The 2013 New Year's resolution for several NBA teams will be to move, secure or acquire key players before February's trade deadline (Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. ET).
The New Orleans Hornets are one such team. New Orleans' star shooting guard, Eric Gordon, has been battling knee problems for a long time now, which could potentially lead to Gordon being moved at some point in the near future, according to HoopsWorld:
The hope is once Gordon is back playing and gets accustomed to being around his teammates again his stance may soften. If it does not, the Hornets feel they can get more value out of Gordon after he’s proven his knee isn’t a problem...
But Gordon isn't the only potential mover out there this January. Let us make some sense of the latest trade buzz surrounding some of the league's most prominent names.
DeMarcus Cousins Staying Put in Sactown?
Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is an unpredictable fellow, and for awhile it seemed as if his future landing spot would be as well.
But according to Kings general manager Geoff Petrie via NBA.com's David Aldridge, Cousins is staying put in Sacramento for now:
You can put that one to rest. He's not going anywhere. You can lay that to rest. Some of that stuff lives in its own reality.
The 22-year-old Cousins is averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season, but has been in head coach Keith Smart's doghouse as of late for some questionable in-game behavior and maturity issues. Cousins was actually suspended for a game following an incident with Smart in the huddle last month.
He was also suspended for a game before that after striking Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in a game last month.
Andrea Bargnani a Lock to Be Traded?
Banged-up Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani is rumored to be set for a move before the February trade deadline according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein:
One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani remains "a lock to be moved."
Bargnani, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Raptors in 2006, has played in just 21 games for Toronto this season because of right elbow and wrist injuries, but was averaging just 16 points and 4.3 rebounds per game before being removed from the rotation. The season scoring average is the Italian's worst since 2008-09.
The 7-footer isn't exactly a coveted piece right now considering his lackluster production and growing list of injuries.
Lakers Determined to Win with Pau Gasol?
Despite being the subject of countless trade rumors throughout the early stages of the 2012-13 season, 7-foot Lakers power forward Pau Gasol looks destined to make at least one more run at a title with L.A.
This from HoopsWorld:
Laker sources say the goal is to compete for a NBA championship this year and that Gasol at this point gives them the best option to do that.
Gasol has struggled immensely this season, shooting a career-worst 43 percent from the field while averaging a career-low 12.7 points per game to go along with 8.7 boards per night. However it should be noted that Gasol's play has improved dramatically since the return of veteran point guard Steve Nash.
And to be fair, the 32-year-old Spaniard has dealt with nagging foot and knee issues throughout the year, forcing him to miss time and lose rhythm.
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