As the deadline for trades approaches, rumors have begun to swirl about who will be traded where. Some appear to be plausible and make perfect sense while others seem to be nearly impossible.
The trade is fundamental, as the second half of the season is in full swing and obtaining a valuable player could have positive effects on a team's season. With all the rumors that have emerged, there are two that we can't imagine occurring before the deadline.
One of the most recent rumors of a trade comes from a tweet from Sean Deveney of Sporting News in which sources reported that the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in adding the Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett to their roster.
There has been lots of talk about the Celtics wanting to shake up their roster, and this trade would do just that. However, it seems highly unlikely that Kevin Garnett will be traded.
Firstly, according to a tweet from Shaun Powell of Sports on Earth, Kevin Garnett will not waive the no-trade clause in his contract unless Paul Pierce is traded. As far as Garnett is concerned, as long as Pierce is still in Boston, then so is he.
Secondly, the Celtics have hit a point in the season where things are changing rapidly. The chance for a playoff berth is on the line, and unless the Celtics are looking for a fresh start in the middle of the season, the chances of Pierce and Garnett being traded is slim to none.
The Celtics would have to build from ground zero in order for this trade to happen, and with the state that they are in, in the middle of the season, it just doesn't seem likely. Too many things have to happen for Garnett to leave Boston.
Another rumor that has been cast into the mill comes from L.A. as Dwight Howard's name has come up for the Los Angeles Lakers. Due to the underwhelming performance from Howard, talk of a trade has increased, but don't buy into the hype just yet.
Howard is barely one season in, and despite the disappointing season the Lakers have had, all blame cannot be placed on Howard alone. Also, considering how the chemistry of the team has been a factor in the Lakers' limited success, one cannot imagine that general manager Mitch Kupchak would willingly shake that up for a paramount trade.
Besides, it seems as if Kupchak has already put this rumor to rest. In a statement to Newsday on February 3, Kupchak addresses the rumors of a Howard trade: "We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard."
Perhaps this will quiet the rumors until the season ends.