Teams are no doubt thankful to have the All-Star break this weekend so they can have a little room to breathe as they scour their way through the apparently loaded trade market leading up to the deadline.
With less than one week to go before the trade deadline, rumors and speculation will run rampant for all 30 teams. Most of them will lead to a whole lot of nothing, but this year seems to be an outlier, and there could be more activity than you might think.
In anticipation of the trade season ending, here are the latest rumors surrounding teams looking to be active before the deadline.
Bulls fighting for JJ Redick
With all the uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose's return, the Bulls have to start thinking about the very real possibility that their All-Star point guard doesn't play this season and how to add some offensive firepower to the roster.
An underrated option could be Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick, who is on their radar, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com.
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Source says the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls are among the teams pursuing Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick.2/10/2013, 2:20:03 AM
Redick is not the most versatile player in the league, but he really has turned into one of the better shooters. He is hitting 46 percent of his shots from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
At just 93.1 points per game, the Bulls have the second-worst scoring offense among teams currently in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Indiana is the worst at 92.8 points per game.
Phoenix fielding calls on all its good players
The Phoenix Suns are finding that life after Steve Nash is not going to be easy. They are currently sitting at 17-36, last place in the Western Conference.
However, things may not be all bad, as Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (Insiders only) reports that the Suns could be among the big dealers at the deadline:
In addition to speaking with the Knicks about a possible Jared Dudley-for-Iman Shumpert trade (that deal is not happening, sources tell me), the Suns have spoken with Utah about Al Jefferson. Those talks haven't gained much traction, though. Clubs calling the Suns have been mostly interested in Dudley, Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris.
When you are a franchise sitting at the bottom of the heap, what is to stop you from blowing the whole team up and starting over with spare parts?
The Suns are not close to competing. They were built around Nash and only Nash for so long that when he left they had no contingency plan. It is going to be a long, slow process climbing out of the hole, so you might as well get all the future assets you can.
Utah Jazz have a surplus of big men and no idea what to do
The Jazz could end up holding all of the major cards this trade deadline season. They have Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, one or both of whom could be pried away under the right circumstances.
According to Ric Bucher of NBC Basketball, teams certainly value Jefferson and Millsap differently: "While I noted several days ago that Paul Millsap appeared to be the likelier Jazz big man to be dealt before the February trade deadline, an opposing team executive said there is more league-wide interest in Al Jefferson."
Bucher also says that it is not a guarantee that either one of them gets moved before the deadline.
The Jazz would seem to be better off dealing at least one of the two players, as they are a fringe playoff team in the Western Conference and can't compete with the top teams if they do make it to the postseason.
Jefferson certainly has more value, as he is a better scorer and rebounder, but Millsap won't cost a team nearly as much in salary in the future.
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