NBA Rumors: Trade Buzz That Would Have Huge Playoff Impact

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 13, 2013

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The latest bout of NBA rumors could well have some profound impacts on the playoff picture later in the year, with big teams and big players reportedly on the move.

Given the closeness to the trade deadline, teams around the league will no doubt be looking to push through that one deal that could improve their frontcourt, strengthen their backcourt, or even just get rid of players that they don't want anymore.

Let's have a look at the latest trade buzz, and how it could have a huge impact on the 2013 NBA playoff picture later on in the year.


Paul Millsap to the Brooklyn Nets?

The Brooklyn Nets are in the market for a new big man to partner with Brook Lopez. According to the latest reports from The New York Daily News, they are interested in trying to land Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap.

The Nets have been interested in both Josh Smith from Atlanta and Ben Gordon from Charlotte in the past few weeks, but it seems that their interest in both has quelled given the likelihood that they would be unable to land either of the two.

They are, however, interested in landing Millsap, who would no doubt have a devastating effect on the Nets' roster should he make the move.

The Nets would have a serious advantage over a number of teams in the Eastern Conference, and you'd have to also think that Lopez and Deron Williams would be even more effective than they have been with Millsap in the picture.

On the flip side, you'd also have to feel for Utah, who most likely would get Kris Humphries and some draft picks.


Josh Smith to the San Antonio Spurs?

Atlanta Hawks big man Josh Smith has been doing the rounds on the rumor mill, and the latest team interested in his services could well be the biggest of them all.

Brooklyn was thought to be interested previously, but according to Mark Spears from Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs could be looking to make a move for the Hawks' star.

The Spurs are among the teams with interest in Hawks forward Josh Smith, a source told Yahoo! Sports. Keep in mind, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was previously with the Spurs.

Joe Kaiser from ESPN goes on to ponder whether the Spurs have the pieces to try to land Smith in a deal this year. It will likely take more than low-round draft picks (which both the Spurs and Nets are set to have) and players with ending contracts to entice the Hawks into giving up their top player.

However, with Tiago Splitter and Nando de Colo touted as possible options, the Hawks may well have an interesting proposition to mull over.

Should this blockbuster deal go through, the playoffs would be dramatically impacted in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. Atlanta would still be strong, but not having their game-changing star in Smith could lead to an early exit at the hands of Brooklyn, if irony would have it that way.

However, in the West, the move could make the Spurs favorites over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the conference title.

It truly would be a huge deal for the NBA.

Whether it happens or not still remains to be seen.


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