NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Latest on Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Jennings and More Stars
Just about 48 hours left until the NBA trade deadline, and there's no further certainty than there was before. A number of big names have been included in potential deals, from the dynamic Eric Bledsoe to the equally electrifying Brandon Jennings, but no definite answers on their futures have been given.
Bledsoe's name has popped up in a couple of potential deals, and teams are champing at the bit with the chance of landing the potentially electrifying point man. However, with Chris Paul's future in a Los Angeles Clippers uniform uncertain, it seems odd that GM Gary Sacks would be so willing to move him.
In Milwaukee, the situation with point guard Brandon Jennings is becoming more and more vague. He is set to hit restricted free agency this summer, but does he really want to remain in Milwaukee? There are plenty of teams out there in need of help at the 1, so Milwaukee would be wise to at least listen to offers and see what other squads are willing to pay.
However, the Bucks could be on the verge of another deal, and it would be of great help to them if it actually gets done.
Oh, and let's not forget the latest news out of Cleveland.
There's a lot to cover with just two days remaining, so let's jump right in and get the latest buzz around the hardwood.
Cavaliers Looking to Deal Again?
The Cleveland Cavaliers already made a trade earlier this season, landing big man Marreese Speights in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 22. Since the deal, the former Florida Gator has averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds over 22.2 minutes in 10 games.
Per 36 minutes with Cleveland, Speights is averaging 21.1 points and 10.4 rebounds. According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, teams are now willing to trade a first-round pick to acquire Speights. The only problem is that most of those picks are late in the round and thus not overly enticing.
Given Speights' likelihood to decline his player option for next season, plus the presence of rookie Tyler Zeller and the return of Anderson Varejao next season, it makes sense for the Cavaliers to deal him. It's just a matter of GM Chris Grant finding the right deal, and Speights could most likely be on the move.
Jennings Staying in Milwaukee While New Trade Brews?
Brandon Jennings is set to hit restricted free agency this summer, and his future in Milwaukee is anything but certain. ESPN's Chad Ford reported on Feb. 13 that the dynamic point guard was "frustrated" with the Bucks, but a report by ESPN's Chris Broussard refuted that.
Now, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Milwaukee is unlikely to move either Jennings or guard Monta Ellis. But that doesn't at all mean that the Bucks will stay quiet at the deadline.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Milwaukee has reached out to the Orlando Magic about a deal for guard J.J. Redick. In the proposed trade, Redick would head to the Bucks while the Magic receive forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a first-round pick.
However, according to Berger, the general consensus is that the Bucks would not make a trade unless Ellis could be moved in a bigger deal. Given Spears' latest report, that makes a trade for Redick unlikely.
Just the same, this is still a rumor to watch over the next couple of days. The Bucks do need help at guard, and it will be interesting to see just what GM John Hammond does to address it.
The Continuing Saga of Eric Bledsoe
Over the past week, the ever-electrifying Eric Bledsoe's name has been mentioned in various rumors. Ken Berger of CBS Sports is reporting that the Los Angeles Clippers are definitely willing to listen to offers for their dynamic point guard, but are hesitant to move him since there's the possibility of losing star floor general Chris Paul via free agency this summer.
That still does not take away from the fact that Bledsoe has been mentioned as a piece in some pretty big trades. ESPN's Marc Stein and ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reported over the weekend that the Clippers had spoken to the Utah Jazz about trading Bledsoe for power forward Paul Millsap, though nothing has come of that deal. Given how Los Angeles would likely prefer to not send Bledsoe to a Western Conference rival, that proposed trade was probably nothing more than a rumor.
But the same cannot be said about another blockbuster deal in which Bledsoe was supposedly featured. According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers discussed including Bledsoe and either DeAndre Jordan or Caron Butler in a trade package that would net them Boston Celtics veteran Kevin Garnett.
All rumors aside, Clippers GM Gary Sacks told Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that neither Jordan nor Bledsoe would be moved at the deadline. While that may be true, it's hard to take his word seriously when Bledsoe's name has come up in rumors so many times already.
This is a rumor that we won't know anything about until the waning hours of the deadline, at which point the league's foundation could shake after a huge blockbuster trade.
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