With the NBA trade deadline coming in less than a week, teams are working frantically behind the scenes to make something happen.
Every year, there's plenty of rumors involving some of the biggest stars in the league, and the 2012-13 season was no exception. More than a few were laughable in how ridiculous they would be in reality.
In that spirit, here are three stars who were the subject of rather odd rumors and will not be going anywhere by February 21.
Sooner or later, the Boston Celtics will need to start the rebuilding process. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce can't play forever. While they might be moved on in the future, the two will be calling Boston home for at least the rest of the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers are making a strong push for Garnett, only for the veteran forward to continue brushing off their advances. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that Garnett doesn't want to leave the Celtics. Spears wrote:
The Boston Celtics can discuss a trade with theor any other NBA team all they want, but says it won't matter. Asked Saturday if there was any circumstance or team that could entice him to give up his no-trade clause and leave Boston, Garnett said, "No."
Even so, the Clippers still believe they can get Garnett to accept a trade if the Celtics tell him they want to make a deal, a source told Yahoo! Sports.
"If Boston came to him with the trade and he knew they wanted to do it, he would change his mind," the source said.
Publicly, at least, Garnett was pretty clear about his desire to stay in Boston.
"If it's up to me," Garnett said, "I will live and die green all day."
Playing for the Clippers would get Garnett much closer to winning a second title, but he's already proven to be an extremely loyal player. He stayed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for much longer than he had to before moving to Boston in pursuit of his first NBA championship.
Dwight Howard wrote another chapter in his "How to Not Endear Yourself to Fans" manual with the recent news that he believes he'll end up with the Brooklyn Nets (h/t Stephen A. Smith of ESPN). The Nets were one of the teams in the Howard sweepstakes, but they removed themselves in the offseason.
With the way Brook Lopez has emerged in Brooklyn, the team would be crazy to move him out in favor of Howard. The Los Angeles Lakers big man has been struggling on the court, and his health has come under major scrutiny. Meanwhile, Lopez is having a career year.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has also been steadfast in his resolve that Howard isn't going anywhere (h/t Chris Broussard of ESPN.com):
"I haven't talked to Danny Ainge in weeks," Kupchak told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. "I made the statement a week or two ago that we're not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn't changed."
When asked if a possible Howard-for-Rondo trade was discussed when he spoke to the Celtics weeks ago, Kupchak again said no. He said at no point this season has a Howard-for-Rondo trade been discussed.
Pau Gasol's injury means the Lakers need Howard now more than ever, as much as that might frustrate the fans who are upset with the big man's production this season.
One of the most curious trade rumors regards Andrea Bargnani going to the Chicago Bulls for Carlos Boozer. It's a move that could actually be very close to happening, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote:
League sources said last week the Raptors were told the Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson deal for Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas III was available whenever they wanted it.
Boozer has been a disappointment in Chicago, without a doubt. That doesn't mean the Bulls should trade him for Bargnani.
As close as Johnson reported this trade may be, you'd have to believe Chicago management would wise up and see that Bargnani has been absolutely atrocious on the defensive end. The Bulls are a team that prides itself on its good defense, and trading for Bargnani would throw off the entire flow of the unit. Bargnani's offense this year is not even close to making up for his defensive deficiencies, either.