As the 2013 NBA season progresses, the trade rumors surrounding some of the biggest stars in the league are buzzing.
All of the following stars will be talked about in the coming weeks, but the likelihood that they will be moved varies from source to source. Expect a steady stream of talk to continue until the trade deadline.
Samuel Dalembert, Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert isn’t a top-tier star like the other two rumored names, but the NBA veteran is a good depth player that could be valuable addition to a contending team looking to add just a bit more skill off the bench.
ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Dalembert could be moved, but it all hinges on the health and ability of Larry Sanders:
Sanders is a solid player, and as long as the hip injury the young star suffered isn’t serious (h.t. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel), Dalembert will be a great trade chip for the Bucks.
Expect Milwaukee to get a draft pick or two in return for the veteran.
Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have lost stars Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the season, and as the team continues to sit on the brink of contention, the likelihood that they will make a deal before the deadline is high.
Most of the rumors surround veteran power forward Kevin Garnett.
According to Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post, Garnett does not want to be traded to the Nuggets, but there is a very good chance the veteran could be moved by the deadline:
Through his representatives, Garnett has let it be known he has no current interest in the Nuggets. Don't be surprised, however, if Garnett is gone from Boston before the league's Feb. 21 trade deadline. And that's why the Nuggets must continue to monitor the situation.
Garnett is a great player, but the fact that he will likely walk after this season as an unrestricted free agent means the organization should do whatever they can to work out a trade if the team falls out of contention.
Boston must build for the future, and if that means trading a legend like Garnett, the Celtics have no other choice; the team must make a move.
Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers face a tough decision with star center Dwight Howard, as the veteran will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. While trade rumors have run rampant, the likelihood of a deal moving the Howard is looking bleak.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, “Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told Dwight Howard he will not be traded before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, according to league sources.”
Los Angeles gave up a lot to get Howard, and while trading him now would yield a large return, there is no way the franchise would make up the loss with picks and players.
The Lakers must try to re-sign the All-Star center to a long-term contract.
The risk of Howard walking at the end of the season is very real for the franchise, but not trying to re-sign a bona fide star would be detrimental to the team’s long-term success.
Kobe Bryant won’t always be there, and Howard will be the future of the organization.