The trade deadline is less than two weeks away, and the NBA rumor stove is reaching maximum temperature at an alarming speed. So many players could be available in the coming days, and there are sure to be a flurry of moves made in a short amount of time.
In Orlando, GM Rob Hennigan is seeking a buyer for guard J.J. Redick. One team in particular seems to be interested, but this is the NBA. Unless the players and money match up, no dice.
Speaking of dice, one team is really about to roll it. Former No. 1 pick and seeming draft bust Greg Oden is set to return to the NBA next season, and speculation is mounting as to whether or not he will finally be able to overcome his injury woes and make an impact in the NBA.
Also, take note of this. Despite the fact that they rank No. 2 in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks could be making a move soon, depending on which chips fall into place.
We've got a lot of rumors to cover in the great league that is the NBA, so let's get started!
Bucks Show Interest in Redick
The Orlando Magic would love to rid themselves of J.J. Redick and his $6.2 million salary, and team management may have their wish soon. According to a tweet by ESPN's Marc Stein, the Milwaukee Bucks are interested in the former Blue Devil.
Weekend Dime addendum: Milwaukee now in mix for Magic's JJ Redick. Bucks, I'm told, assessing their ability to retain sharpshooter long term— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 9, 2013
Getting the deal done is a different story. Stein also reports that the Bucks would need to give up both expiring deals and a draft pick to meet Orlando's asking price, which could be easier said than done.
Keep in mind that Redick is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 40 percent from long range and is unique in that he can be a force from beyond the arc as well as create off the dribble. Thus, he is a lot more valuable than the numbers suggest.
Seeing as how the Bucks would want to hang onto Redick long-term, they would need to include players in the deal that signify they are ready to make that type of commitment. This means on top of a pick, guard Beno Udrih would also likely be part of the deal.
It's a move that benefits both teams, giving Milwaukee a reliable 2-guard who can consistently score and Orlando a fine shooter. Hennigan and Bucks GM John Hammond had better be on the phone now if this rumor holds any water, as this trade could potentially send shockwaves throughout the league.
A Multiyear Deal for Oden?
Greg Oden was picked first in the 2007 draft, only to miss all of 2007-08 with microfracture surgery on his knee. Injuries became the definition of his career, and he has posted just 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 82 career games.
He has not played since 2009, but one team appears ready to give the former Buckeye a contract, and for more than just one year. In a report by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently about to offer Oden a two-year, $4 million deal.
It's a risk, but one that could definitely pay off. Oden is only 25 years old, and if he is truly healthy, then he can give the Cavs some much-needed help at the 5. Anderson Varejao has proven to be reliable but way too injury-prone and not worth the remaining $18.7 million on his contract.
Granted, the team still has rookie Tyler Zeller, but he is still young and has a lot to learn about how to be an effective NBA center. Given the team's limited cap space and unlikelihood of making a splash at the deadline, Oden could definitely prove to be a diamond in the rough.
All that the fans can hope is that GM Chris Grant understands the risk and that it turns out to be one worth taking.
Knicks Eyeing Shooter?
The New York Knicks need to acquire a tough perimeter defender, but Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld has some interesting news that may shock the New York fans. According to Kennedy, GM Glen Grunwald has shown interest in Phoenix Suns shooter Jared Dudley.
On the season, Grunwald has averaged 11.8 points and shot 39 percent from long range. Just who the Knicks would give up for him has not been reported.
The only move that would make sense financially on both sides would be a flat-out Dudley for Steve Novak swap, but whether or not the Knicks would be willing to give up their talented three-point shooter for a player with an almost identical contract is unclear. More importantly, why go after Dudley at all?
The Knicks have plenty of players who can shoot threes, and Grunwald's first priority should be to find a great man-to-man defender who can also be a force in the paint. Seeing as how the Minnesota Timberwolves just waived Louis Amundson, perhaps Grunwald should pursue him and not a deal in which he would have to give up a player.
There's still a lot of time left for the Knicks to consider what to do, but one thing is certain. Acquiring Dudley would be a move more reminiscent of the Mike D'Antoni era and not one of the defense-first Mike Woodson age.