As expected, the NBA rumor mill is starting to heat up with the season's halfway point on the horizon. It's right about now that teams start deciding whether to make a serious playoff charge or back off and start building for next season.
While teams may ultimately wait until closer to the trade deadline before pulling off a major deal, the foundation is being put in place right now. That's why so many different reports are making the rounds, including some with big names like Rudy Gay.
With that in mind, let's analyze some of the latest buzz from around the league. If it's any indication, the next few months figure to be an extremely busy time for general managers.
Seeing a player like Gay being discussed as a possible trade option is rare. While his numbers have dipped slightly this season, the Memphis Grizzlies star is still one of the league's most versatile young stars with plenty of productive seasons left.
Yet, Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Toronto Raptors are the latest team to express interest in the dynamic forward after hearing whispers that he might be available. As you'd expect, Toronto is joined by multiple other teams in the potential sweepstakes.
Normally, this type of situation only arises when an elite player can walk to free agency without the team getting any type of return. Gay is under contract through 2015. So it's a surprising situation, but certainly creates a lot of intrigue.
Martin has spent the entire season on the sidelines waiting for a team to call. Although he's not the starting-caliber player he was during his prime, the veteran big man can still help as a rotation piece, especially as injuries begin to pile up.
His wait may be over. Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports report that the New York Knicks are looking into the idea of signing Martin. Giving him a 10-day contract to prove how much he can help is possible.
While Rasheed Wallace's foot injury has left the Knicks without much depth up front, bringing Martin in would probably be a good idea anyway. He brings more to the table than some of the other players New York has used, such as Kurt Thomas.
It appears everything has gone quiet on the Cousins front. He was mentioned in trade rumors for a couple weeks after going through a rough patch with the Sacramento Kings, including a suspension, but the sides have seemingly set aside their differences.
Meetings between the team and Cousins' agent didn't result in any trade demands, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. In fact, he states the Kings are holding firm to their word that they want to keep the talented center.
It's easy to see why. Cousins posted 31 points and 20 rebounds in a recent victory over the Raptors, showing off the potential that makes him worth the headaches. Staying with the team makes even more sense when you consider the potential sale (via Wojnarowski).