Rumors are flying around the NBA at the moment, with talks about potential deals before the 2013 trade deadline picking up more steam with every passing day.
And whilst much of the rumor mill has centered around the big men of the league, some of the best guards in the NBA have also been rumored to be making potential switches this winter—possibly having a profound impact on the playoffs.
Read on for all of the latest buzz on the league's top guards—who they are, where they could be heading and how likely all of that is to happen in 2013.
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
ESPN's Chad Ford broke the big news this morning that Milwaukee star Brandon Jennings could be heading away from the Bucks before the trade deadline.
The team no doubt wants to keep the talented guard in their midst, but Jennings reportedly is unhappy in Milwaukee and wants out as soon as possible.
While Jennings is their most promising young player—the one guy who could be a potential star player to build around—GM John Hammond is in a bit of a quandary. Not only is Jennings looking for a huge payday this summer (one the Bucks may not be able to afford), he's also looking for a contract from a team other than the Bucks.
Jennings has, according to one source, "irreconcilable differences" with Milwaukee. He's frustrated, according to sources, that the two sides weren't able to work out a long-term extension this summer. In addition, he feels as though he doesn't get the attention he deserves and wants a bigger market to take his talents to... Jennings isn't bluffing.
However, that report was quickly dismissed by ESPN's Chris Broussard, who claimed that he had been in contract with Jennings and that the reports about him wanting to leave the team were completely untrue and off-base.
Jennings said, "That is not true'' about his supposed discontent with the Bucks organization. "That stuff never came out of my mouth.''— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 13, 2013
The truth, as it always seems to do, probably lies somewhere in the middle here, but it seems insane that Milwaukee would want to ship off Jennings.
Having done wonders with the Golden State trade last year to get Monta Ellis in the backcourt with Jennings, parting ways with their star guard now just wouldn't make sense from a management point of view, especially considering the success that the guard has had on the court for the Bucks.
Though, having said that, sources are sources, and Ford could be on to something. Definitely worth sitting on this one for now, but you never know.
Luke Ridnour, Minnesota Timberwolves
Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com has touted that the New York Knicks could be interested in a deal for Minnesota point guard Luke Ridnour.
Ridnour, who is due to earn $4.32 million next season, would provide a little more depth and experience to a backcourt that is currently counting on the rotation of Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.
Ridnour is definitely movable by the T'Wolves if they wanted to go down that path; the biggest question is as to what the Knicks could offer Minnesota to part ways with the 32-year-old before the end of the 2013 trade deadline.
All the intel I dug up says #Knicks have eyes for Ridnour. Not new news, I know, but consider me a believer in the flirtation.— Moke Hamilton (@MokeHamilton) February 14, 2013
The only issue with the #Knicks trading for Ridnour's $4M salary is matching without giving up a player of consequence.— Moke Hamilton (@MokeHamilton) February 14, 2013
Iman Shumpert seems like the most likely suggestion here for New York, but as we'll see in a minute, the Knicks seem unlikely to let go of the star.
That means that if New York wants to shore up their backcourt with Ridnour, they'll probably need to send some draft picks Minnesota's way this year. Which, given the likelihood that those picks will fall late in the round, probably won't do New York too many favors here.
Iman Shumpert, New York Knicks
New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has finally put to bed the rumors about Iman Shumpert leaving the team before the trade deadline—telling ESPN Radio that the guard will definitely not be leaving the Knicks in 2013.
"You got it. I don't need to say any more," Woodson told Stephen A. Smith.
Shumpert is excellent on the defensive side of things for New York and could have a huge playoff impact this year, which made it seemingly crazy that the Knicks would be willing to make a deal involving the 22-year-old this winter.
Which guard do you think is most likely to be traded this summer?
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