As the 2012-13 NBA regular season rolls on, the rumors surrounding some of the biggest names in the sport are starting to heat up.
With megastars like Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and others rumored to be on the trading block, the possibility of a blockbuster deal before the trade deadline is something all basketball fans are talking about.
All of the following players have been popping up in rumors across the league, but where they end up signing or whether or not they’re dealt remains to be seen.
Kenyon Martin, PF, Free Agent
With injuries raising serious questions for the New York Knicks, the franchise may be considering signing former Los Angeles Clipper and current free-agent power forward Kenyon Martin to a short-term deal.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, there is a serious mutual interest between the Knicks and Martin:
As Rasheed Wallace's foot injury lingers, the New York Knicks are showing a renewed interest in free-agent forward Kenyon Martin, league sources told Yahoo! Sports…The Knicks have done some additional fact-finding on Martin in recent days, sources said. Martin has been open-minded about the possibility of accepting a 10-day contract to get the opportunity to prove his value to the Knicks, sources said.
The Knicks must double-check their fact-finding to ensure that Martin is the right fit for the team, especially after the way the season ended for Martin in Los Angeles.
Several teammates and coaches on the Clippers complained about Martin’s attitude (h/t Marc Stein), and New York must ensure that his demeanor won’t be an issue before signing him to a deal.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings
It is clear that talented center DeMarcus Cousins still has some serious maturity issues, but the Sacramento Kings have made the correct decision and will reportedly not trade the young star.
While the Kings were once seriously considering a move that would ship Cousins out of town, the team is ready to move forward with the star in the lineup, according to Sam Amico of FoxSports.com:
Much like the Grizzlies did with Gay, the Kings merely held exploratory conversations involving Cousins. It looks as if Cousins will remain in Sacramento at least until the impending sale of the team is finalized.
The battle to get Cousins to grow up and play to his fullest potential will be long and arduous, but Sacramento would be taking the easy way out if it were to trade him now.
There is no rush to make the playoffs with the current roster, so affording the coaching staff more time to understand the troubled center and make him understand them would be beneficial to everyone.
Rudy Gay, F, Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are in the middle of the playoff race in the Western Conference due in part to the solid play of forward Rudy Gay.
While there have been rumors of the team looking to trade the veteran and his pricey contract, the team realizes they will not get the value needed to warrant a deal right now.
According to Sam Amico of FoxSports.com, the Grizzlies appear to be satisfied with keeping the roster the way it is currently situated:
There was a time, and not long ago, that the Memphis Grizzlies seemed determined to trade talented small forward Rudy Gay. But that time, according to league sources, has passed.
Gay hasn’t shot as well as in years past—just .414 percent from the field while averaging 17.8 points per game—but he is still a huge part of the team’s success so far. With the trade rumors gone, the Grizzlies star should refocus and have a stellar second half of the season.