The Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline is less than a month away and a number of notable players are being floated around as part of potential blockbuster deals.
There should be several trades going through that could involve some big-time stars, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding so many marquee teams at the midway point of the season.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz on these deals in Monday’s rumor roundup.
The Memphis Grizzlies pulled off a major cap-clearing move last week when they dumped Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby on the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.
There’s no rush or pressing need for the organization to flip its star swingman now, but that hasn’t stopped the team brass from working the phones.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:
Sources say the Grizzlies continue to make and accept calls on Gay, though they're doing so from a position of strength because they no longer have to trade him before the Feb. 21 deadline. If they don't, they'll be open for business around draft time and in July.
It’s going to take a great offer, but a team that direly wants a talented, young star could get one in Gay this February for the right price.
Redick’s name ran through the trade rumor mill earlier in the 2012-13 campaign, and it seems the sweet-shooting guard is back now that the deadline is approaching and the Orlando Magic are out of contention.
According to NBA analyst Ric Bucher, “There remains a chance that J.J. Redick is dealt before the February trade deadline and if not then, in a deal this summer.”
Redick is averaging 14.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 41 games and has proven he’s a great scoring option from anywhere on the floor—especially long range.
His services would be invaluable for a contender trying to make a title run, but the Magic may wait until this summer to maximize value.
What will the Cavs do at the deadline?
After turning Jon Leuer into three players and a first-round pick, Cavs GM Chris Grant isn’t about to rest on his laurels.
As per Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, the franchise will be exploring deals for Luke Walton, Daniel Gibson and Omri Casspi (all on expiring contracts) and the recently acquired Marreese Speights could already be on his way out.
With Cleveland trying to angle itself to contend in the future—not the 2013 playoffs—we foresee them pulling the trigger on any deal that will make them back in the long run.