If you think you’ve heard it all in regards to the NBA trading deadline, you are in for quite a surprise over the week or so.
There are a number of unexpected players now being rumored to be on the block or on the radar of different franchises around the league.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz surrounding these potential transactions in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
With the Atlanta Hawks slumping in 2013, there’s a chance that the team seriously considers some trade options in the coming days in order to get future value for some veteran pieces.
One possible deal involves star forward Josh Smith going to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for a package revolving around Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
The Nets are also allegedly looking into acquiring Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats, but have to realize Smith gives them a chance to evolve from a mediocre playoff squad to a championship contender.
J-Smoove’s is one of the most athletic and versatile forwards in the entire NBA, and his presence would give a jolt to the sluggish Nets as they try to compete in their first season playing in Brooklyn.
It may take a third team and some first-round picks to get done, and there is a high-risk that Smith walks away this summer as a free agent, but it’s a worthwhile gamble for Nets GM Billy King if he wants to claim a ring in 2013.
The athletic guard is only in his second year in the NBA, but there are now rumblings that the New York Knicks team brass is evaluating offers for Shumpert.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the organization is “unlikely” to ship away the former Georgia Tech star, but has been hearing pitches from various franchises.
One potentially interested party is apparently the Phoenix Suns, who would like to ship veteran swingman Jared Dudley to the Big Apple in exchange for Shump’s services.
The 6’5” guard has only participated in 12 games this season, averaging a less-than-impressive 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19.1 minutes of action. He’s clearly still rusty after suffering a torn ACL back in the Knicks first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat in 2012.
It’s certainly not worth it to give up on such a high upside player (Shumpert was the No. 17 overall pick in 2011), but the right offer could possibly pry him away from NY.
Big Al Jefferson is in the last year of his contract with the Utah Jazz, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his name is being bandied about in trade rumors.
While NBA insider Ric Bucher noted that Paul Millsap is the big man more likely to make his way out of Salt Lake City via trade, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic found that the Suns are intrigued by Jefferson and teammate Gordon Hayward.
Considering Big Al has a $15 million expiring deal, there’s a possibility that a team looking to create cap space and shed salary in 2013-14 would be willing to bring him aboard for a few months.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the Jazz over the next nine days, as it looks like there is a good shot they pull the trigger on at least one major trade.
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