Even though activity on the trade front remains scarce around the NBA, the rumor mill is beginning to heat up as teams start to figure out what direction they want to head. It's no surprise considering the halfway mark is right around the corner.
Ultimately, the amount of moves that are made leading up to the trade deadline will come down to supply and demand. Right now, it seems like the supply is outweighing the demand, but that will change as the deadline gets closer.
With that in mind, here's a glance at some of the latest buzz making its way around the league and what it could mean for the teams involved.
The Sacramento Kings love the production Cousins brings to the table. The talented forward is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds, which only scratches the surface of his potential. Yet, it's easy to see why some of his antics rub people the wrong way.
Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk pieces together a couple updates to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation. While there are multiple teams reportedly interested, including the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks, the Kings are hesitant to deal him.
Although it's still early in the process, this situation promises to get interesting as the deadline gets closer. The Kings aren't going to move a key piece without getting a major package in return, so Cousins has to decide on his next course of action, if he wants out.
Which of these players is most likely to get dealt?
Bargnani is one of the most talked about players when it comes to trade rumors. Even though he's currently sidelined by an elbow injury, his name continues to get mentioned when it comes to forwards on the market.
Teams will wait until he gets healthy before getting serious about a deal, but the Toronto Raptors are definitely hoping to move him before the deadline, according to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com. He reports the Raptors don't want long-term deals in return.
There are two ways to look at Bargnani. He definitely has some untapped potential and could thrive outside of Toronto. On the flip side, he's failed to match the hype and has a big contract. The Raptors could find suitors, but should limit expectations for the return package.
The ongoing saga between White and the Houston Rockets shows no signs of ending. The Rockets thought they were drafting a player with immense talent. Instead, they're involved in one of the most bizarre situations in recent memory.
Despite the fact White isn't willing to play in the D-League as he waits for the team to meet his requests, Bill Reiter of Fox Sports reports the team won't trade him. They are going to try to wait for everything to work itself out.
While sooner or later something will have to give, it appears neither side is willing to budge right now. Any signs of hope to emerge have quickly been squashed. It doesn't seem like a trade is going to be the answer to the problem, though.