With the 2013 NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors are running rampant. From the potential realignment of stars to the dealing of role players, we're almost certain to witness organizations making changes.
The question is, which rumors fail to show substance?
Whether contractually or otherwise, certain proposed deals simply don't appear feasible. This appears to be the case every year, which could be why fans have grown numb to the prospect of rumors.
Here are some that simply won't pan out.
Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported on February 3 that the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics had begun talks for a potential trade.
That deal would potentially include Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler going to Boston for Kevin Garnett.
Chris Broussard of ESPN quickly dismissed the validity of said report. Broussard acknowledged that there was interest, but there had been no discussions.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports now report that the two sides are back to talking about a deal. This time around, it would be Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan going to Boston for KG.
Is anyone else getting dizzy?
As nice of a sentiment as this trade may be, it simply will not happen. A major reason for this truth is the way Garnett's contract is constructed.
Specifically, his no-trade clause.
Per Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Garnett will not waive his no-trade clause. In other words, there will not be a trade.
Until that changes, there is no substance to these rumors.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider, New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon is garnering interest on the trade market.
Potential suitors include the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
It's interesting to note that Gordon signed an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns this past offseason. When it came to the topic of the Hornets matching that deal, the restricted free agent minced no words.
He didn't want to play in New Orleans (via The Times-Picayune):
As for now, I don't know what's going on. (If the Hornets match) as of right now, I'd be disappointed.
Could this controversy lead to Gordon being traded? Could his injuries lead N.O. to regret his hefty contract?
Per Broussard, the likelihood that Gordon gets traded is "less than 10 percent." End of discussion.
According to Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN Los Angeles, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers have discussed a potential trade involving Eric Bledsoe and Paul Millsap.
While that deal would do nothing but improve the Jazz's backcourt, we can't help but ask one glaring question.
Where would the 6'8" Millsap fit in with a team that has an All-Star at power forward?
While Millsap would be a quality reserve, it's a virtual certainty that he wouldn't sign on to play anything less than starter's minutes. After all, that's why Utah is looking to trade him.
With Derrick Favors on the rise, Millsap will want out of town when he becomes a free agent this summer.
So, why would L.A. trade a promising prospect for a player who could leave town after just one season?
With Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com reporting that the San Antonio Spurs are interested in acquiring center Al Jefferson, Utah's leverage could increase.
Trading with San Antonio seems more logical, and the Spurs are a direct threat to L.A.'s title chances.
Even still, Millsap to L.A. makes no sense for the Clippers.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, the Denver Nuggets are interested in acquiring shooting guard J.J. Redick from the Orlando Magic.
Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider reports that the Indiana Pacers are another team involved in the pursuit for Redick's services. The Pacers rank 19th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage.
They aren't the only Central Division team pursuing Redick.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks are pursuing a potential trade for the sharpshooter.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com also reports that the Chicago Bulls are interested in acquiring Redick. Chicago is 29th in three-point field goals made per game.
Per the Orlando Sentinel, Redick "loves it" in Orlando. In other words, he doesn't want to be traded.
With that in mind, we'd be foolish to believe general manager Rob Hennigan would go against Redick's wishes. Not when he's a team-oriented player and one of the league's elite sharpshooters.
Unless a team bets the bank, Redick isn't going anywhere.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on February 9 that the Phoenix Suns were attempting to orchestrate a trade for Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks.
Phoenix's offer included swingman Jared Dudley and a future first-round draft choice.
Most recently, Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com reported that those close to Shumpert claim his confidence is declining due to his current situation in New York:
“There are major concerns (from people close to Shumpert) over how the Knicks are developing him,” a source from another team told SheridanHoops.com, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
“They feel he’s being played out of position (at small forward) and his confidence is suffering because of it. They understand the team is having success and it has to be the right deal, but they’d prefer Iman in another situation… And soon.”
It doesn't sound good for the Knicks.
Shumpert is averaging 9.7 minutes less in 2012-13 than he did in 2011-12. He's also playing out of position at small forward.
The question is, will he be out of New York by the time the trade deadline passes? Quite simply, no.
Sheridan's report makes sense—unfortunately, the Knicks are an organization that has proven to be nothing short of unpredictable.
When it comes to going against Carmelo's wishes, however, Dolan would never do it. Not even if Shumpert asked him to.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN Insider, Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has decided not to re-sign Josh Smith come the offseason.
It's no coincidence that the Brooklyn Nets have entered talks with Atlanta in reference to Smith (via ESPN New York).
Unfortunately, all Brooklyn appears capable of offering is a combination of MarShon Brooks—an attractive piece—and Kris Humphries—a role player making $12 million in 2013-14.
With nothing attractive enough to offer, that's a smart move.
According to Marc Stein of Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs are an interested party.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that quite a handful of teams have joined San Antonio as potential suitors:
Still many involved for Atlanta's Josh Smith, including Bucks, Nets, Celtics, 76ers, Wizards, others, sources say. Strong belief he's moved.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 17, 2013
How can the Nets compete?
The Hawks are set to have less than $22 million entering free agency. Why they would lock up a full $12 million in a role player is inexplicable.
Considering they traded All-Star and face of the franchise Joe Johnson for financial reasons, don't bank on Humphries coming to town.
Smith to Brooklyn just isn't going to happen.