NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Latest Buzz Swirling Around the League
With the NBA's trade deadline fast-approaching, rumors are flying throughout the nation, highlighting players such as Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.
But which rumors are believable, and which rumors are unlikely to happen? And what's to make of some of the most recent trade buzz?
Here's a look at the latest rumors from around the Association.
Sun for Everyone!
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Thursday that teams are interested in the Phoenix Suns' Jared Dudley, Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris.
The Suns have reportedly talked to the New York Knicks about Iman Shumpert and the Utah Jazz about big man Al Jefferson. Broussard reports that the Shumpert deal won't happen and the talks about Jefferson haven't gotten serious yet.
It's unlikely that the rebuilding Suns would offer the young Morris in a trade, but Dudley and Gortat are certainly possible trade chips.
Ben Gordon Likely Headed Out of Charlotte
There were already trade rumors circulating around Ben Gordon before he reportedly got into an altercation with head coach Mike Dunlap in Monday's shootaround.
Gordon allegedly continued to defiantly bounce a basketball while Dunlap was talking to the team and didn't stop when Dunlap asked him to, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. General manager Rod Higgins had to reportedly intervene.
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported last week that the Bobcats were discussing a deal to bring Brooklyn Nets power forward Kris Humphries to Charlotte, but they may get less now that other teams know the situation has gotten worse with the 29-year-old guard.
Teams Straying from Josh Smith?
Three teams that were rumored to be interested in Josh Smith may be long shots to land the 27-year-old forward.
Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News wrote about how the Brooklyn Nets are shifting their attention to Jazz big man Paul Millsap, while Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News expressed skepticism that the San Antonio Spurs would be interested, especially if they had to use rising young forward Kawhi Leonard as a trade chip.
On Thursday, John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer shot down talk of the 76ers dealing Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes to the Hawks for Smith.
It makes sense why teams would be wary of trading for Smith. He's made it clear that he will be seeking the maximum contract when his deal is done after this season.
Any Merit to Mavericks' Interest in Brandon Jennings?
After Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted that the Dallas Mavericks were interested in Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings and Chad Ford of ESPN wrote that Jennings and the Bucks had "irreconcilable differences," Jennings and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have shot the reports down.
Jennings responded to Ford's report, texting, via Chris Broussard of ESPN:
That is not true. Just because I got a new agent doesn't mean anything. That stuff never came out of my mouth. They're just reaching for a story since I changed my agent [to Jeff Schwartz].
Cuban also refuted the trade rumors (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram), although it is worth noting that he has done so before and they turned out to be true.
General manager John Hammond has said he would like to keep Jennings on the team beyond this season, but if a team signs the soon-to-be restricted free agent to an expensive offer sheet in the offseason, the Bucks may lose him for nothing.
Will the 76ers Stand Pat?
After the rumors about the 76ers potentially sending Turner and Hawes to the Hawks for Smith, general manager Tony DiLeo was quick to shoot them down, per the Philadelphia Daily News.
DiLeo said he would like to keep his young core and that injuries have prevented the franchise from seeing how the team performs when completely healthy.
It makes a lot of sense from the 76ers' standpoint, so it's safe to assume there won't be a whole lot of fireworks in Philadelphia at the trade deadline.
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