Big names from a number of different teams are flying around in the NBA rumor mill at the moment as the 2013 NBA trade deadline rapidly approaches.
Teams will be looking to try and bring in guys to either bolster their squad for the run home or ship off unwanted baggage for the chance to improve in the future—both of which result in plenty of action on the trade rumor front.
I know this might some as a shock to you, not all rumors are true and absolute locks to happen before the conclusion of the trade deadline.
Here's some of the big names that aren't going anywhere this year.
Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
We might as well start with the big one—Dwight Howard.
Superman has been under constant pressure since he starting slumping in Los Angeles, and it was therefore only natural that the trade speculation picked up interest. Only problem being, there's no way that the Lakers get rid of him now.
Sure, he might not be doing the wonders that they thought he might, but at the end of the day, Howard isn't playing that bad and the team chemistry between he and Kobe Bryant isn't probably anywhere near as bad as what it's played out to be.
He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, which has led to some of the discussion about a potential trade taking place. Which again, makes sense, except for the part where Los Angeles have told the big man they plan on keeping him around in 2013.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has told Dwight Howard he will not be traded before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, according to league sources. Kupchak recently told Newsday the same thing, saying: "We will not trade Dwight Howard."
Sources say Kupchak has told Howard several times that he has no intention of trading him.
Ramona Shelbourne also posted similar news via Twitter:
Lakers not eyeing any FA bigs right now, according to a source. Still evaluating. Want to see how much Dwight (shoulder) can give them.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 11, 2013
Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
With Josh Smith reportedly holding out for a new contract and Atlanta seemingly unwilling to splash out the mega dollars, according to Atlanta-Journal Constitution, trade discussions about moving the star big man don't seem completely out of the equation.
After all, they would likely get something pretty sweet in return for Smith, whose ego and inconstancy this year hasn't instilled a great deal of confidence for the Hawks.
However, the interest in Smith is pretty much coming solely from the Brooklyn Nets at the moment according to latest reports from ESPN. The Nets really don't have a lot of trade pieces to work with in order to get Smith, and the pieces that they do have to offer the Hawks are the reasons why they want Smith in the first place.
Offering Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks isn't going to entice the Hawks into selling; a low draft pick isn't exactly going to do it either for Atlanta.
And that's assuming that Brooklyn would be willing to pay Smith's massive contract demands in the first place, which aren't all that great given his recent play.
Nets going hard after Josh Smith, sources say. While they've discussed a trade for Ben Gordon, getting Josh is a bigger priority.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 11, 2013
I'd say he stays in Atlanta, with him then leaving the franchise as a free agent at the end of the season. The Hawks need him for the playoffs—even if he isn't at his historic best—and can't afford to throw away their postseason chances by trading him away now.
Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz
According to latest reports from the Arizona Republic, Phoenix are believed to be interested in making a move for Utah big-man Al Jefferson.
The report states:
The Suns also have shown interest in a bigger splash for Utah’s Al Jefferson or Gordon Hayward. Dudley could be a part of either of those deals with center Marcin Gortat likely needed to make one work for Jefferson, a 28-year-old power forward who makes $14 million and is averaging 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds.
The Jazz seem unlikely to sell anybody at the moment given their current situation, but if they were, you'd have to think it won't be their big man Jefferson.
The 28-year-old has been excellent again for them this season, and with the Jazz tethering on the edge of a playoff berth again this year, they likely won't want to part ways with one of their better offensive and defensive weapons.
Phoenix is in need of some assistance, no doubt, but they won't be able to find it with Utah, unless they offered something seriously incredible.
Which, they pretty much already did when they parted with Steve Nash.
Which big names do you think aren't going anywhere this winter?