Making bold predictions prior the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline can be a difficult process. When you consider that the bulk of this season’s trade rumors have been shot down, it’s impossible to decipher accurate rumors from blind speculation.
Following a report from Chris Sheridan of sheridanhoops.com that Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks is unhappy and wants a trade, Shumpert’s agent Happy Walters took to Twitter to state the following:
For the record, no one has requested an Iman trade from the Knicks.The report from Chris Sheridan is incorrect.— Happy Walters (@Happywalters) February 18, 2013
Additionally, following a report by CBS Sports that the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics discussed a Rajon Rondo-for-Dwight Howard swap, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak denied that report. Via ESPN:
"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."
Again, it’s difficult to keep NBA trade rumors straight. General managers often make an effort to publicly deny certain reports. However, in some cases, that may just be a case of damage control.
Plenty of buzz is sure to surface around the NBA community in the coming days. So with the hours ticking down before the trade deadline, here are 10 bold predictions.