The 2012-13 NBA season already in full swing, and the rumors and buzz surrounding possible trades for stars like Rudy Gay, Brandon Jennings and others is through the roof.
All the talk of deals has NBA fans excited, but many of the reported deals have been discredited over the last week. This is the latest on the biggest deals across the league.
Anderson Varejao, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
With star center Anderson Varejao out for six to eight weeks with quad surgery (h/t NBA.com), the trade rumors surrounding the veteran are gone, and it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers are satisfied not making any moves at the trade deadline.
Cleveland is posturing for the 2014 offseason.
According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cavaliers look to be satisfied with staying where they’re at heading toward the offseason:
Executives and agents around the league are convinced the Cavaliers won’t do anything to jeopardize their ability to sign a free agent to a max contract during the summer of 2014, when LeBron James can again become a free agent
The news on Varejao shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the fact that Cleveland is getting ready for a run at the elite free-agent class of 2014 that could include a star like LeBron James is stunning.
Imagine LeBron coming back to Cleveland.
Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are playing well this season, and the team could be a real force in the Western Conference. As great as the outlook of the organization is right now, there are major trades looming if the right deal presents itself.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, things are changing in the Grizzlies front office that could get the ball rolling on a deal:
Jason Levien, the new guy in charge in Memphis, is open to moving Rudy Gay or Zach Randolph for the right price.
The possible trades of two megastars like Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph are a huge development for the NBA, especially for the teams that are unsure if they’d want to make a blockbuster move. With the kind of talent now on the trading block in Memphis, the deadline to move players could get wild.
Brandon Jennings, G, Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have underperformed in terms of the amount of talent they have on the team, but as they fight for one of the last spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the organization will not be looking to trade one of their top scorers.
While there are many around the NBA that believe the Bucks could still make a move, Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that they will not be dealing Jennings:
Sources close to the situation stress, however, that restricted free agent-to-be Brandon Jennings is the least likely Buck to be dealt in-season, even though Milwaukee declined to sign Jennings to a contract extension between July 1 and Halloween when it had the chance.
Say what you want about Jennings' shot selection or his selfishness on the court, but the Bucks are not going to get enough in return for the point guard to warrant making a deal now. Milwaukee is better off holding on to the young star and trying one last time at postseason glory.