The NBA rumor mill continues to turn as we approach All-Star weekend in Houston.
Some of the biggest names in the NBA have been mentioned in trade conversations, but it's difficult to pick through what's a legit rumor or pure speculation.
That's exactly what we've done for you here.
Let's delve into the latest rumors around the NBA.
The Latest on Josh Smith
The Josh Smith saga continues.
Smith has been the focal point of trade talks for practically the entire season, but TNT analyst David Aldridge reports that the Atlanta Hawks aren't sold on the idea of dealing Smith.
On the other hand, according to Aldridge, Smith believes he's a max player, but Atlanta isn't about to pay Smith nearly $100 million this offseason.
ESPN's Chris Broussard remains optimistic that Smith will be dealt before the deadline, as you'll see in this tweet:
Source close to situation says "60 percent" chance ATL trades Josh Smith b4 deadline. Brooklyn one of several teams interested.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 8, 2013
Smith has averaged at least 15 points and seven rebounds the past seven seasons and would be an asset to any team looking to acquire his services.
As long as Smith is happy where he lands and doesn't cause a disruption, he'd be a great pickup.
J.J. Redick on the Move?
Because of his increased offensive production this season, J.J. Redick's name has consistently been mentioned in trade rumors this season.
Two new teams have joined the conversation in acquiring the 28-year-old shooting guard, according to HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy:
Source says the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls are among the teams pursuing Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 10, 2013
The acquisition of Redick by either of these two Eastern Conference teams would immediately bolster their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs.
As of today, both teams own top-four seeds in the East and would be a lot deeper with a legitimate shooter like Redick.
Redick is averaging a career-high 15.3 PPG this season and is shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Al Jefferson Leaving Utah?
According to NBA expert Chris Sheridan, "The San Antonio Spurs are the front-runners to land Al Jefferson in a trade with the Utah Jazz – and they are front-runners like Secretariat was in the 1973 Belmont Stakes."
The eighth-year man is having another solid season, averaging 17.4 PPG and 9.5 RPG while helping the Jazz cling to the No. 8 seed in the West.
If the Spurs were to acquire Jefferson, San Antonio would instantly become the favorite in the West.
The Spurs already own the No. 1 spot in the conference and would be adding a 6'10" big man to couple with Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli.
As for who the Jazz would get in the deal, Sheridan reports that Utah is in the market for a point guard and that Patty Mills could be a fit for the Jazz. Utah would likely also attempt to get Tiago Splitter in the deal.
Dealing Jefferson would mean more minutes for Derrick Favors, so be sure to keep your ears open to a potential Jefferson move.
Iman Shumpert Update
Even New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson can't guarantee Iman Shumpert won't be dealt, according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Phoenix Suns are looking to make a deal for Shumpert that includes Jared Dudley and possibly a first-round pick.
Wojnarowski cites that New York has shown no interest in dealing the 22-year-old point guard, so I wouldn't put much stock into this move.
As a rookie last season, Shumpert logged an average of 28 minutes per game and scored 9.5 points per contest.
Of course, that can change at any minute, but for now, it sounds like the Knicks are hanging onto their young PG.
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