NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Teams Looking to Improve Before Trade Deadline

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2013

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Over the course of an NBA season, it is important for teams to stay ahead of the competition by improving through trades. 

Although the deadline is still over a month away, a few active front offices are already looking into potential moves.

Here is the latest buzz on possible trades occurring around the league. 


Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies

Although Rudy Gay is the leading scorer on one of the top teams in the NBA, there is a chance he could be on the move.

According to Grantland's Zach Lowe: "Memphis, over the last few weeks, has made it known in preliminary talks with other teams that Rudy Gay could be available via trade, according to sources around the league."

Lowe continues with likely destinations if a trade was made. This is a long list that includes the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz. 

The Grizzlies will expect a lot in return if a trade were to be made, but you can never count out a blockbuster trade in the NBA.


Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers

For the past few years, Pau Gasol has been the subject of constant trade rumors and speculation. 

Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today said they believe the forward could still be traded, but the Atlanta Hawks are unlikely to be a trade partner:

Despite the Lakers' reported interest in Atlanta's Josh Smith as that piece, the Hawks don't appear inclined to cooperate. But Gasol's contract (combined $38.2 million for this season and next) is a killer when it comes to the luxury tax that will kick in next season, so he remains at risk.

The rumors will likely continue until Gasol's time with the Lakers comes to an end. Everyone involved needs to get ready for daily updates on this situation until it comes to a conclusion.


J.J. Redick, Orlando Magic

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a playoff contender, but they are still a few pieces away from being complete.

One thing they need is an outside shooter to help improve the team's 29.5 percent shooting percentage from three-point range. According to 1500ESPN Radio, the team already has one option in mind:

Sources say the Wolves are big fans of Orlando's J.J. Redick. An unrestricted free agent this summer, the indication is he's going somewhere. The Wolves are the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA, so Redick is an obvious fit. It'd take forward Derrick Williams, plus a future first-round pick just to get into the discussion. There will be plenty of teams after Redick.


Redick is currently shooting 35.5 percent from behind the arc, but he has a career average of 39.3 percent. He would certainly spread the floor and help get the Wolves to the playoffs.


DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Publicly, the Sacramento Kings do not want to trade DeMarcus Cousins. However, the team still has to consider getting value for its troubled star.

Sam Amick of USA Today reported that the Wizards could be a possible destination:

A trade to the Washington Wizards would be considered ideal for Cousins and [agent Dan] Fegan because Cousins could rejoin former Kentucky teammate and fellow Fegan client, point guard John Wall. 


Any move is likely to improve the 4-26 squad, but it still would require the Kings to agree to a deal. At this time, this does not seem like it will happen.