NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down the Latest NBA Gossip

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2013

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The NBA trade deadline is a mere five days away and the rumor mill continues to churn. 

Some of the most popular names in the NBA have been speculated to be on the move, including Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett, Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick.

NBA rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, as it's usually pure speculation on behalf of a beat writer or an unnamed source.

So what are the latest rumblings around the Association?

Let's take a gander.


Another Kevin Garnett Rumor

Stop me if you've heard this before: Kevin Garnett has been mentioned in trade rumors.

According to Yahoo! Sports' NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers have joined the Garnett sweepstakes.

A Garnett deal is very tricky, as the 36-year-old has already stated he wants to retire a Celtic and has a no-trade clause that he can exercise to veto any trade.

If this deal were to somehow go through, Garnett would further vault the Clippers into legitimate title contender status alongside Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford.

Garnett is putting together another solid season in his 18th season, averaging 15 points per game and nearly eight rebounds.

This is a deal that definitely has a chance to happen, but my gut says Garnett is too loyal to bounce out of Boston.


J.J. Hickson on the Block

The Brooklyn Nets have been trying to establish themselves as buyers this season, being rumored to be targeting Ben Gordon, Josh Smith and Paul Millsap (h/t HoopsHype).

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets are still looking to bolster their roster, this time targeting J.J. Hickson of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Since Brooklyn hasn't been successful at targeting any players this season, I wouldn't put much stock into this rumor.

I don't see Hickson relinquishing his Bird Rights, and Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks aren't the most attractive players to receive in return.


Reports of Howard to Celtics False

Earlier this week, CBS Sports reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were in talks to swap Dwight Howard for Rajon Rondo, but according to ESPN, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is denying that report:

"I haven't talked to Danny Ainge in weeks. I made the statement a week or two ago that we're not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn't changed."

There aren't many deals on the table for Howard at this point, as most teams are waiting for the 2012-13 season to finish so they can target him as a free agent.

Howard's relationship with Kobe Bryant is absolutely terrible, and it's clear the Lakers' experiment of Howard, Bryant and Steve Nash isn't working out.

All signs point to Howard finishing the season in L.A. and walking in free agency, or at least that's how I see it.


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