as a mentor for Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey.
Billups can still offer a lot of value now as a shooting guard, and we've seen the switch to the 2-spot revitalize Jason Kidd in the same fashion, so the Pistons could still yet use Billups while retaining the services of Knight and likely dealing Stuckey, who has been mentioned in the past in trade rumors.
Since Detroit isn't fully satisfied with Stuckey (and haven't been for quite some time), might it make sense to trade Stuckey for Billups?
More would have to be included from the Clippers (Stuckey makes $8.5 million to Billups $4 million), and the trade couldn't occur until January 15 when Billups' trade restriction expires. How would Stuckey fit in on the Clippers?