The NBA trading deadline is less than a month away and some of the biggest names are starting to come out of the woodwork in regards to possible deals.
It’s always an exciting time of year, and we expect February 21 to be one of the more hectic deadlines in recent history. There are plenty of teams and players that need a change of scenery and there is no better time to accomplish this than by striking a last-minute trade.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest rumors and buzz in Wednesday’s rumor roundup.
The Brooklyn Nets have been no stranger to making blockbuster moves, but they want to pull off the granddaddy of them all by trading for Dwight Howard mere months after the big man signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Will Howard be moved?
According to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM, Nets GM Billy King hasn’t given up on his goal to acquire Howard—a feat many thought was impossible after the team locked up Brook Lopez to a long-term contract this summer.
There was once a potential three-way trade that involved Kevin Love joining the Lakers, Brook Lopez heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves and DH12 coming to the Nets, but it’s now off the table due to Love’s broken hand.
While nothing is concrete, we imagine King will exhaust all options over the next few weeks to try and find a workable deal to bring the superstar center to Brooklyn.
The Washington Wizards are the worst team in the NBA, which makes them an ideal candidate to make some drastic moves in order to improve, shed salary or acquire future assets.
As per Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD, it seems that Jordan Crawford is the most popular player that rival executives are seeking out:
More than a few league sources peg Jordan Crawford as the chip that is drawing the most interest in return from the Wizards. Crawford is an impact scorer from the bench in the mold of a Jason Terry or Jamal Crawford. He also doesn’t earn much by NBA standards, scheduled to earn just $1.19 million this season.
If the Wizards are looking to make a splash, they have a number of players (notably Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza) making decent money on deals that expire next summer that could be packaged in with the young scorer.
We expect the Wizards to certainly be an involved party at the deadline and you shouldn’t be surprised to see the organization pull the trigger.
It’s hard to imagine Paul Pierce playing in another uniform after over 14 years of service with the Boston Celtics, but insiders are indicating the C’s brass is willing to move him for the right price.
As per Kyler:
Sources say that unless it returned a bona fide All-Star of Pierce’s stature in return moving him was not in the cards.
Pierce is an attractive trade chip because only $5 million of his $15.55 million owed next year is guaranteed. The problem is the Celtics might want to keep that option for themselves rather than deal Pierce away.
While Beantown is falling out of contention, Pierce is still one of the most productive players and could be a major contributor to a championship team.
It’ll be interesting to see if GM Danny Ainge decides to make headlines by dealing a player that has been with the franchise for his entire career and won a championship back in 2008.