NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Buzz Around the Hardwood
Despite all of the action and drama that comes with the NBA playoffs, there's plenty of story lines and hype to sift through in the NBA rumor mill.
After watching the New York Knicks get ousted from the playoffs on Saturday night and seeing Stephen Curry light it up for the entire postseason, it may be hard to get your mind off of all the playoff action, but the following rumors are events that could shakeup the NBA landscape during the 2013-14 season.
Ready to dive in?
Will J.J. Stay in Milwaukee?
The Milwaukee Bucks went out and acquired shooter J.J. Redick at the trade deadline to pair with guards Monte Ellis and Brandon Jennings, hoping the 6'4" sharpshooter could help the Bucks hang onto a playoff seed.
While Redick did help Milwaukee earn the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, don't be surprised to see him donning another uniform come next season.
According to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times, it's likely that Redick will sign with another team come July.
While this is a rumor, the news shouldn't be a shock to anyone. Redick's numbers were down across the board once he joined the Bucks, most notably a three-point shooting mark that dipped roughly seven percent (.390 to .318).
The drop in shooting percentages shouldn't scare off other teams though. It's likely that the change of scenery and fact that he was playing alongside Jennings and Ellis hurt his rhythm.
It's anyone's guess as to where Redick will land this summer, but his ability to stretch the defense won't be overlooked when teams come knocking.
Portland's Draft Plans
The Portland Trail Blazers likely need to land a top-three selection in the 2013 NBA draft to have any shot at former Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo, but that doesn't mean all hope is lost for Portland.
CSNNW.com's Chris Haynes heard that the Blazers haven't ruled out moving up in the draft to get the dynamic SG, writing:
"Sources close to the prospect say the Trail Blazers, among a few others teams, “really like him” and are “considering moving up to get him.”
If the Trail Blazers draft Oladipo, who will be the starting SG next season?
Can you imagine a backcourt combination of Damian Lillard and Victor Oladipo with Wesley Matthews thrown into the mix? Not to mention a solid big man in LaMarcus Aldridge and budding center in J.J. Hickson.
I like this idea for Portland, especially since the franchise hasn't won a playoff series since the 1999-2000 season under Mike Dunleavy.
It's time for the Trail Blazers to start making moves and moving up to get a talent like Oladipo is certainly a step in the right direction.
Pau Could Be On the Move
It didn't take too long after the Los Angeles Lakers' ousting from the postseason to drum up the Pau Gasol rumors once again.
The News-Heralds' Bob Finnan wouldn't be surprised to see the Lakers move Gasol for a number of reasons:
Are Gasol's days in L.A. numbered?
Don't be shocked if they trade forward/center Pau Gasol, who is recovering from a knee procedure and needs another 10 weeks of rehabilitation. The 7-footer is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $19.28 million next year. The Cavs might be open to a deal like that, adding a veteran player to the group of youngsters on the roster. Another name could be Celtics forward Paul Pierce.
I think Gasol's future in L.A. hinges upon Dwight Howard's plans with the Lakers. If Howard stays in Los Angeles, I believe the Lakers will move the 32-year-old Gasol.
Howard and Gasol proved this season that the Lakers aren't effective when both men are on the court, and obviously L.A. is going to go with a healthier and more talented Howard.
As far as Gasol to the Cleveland Cavaliers, I think it could work because Anderson Varejao isn't the greedy post presence that Howard is, but that all remains to be seen.
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