The NBA trade deadline is rapidly approaching as rumors are flying. Playoff teams are looking to add the final piece to the championship puzzle while non-playoff teams are trying to make the jump or get a piece to build around.
With all the rumors flying, certain NBA teams shouldn't be tempted in making trades and should stick with what they have heading into the second half of the season.
New York Knicks—Iman Shumpert for Jared Dudley
According to ESPN New York's Ian Begley, the Knicks are entertaining offers for Shumpert, despite a deal involving the Phoenix Suns Jared Dudley being unlikely. While adding Dudley to the Knicks roster makes sense and would improve the team, it's not worth giving up the talented Shumpert.
The Knicks shouldn't trade Shumpert as the second-year player has flashed plenty of potential during his two years in the league. In addition, the Knicks have a great thing going for them with their current squad.
Shumpert hasn't been the biggest contributor for the Knicks, but he's giving them quality minutes and a guard for the future. With the Knicks being a fairly old team, Shumpert is the rare young player contributing for them. The 22-year-old Shumpert is almost five years younger than anybody on the roster and a full five years younger than Dudley.
Chicago Bulls—Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani
ESPN's Marc Stein reported the mutual interest and exploratory talks between the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors to swap Boozer of Bargnani. The Bulls would surely love to take Boozer's large contract off their books and getting the cheaper Bargnani would certainly help with that. Despite the temptation, the Bulls are better suited to keep Boozer.
While Boozer is expensive and acts a nice trading piece, he's a much better fit for the Bulls than Bargnani. Boozer's defensive play is right on par with what head coach Tom Thibodeau is looking for down low. Bargnani struggles defensively, but would add some much need three-point shooting ability.
The Bulls are in good shape in the Eastern Conference, especially having played the entire season without Derrick Rose. Their best chance at a championship is to get Rose back in the lineup that they already have and try to win a few playoff series.
Indiana Pacers—Danny Granger to the Houston Rockets
The Pacers, according to Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico, are reportedly interested in moving Danny Granger. The injured forward is set to return from a knee injury that has cost him all of this season. With the team playing and the emergence of Paul George, the Pacers could be interested in moving Granger rather than re-introducing him into the team.
Unless the Pacers got a hell of a deal for Granger, they shouldn't trade him and figure out ways to utilize him. With other players contributing and doing well, the Pacers should make Granger earn his minutes both in proving his health and his value to the team.
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