As the February 21 NBA trade deadline approaches, it's officially rumor season.
The 2013 trade deadline is shaping up to be an interesting one as there are big names being floated around that could have a huge impact on the second half of the season. With fringe contenders making one last push to improve for a title run and cash-strapped teams looking to dump impending free agents, big moves are bound to happen.
A little under two weeks away from the deadline, here are the biggest names that could be on the move.
Smith is set to become a free agent this offseason, but the Hawks may not be willing to risk the star forward walking away for nothing after the season.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, there is a 60 percent chance that Atlanta will deal Smith before the deadline. Brooklyn is the only team mentioned in the tweet although it does suggest that "others" would be interested.
Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
Source close to situation says "60 percent" chance ATL trades Josh Smith b4 deadline. Brooklyn one of several teams interested.2/8/2013, 11:30:22 PM
Smith has made it clear that he will be looking for a max-contract deal when he hits free agency this season (h/t Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and that may be more than the Hawks are willing to pay. It would definitely limit the amount of suitors interested in trading for him now.
On the other hand, he's averaging 16.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg on 45 percent shooting, so there should be a fair amount of teams willing to at least bring him on as a rental.
The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have discussed a deal that would send Carlos Boozer to the Raptors in exchange for Andrea Bargnani, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Boozer has been one of the most productive players on the Bulls roster, and a huge reason they've had success without Derrick Rose in the lineup. However, there's a $5 million difference between Boozer and Bargnani's contracts.
No deal is imminent at this point, but this is definitely a trade worth keeping an eye on.
The Brooklyn Nets signed forward Kris Humphries to a two-year, $24 million deal in July, but his time with the Nets could be coming to an end.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Nets are in negotiations with the Charlotte Bobcats about a deal that would send Humphries to the Bobcats for guard Ben Gordon.
Both players are set to make $12 million this season. Gordon is the third-leading scorer on Charlotte's roster, but comes off the bench in his sixth-man role. The Nets would like to add Gordon to bolster their three-point shooting, which has been abysmal for most of the season.
Humphries is averaging 6.0 ppg and 6.4 rpg in 19 minutes per game for the Nets this season.
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