NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on J.J. Reddick, Pau Gasol and More Big Names
With the NBA's Feb. 21 trade deadline fast approaching, it's time to delve into the rumors surrounding some big names in basketball.
Since there's nothing concrete on Dwight Howard—and even if there was, I'm sure he'd change his mind quicker than LeBron James can go coast to coast—I'm not going to address the D-12 situation with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Instead, let's get into some deals we actually care about.
As his career season with the Orlando Magic continues to roll, J.J. Redick has reportedly caught the eye of the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
Hearing Celts, even before season-worst 7-for-32 shooting from 15+ feet in NYK loss, have ramped up their interest in Magic's J.J. Redick— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 25, 2013
Doc Rivers has grown tired with his slumping Celtics, saying if they didn't improve their play that there would be changes (h/t Eric Freeman of Yahoo! Sports).
Perhaps Doc was right.
Rivers' Celtics are 20-22 on the season and are shooting just 33 percent from beyond the arc; something Redick can undoubtedly aid.
If Boston can pull it off, it'd be an immense upgrade after losing three-point specialist Ray Allen to the Miami Heat. Redick not only shoots it well from downtown, but he can stretch the floor and really get after it defensively.
While there's no recent update regarding a landing spot for Pau Gasol, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski writes that Gasol does expect to be moved:
Nevertheless, D'Antoni has marginalized Gasol, leaving him livid and privately expecting to be traded before the February deadline for an athletic forward who fits his coaching designs.
Anyone who thinks Gasol is at fault in this decrepit D'Antoni system is probably the same person who tweeted me and told me Russell Westbrook is an all-around better point guard than Derrick Rose.
And that's just ludicrous.
Personally, I think Gasol should demand a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers and remain in L.A., just with the better team.
For now, well have to wait and see if the veteran moves at the deadline.
In my eyes, Brandon Jennings is arguably the most underrated point guard in the NBA, and with the Milwaukee Bucks always listening to offers, don't be surprised to see Jennings move this season.
Just listen to what Chad Ford of ESPN has to say:
While my esteemed colleague Marc Stein wrote recently that Jennings was the least likely Buck to be moved, I'm not so sure.
Jennings hits restricted free agency this summer and, with a plethora of teams under the cap, someone is going to make him a big offer. Jennings would prefer a trade, and the Bucks aren't going to want to break the bank for him, so the team has been open to parting ways if they can get a point guard and big man in return.
As a top-20 scorer and assist man in the NBA, GMs should be drooling over the fact that Jennings could be available.
He's been extremely good at going about his business on a losing team the past three seasons.
Just like Dwight Howard has been.
Keep your ears open for a Jennings deal this season.
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